Raise The Dead: 1 Hardcover – 6 Mar 2008
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But this one does it well. You already know the story, but it takes you places you don't expect, as a good story does.
The art is very well-done, and some back story is provided to show how the characters got to be where they are and what hardships they have already experienced in their recent lives. This inevitably makes you root for some characters and hate others, and lets you know which characters are going to make things more difficult and which ones deserve to make it through this, and of course, deserving to survive doesn't have anything to do with whether or not they will.
Good story, good characters, and this stand alone graphic novel is worth a look. Although the story, again, looks like so many others, it's still different on many levels and deserves the attention of zombie fans everywhere.
At first I wasn't sure about this buy because it seemed like it was going to be the same thing I've seen. Then the art caught my eye and the atmosphere sunk in and i kept thinking how great this could be. The whole story is told in tight spaces, giving the book an aire of clausterphobia, and the zombies are shown in bits and pieces - the way a zombie would be expected to be. The people in the story are all different, too, and their stories are interwoven into a tale that makes the chase toward the ending a lovely piece of walking doom. It reminds the reader what loss would look like through the eyes of a child, what would happen if you try to help a little too much, and what can occur if you happen to try and help someone with a little zombie lovebite. I personally found this to be an exciting thing, too, and I thought it had some compelling ideas added into the fray. From little rats and monkeys to a man that may or may not be the reason everything happened, we see a group of people that we know are more than "in trouble." In fact, in looking for safety, they may have found doom.
If you like your zombie tales modern then you may find this one good. I personally like the fact that that you don't know alot about the virus from the beginning and that everything you think about it could be right or wrong - and that this doesn't really matter in the end. What matters is that there are lots of teeth and tight hallways and this feeling that the end is coming for everyone. The "who" in survival, that's what its all about to me. The only downside to the book is that it is a little bit of a short read, but the art and the possibilities that are here as to what caused it all to come down made up for that to me.
Check out some of the pictures and check out that cover work. If you find it appealing then enjoy the teeth that run amok as one pocket of people tries to play "run, rabiit, run" with more undead than they can count.
Good stuff in my opinion.
We are given to believe that a meteor shower is the root cause of this raising of the dead but one of our characters is involved with a lab that is working to find ways to regenerate dead tissue, cure diseases, etc. As zombie fans we can guess where this leads to, though there are some surprises. You gotta love the attack of the undead lab rats.
But before we get too far, this brief tale is over. No one is safe here as zombies tear into the characters left and right. Though the story is nothing new in the zombie realm the glowing red eyes of the undead and wonderful artwork make this one a noteable graphic novel in the zombie realm.