STORY: Fred Van Lente
ART: Vincenzo Carratù and Jordi Perez
COLORS: Kike J. Diaz
LETTERS: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: Tony Fleecs
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Tony Fleecs; Lesley “Leirix” Li; Lucio Parrillo; Arthur Suydam; Gracie the Cosplay Lass and Jim Donnelly (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (July 2022)
“Let's Play Zombie Chess on Mars!”
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 and Jordi Perez; colored by Kike J. Diaz; and lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. This time, Tarzan (John Clayton II, Viscount Greystoke) and Jane, his wife, join the cross-company zombie crossover.
DIE!namite Never Dies! Volume 3 #5 (“Let's Play Zombie Chess on Mars!”) opens on Barsoom. Issus, the goddess of death of Barsoom, has engaged Evil (Red) Sonja in battle, but the battlefield is a chessboard. Tarzan and Jane and Tarzan's White Apes. Carthoris, Jedwar of Helium and the son of John Carter and Dejah Thoris. Thuvia, Princess of Jasoom. They are pawns in Sonja's game. John Carter himself and Captain Future serve Issus.
But the main event pits allies Vampirella and Pantha. Who will win? How will the end … end?
THE LOWDOWN: Since July 2021, the marketing department at Dynamite Entertainment has been providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles. One of them is DIE!namite Never Dies! Volume 3 #5. It is only the eighth DIE!namite comic book that I have read, although I've known of the series since it first began.
DIE!namite Never Dies! Volume 3 #5 is the final issues of the series. Writer Fred Van Lente closes this miniseries out with a big fight, which letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou presents in all its big loudness. The art team of artist Vincenzo Carratu and Jordi Perez and colorist Kike J. Diaz hold their end of the narrative bargain. This final issue features some of the team's best art, storytelling, and colors. It would be nice to see them again.
Still, I'm truly not satisfied. I wish this series was going on longer; that seems the natural thing to do.
I READS YOU RECOMMENDS: Fans of DIE!namite will want DIE!namite Never Dies! Volume 3.
[This comic book includes “Dynamite Dispatch” July 2022, which features an interview with writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson about his upcoming James Bond comic book series.]
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
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