Zombies Vs Robots (IDW, 2007) An Appreciation.
Written by Chris Ryall, Art by Ashley Wood
Three scientists, Throckmorton, Winterbottom and Satterfield are the orchestrator's of this titanic battle for Earth and the survival of Mankind. After creating a portal for time travel, a test of its capabilities brings one of the scientists back as a heap of flesh. Sentient robots are then designed and used to exploit time travel, as human bodies could not deal with its rigours (but the robots could). It is during these explorations through time (whether in the past or future is unclear) that the robots inadvertently bring back a zombie plague. Soon, and with the human race decimated, it is the sentient robots that are all that are standing between the future survival of mankind (which hinges on keeping a baby alive) and a seething mass of the undead. The robots are protecting the baby until such a time as they can clone the child, thus ensuring mankind's continuation.
What you get is exactly what the title describes - Zombies versus Robots, in an epic and apocalyptic setting, the protection of the child paramount, the Robots calm and analytical against the mindless Zombie hunger and rage.
The finale is literally apocalyptic, but with a twist at the end (there is a follow-up called Zombies vs Robots vs Amazons, which gives you an idea where the story is headed).
Zombies vs Robots is all about broad strokes - robots fight zombies to protect mankind so in essence what you see is what you get - because I believe this title is all about the art. It has some of the most thrilling and intense artwork I have seen, and the design of the robots is amazing. I urge you to investigate this unique and effective sci-fi / horror tale.
Published by IDW, 'Zombies vs Robots' is available as a Hardcover, as a softcover that also includes 'Zombies vs Robots vs Amazons' and you may even still pick up the original comics on ebay etc
The good news is that they are now are returning with a bi-monthly serial, ZVR Adventures (and issue 1 is a nice tribute to Warrens 'Blazing Combat');
Cover to ZVR Adventures #1
Cover to Blazing Combat #1
see here for more on ZVR Adventures #1, and the solicitation reads like this;
Written by Chris Ryall, art and cover by Ashley Wood.
Zombies vs Robots returns in an all-new bi-monthly series. And this time around, you get three serials in one. Beginning in this issue, the war story of "Kampf," the human resistance grows in "Masques" and a voodoo curse leads to new zombies in "Zuvembies."
So an Anthology series, expanding on the Zombies vs Robots universe. Exciting stuff indeed. Due in June 2009. Looks like another one for my pull list.
http://ashleybambaland.blogspot.com/ - check out the Ashley Wood website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashley_Wood - Ashley Wood wiki entry
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Ryall - Chris Ryall / IDW entry on Wiki
http://www.idwpublishing.com/ - IDW home