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Scarlet Veronica #3

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Scarlet Veronica #3

Credits

  • Words: Josh Ruggles & Jason Moody
  • Art: Jason Moody
  • Inks: Jason Moody
  • Colors: Justin Greathouse
  • Story Title: N/A
  • Publisher: Ape Entertainment
  • Price: $3.50
  • Release Date: Feb 4, 2009

The reasons and forces behind the zombie invasion become clear and even Scarlet Veronica’s strange powers may not be enough to stop it!

Josh Ruggles and Jason Moody continue their parody/pastiche/tribute to the horror genre with special attention paid to the zombie sub-genre and with a sprinkling of good, old fashioned comic book culture thrown in for fun. The point being that all of this is fun but there are still a few weak spots here and there.

Veronica and Brian make some new friends and allies in the fight with young Lydia and the intelligent (and large, as well as strangely purple) zombie Frank. Along with the grim reaper known as Mr. Death, the little band discover just who and what Ra is and what he has been up to… and it isn’t good. Veronica also finds out why she has become the way she is… and it also isn’t good. Veronica and her strange band of friends is all the world has to save it, though… yeah, this is going to get bad….

Ruggles and Moody’s decision to dip into Jewish history/legend/religion adds a little different flavor to Scarlet Veronica and it is a welcome change since very few writers ever bother to go outside the legend of the Golem. They mix this with some interesting designs for Ra and the Sho’mavet and you have a winner. What makes the comic funny is the blending of these less well known legends with pop culture references to everything from the Evil Dead movies to Marvel Comics. There is also some real character development with Brian as his association with Veronica starts to move him from bully bait to zombie slayer. The writers prove that they do have a way with quick quips and situations that range from the horrific (in a good way) to the silly (also in a good way). There is some room for polish, however. There are still several sequences where the dialogue falls a little flat and many of these come in the expository scenes where the information is dropped on the reader in larger chunks. Spacing out some of this might help a bit. Also, although Ruggles and Moody are great with creating inventive fight scenes, after three issues in, the number of fight scenes and their frequency are starting to get a bit predictable and a bit too much as well. It’s okay to dial back the action a little bit when the characters are as strong and fun as these.

Moody’s art is still an interesting blend of animation style, Manga, and traditional comic book work. There are still a couple of places where the inking looks a little rough but overall Moody grows stronger and more confident from issue to issue. Here he actually plays with paying tribute to some traditional and iconic takes on the horror genre – such as the hero (or in this case heroine) covered in zombie blood. What comes through on every page, though, is always a sense of sheer fun – whether it is in the middle of a battle with a demon, facing down the carnage of a zombie attack or Veronica being embarrassed by her mother.

Scarlet Veronica has proven to be a clever, interesting, fun and funny spin off of the horror genre. Hopefully the upcoming final issue will not be the last we see of the semi-sort-of undead heroine with the goth-punk attitude. Hopefully it also will not be the last readers see of Ruggles and Moody either.

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