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George A. Romero's Dawn Of The Dead [Paperback]

Chee , Steve Niles
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19 Oct 2004
When there's no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the earth. Four mismatched survivors take refuge from a zombie plague inside a shopping mall, and absolute terror ensues. This companion film to George A. Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead now takes on new life in a graphic novel adaptation by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Wake the Dead) and new art star Chee (Wake The Dead).

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (19 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932382321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932382327
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 17 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 712,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BETTER WAKE UP, FRAN. ALL HELL'S BREAKING LOOSE. EVERYBODY'S FLYING THE COOP. NO...GIVENS SAID TO KEEP THEM UP. Read the first page
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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i am a admirer of the horror genre and a fan of the film director george a romero.
chee + niles graphic novel of romeros movie is fantastic and a must have for all true zombie fans. its not as good as the night of the living dead graphic novel, but its certainly worth the cost of a few pints plus romero himself gives the comic thumbs up what more could you ask.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Blood Thinner 16 Oct 2004
By Dark Mechanicus JSG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When there's no more room in Hell, Steve Niles will walk the Earth---doing a panel-for-panel redraw of George Romero's "Dawn of the Dead." If you're reading this, chances are you have an insatiable appetite for the Dead, and the very prospect of the prolific, imaginative Niles (who turned out the thin but entertaining "30 Days of Night") paired up with Romero's classic flesh-eaters makes you hungry. Hungry, if not for brains, then at least for a rousingly good graphic novel with ample amounts of blood, gore, brains, fear, loathing, and of course zombies.

If that's what you're looking for, then you've come to the wrong place.

I had just gleefully plucked up a copy of Anchor Bay's lavish "Dawn of the Dead Ultimate Edition" DVD set, and so my guard was down as I wandered into that wretched hive of scum and villainy, my local comics shop. That's exactly how guys get it in zombie flicks---they go into the dark warehouse without the shotgun, without a flashlight, totally unprepared. In seconds I was overpowered by the blood-red cover of "Dawn of the Dead", captivated by the slack, staring eyes of a zombie, its hungry eyes devouring me from the cover, staring out of a crowd of the undead, their hands pressed up to tear my face off and devour me alive.

In other words, I was dead meat.

By the time I was infected---meaning, by the time I had bought the thing and taken it home with me---it was all over. Far from being thrilled, nervous, or satisfied, I felt bored, disappointed, and cheated. Worst of all, as I turned my blank-eyed, slack-jawed face up to the sky, I had nobody waiting with a shotgun to put me out of my misery.

What do you get? 1) A panel-by-panel reshoot of "Dawn" comprising three "issues"---literally a redraw of the movie, from the frenzy at the newsroom, to the grisly raid on the Project, to the flight to the mall, and back onto the whirly-bird. If you've seen "Dawn'", then you know what you're getting---and you're getting no more than that. 2) A quick intro blurb by George Romero---he's getting royalties so you'd think he would give us something juicy, but it's barely a paragraph with a note of thanks to the design team---don't blink or you'll miss it. 3) A few pages of stills from the movie. Wow.

Now, if you're like me, even the idea of a strict reshoot of "Dawn of the Dead" in graphic novel form---with Niles at the helm---sounds intriguing. But sadly, Niles is so slavish in following the original film that there's absolutely nothing of interest here, no risks taken, no funky little sideroads explored. It was so dull that I dozed off about midway through, and finished the thing the next morning.

The artwork is slightly amusing, though---artist Chee missed his calling doing airplane safety-pamphlets. The artwork here looks like it has uniformly been culled from the illustrations you can find in any 747 magazine holder, which to me (sicko that I am) is blackly funny. Imagine seeing those funny , unreal cartoon passengers sliding off a yellow airplane escape slide, being chased by the hungry living dead (drawn in the same style), and you pretty much have the artwork of "Dawn of the Dead."

Chee shoves the pedal down hard when it comes to the gore, but frankly---it's just too over the top and cartoonish to have much of an effect, and it's certainly not worth the price of admission. When Chee's red stuff starts flowing and viscera starts flying, it's not Gray's Anatomy---it's more like your mom's week-old lasagna. If that does it for you, dig in.

The three issues bound here are also extremely bare-bones, so even some of the signature scenes from the movie---the zombie Hari-Krishna, for instance, who just makes a cameo appearance here---are cut from the comic. The only thing you get here that you won't get from Romero's classic is a single panel of an undead Elvis impersonator---great for a giggle, but not worth the cover price.

There are fresher corpses in the graveyard, folks. Pass.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stick with the movie 19 Sep 2004
By N. Durham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A Dawn of the Dead comic book? The idea itself has a lot going for it, considering that the film is one of the most revered and important films of all time in the horror genre, plus the book is scripted by 30 Days of Night scribe Steve Niles. Despite all that though, this three issue collection is surprisingly lame. Niles' script pretty much follows the story and dialogue of the film to a tee, but Chee's art is what hurts the book. Even though the film had it's share of gut ripping gore, many scenes where the graphic violence was only implied are in their full gory glory here. While that may be a plus for some, Chee's bloodlust isn't drawn very well, and it feels like he's letting the blood flow just for the sake of flowing. Not to mention that George Romero's symbolic underlining theme of mass consumerism devouring society is lost in this comic adaptation, making this look like an average run of the mill zombie story, something that the original Dawn of the Dead is definitely not. If you're a fan of the classic film, this may be worth a look if you're into comics, but all others are better left watching their DVD.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much room in Hell 9 Nov 2004
By N. P. Stathoulopoulos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you're a Dawn fanatic, don't get too excited about this panel-by-panel re-drawing of Romero's classic.

On the one hand, you would think that the pink-blooded, sometimes comic-bookish tone and characters of the film would translate well to a comic book. On the other hand, a panel-by-panel presentation of the film we know and love is not only unnecessary, but it's not even well done.

The artwork is lame, the color is blah, the inking is serviceable, the whole thing is rather pointless. There's gore, sure, but it's almost too much, too late. Nothing is done with the themes of the film, nothing is done to increase appreciation of a horror classic.

If you want anything 'literary' with regards to Dawn, track down the novelization that Romero co-write when the film appeared. Heck, even track down the academic study of Romero's work. The latest Dawn Ultimate DVD box set (highly recommended) contains the first issue of this 3 book series. Don't even bother to 'collect them all'!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much to say. 22 Mar 2009
By C. Randle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
There's not much to say about this comic. It's pretty much exactly like the first couple of scenes from the movie. The artwork is not that amazing and there is not as much action like in the film. Also, unlike in the film the message behind the story is not as compelling which is weird considering the comic follows the story of the movie exactly. There's not much of anything new in this comic that one has not already seen if they have seen the 1978 film. I would say buy the comic if you like anything zombies, but if you want something compelling it's probably better to pass on the Dawn of the Dead comic.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR ANY HORROR FAN 2 Nov 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Steve Niles's book "Dawn Of The Dead" is a graphic must-read for any horror fan. I have read this book and I found It to be an addicting and well written piece of literature. I would reccomend this book to any fan of the horror genre.
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