Blog Tour Review: Flesh-Eating Cheerleaders From Space

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the FLESH EATING CHEERLEADERS FROM OUTER SPACE by James Mascia & Felipe Obando Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!


About The Book:


Author: James Mascia & Felipe Obando (Illustrator)

Pub. Date: June 22, 2022

Publisher: Dren Productions After Dark

Formats: Paperback (only available on the Dren Productions site), eBook

Pages: 29

Find it: GoodreadsDren Productions Website, Amazon

When a meteor crashes in the middle of campus, the students at Pullman University didn't realize that they were being invaded. These space creatures are able to inhabit and take over the human body. So, what happens when a group of cheerleaders are caught in the middle? They become these flesh-eating cannibals, of course.

Soon, the problem isn't going to be the creatures, it's going to be the monsters that these cheerleaders become.


My Review: 

Okay, there are a few things that you should be able to tell just by looking at the title, cover, and the synopsis. This is the equivalent of a B-rate horror movie. It's very pulpy, it's very over the top, and that's just what it is. It's a comic with mature content (LOTS of violence, gore, sexual aspects). I read a wide range of comics and I'm pretty familiar with this plot line. This first issue does everything a first issue should. It introduces some characters, it sets up the conflict (the invasion), and it leaves things with an "oh no" moment for the characters. I've watched Killer Klowns from Outer Space and had a good time, as well as random B-rate shark films, so I figured I'd give this a shot and start preparing for spooky season early. 

What I was most curious about when it came to this issue was - what's the design of the space creatures and what is the transformation? What kind of chaos will this cause. The creature design is very larval and it makes sense. It's sneaky and it's gross. I actually find this pretty similar to a recent shift in Marvel's current Alien comics. There's an alternate larval xenomorph aside from facehuggers and these two are very similar in terms of design and infection. Naturally, they're two very different comics that are focused on two VERY different stories (corporate experimentation/space horror vs college campus/campy horror). They also have very different purposes in terms of infection. One seeks to eat via its host and one seeks to feed off of its host. However, space invasion infections are something I read a decent bit about. 

The art is very reminiscent of early 2000s artwork to me. It reminds me of some older comics I've read over the years (circa 2003). I would've liked to see some more of the artistic elements from the cover make it into the issue (in terms of highlights and accents since the interior has a lot of darker lighting and tones). But it's to the point and it gets the job done. Some of the bubbles are in some strange places for reading flow, but it's just a couple spots that could've used a quick tweak. 

The story is really straightforward. Girl gets infected by alien, girl murders person, no one fully knows what's going on, the tension begins to heighten, and the infections (and deaths) begin to rise. There is some human drama happening as well, though it's not what I'm here for. I'm here for the alien-induced mayhem. This issue sets that aspect up well, but for me...I would've liked a bit more of that and a bit less of the sexual encounters spread throughout the issue. I'm not against sexual content in my comics overall, it doesn't really bother me on the whole. I just tend to prefer alien/monster/creature stories to have more creatures in the long-run. I'm here for the horror element predominantly. That's what I enjoy and that's what I think would make this series interesting in the long-run. I don't really care what's happening with the people. I want to know how much more this threat is going to spread, if there are specific targets the infected girls go after, and HOW the threat will need to be eliminated. Is this a standard armed survival story? Or is this a story where a scientific solution is needed instead? 

That being said, this one is okay for me. It's light reading, it's quick, it's campy. Sometimes that's really all you need from a story. For me, I just wanted a bit more of the alien and horror components. In these stories, it's RARE that I ever care for the characters - especially so early on. I'm usually more of a "Hey, new character, what are your chances of survival? Oh, this one's not going to make it," kind of reader when it comes to this genre. So with that in mind, I give Flesh Eating Cheerleaders From Outer Space #1 a Lone Star rating of ✯✯✯. This comic KNOWS what it is and prospective readers should already KNOW what it is. If you don't think it's your cup of tea, then it probably won't be. If you're the kind of person who maybe wants some elements of zombie horror without the reanimated corpse component so it can be "more hot and less zombie", with a dash of small, larval alien creatures - this could be in your wheelhouse. 

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Giveaway Details:

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