Mother Russia Review by Eugene Alejandro

Jeff McComsey’s Mother Russia is a zombie graphic novel that takes place in an alternate time in history (the 1940s) in which Soviet Russia has become victim to the Zombie apocalypse (there really isn’t an explanation for it either). The story mostly focuses on a female sniper in Russia who is trying to survive from the zombies, and she ends up rescuing a little boy only to also be saved by a former German soldier along with his pet German Shepard dog.

As far as zombie survival stories go, Mother Russia surely is an entertaining read with interesting characters and a nice concept. I most certainly recommend getting the graphic novel collection as after the main story ends, the collected edition includes bonus stories giving origins to all the main characters. They are all written by Jeff McComsey, but each one is illustrated by a different artist.

Speaking of the artwork, not only did Jeff McComsey create and write Mother Russia, he also drew it as well. His artwork in the interior pages are in black and white, and it is decent to look at, and fits the tone of the story very well. The bonus stories (like I said earlier in this review) are each illustrated by different artists. While each artist has a different style of penciling and inking, each one works for the respective stories they worked on, and doesn’t really distract from the fact that they are each a huge contrast to the main story’s art.

The only nitpick I have with Mother Russia is the ending. I won’t spoil how the ending goes, but I will warn that is does give the reader a “really? That quick?” vibe. It wasn’t a terrible ending, but I felt it could’ve been better.

While Mother Russia may not be something new, ground breaking, and mind blowing, it’s certainly a good enough read if you are someone who enjoys zombies and horror.

I give Mother Russia Two Thumbs Up, and 4/5 Stars.

CLUSTERF@#K! Review by Eugene Alejandro

Published by Alterna Comics’s FUBAR Press imprint (it’s listed as so in the beginning of the book if you read it on ComiXology like I did), CLUSTERF@#K! is a supernatural comedy about two private detectives named Karl and Jim who arrest and turn in an wizard named Dante, as well his Goatman henchman. Jim and Karl bring them to the station, and the leader of the station wants to question Dante in hopes he will find a very powerful item. When he believes that the Goatman is the key in finding the item, he of course wants him. Karl and Jim overhear this, and decide to bring the Goatman with them as they don’t trust their boss’s intentions. When this happens, the leader of the detective agency sends more agents after Karl, Jim, and the Goatman, and even makes a deal with a gang of Werewolves to find them as well. With agents and werewolves after them, Jim and Karl do what they can to protect the Goatman, and deal with the “CLUSTERF@#K!” thrown at them (hence the title).

The creator credits for CLUSTERF@#K! are Jon Parish (the writer), Nic J Shaw, Steven Forbes, Claudio Gaete, and Diego Toro (the artists with Diego Toro also being the inker), and Kote Carvajal (the colorist).

CLUSTERF@#K! is a fun and entertaining story as it works well as a comedy with supernatural elements in it with the both of those genres being used together with effort. Despite the big amount of foul language, and graphic violence in it, it all works with CLUSTERF@#K!’s tone because it shows that it’s not suppose to be taken seriously since it’s a comedy to begin with.

The artwork by all who made it that I mentioned earlier has a combination of the art styles of Cory Hamscher, and way some human characters look in Pixar films (at least in my opinion anyways). That style of art is a perfect fit for CLUSTERF@#K! as it helps show the plot’s humorous and lighthearted tone, while at the same time being a story for adults. Kote Carvajal’s coloring is also spectacular and blends with the art very well.

There are some parts of CLUSTERF@#K! that do feel a little bit predictable, but for the most part, the rest of the story does have a lot of clever twists and ideas in it, and the ending isn’t a blatant cliff-hanger, but there is a lot of ambiguity to it that I hope another story does happen.

So if you want to read a hilarious supernatural comic with detectives, werewolves, and demons in it, please purchase and read CLUSTERF@#K!

I give CLUSTERF@#K! Two Thumbs, and 4/5 Stars.