Book Title: Mother Russia: Winter Special 2022
Book Description: It’s the middle of winter in Stalingrad in 1944. World War II is all anyone can think about. In this part of the Soviet Union, it’s at least -15 degrees Celsius. It’s too cold for the Nazis and the Zombies. We see a female Russian soldier take a dog and child repelling from a church steeple down to the ground. The zombies are all frozen in place, so they are not a danger. The child plays and makes snow angels. Things get dicey when a platoon of German soldiers comes through the town. It turns into a mental chess game where lives are at stake. Is our heroine up to the task?
Book Author: Jeff McComskey
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: Comics Experience Publishing
Illustrator: Jeff McComskey
- Interior Art(3.5)
- Cover Art(3.5)
As I’ve said before, I love historical fiction. Having Eastern European heritage, I especially love WWII stories that feature the Soviet Union or Germany. When I saw this on the shelf in my local comic book store I had visions of a story akin to Sara by Garth Ennis. The zombie on the first page put that notion out of my head.
There are almost no words for this book. Seriously. We get a title for the issue that is coupled with a couple words about the setting. After that we’re running silent. No dialogue. No onomatopoeia. No nothing.
I like it. It helps emphasize that this isn’t a story about war. This is a story about survival. If the zombies thaw out enough, the jig is up. Our soldier goes into survival mode protecting herself and (I’m assuming) her child. Likewise, I a sound is made when the Germans come through… thanks for playing.
The artwork on cover and interior pages is well done. I would have liked to see color on the interior pages; but the lack of color helped place an emphasis on how stark, cold, and barren the area was.
As a geek on a budget, I feel I got my money’s worth out of the Mother Russia Winter Special. It has has action and intensity, while being completely silent.
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