Review: ’68 Homefront #2

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Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Mark Kidwell
Art: Kyle Charles
Colours: Jay Fotos
Lettering: Tom B. Long
Cover: Nat Jones
Alternative cover: Kyle Charles

This second issue of the four-issue miniseries ’68 Homefront opens with a very typical (and just a little sexy) “love at the back of the parking lot” scene between the typical college jock and the typical buxom, not too smart cheerleader. Now, the fact that I used the adjective “typical” three times might be suggesting something: normality. And both Mark Kidwell’s words and Kyle Charles’s art help give the same idea. For the first page or so. Then, we remember what’s the point of the story: zombies.

True, the cover gives it away, even to those who missed the first issue.

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Anyway, in the following pages we reconnect with the characters we had met in issue 1. The doctor has completely broken down, the coroner is completely lost (as he’s not very used to seeing corpses coming back to life) and the cheerleaders… well, they’re getting ready for the big basketball game with their boyfriends. Meanwhile, “good girl” Jenny and Johnny the greaser have an argument that seems to end in a very interesting revelation.

So, regular late 1960s stories on one side, zombies on the other. With the balance strongly towards… the regular late 1960s stories.

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Yes, what could well be an amazing zombie comic ends up being a pretty regular teenagers’ story. Not a bad one, mind, but some wasted potential. And one of the subplots (maybe the main one) reminds me a little too much of one of the side stories in Twin Peaks.

It’s still a pretty good comic, mind, with very evocative art too – and it’s not as if the zombies were completely absent and forgotten. Absolutely brilliant is the “live radio” page, in which “Meatgrinder Mike” (we guess it’s the author) gives us the script for a short episode of his radio show, perfectly immersed in 1968.

Apparently, this issue concludes a storyline – the next two issues in this ’68 Homefront, that has been announced as a four-issue miniseries, will deal with… right, with what?

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