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FVZA: Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency

Written by Christian on Wednesday, June 30 2010 and posted in Reviews

Like Vampires?  Like Zombies?  Then David Hine's FVZA is the book for you!

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Credits & Solicit Info:

ON SALE JUNE 30th, 2010

Based on the Website FVZA.ORG created by RICHARD S. DARGAN

ISBN: 1-935417-05-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-935417-05-7
Price: $14.95
Page Count: 172
Format: TPB, Full Color

The Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency, a dormant government task force is called back into action when a deadly disease resurfaces, transforming innocent victims into Zombies.

Throughout history, from the Civil War to World War II, the FVZA protected humanity from the blood-sucking, flesh-eating hordes -- until a vaccine was discovered to quell the undead menace. When a more powerful mutation of the zombie virus infects a small town in America, Agent Landra Pecos must utilize all of her lethal skills of slaying to eradicate this reawakened threat. But, as Landra delves deeper into the investigation, she uncovers shocking secrets from her past that will change her life forever.

This miniseries, based on the popular website FVZA.org, comes in a new deluxe trade paperback format that includes an in-depth interview with writer David Hine (Spawn, Spider-Man Noir, Arkham Reborn) along with character renderings and a gallery of artwork featuring industry acclaimed fan favorites John Bolton (Batman: Gotham Knights), Clint Langley (Slaine), Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic (The Immortal Iron Fist) and many more.


As if the recent Twilight craze has been any indication, America (and the rest of the world) loves vampire stories. For generations, mankind has been captivated by vampires and their ilk, creating countless variations on the popular myths. The vampire mythos has split off into two distinctive varieties, the first romanticizing vampires as possessing human emotions and needs, while the second portrays vampires as cold predators interested only in survival and feeding on human flesh.

, written by David Hine and illustrated by Roy Allen Martinez and Wayne Nichols, features this second type of vampire. Its vampires are evil creatures that lurk in the darkness, hunting its prey. FVZA, based off of the popular FVZA.org website, is set in an alternate reality where zombies and vampires have plagued the United States since the early days of the nation. The FVZA, a federal organization tasked with the elimination of the zombie and vampire threat, has done their job all too well.  With the rise of modern technology, however, the zombie and vampire viruses have been all but eliminated and Americans can live without fear of being killed in their sleep. However, when a zombie infection breaks out in a small Midwestern town, the FVZA must discover the sinister truth behind the outbreak and face an enemy that threatens the entire nation.

David Hine does a spectacular job of weaving a unique story that hits on both a large and small scale. By focusing on Agent Landra Pecos, granddaughter of the foremost expert on vampires and zombies in the world, Hine gives the reader a strong lead to become personally invested in. Hine also uses Pecos and her grandfather to fill his world with unique details on the vampires and zombies that inhabit it. The reader learns of America's early struggles with vampirism and the scraps of humanity that zombies maintain after they've turned. These details are Hine's greatest strength and help to prevent FVZA from becoming a generic vampire story. Hine uses these details to present a three dimensional world that seems much more real and lifelike than the average vampire story. Martinez's and Nichols' pencils are appropriately creepy and dark while remaining visually dynamic. They both do an amazing job of making the vampires leap out from the page, adding to the horror element present in the story.

All in all, FVZA is an outstanding addition to the modern vampire mythos.  Fans of modern vampire classics such as 30 Days of Night or Guillermo del Toro's The Strand will find that FVZA does not disappoint and will lead the reader wanting more. In a day an age where vampire stories are a dime a dozen, FVZA stands out as a bold and realistic take on what happens when vampires are let loose on modern society.

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Christian is the exasperated Abbott to the Outhouse's Costello. When he's not yelling at the Newsroom for upsetting readers or complaining to his wife about why the Internet is stupid, he sits in his dingy business office trying to find new ways to make the site earn money. Christian is also the only person in history stupid enough to moderate two comic book forums at once.


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