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Night of the Living Dead TP [Paperback]

Edison George , Sebastian Fiumara , Mike Wolfer , John Russo
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15 Jun 2010
A prequel to the original film from the original creator and co-writer John Russo! You've heard the eyewitness accounts and were shocked by the television reports, but now for the first time you'll experience the horrifying events which led to that first Night of the Living Dead! A strange mist brings the unburied dead back to life, hungry for the flesh of the living. This incredible prequel to the blockbuster classic 1968 Night of the Living Dead film gives new insight into many of the film's characters and locations, including horrific encounters at the farm house and Beekman's diner, and introduces, for the first time, the Cemetery Zombie, Sheriff McClellan, the zombie girl Karen, and NOTLD hero Ben.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Avatar Press (15 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592911064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592911066
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 606,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Russo is the original co-creator of the 1968 cult classic film, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, which he wrote alongside George A. Romero. His writing partner on NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is Mike Wolfer, whose prolific work in the horror comics field over the past 20 years includes such titles as Godzilla and Friday the 13th, as well as Avatar's LADY DEATH, STREETS OF GLORY, and GRAVEL.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Night of the Living Dud 31 Aug 2014
By C&E
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While interesting in theory (stories expanding on how certain characters and indeed undead featured in the seminal 1968 movie came to be in their situation), this book proves once and for all that George A. Romero was the real creative powerhouse behind Night of the Living Dead and not, as he'd have you believe, John Russo. While Russo was half of the partnership behind the groundbreaking Movie, Romero's subsequent zombie films (well, up to Land of the Dead) showed him to be a master satirist of the human condition and originator of zombies as an intelligent metaphor for herd mentality that had been expanded upon by the likes of Max Brooks and Robert Kirkman. While these two very obviously "got" what Romero started off, the many copies that Night, Dawn and Day led to seemed to assume that their success and point was to titillate with explicit gore. Sadly, this book does just the same. No zombie attack seems to result in anything less than a ridiculous explosion of intestines, while hardly any female characters are spared some form of undress as they die (in the end they just give up and have a prostitute fully naked, with as much vagina on show as I guess they dared).

Unlike Romero's films and subsequent clever books like World War Z and The Walking Dead this is cheap, shabby exploitation that seems to be designed to appeal to teenage boys. A big disappointment given the odd flash of interest when referencing theoriginal film shows what it could have been if Russo et al hadn't seemed so keen to show intestines and breasts at every available opportunity.
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The movie Night Of The Living Dead [1968] [DVD] came out in 1968 and through its creators John Russo and George Romero, the movie created the template that future zombie movies would be made and judged. While both would go on to do other zombie projects in their careers, and be the standard that their work would forever be judged by.

However, no matter where a story starts, all characters have their own backstory to them, most of which never ends up in the primary story. So it goes with "Night Of The Living Dead", and despite writing two novels in this universe (see Undead), it would take until 2009 and 2010 for John Russo to come back and do some major writing for his story. And that is to write a braided graphic novel that tells both the backstory of the initial plague days and the backstories behind the characters that populated the movie. Although it isn't clear as to how much input Russo actually had in this book's creation, and how much is from Mike Wolfer. Some editorial words on the matter would have been appreciated.

Starting off as series of comic books, this book collects the first series of books, and all of the variant covers, many or which are poster worthy. Chapter One has artwork by Sebastian Fiumara and tells the story of Tammy, her date Mike and their friend Alex, who was stood up by Christine (who we'll meet later), who are out drinking in the nearby woods when they have a run-in with the resurrected. It isn't pretty.

Chapter Two is where the stories start getting really interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Zombies in colour 23 Oct 2013
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Hello,
Bought this as im a zombie geek and thought it may be an interesting addition to my expanding library (curse you amazon ;)). Its fine, very colourful but a bit OTT on the gore, which is not always neccesary. The story line is great though as it weaves beautifully into the (classic) film of the same name and adds extra dimension to it. I'll probably get the rest at some point as i did enjoy it. You will too if you enjoy zombie fiction/end days scenarios.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 28 Jan 2013
By Joe
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Amazing read, highly recommend for any zombie or graphic noval fan. A great look into the universe of Night of the Living Dead!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great if you're into snuff porn. 7 July 2013
By Eoghann - Published on Amazon.com
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I hastily ordered volumes 1,2 and 3. Almost done with the second volume. Already have 'em, might as well get it over with.

I'm a straight 27 year old male and while reading this I kept wishing for the female nudity to tone down a bit! It's senseless and gratuitous (couple having sex in a car, the guy completely clothed or shirtless and the girl with a complete aversion to fabric....in a group of people, a couple of men are shirtless at the most; but 80 percent of women are always either topless or completely nude). I mean, I can appreciate nudity like any other guy but this is ridiculous. The writing doesn't make up for it either, a generous use of cursing and mild racial slurs weaved into painfully predictable and repetitive plots. The main thing this series has going for is the main artwork but specially the cover arts, with devilishly gory and detailed spreads and alternate covers that are a pleasure to view. Other than that I find this downright insulting with the unnecessary nudity and childish writing. R.L Stine weaves better plots....and he writes for preteens. Considering this series can't possibly be targeted to children or even teenagers, I'm sure they can mature the writing if they tried.

But, they have my money now so they don't care...I just hope some user finds this useful. :)
5.0 out of 5 stars "The gossamer cobwebs in the rafters above your head dance, undulating on angel-breath waves of cool air." 30 Dec 2010
By Mark Louis Baumgart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The movie Night of the Living Dead came out in 1968 and through its creators John Russo and George Romero, the movie created the template that future zombie movies would be made and judged. While both would go on to do other zombie projects in their careers, and be the standard that their work would forever be judged by.

However, no matter where a story starts, all characters have their own backstory to them, most of which never ends up in the primary story. So it goes with "Night Of The Living Dead", and despite writing two novels in this universe (see Undead), it would take until 2009 and 2010 for John Russo to come back and do some major writing for his story. And that is to write an eight chapter, braided graphic novel that tells both the backstory of the initial plague days and the backstories behind the characters that populated the movie. Although it isn't clear as to how much input Russo actually had in this book's creation, and how much is from Mike Wolfer. Some editorial words on the matter would have been appreciated.

Starting off as series of comic books, this book collects the first series of books, and all of the variant covers, many of which are poster worthy. Chapter One has artwork by Sebastian Fiumara and tells the story of Tammy, her date Mike and their friend Alex, who was stood up by Christine (who we'll meet later), who are out drinking in the nearby woods when they have a run-in with the resurrected. It isn't pretty.

Chapter Two is where the stories start getting really interesting. It's the day after the first chapter and Christine is getting dressed for her job while waking up her grandmother. She leaves for her job with her boyfriend Don, while at the same time that a tour bus that is travelling through Willard goes off the road, killing all aboard, then the dead rise.

In a nearby cemetery two gravediggers are burying a dead man when he rises. This is the primary zombie that we see throughout the original movie (see customer images. The surviving gravedigger flees to a nearby house, where Christine's grandmother is. Some of the bus zombies will lay siege to the house, while some will end up at the Beekman's Diner where Don and Christine work, and where Ben has stopped for something to eat.

It's this, and the third chapter, in which we find out what happened in the diner that Ben will flee from, and the house where he will flee to, in the original movie. In Chapter Three we will also meet for the first time Sheriff McClellan who will leave a less than inspiring impression. The situation in the diner goes from bad to worse in Chapter Four, as Ben finally flees, and the sheriff shows up with his posse. Here we find out that Ben's later death wouldn't be the first time that the not-to-bright trigger happy sheriff shot first before he figured out what the hell he was doing.

Chapter Five tells the story of Karen Cooper and her family. Harry is abusive, his wife is passive and complacent, and Karen bares the brunt of it all. As we saw in the movie, all will suffer because of Harry's weak character and his stupidity. This is Karen's chapter, so the farmhouse's siege and her family's fate is told from her viewpoint, and stands up as an independent horror story, and the artwork here passes from Fiumara to Edison George.

In Chapter Six a whole new set of characters, independent from the movie are introduced. Here a local thug, and his crew, terrorize and rob a local drive-in. Their antics are interrupted when the dead come to feed. This is a solid zombie story that could have been written by Joe Lansdale. Unfortunately, the artwork by Ryan Waterhouse is less than inspired, and the characters are universally ugly.

In Chapter Seven we find out that Don and Christine have survived (how?) the siege and massacre at Beekman's Diner and they are on their way to WIIC, the home television station of the reporters that are seen in the movie, to rescue Christine's father, and it's here they pick up two new survivors. We also find out the fate of the scientist commentator who was seen on the television in the original movie. The art this time around is by Edison George and Luis Czerniawski, and seems to flux throughout the story, although, on the average it is top-notch. For the fans of the movie we also get cameos from zombies Karen, Barbra, and her brother Johnny in this story.

Chapter Eight takes place in New York City and Lisa and her date Eric are out on the town as the zombies invade. They are trapped in a diner with a trio of gun-toting maniacs as the city goes to hell. The story documents their fates as they escape the diner. The art is by Fabio Jansen, and is dramatic and well rendered, and its breathless telling would honor any zombie flick.

In the end all the stories are well told, with emphasis on the stories of the movie's characters as the world falls apart, and on independent stories chronicling the fall. There are also a lot of pages that are, or are near dialogueless, in which the authors allow the art to tell the story without cluttering up the pages with unnecessary verbiage. This isn't a kids comic though, there is VERY graphic nudity, gore, violence (a baby is feasted on), bad behavior, sexual situations; all the good stuff good violent exploitative fiction should have. This is coupled with mostly great art all around, with all of the characters well rendered, the action well staged, solid writing, sixties fashions well rendered, and the inclusion of all of the covers, variant and otherwise (see customer images for examples). The book is beautifully full-colored, and solidly bound; it should hold up to multiple readings, and is well worth the money that all horror fans will spend on it. There's even room for a sequel as Don and Christine survive the book.

For this site I have also reviewed the following graphic novels:

Batman: The Sunday Classics 1943-1946
The Complete Saga of the Victims
Creepy Creatures (Goosebumps Graphix)
Green Candles (1 of 3)
Green Candles Volume 2
Green Candles Volume 3: Don't Forget Me
Ju-On Volume 2
Kolchak The Night Stalker Volume 1
The Secret of the Swamp Thing
5.0 out of 5 stars Prequel to the original movie... 27 Sep 2013
By Zen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I started this series back words from volume 3 to 1st. They're not really connect to each other, so it doesn't really matter.
I found the series a very fun read.
In this volume we deal with a diner in Pennsylvania being attacked by zombies, plus some other short stories , probably released as one shots or specials.
Yes , the series has nudity, has blood, violence, organs and heads flying around.
The series is for mature audience, so why bother ?
Yet you have out there music videos that shows more pornography and there watched by underage kids, yet nobody complains. So why bother for a comic which definitely it's target it's the mature audience ?

Catchy, funny stories, great artwork, i did enjoyed reading this as the other volumes as well.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undead in the Head book review 29 Nov 2010
By Lyle L. Perez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It has been a long time since I've been to the book store and actually bought something. I have a book case full of books that I need to get t,o but for some reason I still love going to the book store and checking out the new selection. I was browsing through the comic book section when I came across Night of the Living Dead the prequel comic book. I checked the price and it was $25 bucks. I looked through the book and it seemed to be like a fun read. Lucky for me I had a 40% off coupon and $5.00 in Borders Bucks. So I picked up the last copy and read it in one sitting.

Have you ever seen the movie Night of the Living Dead? If you haven't then you need to go see it. This graphic novel takes the reader a day before the dead come back to life. The movie starts off with Barbara and Johnny in the cemetery. There, Johnny begins to pick on Barbara and he says that famous line, "They're coming to get you, Barbara." The young woman is attacked by a ghoul and everyone knows the rest. Well, this story begins the night before the movie. The readers get to see the house the people from the movie hold up in. What Ben did before he found Barbara and even how the Coopers got down to the basement. The actual story in the movie is not told, the graphic novel only covers what the characters did before and after the movie.

For those of you who do not know, I am not really into movies. I don't understand most of them and I just can't seem to register the information like I do with books. It is to my understanding that John Russo was involved with Romero's Night of the Living Dead. He is the author of this graphic novel. When I first understood that Night of the Living Dead was not a graphic novel telling the story of the movie, I was a bit turned off because if someone was going to tell the prequel I wanted it to be Romero. But now that I found out John Russo was involved with the movie, it was easier to believe the story line.

Like I said, this graphic novel is a prequel to the movie. The reader learns how the characters came to meet at the farm house, what happens to Ben's body after he gets shot in the head and even what happens to the news man. This was a very fun and interesting read. It really shows the story in a whole new light. The action scenes were fantastic and the illustrations were spot on.

Please be warned that this book is not for younger kids. Within the first few pages of the book there were boob shots. Throughout the entire book there are boob shots and sexual content. I'm not complaining about it, I'm just saying it's not something you should have around the kids. The violence might be a little to much for them. So if you have kids that love looking at your zombie stuff (like I do) please keep this graphic novel out of their reach.

I really did enjoy this book. It had everything a fan could want. There was action, boobs, a good story line, very sick and twisted zombie drawings, this book is one every fan should read. If you're a fan of Night of the Living Dead then you will love this graphic novel. One thing though that you have to look out for is the price. I would have passed on this book if it wasn't for my 40% off coupon and my $5 in Borders Bucks. That price is a bit high, but I would go and say that it is worth it. I will give Night of the Living Dead, 5 Undead Heads out of 5.
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