Creators/Writers: Jeff Homan and Benjamin Bartlett
Cover Art: DAL
Content Art: DAL
This is the fourth issue of what was previously published as The Toking Dead. Though the name has changed slightly I can assure you, our lovable and feisty classic characters and their smart aleck, foul mouths are still with us. And thank goodness for that!!!! This is, by far, the best issue the guys have created. I am a person who is more the type to laugh on the inside rather than out loud and very rarely out loud at all when I am reading. With this issue I was laughing out loud almost every single page. The characters are really coming to life with all the personality and spunk and quirkiness of each starting to fully show and intertwine together. I must say, the guys wrote this extremely well. It has the natural flow of dialogue a reader craves and the humor a comedy lover needs topped with the gore that a true horror fan requires.
I’m telling ya, if I were in Duke and Tobi’s situation, I think I would be far less positive thinking. As we have seen in previous issues, Duke and Tobi are infected with whatever it is that these pot-smoking zombie fiends are spreading like a virus. And the guys are keeping themselves from turning into full-on psycho zombies that will kill for marijuana is actually smoking the medicinal plant themselves and ingesting edibles in large quantities. The medical properties of the marijuana in various forms seems to be the only thing keeping them alive and the weed-smoking zombies happy and, luckily, keeping the zombies from killing them in violent hand-to-hand combat. It’s an incredible war being fought and Duke and Tobi are still holed up in one of their dispensary buildings with Piper.
So, the guys are trying to stay more human than zombie AND fight off the killer weed-smoking fully infected zombies at the same time. Piper is on the front lines in the fight as well, although as we saw in previous issues, she’s still normal (never forget that 'normal' is a relative term). So far. Now, add to all that the fact that the guys and Piper have to figure out how to keep the supply going to stay alive and avoid full transformation. Their stock is getting lower and lower by the day and with the zombies just outside, whatever was growing in their plantation is now gone or worthless (you'll see).
We also have a new guest that shows up at the place where they are taking shelter.
Between the four of them it’s a comical emotional rollercoaster. There’s insults, snappy comments and quick comebacks, some that might even make a sailor blush. But not me. I was laughing my tail off. I thought this issue was by far the funniest and most entertaining issue yet.
And the artwork! The artwork is fantastic! Incredible line work and the colors practically jump off the page and pull you into the comic. The writing is so funny. It feels so natural as you read it. I can actually picture this group of people living in reality and having these exact same conversations.
Yes, there is foul language. Yes, there is some less than tasteful humor. But it’s meant to be that way! This trio isn’t made up of a group of goodie-goodies. These are some seriously badass people and they have strong personalities and strong opinions. And no filter from their brains to their mouths. (I can relate. No REAL filter here, in truth.) And that is what makes them so funny together. They feed off of each other. These three could be an act on a show like SNL (Saturday Night Live) where they do skit comedy. It’s almost like you can’t have the full punch of the comical friends if one is missing. Their personalities are perfectly meshed and intertwined to give us the maximum amount of entertainment that is able to be packed into one issue of a comic book.
As always, the guys don’t disappoint their fans. They have come out with yet another amazingly crafted issue and it’s my favorite so far.
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