Rotten #1 & 2 – Review

Posted on September 29, 2009


Issues: Rotten #1 & 2
Mark Raner, Robert Horton
Dan Dougherty
Letters: Tom Long, Sean Konot
Publisher: Moonstone
Release Dates:
July & August 2009
Pages: 52, 28
Price: $5.99, $3.99

“A new twist on Zombies with action, horror, and the uncomfortably recognizable in the old West! A stop-lossed Army vet. A president in office without the popular vote. A terror crisis gripping the nation! Meet William Wade, newly minted – and seriously resentful – secret agent for President Rutherford B. Hayes. His mission with cerebral partner J.J. Flynn: travel the West and investigate outbreaks of the living dead – each one more horrifyingly advanced than the last. For Wade, 1877 is turning out to be one rotten year.

A girl’s bizarre condition has polarized a town. Is she alive or dead? Her family will do anything for her, and a seriously injured Agent Wade is their captive. Only his wits and a ticking clock stand between him and the ravenous thing the girl has become. Meanwhile, Agent Flynn rides the countryside in a ruthless search for him. It’s horror and suspense like you’ve never seen in the Old West!

Artwork: 4.0 out of 5
I really like the artwork in this series so far. The character designs look nice and stay solid from panel to panel. The zombies shine too. I love a nicely drawn zombie, just make you smile. The coloring works very nicely which I think at times you can find overdone with people just going for blood effects everywhere. Nice job so far! 

Story: 3.4 out of 5
Here’s my beef, I love the action sequences. The rest of the book is a lot of talk. Now that’s not bad at all, because spending $4 with not actual story is idiotic. However I think that the story parts are to boring. It seems as if there is buildup to a point and then it just flat lines. You get some good Western points and some nice horror points but I can not seem to jump on board 100% just yet. I will say issue #2 was more interesting than #1. So I hope it can maintain that upward shift.

Dying Breath: 3.6 out of 5
Mixing genre’s here work’s, but needs to be more exciting. I like what the main idea is, just want to see it pick up on the action more. The artwork is gore-geous I just think at the moment it is what is selling me on this series and I would like to see it get more of a balancing act going on.

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