Review: Fanboys vs. Zombies #3 – Humphries continues the laughs

Issue: Fanboys vs. Zombies #3
Writer: Sam Humphries
Pencils: Jerry Gaylord
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Release Date: 6/6/2012

‘Oh word, what are you doing here at Comic Con?’ ‘Oh yeah, I’m here to complete my collection of mid-80s murder comics.’ ‘I’m gonna line up to see the Alien Family reunion.’ ‘I gotta go to Artists Alley and track down Mahfood.’ ‘You going to that Wolfbiter party later?’ ‘Actually, probably not, because I’m a zombie, and all you fools are already dead.’ WHO SAYS THIS ISN’T THE GOLDEN AGE OF ZOMBIES IN SAN DIEGO?? Not me. Because there probably won’t be a Silver Age. Written by indie sensation Sam Humphries (OUR LOVE IS REAL) with art by hot new talent Jerry Gaylord!

Story: 8.5/10 • Artwork: 8/10 • Overall 8.3/10
Sam Humphries continues his homage to everything dork related in Fanboys vs. Zombies #3. With the cliffhanger from issue two, Humphries continues the inside jokes as the Wrecking Crew tries to cross the Comic-Con floor. It appears that Humphries two biggest influences of this series are Kevin Smith and Brian K. Vaughn’s “Runaways.” This book on the outside looks like pure shenanigans but after reading the first three issues you can tell Humphries cares about his characters and his writing craft.

The first issue of Fanboys vs. Zombies sets up the plot and the second issue lets you know that no one is safe. The third issue continues the chaos. If you have been to Comic-Con the references by Humphries make you laugh. If you haven’t, the insane antics of the main characters bring a smile to your face. Making fun of nerds is easy but Humphries has an attention to detail that we haven’t seen since “Clerks.”

What takes Fanboys vs. Zombies to the next level is Jerry Gaylord’s artwork. Every action scenes is blazing with intense angles. Artistically, the best part of issue three is the mecha battle scene. Three-pages of zombie death and excitement are tossed at your face with amazing colors by Nolan Woodard.

If you’re dying for a Kevin Smith dialogue fix, Humphries sucker punches you in the gut with over the top witty banter.

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Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.

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