There are some who fear the Cambodian jungles for their ferocity. Animals. Zombies. The last one might not be so much of a threat these days, but humans are threatening and they're very real. In '68: Rule of War #1, Mark Kidwell, Jeff Zornow and Jay Fotos bring new terrors to the Vietnam War in '68: Rule of War #1, the first in a four-issue miniseries sure to delight zombie enthusiasts.
“The concept of ’68 owes its roots to the fact that George Romero and John Russo unleashed their original vision of the American flesh-eating undead in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead,” explained Kidwell. “If you take that birthdate as gospel in the creation of the zombie sub-genre, it’s a no-brainer that the conflict in Southeast Asia would have become an instant, overnight hell teeming with hungry ghouls and unburied war dead. The goal then, was to introduce the supernatural horror of the zombie plague into the equation already established by the horrors of an out-of-control war and let the readers decide which is worse.”
In a doom-shadowed Cambodia infested with the living dead, CIA Special Agent Declan Rule and his canine companion Nero stalk a human monster, a neurosurgeon bent on carrying out grisly experiments that turn P.O.W.s into vicious instruments of war. In Vietnam, Private Kuen Yam and his ragtag band of survivors battle their way across a murderous no-man’s-land in a desperate search for a ticket to the skies. The war is over, but the battle for humanity’s survival has just begun.
Kidwell focuses on the horrifying capabilities of humans, rather than just zombies alone. “Readers will see how a human imagination, backed up by years of medical and scientific education, can take a threat like a shambling, cannibalistic demon and make it worse by wiring it to a radio transmitter frequency, packing it with high explosives and aiming it at an unsuspecting opposition,” said Kidwell. “Also, with the dead, surgical application and augmentation could be performed without boundaries. The threat of ‘losing’ a patient due to lab table trauma is zero as long as you don’t destroy the brain. Think Frankenstein on steroids with the bedside manner of Joseph Stalin and you’re getting warm.”
'68: Rule of War #1 with Cover A by Nat Jones can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code FEB140498. Cover B, with art by Clayton Crain, can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code FEB140499. And Cover C, which is a blank sketch variant, can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code FEB140500. The first issue hits stores April 2.
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