Video game adaptations have a spotty track record in the comic book medium. That’s to say nothing of the fact that zombie comics are a dime a dozen. So that’s two strikes against Call of Duty: Zombies before the series even begins. But as always, the trick is in finding the right creative team to bring these adaptations to life. And that’s exactly where Call of Duty: Zombies succeeds.
This mini-series hearkens back to Call of Duty: Black Ops II’s zombie mode, focusing on Dr. Richtofen and his four zombie-slaying minions. The comic doesn’t directly adapt the game’s storyline, but instead tells a side-story featuring that familiar cast. The result isn’t a particularly deep comic. As with most zombie stories, survival is the name of the game, and there’s plenty of character banter and gore along the way. The characters themselves are fairly two-dimensional and archetypal. Misty is the cocky hotshot. Marlton is the nerdy scientist. Stuhlinger is the grizzled veteran. And so on. But at least it’s readily accessible regardless of your familiarity with the game.