Z-Girl & the 4 Tigers #1
Reviewed by Decapitated Dan Royer (puyaybusto)
Writer: Jeff Marsick
Artist: Kirk Manley
Letters: Kirk Manley
Colors: Euan Mactavish
Publisher: Studio Z
Release Date: 2011
"This is the first issue in the five-issue story arc, "ODYSSEY". The mission for Z-Girl and the 4 Tigers was straightforward: battle gun-toting apes at the temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, prevent the emergence of the wrathful god, Shiva, and save a pregnant hostage. But the ancient scroll they find means this is just the beginning of something greater, a journey of discovery of who Z-Girl is and what part she is to play in the prophesied zombie apocalypse."
Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5
Sadly it has been a while since I was treated to a Z-Girl and the 4 Tigers issue and man did I miss it. After getting past the second page I was reminded of how much I really enjoyed Issue #0. This issue jumps into the start of a 5 issue arc, and art-wise it just nails it on page 1. The character designs are great from panel to panel, and the colors just make my eyes melt with joy. Page to page this issue is GORE-Geous, and then at the end it is followed up with some jaw dropping pin-ups. I always enjoy when someone can take a horror theme and place it into different genres. If you ask me this one borders more of a B.P.R.D. style of action team where they are monsters who fight monsters. The pacing is great in this issue, because it hits you in the face, then backs away to make sure you are okay and then BAM it hits you again. It wants your attention and you better believe it will get it. After reading this issue I can easily say fans of DC's Frankenstein series and Dark Horse's Hellboy lines should be reading this, but I recommend that all horror fans give it a try. It is a great story, that I can not wait to continue reading. Good thing I have issue #2 sitting here waiting for me.
Artwork: 4.0 out of 5 - Story: 4.0 out of 5
If you would like to buy or know more about Z-Girl & the 4 Tigers #1 you can find it at http://www.zgirl.org
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