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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Reissue edition (19 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401237630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401237639
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.6 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Abnett: Dan Abnett is a novelist and award-winning comic book writer. He has written twenty-five novels for the Black Library, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and, with Mike Lee, the Darkblade cycle. His Black Library novel Horus Rising and his Torchwood novel Border Princes (for the BBC) were both bestsellers. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. Dan's website can be found at www.DanAbnett.com

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"The post-Victorian British drama of "Downton Abbey" has proven popular among Americans. So just imagine the aristocratic intrigue if you tossed vampires and zombies into the mix."--"USA Today" "Unique and highly enjoyable, "The New Deadwardians'" fresh take on vampires and zombies will make you rethink all you thought you knew."--"Comic Book Resources"" " "I can safely say that it is not only the best new Vertigo book, but quite possibly the best series of the year. Everything about it is near perfection."--IGN" " "This is a beautiful book and one that you, all of you, should be buying and reading."--IGN " " " "

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Dan Abnett lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. After graduating from Oxford, he worked for a while as an editor of comics and children's books before turning to writing full time. In the dozen or so years since then, he has written for such a diverse range of characters--including Scooby Doo, Thunderbirds, Conan the Barbarian, The X-Men, Johnny Bravo, Batman, Rupert the Bear, Dr Who, Mr. Men, The Terminator and Postman Pat--that he is now clinically bewildered. He created the popular series Sinister Dexter, which he continues to write, along with other strips, for 2000 AD, and has recently helped rejuvenate RESURRECTION MAN for DC Comics.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 May 2014
Format: Paperback
England in the early 20th century is a slightly different place to the Edwardian era we knew – most of the upper classes have taken “the cure” and become vampires while most of the lower classes are zombies, kept out of major cities like London by massive walls. In a world populated with the dead and undying, Chief Inspector George Suttle is faced with the bizarre homicide case of a young aristocrat – but who can kill the “Young”, as the vampires are known, and why?

I’m going to talk about some details that bothered me later in the review so if you don’t want to read spoilers because you’re thinking of reading it and you just want a yay or nay, my takeaway of The New Deadwardians is that it’s not a bad murder mystery which has some excellent art but is a bit overlong and a bit thin, plot-wise. If you enjoy supernatural police procedurals, it’s not bad and the set-up is certainly different, even if the protagonist is more than a bit bland. I didn’t love it but, considering the other titles Vertigo is currently offering, it’s up there as one of the better ones to read.

Ok, so: spoilers.

The set-up isn’t totally correct; there are vampires and there are zombies but there are also humans. Quite a few, in fact - they’re called the “Bright”. I really like Dan Abnett’s labelling of the different types of people in this world, “the Young”, “the Bright”, “the cure” – they feel like titles that perfectly belong to the post-Victorian era.

But much is made of Suttle being a redundant figure – a homicide detective in a world where homicides are so rare that he’s the last cop in that department. This makes sense if there are just zombies and vampires – but humans also exist. Humans can die.
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By Mr. P. J. Newton on 13 Mar 2013
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I love zombie books, graphic novels etc but this one was a different twist! Highly enjoyable. Well worth a look
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. T. Southgate on 19 Mar 2013
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A tired format gets a twist (of sorts) in Culbard and Abnett's 'The New Deadwardians'; but beyond an admittedly pithy pun, you'll find very little of substance here. Devoid of atmosphere, a distinct lack of action - which when it does arrive in sparse quantity is poorly executed - and lazy scripting did little to immerse me or create a convincing plot. An unsatisfying and hurried ending meanwhile, and what I can only assume was the conscious decision to focus attention on the mundane while the excitingly unfamiliar world created is left unexplored are my main complaints. All issues are overshadowed however by the cringe-worthy attempts at codifying nineteenth-century English. Far too many "bloodys" and "I've done eaten a fetid goose anus, I haves" punctuate the already mediocre story to the point that you'd expect Dick Van Dyke to make a cameo as a chimney sweep.
In its favour however is the overarching concept. The 'Youngs', 'Restless' and 'Brights' of London are unfamiliar in one sense, but the class system they represent is easily recognizable. The universe itself is surely worth a revisit, and the snippets we do encounter wet the appetite. Unfortunately on this occasion it is the reader left longing for brains.
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This tale of the dead is bursting with life 14 Feb 2013
By Tyler Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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Vampires and Zombies have become well tread ground in modern entertainment, and comics are no different. From "The Walking Dead: Compendium One" to "I, Vampire Vol. 1: Tainted Love (The New 52)", there are plenty of excellent tales of the undead. What separates "The New Deadwardians" from the pack is how startlingly human the tale it tells truly is.

The world of "The New Deadwardians" is set in Post-Victorian England. The dead now walk the earth and consume the living, as they are want to do. To combat the threat of the restless, the zombies, the royal army takes "the cure" which turns them into vampires. Because the young, what the vampires are called because of their eternal life, are dead, the restless, who feed on life, pay them no attention. The story picks up after the war. The affluent of society, mostly consisting of the young, live in Zone A, while all the rest of society is cordoned off in Zone B.

The central character of "The New Deadwardians" is Chief Inspector George Suttle. George is of the Young, and the only remaining member of the Zone A murder squad, because that which does not live cannot be killed; right? It is this question that becomes the central theme for the story. In his hunt for the truth, George not only uncovers a shocking secret about the empire, he also learns more about himself, and his humanity, which he had believed long gone.

The strongest aspect of "The New Deadwardians" is the writing, and how effective a narrator George Suttle turns out to be. Because of his dour nature, time in the military, and immortal status, George's insights on the situation and humanity as a whole come from a perspective not often seen in comics. A few issues in and you will be able to tell who is of the young, and who is bright, or a normal human, just by reading their dialogue. that is how strong a handle Dan Abnett has on these characters.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the artwork in this series. I.N.J. Culbard deserves all the credit in the world for how expertly this series is drawn. He deftly conveys characters emotions, or lack there of, which when combined with the precise, elegant nature of Abnett's story, gives this books a brisk pace. The only nitpick I have with the art is that in a few of the more kinetic conflicts, I felt they came off a little flat. That is a minor gripe however, and very well may be an issue other people won't have.

"The New Deadwardians" is a fresh take on well tread subject matter, that has peerless writing, incredible artwork, and was one of last years best series. It is an incredible read, and a must buy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dead and not quite loving it 7 May 2014
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
England in the early 20th century is a slightly different place to the Edwardian era we knew – most of the upper classes have taken “the cure” and become vampires while most of the lower classes are zombies, kept out of major cities like London by massive walls. In a world populated with the dead and undying, Chief Inspector George Suttle is faced with the bizarre homicide case of a young aristocrat – but who can kill the “Young”, as the vampires are known, and why?

I’m going to talk about some details that bothered me later in the review so if you don’t want to read spoilers because you’re thinking of reading it and you just want a yay or nay, my takeaway of The New Deadwardians is that it’s not a bad murder mystery which has some excellent art but is a bit overlong and a bit thin, plot-wise. If you enjoy supernatural police procedurals, it’s not bad and the set-up is certainly different, even if the protagonist is more than a bit bland. I didn’t love it but, considering the other titles Vertigo is currently offering, it’s up there as one of the better ones to read.

Ok, so: spoilers.

The set-up isn’t totally correct; there are vampires and there are zombies but there are also humans. Quite a few, in fact - they’re called the “Bright”. I really like Dan Abnett’s labelling of the different types of people in this world, “the Young”, “the Bright”, “the cure” – they feel like titles that perfectly belong to the post-Victorian era.

But much is made of Suttle being a redundant figure – a homicide detective in a world where homicides are so rare that he’s the last cop in that department. This makes sense if there are just zombies and vampires – but humans also exist. Humans can die. Are they saying that humans can’t die for some reason, or they don’t murder anymore? Or maybe Suttle and the rest of “the Young” don’t investigate human murders? If that’s the case, why even have a department if murder amongst the dead and undying is practically extinct? It’s a glaring error that’s never corrected and which stuck out for me the entire time I was reading this.

I also didn’t think much of our protagonist, Suttle. He’s a stoic, practical man with very little inner life or personality who goes through the motions in a dry, dull manner. He’s efficient and good at his job but that sort of person is often the worst person to cast as the lead in a dramatic story – there’s very little conflict to be had with his character. Occasionally a character emerges but for the most part he’s forgettable and boring.

Add to that, Suttle becomes the villain in the end! The antagonist behind the initial murder is a magician who, decades ago, cast a spell to resurrect Queen Vic’s dead hubby, Albert, but the spell went wrong and - poof! - zombies appeared! The magician was forced into doing this and killing off the snobby aristos was his revenge to make them pay for destroying the world. That doesn’t make the magician a villain in my mind – quite the opposite! And Suttle going along with the conspiracy at the end to pin it all on the magician and label him as a lone madman… yeah, he’s no hero, he’s just another failed cog in a broken machine.

So what was the point? A murder mystery set in a post-zombie-apocalypse world where those in power are totally corrupt and those charged with capturing the baddies are equally corrupt – so, all of the New Deadwardians are scum? Bit banal, but alright, I guess…

At eight issues, the already-thin plotline was stretched too far and should’ve been six issues at most, if not shorter. Abnett’s writing isn’t bad but too many issues – like the foray into the English countryside – could’ve easily been dropped as they added next to nothing to the story, besides showing how even more blighted old Blighty had become. INJ Culbard’s art is fantastic as it always is – lovely clear lines, great character designs that capture the era well, and an interestingly distorted London all serve to make this a visually brilliant book.

The New Deadwardians is an ok murder mystery that I enjoyed parts of and found other parts somewhat tedious. For all the space devoted to explaining this strange new world, a lot of it remained a mystery when it really shouldn’t have. I suppose you could do worse with other Vertigo titles but it’s still not a must-read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Loved it! 21 April 2013
By Steven Geis - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a crime mystery NOT a zombie/vampire comic. I loved the unique take on how the zombies and vampires came to be but don't buy this thinking it's some kind of monster mash up. It's a really good, moderately paced murder mystery with a Downton Abbey feel.
awesome graphic novel 2 April 2014
By KittyMoka=^.^= - Published on Amazon.com
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loved it =D i really enjoyed it it was a great read i cant wait to purchase another graphic novel
Something Wickedly New 4 Nov 2013
By Danny Norbury - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
There is little room in the modern comic horror section for another Zombie or Vampire title. In fact, there is little room anywhere in literature for the revisiting of such tropes. It seems that everything that needs to be said has been said over and over again with both high and low marks. Why any author of any genre would want to write on a such an over saturated subject matter, one where there is little to no innovation left, is beyond me.

But then again, I am not Dan Abnett.

In The New Deadwardians Dan Abnett goes for the two-fer a Zombie/Vampire tale and the results are superb. He finds innovation in this area by focusing on an alternate timeline in England circa 1910. It is 50 years since the world wide rising of the Restless Curse and the plague inflicting bites of these cursed very nearly wiped out humanity during the Memorial War. England determined that the only way to combat the dead was to be dead. So the upperclass officers took the cure to become a form of dead themselves...vampires. Because they too are undead the Restless pay them no mind allowing the Young as they are now called to turn the tide of the war. Now in a rigid social system the Young have occupied Sector A, the Brights (or non effected) other zones, and beyond these fences roam the millions of Restless.

Within Zone A Chief Inspector George Scuttle has the most boring job in London. He is the Chief Inspector of Murder for a sector of London where the occupants are all but Immortal. But when he is faced with the murder of a Young absent of the usual methods (impalement of the heart, decapitation, incineration) his investigation will take him deep into a conspiracy that will redefine his very jaded beliefs.

The story is told well enough with a stab or two at twists and turns that, in trade paperback form at least, are not that shocking. But where it really shines is in the well thought out premise and Mr. Abnett's take on vampires. The reoccurring theme of the human soul stuck in the immortal machine, forced to slowly lose all appetite and lust for life, begins on page one and is echoed on the majority of pages after. However, instead of being beat down by this theme, Mr. Abnett finds new and unusual ways to drive that point home.

Similarly, the feelings and prejudices of the Bright (the unaffected) are combined with the very real socio-economic issues of industrial age England. In addition to making the alternate historical backdrop convincing, it highlights the supernatural elements in a way few other works have managed to do.

Additionally, though a tale of horror, there is a very real mystery/police procedural working in the background. Admist the scenes of blood and gore these other facets take the reader on a ride well worth the price of admission. Standing alone, these parts (the horror, the socio-econmic allegory, the police procedural) are solid enough to justify their own titles, but combined, they pack quite the punch.

While it took a little getting use to, I feel I.N.J. Culbard's art work is a good complinent to Abnett's script. The panels are clean and not overly detailed with solid line work and characters that are easily distinguishable on the page. Once you get over the slight disproportionate head to body ratio, you will find a certain Mike Mignola-esque quality to the artwork that serves the horror drama well.

I highly recommend this title and will keep my fingers crossed for further stories in this universe.
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