Issue: Deadworld: Slaughterhouse TPB
Writer: Gary Reed
Artist: Sami Makkonen
Letters: Nate Pride, Bernie Lee
Publisher: Desperado Publishing
Release Date: January 2010
“This original graphic novel, written by Gary Reed is illustrated by Sami Makkonen, artist of the best selling Hatter M graphic novel! Many humans find themselves trapped in a world of the walking dead and the living who will do anything to survive. The promise of “Safe Haven” reveals a much darker and sinister purpose, when victims find themselves in a medical facility, a “Slaughterhouse,” which will stop at nothing to combat the zombie plague, including using humans as guinea pigs. Survivors find that the greatest horror may not be the zombies, but their own kind.”
Artwork: 4.0 out of 5
Alright before we go to far into the artwork I want to make it very clear that I loved it. I don’t think there could have been a better artist to do this story and one who fits into the fold of other Deadworld artists so well. Now that being said, this book is gore-geous with some flaws. While the characters are not always consistent and sometimes a little hard to decipher, it fits with what has come before. With this series I have come to expect a rougher more jagged art, it really lends to the atmosphere of the story. So while it’s not the most detailed technically sound work, it will work here 10 out of 10 times.
Story: 4.5 out of 5
There is one thing I want to point out when it comes to the story. Gary Reed mentioned that he wanted this book to be accessible to everyone without knowledge of the past 20+ years of Deadworld story. While I applaud the effort I think you would have to know some of what has come before to get who some of the characters are here. Aside from that the story is nothing but solid. The interactions between characters flow very nicely, and the build up and short story essay pages are great. There is a lot of story crammed into these pages so it is easily worth the cover price. I have to ask myself though, will we ever win?
Dying Breath: 4.5 out of 5
How do you continue to build on 20+ years worth of story? You write this amazing collection, that’s how. I am starting to wonder though, can the human race ever win? Back in 1987 the Deadworld universe started and even though we don’t get new stories on a constant basis, we are constantly reminded of how great this series is. So listen up my zombie and horror lovers, buy this book. The artwork and story are solid. This is just another chapter in what I would argue is the best Zombie-verse around and it is still going strong.