The result of Humphries’ plotting? The horror-comedy comic created by Jimmy Fox and Ben Silverman, Fanboys vs. Zombies, coming in April from Boom! Studios. It will feature art by newcomer Jerry Gaylord and tell the tale of feuding best friends who must band together and use their powers for good during a zombie attack at San Diego Comic Con. Honestly, in our heart of hearts, don’t most of us harbor a bit of resentment toward those lucky masses who get to attend Comic-Con or feel the con has maybe gotten too big for its britches? If you do, It’s time to live vicariously through these Fanboys and watch Comic-Con get decimated.
Ultimately,my money will be on the Fanboys to save the world. Many of us geeky types have a suspicion our video gamed perfected reflexes and lessons learned from the horror genre will be of use to us some day. That day for the Fanboys is now. I can only hope we get to see some zombified Hollywood actors (the cast of Twilight perhaps) and some cosplayers (undead slave Leias?). If done well, this comic could entertainingly critique, mock, and praise this event and culture we hold so dear in a way that only fanboys and fangirls will appreciate.
Now comics love throwing variant covers at us and such so here’s the dirt on the variations collectors can look out for- main covers in a 30/30/30/10 split by Humberto Ramos, Alé Garza, Khary Randolph, and Matteo Scalera, a 1-in-25 wrap around “Where’s the zombie?” incentive by Ulises Farinas, a 1-in-50 sketch incentive by Humberto Ramos, and a 1-in-75 sketch incentive by Alé Garza and a special 1-in 200 CGC 9.8 Near Mint variant by Marvel Zombies artist and Zombie King Arthur Suydam functions as an homage to the cover of Crisis on Infinite Earths #7.
I’ll be racing you to the comic store in April for this comic.