The Horror Honeys: Horror Comics: Plants vs Zombies (Yes, it's a comic too!)

Horror Comics: Plants vs Zombies (Yes, it's a comic too!)

Dr. Zomboss is after your brains!
A Guest Comics Honey Review by Allison

Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare #1

Writer: Paul Tobin
Artists: Jacob Chabot, Matthew J. Rainwater (Colours), Steve Dutro (Letters)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Released: October 2015

Writing: 3/5
Characters: 3/5
Art: 4.5/5
Entertainment: 3.5/5
Overall: 3 metallic butts out of 5!

Based on the hit video game, this series tells the story leading up to the beginning of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2! Written by Paul Tobin (Bandette, Banana Sunday) and illustrated by Jacob Chabot (The Mighty Skullboy Army, SpongeBob Comics), this is a hilarious, action-packed, all-ages, zombie-fightin’ adventure!

I've never played Plants Vs Zombies but I couldn't turn down the chance to review something so silly and cute.

Paul Tobin was clearly having a lot of fun with this. He’s constrained somewhat by obligations as a tie-in (the plants aren’t ever really given a reason for being present), but the writing is as goofy as possible within those parameters. As a non-gamer (yes, not even phone games), I can only assume that the metallic butts (the intended purpose of which is left intentionally vague) were concocted for this comic, so anyone who finds the word “butt” inherently humorous will get a kick out of it. (I’d be lying if I said I didn’t chuckle). Basically, Tobin is writing for kids, and while he works in some cleverness (such as Nate ignoring the zombie invasion because he’s playing a game on his phone), the humour is generally pretty lowbrow.

MFB: Metallic Future Butt
I have no idea who these kids are, and we don’t really learn enough about them to develop any kind of investment in them, but that’s probably asking too much for a comic that’s essentially being written as a joke-delivery vehicle. While the protagonists are underwhelming, the zombie mad scientist is a lot of fun, and the creators have a lot of fun juxtaposing his melodramatic speeches with the ridiculousness of his surroundings. I’m sure he’ll get a lot of laughs from the book’s target demographic. 

I’m not familiar with this art team, but it looks like Jacob Chabot has some experience working in kids’ comics, and it shows. He’s working within the world of a video game, but he does it confidently, and fills the backgrounds with a lot of goofy sight gags. The world of the book is clean and pleasant to look at, zombies notwithstanding. Rainwater’s vibrant colours enhance the comic's manic energy, and Dutro's letters effectively give varied voices to the characters and narration.

Those plants never get a day off. 
This is billed as an all-ages comic, but it’s definitely made for kids. It’s lacking the emotional (and mythological) complexity that keeps grown-ups coming back to Lumberjanes or the Adventure Time comics, but kids will likely think it’s hilarious. My unfamiliarity with the game worked against me a bit, but I found enough to like in the art and general silliness to enjoy it. Adult readers will likely tire of its barely-existent plot, but it would make a good gift for any kids you know who enjoy the game.