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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?

Zombie Cop

Posted in books with tags on February 25, 2009 by leighcifer

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I picked up a copy of this little gem while visiting the new location of Criminal Records.  I didn’t set out to find this specific comic, but I was drawn to it’s bright, gory artwork. Plus, I ‘m a sucker for graphic novels. Zombie Cop is a full-length graphic novel by author and comic book writer Jeff Mariotte, and painted by artist Szymon Kudranski.  The story follows cop-turned-zombie Joe Mundy, who feels compelled to solve the mystery of how the zombie plague began before he loses all control over his mind and body. 

Zombie Cop is a bit silly, with a touch of super hero to it, but it eventually won me over. Mariotte even throws in a bonus novella at the end that  may even be better that the comic that’s found before it. For those into horror comics,  Zombie Cop is definitely worth checking out. I’m sure you could get it on Amazon, but why not support your local comic shop instead?

More Zombie Comics

Posted in books with tags on October 29, 2008 by leighcifer

As I mentioned in my first post here at Send More Cops, I love the comic series The Walking Dead.  On my most recent trip to the comic shop, I scrounged around for some other zombie comics in hopes of finding something cool. I did this, despite the weirdness of being a 34 year old woman scrounging around in a comic shop.  The things I do for you people!

While I have yet to find a series as amazing both in artistry and in the writing as The Walking Dead, I did find another little gem called Zombie Tales.

So far I’m really digging Zombie Tales. It’s an ongoing series of shorts, each created by different artists and writers. This is great, as I love the variety and different takes on zombies from story to story.  Boom! Studios has volume one one their site you can read for free.  Clicky.

I found another zombie comic called Living with the Dead that I’m not nearly as fond of.

Eh. I dunno. I only read two issues of this one before I had enough. The story is too formula, but with some annoying holes. For instance, I’m not buying the concept of hiding from zombies simply by wearing a face mask that looks like a zombie. Whaa? Sure, they’re dumb, shambling monsters, but don’t you think they can smell you at least? Or catch on when they see you driving around in a car and shooting guns? Dumb.  Living with the Dead reads as though it’s geared towards a younger (as in teen) crowd, so maybe I’m not their target anyway.

The Walking Dead

Posted in books with tags , on September 3, 2008 by leighcifer

I usually prefer to get my zombie fix in movie form. The blood just splatters better on screen than in my imagination, you know? But after reading the incredibly awesome World War Z, I figured it was time to expand my love of zombies to other media. 

A few years ago, a friend of mine pointed me in the direction of a zombie comic, The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman. Now I find myself heading out to the local comic nerdery every few months to pick up the latest trade paperback  of this super-cool series. The Walking Dead is everything I want in a zombie story. It’s dark, extremely gory, very well drawn, and a bit Romero-esque in it’s plot (you know, the whole “we are becoming the walking dead” psychological stuff). 

The Walking Dead is a weekly comic that has been out since 2003. So if you’re interested in getting aboard this particular zombie train, you have a whole lot of comic buyin’ to do. Or you could do what I do and purchase the trade paperbacks, which contain about six comics each. Comic purists may argue that this isn’t the best way to go, as you will miss out on all the cool color artwork from each individual issue, but hey. The story alone is worth it.  Check out your local comic shop for past issues, or if you have to, the all-mighty Amazon.