Fanboys vs. Zombies is a limited horror/comedy comic book series. Written by Sam Humphries and Shane Houghton. Art by Jerry Gaylord and Bryan Turner. Published in 2012-14 by Boom! Studios. Fanboys vs. Zombies is “a loving send-up of geek fandom with a perfect blend of quirky comedy and zombie-killin’ action!”
Girls, guns or zombies? Adorable fangirls, guns and zombies!
The series is collected in 5 trade paperback volumes …
Vol. 1: Wrecking Crew 4 Lyfe (2012). “San Diego, we have a problem!”
One is a decrepit mob of gurgling, ravenous fiends… and the other is a zombie outbreak. When there is no more room in Hell, the undead shall take over Comic-Con! A crew of feuding best friends find themselves trapped inside the largest comic convention in America, transformed into a seething cauldron of the undead. Collecting issues 1-4 of the fanboy-favorite series, join Rob, Jenna, Burger, and the rest of the Wrecking Crew as they fight their way through the zombie hordes – and try to snag some con exclusives along the way!
Written by Sam Humphries. Art by Jerry Gaylord. This volume includes a complete cover gallery and character designs by Humberto Ramos.
Vol. 2: Appetite for Destruction (2013). “The saga continues!”
Comic-Con is over. San Diego is completely dead… err, make that undead. Escaping the convention center was the easy part – now the Wrecking Crew has nowhere to hide as they wreck shop in the wastelands of the Gaslamp District! Collecting issues 5-8 of the fanboy-favorite series, join Amanda, Kyle, Jenna, and Missy as the Wrecking Crew comes face-to-face with the dark side of fandom – discovering the shocking secret behind the zombie outbreak in the process!
Written by Sam Humphries. Art by Jerry Gaylord and Bryan Turner. This volume includes a cover gallery.
Vol. 3: Escape from San Diego (2013). “What happens in Vegas, slays in Vegas!”
With a nuclear bomb headed straight for Zombie Ground Zero, the Wrecking Crew must escape San Diego in search of a mysterious government compound that supposedly houses the contagion’s cure! But does new WC member Kurt Kiel have the group’s best interests at heart, or does he have more sinister motives? Collecting issues 9-12 of the fanboy-favorite series, join Brendan, Amanda, Kurt, and Kyle for a Wrecking Crew road trip unlike any other – also featuring the triumphant return of two original WC members!
Story by Sam Humphries and Shane Houghton. Written by Shane Houghton. Art by Jerry Gaylord and Bryan Turner. This volume includes a cover gallery.
Vol. 4: Apollo Z (2014). “Fanboys in SPAAAACE!”
Trapped on a space station with a bunch of wimpy scientists and one rogue zombie, the Wrecking Crew is faced with an intriguing new challenge – instead of destroying Earth’s zombie infestation, can they cure it? Fanboys will die. Romances will bloom. And you bet Amanda’s gonna get her Ripley on! Collecting issues 13-16 of the fanboy-favorite series, join Kurt, Amanda, Rob, and Burger as the Wrecking Crew faces that final frontier – one small step for man, one giant leap for nerd-kind!
Written by Shane Houghton. Art by Jerry Gaylord. This volume includes a cover gallery, “Decomposing FvZ” and fan sketches by Jerry Gaylord.
Vol. 5: 4 Stories of the Apocalypse (2014).
Welcome to “4 Stories of the Apocalypse,” a series of 4 standalone tales featuring characters from the FvZ Universe. This volume includes a phantasmic Drake Masterson and J-Mac (or what’s left of him, anyway) team-up, a tale where Gunther escapes into a copy of Kurt Kiel’s “Survival of the Damned,” the untold story of Felix and Chato, the Mexican brothers who helped Rob and Burger return to San Diego, and a very special alternate reality clash of the titans: the Wrecking Crew vs. Team FvZ!
Written by Shane Houghton. Art by Jerry Gaylord and Bryan Turner. This volume includes a cover gallery, an editorial by Shane Houghton and a sketchebook by Jerry Gaylord.
My thoughts… Forget Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead! I did. Read this comic instead. It sends up both geek culture and zombie horror with great characters, witty dialogue, gore, fast-paced action, and lots of laugh-out-loud humor! Kyle’s ass-kickin’ listtle sister Amanda is the best! She’s like a Japanese anime character re-born in an American comic!