Original Release Date: May 16, 2007 (collected)
Number of Issues: 4 (Mini-series)
Publisher: IDW Press
I think I may have been spoiled by “The Walking Dead.”
I feel like a lot of the zombie-centric graphic novels I read these days just don’t feel like good story-telling to me, and I wonder if that is due at least partly to the fact that I have now read over 70 issues of Robert Kirkman’s amazing comic series that just seems to put all others (or at least, the others about the undead) to shame.
Upon further review, I find this to be the case only in my head: to date, I have reviewed 14 graphic novels for this site; seven of them have scored in the “top two” categories, and seven of them have scored in the “bottom two” categories. Three out of the four most recent graphic novels I have reviewed have garnered a Total Score of 4 or lower, so maybe it’s just my recent memory that I’m drawing from here.
Ya know, it’s funny. I read this thing three years ago and I sorta liked it, just because it had zombies and because I felt it was better than the other Zombies!: tale I read, called Zombies!: Feast.
I recall thinking the whole Ninja/Samurai intervention was pretty silly but I think I let it slide because I enjoyed the graphics.
But regardless of the quality of the graphics, you are exactly right: with The Walking Dead out there, it is really far more difficult for another team of writers and artists to come up with a story that is even remotely on par with Kirkman has done. Let’s put it another way…The Walking Dead Series is proudly displayed on my bookshelf, while this book has been lost in a box of dust covered books in my basement for two years now.
Great, honest review as always.
I totally understand where you are coming from! So many zombie books/comics/movies that I experienced a few years ago, when my love for the undead was truly just beginning to bloom, seemed so much greater to me back then, probably because I didn’t have a lot to compare it to. Now, of course, our tastes are a little more, shall we say, refined. 🙂
Yep, I think you are absolutely right. I watched plenty of zombie movies over the years, but I really didn’t start going after zombie literature until about four years ago, when I started writing my own book. When I did, I dove heard first into the stuff and loved most of it…there were books that were meh, but I think I appreciated the effort more than anything.
Now, I think I have a bit higher standards, but that makes me appreciate the really good stuff even more than I did when I first started reading it.