The two most popular words in the business of comic books are probably “sex” and “shocking”. If they can’t sell you with sexy ladies they’ll sell you with a shocking twist or premise. Case in point, when IDW has a few properties they can play with, why not combine them? Mars Attacks meet zombies and robots. It’s an incredibly goofy and possibly inspired combo, but is it good?
There are cases where character development, story and even plot aren’t necessary to tickle a person’s fancy. Usually if you’re lacking in those areas humor is the best way to go. Luckily for this series the humor and absurdity is in abundance. This is a sequel of sorts to IDW’s acclaimed Zombies vs. Robots only in this case the aliens from Mars Attacks! are the heroes. The book opens with them discovering an inter-dimensional stargate to Earth. The idea is to zap on over and take those mother licking humans out. Oh… but if it was that easy.
Obviously a book like this needs to have comical moments complete with the cheeky art and dialogue to accompany them. Frankly combining the robots of this universe, who are arrogant jerk wads, with the Mars Attacks aliens is genius. To have such arrogant jerks face each other means there are plenty of silly yet commensurately character driven moments. Imagine the biggest arrogant ass you know meeting a even bigger one. Certainly in such a circumstance there’s room to grow?
The only problem I had was the speed in which I finished reading it. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot to love here, but somehow I was finished before I felt like I started. In this case I think that’s a good thing. The art is certainly worthy of ogling for long stretches at a time. Highly enjoyable read for anyone looking for some brainless fun.
9 out of 10 and it was my book of the week.
I posted a slightly longer review with pictures at the link in my signature.
What did you guys think?