Review: ’68 Homefront

Written by Mark Kidwell
Art by Kyle Charles
Published by Image Comics
Release date: November 5, 2014

The third issue of ‘68 Homefront sees the start of a new arc, which seems rather weird considering this is a four-issue miniseries. Were this an an ongoing series, or a collection of serialized one-shot stories, I probably wouldn’t be so concerned as to how Homefront will resolve next month, but starting a new arc as the series draws to a close seems a little odd.

I normally wouldn’t harp on this point much, and if you’re picking the series up with this issue you probably wouldn’t care much either, but for those of you who have been reading ‘68 Homefront since issue one this fact may be a little disconcerting.

68homefront3sc1 The story itself is not bad, especially if you’re a sucker for zombie stories as I am. The pacing is a little slow, but being a new arc, that’s probably to be expected as there is a good deal of setup that needs to take place. Unfortunately, the main characters are rather generic and flat and their only connection to the larger story seems to be that two of them are dodging the draft in Vietnam by fleeing to this remote Canadian town.

There are some redeeming qualities to ‘68 Homefront #3, most of those landing in the art department. Kyle Charles’ art is really solid throughout the book and his pencil work comes through just as well in close-ups as well as panoramic panels. His art style isn’t gritty per se, but offers a level of grit that feels right for this type of story, and his zombies have just the right balance between creepy and gore. The color work by Jay Fotos is outstanding. I would imagine that it would be very difficult to find the right color balance with scenes heavily dominated by the white of snow, but Fotos nails it.

Overall, ‘68 Homefront #3 is not my favorite issue of this long running series, but does serve as a pretty good zombie story. I’m curious to see how the threads which were introduced here will be resolved in the next issue and whether they’ll be reintroduced in future installments of the series.

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