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Books 18-21 Of 2010

18. Max Brooks, The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, 142 pages, Graphic Novel, Paperback, 2009.

Twelve tales of zombie attacks all around the world from pre-history to modern day are presented in gorgeous graphic glory. The book may be thin, but the stories are very much in the vein of Brooks’ World War Z - not graphic retellings of those tales, but 12 tales of zombie sightings leading up to that event. The art is quite good and the stories are fun for those into zombies. I was particularly fond of the ancient Egyptians and the hypothetical reason for removing the brain during mummification.


19. Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead, Book 2 (Issues #13-24), Illustrated by Tony Moore & Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathbone, 304 pages, Graphic Novel, Hardback, 2007.

20. Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead, Book 3 (Issues #25-36), Illustrated by Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathbone, 304 pages, Graphic Novel, Hardback, 2007.

21. Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead, Book 4 (Issues #37-48), Illustrated by Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathbone, 304 pages, Graphic Novel, Hardback, 2008.

These books are dubbed “a continuing story of survival horror” – it follows a group of survivors of the zombie apocalypse. The zombies are drawn incredibly well, but the focus of the writing is on Rick, a cop who woke up from a coma to find the world a much different place, then manages to meet up with his wife and child and others during the search to find supplies and safe havens. It’s done well, but sometimes it is very abrupt in the shifts between different character stories; more than once I had to check to see if I missed a page or two of transition. And while the zombies are gruesome, the real horror is between those still human – which means there are some extremely violent scenes (torture) made even harsher by the stark black & white graphics. Book 2 finds our intrepid gang clearing out a prison full of undead in order to create a defensible fortress, a safer place to call home. Book 3 is the building of a new civilization inside the prison walls and with their first encounter with another survivor camp. Book 4 is birth, death, and war with an ending that calls out for Book 5 to be purchased immediately – I do not know how they go from there!
Tags: graphic novel, horror, zombies
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