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FVZA: Federal Vampire And Zombie Agency Paperback – April 25, 2011

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"Hine has the unique ability to take familiar horrors and turn them into new terrors. FVZA is David Hine at his best. Prepare for a bloody fun ride." -Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre)

"Hine's story is the perfect blend of read world meeting the supernatural" -Express Times

"... engrossing and visually beautiful" -Ain't It Cool News

"David's incredible detail to history, aligned with his ability to seemingly weave fact with fiction, results in a page-by-page turning story that's absolutely amazing." -The Los Angeles Examiner

"Radical's most recent, successful attempt at providing readers with cutting-edge stories with gorgeous artwork." -Philadelphia Daily News

"FVZA is THE book to buy for horror fans wanting fresh meat with their vampire fetishes and zombie cravings." - Fangoria

About the Author

David Hine's career began with British comics Knockabout, 2000AD, Crisis and Deadline. After writing and drawing Strange Embrace for Tundra Publishing and failing to become rich and famous from it, he stalked off in a huff and did commercial illustration for ten years. In 2004 he was tempted back by the offer of writing for Marvel. Since then he has written District X, Daredevil: Redemption, Son of M, Silent War and Spider-Man Noir. He also wrote Spawn for 35 issues, created Poison Candy for TOKYOPOP and has recently worked on a number of titles for DC Comics including The Brave and The Bold.

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Product Details

  • Series: FVZA
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Radical Publishing; 1St Edition edition (April 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935417053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935417057
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,135,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 11, 2011
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Someday someone'll come out with a merry, heartwarming vampire or zombie story and then we'll all giggle like mad. But, for now, dark and despairing stuff like FVZA is the standard fare. A plate of apologies if I'm waxing too effusive about Radical Publishing, and maybe it's premature praise. FVZA is only my third title sampled from this company (after LEGENDS: THE ENCHANTED and HOTWIRE: Requiem for the Dead). Except that for the third time I've been left all impressed. Radical seems to have carved out its own very cool niche in the comic book market. A guy could grow addicted.

Blame the settlers, I guess. History informs us that, along with their muskets and tobacco and can do attitude, our forefathers also packed along two particularly virulent diseases from Europe: those of vampirism and zombieism. Post-Civil War, President Ulysses S. Grant formally established the Federal Vampire Zombie Agency to combat the rampant undead, and so much slaughtering went down. In 1975, with a growing belief that vampires and zombies have been forever eradicated, the FVZA was put in mothballs. Still, its former director Hugo Pecos harbors pangs of doubt. As such, he instructs his grandchildren in combat and vampire & zombie lore. It's a hell of a childhood. One of the children is Landra who adeptly absorbs her grandfather's harsh lessons. Landra is the very capable protagonist; she has issues. But, in this reality, who doesn't? Landra and her brother Vidal grow up in a world in which the vampire and zombie apocalypse has been diverted, seemingly. Or maybe not diverted. Maybe merely postponed.

Those fed up with sexy nosferatu, put your hands in the air and wave 'em like they're about to get torn off by that shambling brain-eater behind you.
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`Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency' started out as a website created in 2001 by writer Richard Dargan as a resource for pitching the concept to film/TV/video game companies. A small Los Angeles AV/media company, ContraFilm, obtained the rights to the FVZA property and in turn commissioned Radical Publishing to produce a comic book series.

The FVZA trade paperback (168 pp.) compiles issues 1 - 3 of the comic that was released by Radical in late '09 - '10. It includes a gallery section of cover art and concept art.

FVZA posits a world where vampires and zombies have always existing, striking from the shadows against an oblivious humanity. The American government established the agency in the aftermath of the Civil War, and it has operated in secret, and with considerable success, to control this menace. Indeed, the zombie / vampire threat has receded to a thing of legend and myth.

But Dr Hugo Pecos knows better: sooner or later the zombies and vampires will arise again, and when they do, he intends to have a force of lethal adversaries ready to greet them. On this force are his grandson Vidal and his granddaughter Landra; the story opens with a flashback segment introducing the reader to these two young people and the background of the agency.

Things quickly move to the contemporary world, with an outbreak of zombification in a small town in Tennessee. Vidal and Landra are sent to investigate and discover disturbing evidence that the outbreak was by no means random, but part of a much larger plan hatched by entities unknown. Can the FVZA uncover the leaders of the conspiracy in time to prevent the US from being overrun with zombies ?

`FVZA' is a good read and brings something new to the rather over-worked zombie / vampire theme.
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By Yogi Bear on February 8, 2014
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FVZA (Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency) is a three-issue miniseries by Radical. Although it’s only three-issues, each issue is about three times the length of a normal comic book.
The story follows a woman called Landra, who, with her brother, Vidal, is raised by her Grandad. Her Grandad used to be a director at the FVZA before it was disbanded, the threat of zombies and vampires seeming to have vanished.
Not confident this was the case, the Grandfather trains Landra and Vidal on how to kill zombies and vampires, so if the threat returned they would be ready.
The inevitable happens and the government calls on the Grandfather’s expertise to deal with the matter. Landra and Vidal follow their grandfather into setting up the FVZA once again.

I love zombie stories, but vampire tales can leave me dry. I have to say, this book has made me want to read more vampire fiction. Instead of beautiful and pallid goths walking around in long coats, these vampires are fierce monsters. Ruthless and detached killers.
The zombies are also presented with a slight twist. Very early on, I found myself questioning who the real monsters were as I saw what the humans were doing to these creatures. To give zombies personality is quite tricky, and I thought this book did it in a very clever way by showing traces of who they used to be.
The intrigue running through this story and the human relationships kept me going, and even with the first issue delivering a lot of back story, I was fascinated by it and wanted to know more.

The art is beautiful. It has a painted style, which can sometimes fall flat for me, but the story telling in this book remained dynamic and I could always tell which character was which.
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