Review - FVZA #2

Radical Comics comes to us with another exciting and, frankly, awesome issue of FVZA (Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency). With various parts of the country experiencing outbreaks and enough tension to indicate something big is going on, the Agency has been reopened. Our three main characters are back alongside Landra and Vidal- two new agents that are training at the academy. Their grandfather, Pecos (one of the original members of the agency), is now back on in an advisory capacity just in case any old names show up. Most of the plot of the first issue really set up the alternate history of the world while combating the zombie virus and vampirism on a large scale. With the outbreaks and the reopening of the FVZA, things are now moving rapidly to prevent a large scale outbreak or terrorist attack using the zombie virus. This issue brings us more on the current happenings rather then the history. Pecos has been training Landra and Vidal for this day since they were little while homeschooling them, making them ideal agents. It is interesting seeing the moral issues that Landra has with the treatment of the zombies and vampires that are brought in. She still thinks of them as more than just monsters, a frame of mind her grandfather tries at many opportunities to break her out of. Back in the FVZA an investigative trip reveals that the oldest of vampires is involved and things escalate quickly. Elder vampires seem to be traveling to America due to some reckless actions taken by more junior vampires. One vampire in particular named Yaelis seems very important to the cause, and also has a very interesting connection to the FVZA that was revealed which surprised me at the end. Now that the vampires have been exposed though, they feel the America is a threat to hunt for them again. This is something they can’t allow, and I fear for what they might do next. I think one of the surprises of this issue was how many different modern day issues this seems to touch on for me. There is the treatment of what are essentially prisoners of war and some questionable interrogation techniques and some of the characters genuinely seem to have questions about whether zombies and vampires should be treated more humanely. Even amongst the vampires it seems that people can retain their human emotions for a while. Some people never truly adjust to the change and simply die. You actually start to pity them in a way, even though you know that given the chance zombies or vampires would rip a person apart to feed. No small feat to make THEM a pitiable group. The general moral questions presented are just intriguing in here. This title has everything: enough blood and gore to be gross but not over the top, questions of morality and what makes a creature “human,” really smart storylines with little surprises here and there and even some sexiness (if you need that). As with the first issue, I was drawn to it all the way through and FVZA continues to entertain. If you see it in stores and you like zombie and vampire action with a twist, pick it up. You won’t be disappointed. Check out a preview below.