The GeeksverseZombies Vs. Robots: Undercity #1 – Advanced Review

Zombies Vs. Robots: Undercity #1 – Advanced Review
Published on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 by

Written by: Chris Ryall
Art by: Mark Torres
Lettered by: Robbie Robbins
Cover Art: A- Mark Torres; B- Gary Brown; C- Ashley Wood

Tricky. Very tricky. A little blurb on the credits page of this issue says that it takes place after Infestation but before “the world went to shit” in Zombies vs Robots #1.

In other words, IDW used the Infestation event to tell the origin of their Zombies vs Robots property.


This opens up with the zombie plague spreading across the world. The only hard part to figure out is what happened to the CVO, whose universe the Kirtland Infestation originally happened. A couple of mentions of the CVO team are made, but it’s hard to tell if this is the same universe or not as they are never seen.

The zombies are going crazy and the Warbots can’t seem to save the human race so Project: Undertow is started. The President and 100 of the best and brightest the world have to offer are sent underground to a city under DC. There they will live, safe from the zombie plague, and keep the human race alive.

Like any good zombie story, someone of course carries the infection with them. In this case it’s a preacher that thought he was getting through to the zombies.

Ryall’s script has a note of fun to it. There’s alot of humor. The robots are funny in their way. They have alot of personality to them. The two preachers are on opposite sides of the spectrum. One is all “hellfire and brimstone” and the other is the compassionate preacher.

Ryall provides two lines of story. The first is the group of 100 getting sent to the Undercity. The second is the Reverend Ironwood and his Godbots. It’ll be interesting if the two stories meet. We know where the story is basically going to end up, or you will if you’d read Zombies vs Robots.

The art by Torres is different. He’s not as sharp and chaotic as Ashley Wood, but his work does have some angles and a unique style to it. His depiction of the preachers reflects their personalities. Ironwood appears as sharp, angular, demonic in a way. Well Baxter appears soft and nice.

Zombies Vs. Robots: Undercity #1 receives
4 out of 5

I’m not a big fan of zombies and think they have run their course, but I did like how this tied into Infestation and the origins of the Zombies vs Robots universe.

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