Editor’s Note: I received Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls Vs. Zombies issue 0 and a TPB as review copies from Approbation Comics.
Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls Vs. Zombies tells the tale of Jamie Schaffer, Paige Patton, and Brittany Miller who are, as you might imagine, sorority sisters living during a zombie apocalypse. Jamie makes up the muscle of the group, physically stronger and more aggressive. Paige is the brains, A+ student, and tends to be the voice of reason and strategy. Brittany is the heart, and can be flaky but has a lot of empathy in the story. It is an outlandish tale of survival in a world lost to a zombie horde. It’s full of violence, gore, zombies, scantily clad sorority girls, jocks, magic, and all the self-aware cliches that one might expect from such a title.
The story plays out like what one might expect from a Sci-fi original movie of the same title, and it reads like the creators are completely conscious of it. Full of over-the-top action, irreverent humor, and tongue-in-in cheek sexuality the book unabashedly embraces all of the elements of the best of the worst B movies one can catch in the wee hours of the morning. It’s a fun story, that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and neither should the reader.
Along with the story of zombies and busty co-eds is an underlying tale of camaraderie and survival. For all it’s irreverence, Chaos Campus does deliver a story of young people bonded by friendship and mutual reliance on each other to live. It’s not just a zombie story, adding elements of dark magic, and unique twists on what has become a very familiar genre over the last few years. While the story is entertaining at the time it’s not very memorable. I found it to be a book I enjoyed while I was reading it but if I had to put an issue down there wasn’t a compelling drive to have to pick it back up to find out what happened. Some scenes stand out, probably the most interesting being the golem/witchcraft element with the patchwork zombie creation.
The art is a mix of styles, from one issue to another, sometimes very good, and other times just all right. Compared to the larger market though I’d rate the art is Chaos Campus much better than several titles I’ve from Marvel. The colors throughout were great, and some of the covers are spectacular.
Overall the books were a fun read, and better than some of the major publisher offerings I’ve seen of late. I’d recommend it for anyone looking for something fun to read, especially if you like independent publishers and cheesy horror stories.