Issue: The Last Zombie #1
Writer: Brian Keene
Artist: Joe Wight
Editor: Doug Dlin, Wes Hartman
Publisher: Antarctic Press
Release Date: June 2010
“Follow the frantic journey of Doctor Ian Scott, a man seeking his one ray of hope in a post-apocalyptic nightmare United States. The zombies have come and (mostly) gone, but the disease is still out there, threatening the survivors. The country swarms with roving packs of wild animals—and worse, desperate humans—ready to do whatever it takes to survive. Through it all, one man must drive from Colorado to New York to reunite with the woman he loves…before it’s too late for either of them!“
Artwork: 4.0 out of 5
If the cover is not enough for you on this one, then you will be sold on the interiors. Now I am not 100% familiar with the art styles of Antarctic Press books, but from what I know they tend to lean more towards the Manga look. Not all of them of course, but I think the majority do. So to have this book finally in hand I have to say I am happy with the way the art went. It is fantastic looking black and white book, I would have preferred the color no other way, that has more realistic art qualities to it. The few zombies we see are gore-geous! I have one downside though and it came in the letter department. I did not like the choice of font, solely based on the E’s. It was very distracting. That is my only complaint on the artistic side.
Story: 4.0 out of 5
I’ll start off by saying there is a great forward on the inside cover by Brian Keene. It is a nice introduction to the book where he explains why this is going to be a different zombie book, as if the title doesn’t tell you that. Basically we have a good solid first issue here. We setup the world, get introduced to the characters and are given the basic plot. Dialogue is great, pacing is spot on. It’s just a nice build up issue that gets you ready for what is to come. So light action and more talk but it works very well.
Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5
Great artwork and a great building story really make this one a book you need to check out. Personally I have not read Brian’s novels, but I have to admit that I am intrigued to, to get a sense of how he approaches the zombie culture. As I mentioned on a recent podcast show, I love the idea behind this. Presenting a world where were no longer watching people survive rise of the zombie, but instead seeing how they cope with the world after. Anyone who enjoys Resurrection I think needs to give this one a look. I can’t wait to see how this universe is formed based on the information given here. I am putting my must read stamp on this series now! Oh and I almost forgot, this issue also include the Littlest Zombie short from A Very Zombie Christmas, which is another must read!
If you would like to buy or know more about The Last Zombie #1 you can find it at your local comic shop or you can get it here http://www.antarctic-press.com