Saturday, December 14, 2013

Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmaggedon by Paul Tobin & Ron Chan - Ashley's Review

*I received this comic book as an eARC from Dark Horse Comics on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmaggedon
Authors: Paul Tobin & Ron Chan
Date of Publication: November 19, 2013

Synopsis: PopCap's immensely popular Plants vs. Zombies game finally gets the plant-filled, zombie-zapping comics treatment it deserves! The confusing-yet-brilliant inventor known only as Crazy Dave helps his niece, Patrice, and young adventurer Nate Timely fend off a "fun-dead" neighborhood invasion in Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon

Winner of over thirty "Game of the Year" awards, Plants vs. Zombies is now determined to shuffle onto bookshelves to tickle funny bones and thrill...brains. Paul Tobin (Marvel Adventures, Falling Skies) and Ron Chan (The Guild, Husbands) join forces with a bevy of battling plants to deliver a hilarious, all-ages, action filled zombie romp to your neighborhood!


Review: Who doesn't love Plants vs. Zombies? It's on pretty much every platform and device, and it's fun for all ages. The zombies are slow and fun to destroy, the plants are creative and punny and colorful, and Crazy Dave is...well, crazy. So imagine my glee at finding a comic featuring Crazy Dave, his plants, and the zombies! 

This comic is basically a contained adventure in which Nate Timely and Patrice must save their neighborhood from the zombie invasion. Crazy Dave talks crazy, and only Patrice can translate, and I really enjoyed those conversations. Even translated Crazy Dave makes zero sense. I felt like Nate and I could have been friends, since he's the only one coming up with ideas and actually trying to save the town while Patrice gets sidetracked and helps her uncle with his ridiculous ideas. They make quite a duo, and I was surprised how much fun they were to read about.

I also really enjoyed seeing all of the plants and zombies from the game. The artwork is exceptional, and looks like it could have come straight from the actual game. The colors are bright and fun when Nate and Patrice are running around destroying zombies outside, and then dark and scary when they need to be. 

This was a really fun comic, and I would definitely recommend it to fans of the games. It would also be appropriate for younger readers, since it isn't too scary and there isn't any blood and gore and all of that that you would usually associate with zombies. I think this would be a fun way to introduce kids to the magic of comic books, especially if they're familiar with the game. 3/5 from me! 


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