Writer & Artist: Jeff McComsey
Morning and Major Steiner and Svetlana are ready to make a break for the tower. They have loaded themselves with guns, grenades, satchel charges and an M-42 machine gun. Basically Steiner uses the satchel charges and machine gun to clear a path for Svetlana and the boy. They blow a hole through the zombies. Steiner manages to save his dog Hilde. Svetlana makes it to the tower and finds another German soldier already there. She gets into a fight and bashes his head in with a can of pork and beans. She then lifts the dog Hilde to safety as Steiner keeps the zombies at bay. He is overrun and sets off a grenade. Svetlana, Hilde and the boy are happily safe.
The final was everything you could hope for. There was plenty of action as they take out zombies the only way that is effective, with automatic weapon fire and explosives. Steiner has shown a noble spirit in sacrificing his life to save his dog. You have to have a dog to understand. It ends with Svetlana, Hilde and the boy all one big happy family. An epilogue showed some Soviet soldiers trapped on a roof waiting for the cold that would slow down the zombies so they could leave. I think that we may have not seen the last of Svetlana and this zombie Stalingrad. I would love to see more of her and maybe other adventures around the world in the WWII zombie apocalypse.
“No Worse Enemy”
Writer and Artist: Jeff McComsky
Svetlana does not trust the ‘fucking Nazi’ that saved her. Major Otto Steiner is quite calm and asks if she shoots him that she would take care of the dog. She is a good dog and not a very committed National Socialist. The hordes of the undead are about to break into the bunker so she puts aside her hatred and lets him lead her to a more safe place. He notices the boy crying and comes to the conclusion that he is hungry. Unfortunately he has no food. Svetlana has a can of pork and beans she found on the boy. So they have a nice meal.
During the meal Otto narrates what happened. They were getting strange directives from HQ. Burn the dead and don’t eat the meal rations. General Von Paulus is called back to Berlin and they never hear from him again. Soon zombies start to appear. Later the whole Soviet army comes up. The commander loses his head so Steiner shoots him and takes command. The battalion fights into the city and soon only him and the dog Brunhilde are left. Svetlana offers to share the food she has in the tower. But first they must fight their way through the zombie hordes. Luckily Steiner has plenty of firepower.
So the second issue introduces us to Otto Steiner. He is a man who takes charge and very ruthless. In addition to shooting his commander we get a scene where he also shoots his surviving men over some disagreement. Still he cares a lot about his dog and it is hinted that he was a father. Plus he also saved Svetlana and the boy although he gives credit to Brunhilde and he saved Brunhilde. A short look into how the zombie outbreak developed but we are still left in the dark of the big picture just as the characters are. Sets up a big action packed conclusion next issue.
“No Better Friend”
Writer and Artist: Jeff McComsey
Stalingrad. Fall 1943. The zombie apocalypse has occurred during WWII. Now the guns are silent and the ruins of Stalingrad are infested with walking dead of both armies. Svetlana Gorshkova is a young teenage girl who is an expert sniper nicknamed Mother Russia. She survives in a tower stocked with plenty of food, ammunition and a portrait of Stalin. She spends her days taking potshots at zombies. Otherwise she brushes her hair, does push-ups and reads to pass the time. One day she sees a young two year old boy still alive. He wanders around clutching a stuffed bunny. Because of his size the zombies don’t notice him. Unfortunately he trips and starts to cry which gets the zombies attention. Svetlana goes into action. She repels down the tower with a sub-machinegun and blasts zombies. She grabs the kid and it looks like the end as a horde of zombies close in. A German shepherd comes to the rescue followed by a German soldier who leads Svetlana to a safe bunker.
Zombies are a popular thing right now. In fact they have been maybe a bit overdone. Making a zombie story set during the Second World War is a different idea. McComsey sets up an interesting story with Svetlana. The desolation of Stalingrad provides a perfect backdrop to the story and his story needs a minimum of dialogue. Its told through the images and the black and white format works. A simple but effective idea in having the plot center on saving a young child and the teaming up of former enemies hold promise for a very enjoyable series.