Rags: A Zombie Shopping Spree is a preview comic for a series put together by Brian Ball, Trent Luther, and Luigitot Tuerel. The issue gives us a glimpse of the life of Marine Cpl Regina Ragowski in the midst of a zombie outbreak. It appears, from information on the site that the regular run will follow the story of three characters, Regina, Operator, and Judy Hannah Smith. Based on the character descriptions the series looks like it will deal with some serious issues like PTSD and mental breakdowns while incorporating dark humor and adult themes. Overall it looks like this series will be something a little different from what we’re used to seeing in comics that deal with important issues.
This preview issue gives us just a taste, and I liked what I saw. The first thing that struck me is the art style. The world of Rags, in this issue at least, is gray and colorless. Except for Regina that is. Vibrant reds and oranges mark her hair, red splatters of blood, and the tattoos on the former Marine are the only colors to be had. It’s a departure from the popular black and white that a lot of zombie comics utilize and it adds a unique highlight to the panels. The art style itself is great. The line work and shading is better than most indies and many of the books from mainstream publishers as well. It has a unique feel that sets it apart and the team behind it has the skill to deliver a great looking series.
We don’t get much of a story yet in the short preview, but we do get some world-building which is good. Based on this quick look we are going to have a series that pulls no punches with the violence or nudity so if that’s not your thing be warned. The world of Rags is going to be brutal and ugly without a doubt. We can only wait to see if the rest of the series is going to balance it with good character development and story.
This just being a preview issue there’s no much else to say. I liked it, and I will be looking into the full issues when they release. It looks like it’s going to be a fun book to read and interesting visually. It’s higher quality than a lot of indies out there which shows the dedication and skill of the team involved. If you’re interested you can get this prologue issue here at Comix Central.