Written by John Edward Betancourt
There's a reason why comic books continue to thrive and endure, because they always find new ways to ignite our imagination and take us on new journeys we never thought were possible. The comic book is simply a magical experience and as the digital age continues to change how we enjoy our favorite content, the comic evolves along with it.
Thanks to the incredible advances we've all come to enjoy from the internet, new and incredible comic book content is available at our fingertips at a moment's notice courtesy of independent companies and one such company, Creephouse Comics, put together an amazing love letter to classic and contemporary zombie horror that I finally had the chance to sit down and read; Teenage Love Zombies.
Written by Kevin Gentilcore, Teenage Love Zombies is a wonderful twist on Romeo and Juliet by taking us back to the 1950's where Guy, a greaser and outcast because of it; falls in love with Loraine, a square of a girl who only hangs with the popular crowd and the two enter a sordid forbidden romance where sinister forces will test their newfound love...and quite frankly, let's stop there when it comes to discussing the plot because anything else will simply ruin a magnificent and sweeping story that instantly sucks you in with its dynamic characters and epic storyline that needs to be experienced first hand.
But the book goes beyond its Shakespearean roots since as I mentioned before, this is also a love letter to the zombie genre through and through and Kevin's story does an incredible job of paying perfect homage to all the classic concepts and tropes from so many eras. There's mad science and voodoo mysticism to pay tribute to the films of the 1930's and 1950's and of course, there's plenty of walking corpses to satisfy George Romero fans and there's even an homage to 1985's Return of the Living Dead. All of it works seamlessly in the story and well, part of the fun in reading this is picking out what comes from where in regards to zombie history.
In the end, Creephouse Comics and Kevin Gentilcore have put together a fun little ride that really has something for everyone. If you're a horror fan, this book has everything you need. If you love stories that have a retro feel to them, check that off your list with this comic. If you happen to love quality stories that feature top notch writing, you're good to go with this book as well. The bottom line is that if you're looking for something fun and exciting story wise that doesn't come from the big two, look no further than Teenage Love Zombies.