Although humanity is currently (or is at least trying to be) in the midst of an age where “anything goes,” we still manage to be surprised now and again, and the first issue of Gilbert Hernandez’s Fatima: The Blood Spinners is definitely one of those surprises. Modern comics are usually full of graphic detail, dynamic action sequences, and, generally “fancy” things. “Fatima” strips away all of the realism that has come to be expected with today’s comics, and instead brings back the black-and-white, pop art adventures that have been forgotten in the mainstream.
WRITTEN BY: Gilbert Hernandez
ART BY: Gilbert Hernandez
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
RELEASE: June 27
According to Dark Horse, “A drug called ‘spin’ offers the wildest trip imaginable, followed by its users’ inevitable, rapid deterioration into undead flesh eaters.” As a result of the mass popularity (and consumption) of “spin,” humans are rapidly dying off. Ultimately, it’s up to the busty heroine, Fatima, to destroy the zombies once and for all. The comic opens in the “present day,” so to speak, but most of the comic is a long flashback, where Fatima explains how she got to where she is today.
At first, I wasn’t quite sure of what to make of this comic. The premise and artwork are, stylistically, rather simple. Most of the girls look like animé Angelina Jolie (complete with tiny waist and huge knockers), and the flashback sequence reminds me of a cross between a James Bond adventure and a Romero film. Call me “new school” all you want, but I was taken aback, because I’m simply not used to seeing that style in a new release.
However, as basic as this comic seems, I can’t bash it. Just take a step back and view it from a larger standpoint. The artwork is quite charming, the story is oddly dynamic, and Fatima’s character is stupidly well developed after only one issue. This is the perfect break from other zombie books because it’s a whole lot of different, combined with the same themes you’ve come to know and love. “Fatima” will find its fair share of followers, and it’s well worth a read.
Reviewed by – Kaity McAllister