Kickstart My Heart: Under The Flesh

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Welcome one and all to a brand new feature entitled Kickstart My Heart. This new monthly feature looks to shine a spotlight on a Comic Book Kickstarter campaign that deserves your money and your support. This inaugural edition will look at the new property Under The Flesh by Gilbert Deltres and J.L. Giles.

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So what is Under The Flesh about? Well the official press release summarizes it perfectly:

“Independent comic book creator Gilbert Deltres, with artist J.L. Giles, are set to launch their first Kickstarter for Zombie Comic UNDER THE FLESH.

It’s been two months since Desolation Day, when an unknown male-specific virus ravaged the world, degenerating men into savage cannibals called “fleshers.”

Ruben Lobos, is a short-tempered, genetically enhanced soldier, who’s clueless about his abilities since the pathogen struck at the same time of his experiment. He’s interestingly surrounded by a diverse cast of strong female characters in a dying world where women outlast men.

That’s the world of Under The Flesh. A gritty blast of sex, horror, sci-fi, and dabbling in various sub-themes like evolution, spirituality, and transhumanism. A zombie apocalypse comic that strays away from the traditional viral story by accentuating a premeditated reason behind the virus, as opposed to leaving the origin of the outbreak as a common question mark.

To a degree, Under the Flesh is kinda Y: The Last Man meets The Walking Dead and Crossed.”

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The artist of the comic, J.L. Giles, was kind enough to send me the entire first issue and I thought I’d share my thoughts. When I first received the issue I thought “not another zombie apocalypse comic” but I was pleasantly surprised by a few stand out elements the first of which was the gorgeous art. J.L. Giles impressed me immensely with his artistic abilities with the following splash page in particular taking my breath away:

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If you are a fan of the zombie genre at all I dare you to look at that image and not be wowed. The talent of Giles will most assuredly take this series to new heights and he is definitely on my radar and, if he isn’t currently, he will one day be on one of the Big 2’s radars as well if he keeps up the stellar work.

The art is phenomenal but as we all know it can only go so far to cover up a weak story. So it is with a sigh of relief that I can say that the story does it justice. It took the big gamble of introducing so many different characters in such a short timeframe, setting them up for the future while giving us just enough to associate something to their personalities and learn a bit about what makes them tick. Having only the men turn into zombies was a novel concept and one that hopefully gives a strong and varied female cast the chance to shine.

As for our hero, imagine if Captain America was put into the zombie apocalypse and you get a sense of where we are heading. While he didn’t engage in any real action scenes, the tease of his potential will make his eventual leap into battle all the more special. Finally, we have the possible villainess of the piece, Jewel, who once again is a great character design and shows just enough viciousness to make her into the female equivalent of the Walking Dead’s Governor if that is the road they take.

Overall, I connected with all of the characters, was interested with this series’ promised direction, and was optimistic of this title’s future though the only way we are going to get more is if the Kickstarter is funded. To do just that you have to go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/363383187/under-the-flesh and make your pledge now.

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