This new zombie comic begins on Christmas Eve, 2011, with a young boy giving his father, Ewing, a harmonica as a Christmas present. The family looks to the New York City street below and see a zombie Santa pulling the intestines out of a hapless victim. Then, the story skips ahead to Spring 2012, where Ewing is with a group of guys with baseball bats, bashing in the heads of the undead. We learn there are large groups of human survivors. Some live in Madison Square Garden, which they call the House of Madison Square. Their leader is a charismatic bald guy named Atwater. There are also the Houses of Met and Yankee. The Yankee leader, Lavoe, treats people like crap. In Summer of 2016 a bearded Ewing walks across one of the city bridges and encounters one of Lavoe's followers, a kid who is basically sent on a suicide mission because Lavoe thinks he doesn't have balls. Ewing saves his life and they talk. We learn Ewing's family is dead, buried in Central Park, and he has a stash of weapons in a cave in the Ramble (a wild area of the park). For some reason he wants revenge on Lavoe, which probably has to do with the demise of his family. The issue ends with Emery about ready to go against a large group of the undead--and at this point he takes out his harmonica, the one his son gave him at the beginning of the story. It is undoubtedly ass-kicking time.
KEY OF Z is a decent zombie series, along the lines of THE WALKING DEAD, as it concentrates on the trials and tribulations of the human characters and how they adapt to this zombie overrun world. Recommended. From Boom! Studios, the same company that is putting out the new PLANET OF THE APES series.