A family living on a farm in rural Iowa is dealing with a rat infestation…but this is no ordinary rat problem, because these rats, in addition to being very aggressive, don’t die that easily…they have to be dismembered or completely crushed. Meanwhile, scientists at a lab in New Jersey are doing experiments on similar rats, and are not happy with their discoveries. Is this the beginning of The Final Plague?
The Final Plague is another in Action Lab’s horror-themed Danger zone division of comics. Written by Johnnie Arnold, it takes a novel approach to a zombie apocalypse, with the undead hordes being animals instead of humans. This is pretty clever, and using rats as the harbingers of the plague only makes sense, since it has happened historically in real life. Whether or not the plague can be spread to humans remains to be seen…a lab worker gets blood from an infected critter in her mouth, so we will more than likely find out soon. We do get to see an infected rabbit, so we do know it’s not just rats that carry the zombie virus.
The artwork, by Tony Guaraldi-Brown, is well-executed. His work is almost watercoloresque, and the character’s faces are particularly well done. The infected critters, which are the all-important story aspect here, are nasty and vicious-looking, and the panels depicting swarms of infected zombie rats attacking people are pretty effective.
There isn’t a ton of action, but since this is a first issue that’s setting up the story, I expect it to ramp up in subsequent chapters. There is enough going on to make me want to continue , which is always a good thing…I’m interested to see how humans are affected, as well as what other animals the plague spreads to. I definitely want to see what happens next.
The Final Plague, Writer-Johnnie Arnold, Artist- Tony Guaraldi-Brown . Go to www.actionlabcomics.com for more information.