Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Comics Review: "DIE!NAMITE Never Dies! Volume 3 #1" Welcomes Tarzan


STORY: Fred Van Lente
ART: Vincenzo Carratù
COLORS: Kike J. Diaz
LETTERS: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: Tony Fleecs
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Arthur Suydam; Lesley Leirix; Jamie Biggs; Lucio Parrillo; Gracie the Cosplay Lass (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (March 2022)

Rated Teen+

DIE!namite is a series of zombie apocalypse comics from Dynamite Entertainment that utilizes some of the publisher's most popular characters and licensed properties.  The latest is DIE!namite Never Dies!  It is written by Fred Van Lente; drawn by Vincenzo Carratu; colored by Kike J. Diaz; and lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

DIE!namite Never Dies! Volume 3 #1 opens in the Uziri National Forest, at the Kenya/Tanzania border, where a spacecraft of some type crashes.  This is also the home of Tarzan (John Clayton II, Viscount Greystoke) and his Jane, his wife, and Korak, his infant son.  Alerted to the crash, Tarzan soon encounters … “Zombie Dinosaurs!”

Meanwhile, Evil Sonja, Vampirella, and Pantha arrive and are on the hunt for vampires and zombies.  So how does all this tie into Mars (Barsoom)?

THE LOWDOWN:  In July 2021, Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is DIE!namite Never Dies! Volume 3 #1.  It is only the fourth DIE!namite comic that I have read, although I've known of the series since it first began.

I don't have much to say about DIE!namite Never Dies! Volume 3 #1, which is like any other issue in this series … except that there is Tarzan, and I am a fan of the character.  I must admit that Tarzan brings something extra to the series.

Fred Van Lente offers a first issue that intrigues.  The art team of artist Vincenzo Carratu and colorist Kike J. Diaz present some nice looking art and clear storytelling.  So I think DIE!namite Never Dies! Volume 3 has potential, enough to make me come back for the second issue.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of DIE!namite will want DIE!namite Never Dies! Volume 3.

[This comic book includes “Dynamite Dispatch,” which features an interview with writer Fred Van Lente.]

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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