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Zombies, Supervillains and the DC Universe

Posted in Books/Comics with tags , , , , , , on July 10, 2009 by hunterchad

Check it out, undead and those that fight them!  DC Comics is kicking off the summer with a major comic book event beginning in the Green Lantern series.  The event chronicles the battle between the Green Lantern Corps and the Black Lanterns – the resurrected dead of heroes and villains alike!  From just the prologue, it has undead, superheroes, super-villains and even necrophilia!

This is not your Dad’s Superman, Batman or anyone else.

Get ready for the “Blackest Night!”

For more, check out the DC Comics website listing here.

The Sick or the Dead? Which do you prefer?

Posted in books, Books/Comics, essays, games, Video Games with tags , , , on June 20, 2009 by hunterchad

They started out as supernatural nightmares, rising, shambling from graves to do a master’s bidding.  Then zombies moved onto scientific origins, corpses reanimating because of toxic waste or radiation.  Now, the undead are losing their undead-ness and being shoved aside for infected masses, not so much reanimated corpses as they are the savage majority.

Why is the zombie population shifting from the graveyard to the lab?  The two sides are represented everywhere – “Night of the Living Dead” vs. “28 Days,” “The Laughing Corpse” vs. “I am Legend” and “Resident Evil” vs. “Left 4 Dead.”  Which do you prefer – actual dead corpses back up and on the prowl or your next-door-neighbor gone a little crazy?

‘The Walking Dead: Compendium One’

Posted in Books/Comics with tags , on May 24, 2009 by Justin

walking_deadI’ll admit that, while I’m pretty well-versed in zombie pop culture, there are a few holes here and there in my knowledge of things undead.  While I’ve seen most of the zombie movies that are deemed “important” (with the still-embarassing exception of Cemetary Man), when it comes to other media — books, comics, video games — there are some things I’ve missed.  I mean, the market seems to be so saturated with zed heads these days, that who can keep up?  But… I’m making excuses for myself.

Until recently, I hadn’t read Max Brooks’ brilliant World War Z (a problem that was remedied by our own Leighcifer; and I loved it, Leigh!) and somehow I got on the Walking Dead kick reeeaaaally late in the game.

How late?  Last weekend.

Last Saturday while killing some time in Barnes & Noble, I picked up the first volume of Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead series and decided, hey, why not?  That volume collected the first six issues of the series, and I devoured it immediately, and was left wanting more. (I’d have gone back for Volume 2, but B&N didn’t have it in stock and by this time the comic stores had closed).

Luckily, before I was able to hunt down the other volumes (each trade paperback sells for $9.99 each), I found out that something else had been released.  Something I’d wish I’d discovered, ya know, before I bought Volume 1.

The Walking Dead: Compendium One.  While the previous volumes collected a mere six issues apiece, this new compendium collects the first 48 issues of the series!  For those not good with math, that’s eight volumes of the trades, which would carry and $80 price tag.

But this compendium — which clocks in at a whopping 1088 pages! — retails for only $60, but it’s selling for the ridiculous price of $37.79 on Amazon right now.

My only cavaet is that the book isn’t available in hardback, since I question the duability of a 1000+ page paperback, but there’s no way we’d get it at this kind of price in hardcover, so let’s take what we can get, huh?

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