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FVZA: Federal Vampire And Zombie Agency Paperback – April 12, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: FVZA
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Radical Publishing; First Edition edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935417053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935417057
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,607,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Hine provides several humanizing elements.
H. Bala
People die here, and some unexpected twists towards the end leave us wondering if this entire series is a prologue to something larger...or an epilogue.
A Customer
Only one man, armed with his grandkids, kept the battle going. and now it has started again.
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Higgins on January 5, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zach Carpenter on September 21, 2012
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great story! Very detailed as to explaining vampire and zombie traits in the scientific sense. The artwork is amazing and adds to the horror element...my only compmaint...it could have totally done without the sex scene...didn't do anything to move the story along. Was just kinda there. And since there is no way to see the whole book online, you don't know what your getting untill you open it up.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TorridlyBoredShopper VINE VOICE on August 11, 2010
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The FVZA was created in response to, you guessed it, the threat of vampires and zombies. According to the book, zombie attacks have been around as long as white people on the North American shoreline. They have been spread out, however, and were not a bad thing until one incident seemingly caused a war with the zombies and the humans. Along the way, the doctrine also picked up vampires as something they needed to battle. the reasoning behind it - vampires often utilize zombies as weapons in their war against humans. They also have a thing about making juice pounces out of humans and they are nothing like the romantic things in books. they grow old and they show old; va,mpires have an ugliness about them and they simply do not die. But, lately, there had been no need for this doctrine and the group had been disbanded. Only one man, armed with his grandkids, kept the battle going. and now it has started again.

The FVZA is not some BPRD rip-off, and it isn't something that will make you wonder if zombies and vampires have teamed up to take cash as well as other things. No, they are the things that people fear and, when written and drawn the way that they are here, you can see why. You are introduced to a group thati is still learning how to go through the fighting motions because their grandfather thinks it is all going to come down again, and you see the way people treat him. They see him as the alarmist down the road with the "sky is falling" cardboard cut-out, trying to save us all.

That is, until the "incident happens."

After something happens in the book, you see a different type of reaction on both sides. Apparently the vampires have been planning something for a while now and the humans have been oblivious to this until one vampire takes it all and flushes it.
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