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Zomnibus Volume 2 [Paperback]

Giancarlo Caracuzzo , Kyle Strahm , Dave Crosland , Zane Grant , Brea Grant , Brian Lynch , Jimmy Palmiotti , Justin Gray

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18 Oct 2011 Zomnibus
Zombies can be funny, zombies can be dangerous, but one thing zombies always are is DEAD! This second Zomnibus collection includes three tales of varying undead terror: "Everybody'' Dead" by Brian Lynch and Dave Crosland; "The Last Resort" by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Giancarlo Caracuzzo; and "We Will Bury You" written by Brea and Zane Grant, with art by Kyle Strahm.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Mediocre 14 Oct 2011
By J. R Weaver - Published on Amazon.com
I love this new zombie rennaissance we're experiencing, but with every gem you get a lot of slop - case in point, this collection of three graphic novels.

The first entry, "Everybody's Dead", is an amusing story about a low-end college frat house that survives the zompocalypse. It reads sort of like Kevin Smith decided to write an off-beat zombie tale - there's a slacker dude trying to win back his ex-girlfriend, frat alum stoners, hot chicks, and lots of booze, with a nice side helping of angst. The story deals with this group of less-than-stellar survivors (as the tag line reads, "The last people on earth that should be the last people on earth") facing off against zombies that can temporarily increase their intelligence by consuming human brains (what else?) and an evil rival fraternity that wants their house. The art is stylized and cartoony; not my cup of tea, but adequate. Overall, I'd give this entry a solid 3 stars.

The second story is called "The Last Resort" and it's a real gem. The US government has been experimenting in an off-shore lab somewhere in the Caribbean, trying to create a drug to make 'fearless soldiers', and of course something goes wrong - the virus escapes and infects a resort island. Meanwhile, a massive hurricane has caused an airliner to crash-land on the island. From multiple points of view, we watch the survivors of the crash try to figure out what's going on, and when they figure it out, survive it. Great story, and the art is fantastic - the whole thing reads and looks like one of those great late 80s Heavy Metal stories - you know, the ones before Kevin Eastman neutered HM. Five stars for this one, definitely.

The last tale is "We Will Bury You". This is the weakest story in the collection, in my opinion. The idea is cool - a zombie apocalypse in 1927, creating a nifty alternate history scenario. Unfortunately, the story is crap. It reads as though it was scripted by a precocious but semi-literate 12-year old; very stilted and awkward dialogue. Rather than really explore the relationship between the two lead characters (which is really the high point of most zombie media - character development), the story devolves into one long chase scene. The author(s) bring up a very cool idea - the nascent Nazi party taking over the zombiefied remnants of Germany - and then don't bother to do anything with it. Same for every other halfway interesting idea thrown into the mix. The whole thing was just lackluster and uninteresting. The art was weak too. I really think there comes a point (in comics, anyway) where surrealism and impressionism just gets to be too much. This stuff looks like Bill Sienkiewicz on acid. Bleh. This gets only one star from me. Thank god I didn't buy this on its own, in its original solo format.

Overall, three stars. One diamond surrounded by mediocrity.
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review - Zomnibus Volume 2 (Graphic Novel) 11 April 2013
By The Alternative - Published on Amazon.com
Zomnibus Volume 2 (Graphic Novel)
Brian Lynch (Author), Jimmy Palmiotti (Author), Justin Gray (Author), Brea and Zane Grant (Authors), Dave Crosland (Illustrator), Giancarlo Caracuzzo (Illustrator), Kyle Strahm (Illustrator)
Trade Paperback
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Publication Date: October 18, 2011
ISBN-13: 978-1613770566
320 pages

Even more zombie stories (with teeth and frat boys and plane crashes and flappers - and even more bbbrrraaaiiinnneeesss)

Stories include:
1. Everybody's Dead - Written by Brian Lynch, Illustrated by Dave Crosland
3 out of 5 brains

2. The Last Resort - Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray Illustrated by Giancarlo Caracuzzo
5 out of 5 brains

3. We Will Bury You - Written by Brea and Zane Grant, Illustrated by Kyle Strahm
3 out of 5 brains

What I found truly interesting about Zomnibus Volume 2 is that each of the three stories starts before any zombification has begun and hardly a character notices that the undead are roaming (and moaning) the streets until somebody gets their face eaten off. I realize that this is a common zombie trope and fun (see Shaun of the Dead and The Walking Dead) but I found it curious that all three contained a similar premise. Still, they're ZOMBIE stories and that makes them awesome goodness with bullets and arrows and axes and crow bars...

"Everybody's Dead", the first story in the anthology is a Buffy-style pastiche about a small, low-budget college frat-house whose collection of weirdo's survives a zombie invasion. The characters act as you'd expect from a bunch of buzzed/drunk college frat boys. Including taking risks for the favors of college women and not knowing when they've bitten off more than they can chew (yes, I realize this is a bad zombie pun, but give a guy a break). Even more interesting is that the rival frat-house is infected, and they're coming to take their house back.... This is an amusing and fun undead story with excellent artwork.

The second story, "The Last Resort" is, in my opinion, the very best of the stories in Zomnibus Volume 2. The government has been experimenting with a drug that's supposed to make soldiers über-fearless and inhumanly tough. But a mutant virus cultivated in these experimental soldiers escapes from an off-shore research facility to a Caribbean island resort filled with hopeful vacationers. When a plane full of unaffected humans is forced to crash-land on the island things go from spooky to downright terrifying quickly. Not to mention the body bag full of primo ganja and the rabid monkey-zombies.

"We Will Bury You" the final story in the anthology is set amongst the flappers and mobster of the 1920's and while interesting (and creative) in concept the story is not as fleshed-out as the others here. (Yikes! Will the zombie puns never end?) The alternate universe concept is clever and unique and the setting is a world waiting to be explored but the story itself is a bit stiff and the characters needed to be developed a little more for my taste. While this could have come off as mobsters ("we've got Thompson machine guns") versus zombies ("we'll eat all your flesh off") it devolved instead into an convoluted chase scene leaving it less of a story than it potentially should have been.

File with: Zomnibus Volume 1, The Walking Dead, Marvel Zombies, The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, World War Robot, Zombies vs. Robots, post-apocalyptic fiction, zombies, Zombie vs. Robots: This Means War! (prose), World War Z, and "hello cruel worlds."

(About) 4 out of 5 brains

The Alternative
Southeast Wisconsin
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