Written by Chris Ryall and Steve Niles
Art by Anthony Diecidue and Val Mayerik
Colors by Jay Fotos
Published by IDW
Release Date: 02/25/2015
Solicit: “Inherit the Earth!,” part 2! Even on a dead, nuked Earth, the zombies remain. But how? And both the dead and some of the bots seem to have gained sentience? But why? Also: new humans join the fight? But who? Some answers and more questions are presented here! And in “The Orphan,” part 2, a new friendship is threatened by, of course, hordes of zombies and one very disturbed robot.
-This comic is broken into 3 separate stories:
1. “Inherit the Earth” written by Chris Ryall, art by Anthony Diecidue
2. “Tales of ZvR” story and art by Ashley Wood
3. “The Orphan” written by Steve Niles and art by Val Mayerik
- The Zombies vs Robots series is about a nuclear catastrophe that turns the earth into a radioactive disaster zone. The remaining human population has to contend with zombies and sentient robots.
“Inherit the Earth” writer Chris Ryall, creates an amusing cast of characters in the recently cryo-thawed crew of the International Space Station.
-The story starts with a “bang” when the crew is forced into an unpopular decision by a melodramatic circumstance. The banter among the disgruntled crew members is mostly lighthearted and jocular despite their desperate situation.
- Diecidue follows Ryall’s lead with sketchy and lively artwork. The crew members are caricatures of their positions and the art lends itself to the cartoonish vibe. I love the contrast of thick, dramatic line work and scribbly silhouettes mixed with splatter and texture brushes. I really enjoyed the graphic touches like the enlarged dot patterns and chunky block work. The art certainly created the feeling of dynamic chaos.
- Ashley Wood’s, “Tales of ZVR” is only two pages long but the gritty and painterly atmosphere make those two pages a delight to behold. The characters are so wonderfully drawn that I felt an instant connection.
- Wood’s drawing style is very distinctive and has an immediate and punchy feel. There is one panel where he created a dark background of forest then erased the character into it – creating a reverse silhouette that is simplistic and compelling. With only a few panels he made incredibly memorable works of art.
- I love the use of words to describe sensation and you just know there’s going to be trouble.
- Steve Niles, “The Orphan”, is the story that gives you the most to think on. It focuses on the reactions of one particular child living in this dystopian landscape and demonstrates the odd disassociation that can occur when death is around every corner.
- Mayerik’s juxtaposition of the detailed line work on the child and the hard black lines of the robot make for dramatic imagery.
- I have been wracking my brain to find a con for this issue, but honestly I loved this comic.
- This comic is fascinating, with multiple stories woven through a nuclear wasteland. I congratulate the writers and artists on creating a dark and frightening world that can be explored from different perspectives.