FUBAR-The Devil’s Dance Floor
Story and Art by Jeff McComsey
Cover and Pin Ups by Steve Becker
Release Date: May 5, 2012 (In-Stores)
Release Date: April 17, 2012 (Digital Download)
Cover Price: Free!
I have to admit, at first the idea of reviewing a comic that will be coming out for free on Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) seemed odd to me. That is, until I realized just how many free-of-charge offerings will be up for grabs on FCBD. FUBAR: The Devil’s Dance Floor is one of those offerings, and with no price tag, this comic is a no-brainer when it comes to picking up comics on FCBD.
It is not stretch to say that the zombie genre has been done to “death” in comics. However, with the hordes of zombie comics that lurch their way onto shop shelves every week, there is at least one that stands above the rest. FUBAR: The Devil’s Dance Floor seems to intentionally go out of its way to avoid tired gross-out bits that are so commonly found in this type of comic, and instead focuses on an interesting story.
This issue begins as the British 6th army is preparing to face off against Field Marshall Erwin Rommel’s zombie Afrika Korps. Yes, you read it correctly — World War II, but with zombies. And yes, I know it has been explored before on some level or another, yet this comic focuses more on the men behind the lines more than anything else. We are introduced to the remaining members of this army as they face almost certain annihilation. The options of retreat or surrender are not in this comic, just full-fledged zombie on human warfare.
Artists and writer Jeff McComsey is definitely channeling a Walking Dead vibes with this comic. From the washed-out gray panels to the character driven storyline, everything about The Devil’s Dance Floor feels Kirkman-inspired. With such a great formula to follow, McComsey takes this story in a unique and emotionally compelling direction. When most authors could have easily been happy filling a FCBD comic with gore-filled panels, McComsey strives from something with much more depth in both art and story.
When FCBD rolls around, Fubar-The Devil’s Dance Floor needs to be somewhere in your stack. I cannot guarantee that this comic will be the best free comic on FCBD, but I can tell you that it this issue is one of the more interesting zombie WWII mash ups I have read in a while.
It’s your lucky day! The good folks over at FUBAR Press have provided us with a link to share with you all. If you can’t wait until FCBD, you can download FUBAR-The Devil’s Dance Floor for free right now. Just click on this link.
Also, check out our Top Picks For Free Comic Book Day 2012.