The Horror Honeys: Comics Honey Crowdfunding Features: 'Under the Flesh'

Comics Honey Crowdfunding Features: 'Under the Flesh'


A few days ago, we get a message on twitter to check out a Kickstarter campaign for the grindhouse zombie horror comic, Under the Flesh. I’ve been involved in donating to and tweeting about crowdfunding comics for the past while (including my previous article with Z’isle) and thought I’d help out fellow comic creators by making articles featuring horror/exploitation comics that need the funding to draw all the gory details.

Under the Flesh 
Issue 1: Desolation Day
Published by: Escape Comics
Created/Written by Gilbert Deltres
Artwork by JL Giles

It’s been two months since Desolation Day, when an unknown male-specific virus ravaged the world, degenerating men into savage cannibals called “fleshers.”

Ruben Lobos, is a short-tempered, genetically enhanced soldier, who’s clueless about his abilities since the pathogen struck at the same time of his experiment. He’s interestingly surrounded by a diverse cast of strong female characters in a dying world where women outlast men.

Artwork  5
Layout  5
Writing  3
Characters  3
Re-Readability  4

Total Score: 4 out of 5

Artwork
First thing that stands out is the art, and son, that is one pretty looking comic. The illustrations by JL Giles looks great with simple inks, textures and colour palettes. Definitely professional work in the interior comic pages



Layout
I love the use of panels and lettering to give dynamics to the action scenes and keep the pace in parts where its needed. The dialogue works very well in this preview, I am able to read and follow along with the story without any visual distractions or confusing speech bubble placements while still keeping style and action going.



Writing
The comic was written by Gilbert Deltres and from what I got from the first issue, an unknown biological substance causes the male population of the world to go berserk and slaughter everyone, the women are unaffected. As they described it, it shows influences from Y the Last Man, The Walking Dead and even a bit of Crossed if you think about it.



The first issue does a decent job of keeping the reader in the loop to what is going on with the world of the comic, even introducing characters through narration is helpful. Although the plot is a little thin in the first issue, it gives enough meat on the bone for you to chew on.

Characters 
This is where I find it goes flat. Lobos and the rest of the cast is a bit 2-dimensional, you got your genetically enhanced super soldier, his girlfriend… his ex girlfriend, horny teenage girl, lesbian cop, etc. you get the gist of it. The muslim woman Salma definitely has my attention and I would like to see her utilized a lot more in later issues.

I understand the idea of Grindhouse and am willing to roll with it, however if you are going to tout the strong female character flag, the characters should be fleshed out much more in later issues.

So far, I just want Dinah to get eaten already. (...no, not like that!)

Conclusion
This series is a strong contender and I am digging the art style of the comic, just need the writing and characters to get a bit more spit and polish. If you like zombies, post-punk apocalypse and action, put your money where your mouth is and check out the Kickstarter page!

Under the Flesh