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The Extinction Parade

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  160 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Published (first published July 8th 2014)
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First things first: I need to mention I received this book from GoodReads giveaways.

Vampires (not the sparkling kind): they are the predators feeding on humans. They have to be very careful who they kill not to attract attention to themselves, which becomes very difficult at modern times as everybody stays connected to somebody practically 100% of times. So when a zombie apocalypse begins vampires initially rejoice: there is no need to hide now that the humanity has more pressing matters than t
I got this eARC free from NetGalley.

Oh yes, I wanted to love this. I saw Max Brooks at a signing last year, and he had these little promo cards with The Extinction Parade cover art on them, which he signed. He told us the concept behind the story, a rather unique take on the zombie apocalypse. Wow, I was psyched and ready to dive in!

I was a little let down. I mean, the art is fantastic, and I still love the concept. Plus, the vampires don't suck. Well, I mean they do, but no more than they're su

Ever since my lucky encounter with Max Brooks at FanExpo I have been a bit of a Fangirl regarding him. I was pretty late on the bandwagon with World War Z, although the movie did nothing to help this. When I finally read World War Z however I was entranced. I have read a lot of zombie fiction and this was first class.

When I met him at the convention he was promoting a new comic book of his called " The Extinction Parade", about a vampire in the midst of the zombie apocalypse. While I had faith t
I thought this was a bit of a hoot just because I didn't know what it was about - won't someone please think of the poor vampires, with no humans to feast on because of all the damn zombies? Can't mankind just get it together so the vamps can continue with their indulgent existences? This has some nice stuff about the mortals who take care of the vampires, since apparently they're all too busy going around all careless & lazy & gore-streaked to handle their income portfolios or short dur ...more
Timothy Ward
There is plenty of potential in the visuals for post-apocalyptic fans, but the main characters left me unsure if I care enough to keep reading when Volume 2 comes out.

Our main characters are three vampires taking stock of a zombie outbreak that has gotten so far out of hand that they can now feed on humans without worrying about getting caught. What fills the pages are grotesque scenes of them and zombies feeding on humans. This and the almost nude scenes of many well-formed women make this no b
Wendy Browne
Max Brooks has given us a new spin on the zombie apocalypse with World War Z (the book, not the movie, which didn’t give us much of a new spin at all). In this comic, he does so again. Unlike WWZ, the “subdead” are front and centre in very gory detail, but there is something notably missing: the humans. That is, the humans as the main characters, whose adventures we usually follow as they try to survive. Instead, we have a very interesting twist: a pair of female vampires. Apex predators who hav ...more
The following review is based on a partial early release from Netgalley and then my gathering of the individual comics that comprise the rest of this volume.

An interesting if overly wordy take on the zombie apocalypse, Max Brooks again offers a deeper consideration of the end of the world - with one critical distinction. This time the political and social upheaval that would go hand-in-hand with the apocalypse is told from the point of view of the vampires that also inhabit his newly imagined wo
This is the review of the short story, "The Extinction Parade," not the graphic novel with the same title that is released later.

You can read it for free here:

At last, a new faction joins the zombie war. Believe it or not, the vampires is joining the war. And believe me, this is not another vampire story, not to mention that it is not a regular zombie story either. Max Brooks still use the same story line that he used in World War Z, even though this one i
Albert Yates
Great comic. I hadn't realized that this book had even come out let alone being written by Max Brooks. I always find it captivating when authors take different creatures and put then in the same book to see how they interact.

What happens when the predator realizes that their prey is being hunted by an undead plague? How will they deal with the problem before they starve to death?
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 1.75 of 5

Max Brooks, perhaps best known for his novel World War Z, is playing with zombies again, this time pairing them with another form of fiend -- the vampire.

A pair of female, Asian vampires, who've been around for a long time, delight in the uprising of the zombies. Watching them slaughter humans who have no chance of escape. And because the vampires aren't living, breathing, blood-flowing people, the zombies completely ign
I like Max Brooks' stuff, although it's clear that this is his first foray into writing for graphic novels / comics. there's minimal dialog in this.
which normally would work out well if the series had an artist that I dug, but unfortunately I really dislike Raulo Caceres' style.
that isn't to say that his artwork makes the book unreadable, or not enjoyable. Extinction Parade is still cool. I would just enjoy it that much more if there was a better artist on the series.

the concept is cool enough
Elle Markov
The actual graphic novel is 160 pages; the Netgalley ARC only gives you the first 84 pages, so that sucked. But from what was available, it’s a pretty good story. The novel is told from the point of view of a vampire and she discusses how in the beginning the zombie epidemic was a good thing, it made it easier for vampires to hunt humans, who are basically ignorant to vampire existence and their only concern is destroying zombies.

The zombies are you standard walking dead, they’re brainless and h
I got to read 87 pages from NetGalley, but all opinions are my own. I was completely lost in the beginning of this comic. It wasn't until I put the extremely beautifully grotesque illustrations with the character bubbles in the middle that I started to understand what was going on. What a great idea...What would Vampires do if Zombies were eating all their food? Humans...! I never put the two and two species together. Can't wait for more!
[Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.]

What a delicious seasoning is chaos

I was very pleasantly surprised by this graphic novel. My first impressions upon flipping through its pages were low, but that's because I didn't (and still don't) care for Raulo Caceres' artwork. It is far too titillating and gory for my (perhaps prudish?) sensibilities, and this graphic novel contains some, well, graphic artwork. Perhaps it is foolish for me to compl
[Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.]

Ever since I first picked up Max Brooks Zombie Survival Guide years ago I have been a pretty big Max Brooks fan. His books are both well thought out and well written, not to mention extremely funny. So I decided it would be interesting to see how this translate into comic book or graphic novel format. I can say I am very pleased with the result!

The Extinction Parade Collected Volume 1 contains the first
Andrew Anony
Oct 24, 2014 Andrew Anony rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrew by: BC
Just what we all needed: another silly take on the zombie sub-genre. What makes this book the more redundant is George Romero (is that his name?) just did a zombie comicbook, with, guess what? --- vampires. So not only did this book take two over-done monster types, but it was just done in another comicbook this year (with no more success I might add, albeit better artwork).
The premise had promise, but somehow it got screwed up - maybe my tastes have evolved too much, but the plot, characters, developments, everything felt very flat, stereotyped and one-dimensional. The only character with any complexity and depth was the Renfield; all the others were spoiled brats who deserved everything they were facing.
Brooks' zombies are classic - meaning their only menace is in their numbers and the speed of the pandemic spread, collapse of human infrastructure. There's no ad
I received this via netgalley for review.

More reviews can be found on my blog

World War Z redefined the Zombie genre for me. Extinction Parade takes it one step further, by introducing a secondary supernatural creature: the vampire. In this volume Brooks sets up an epic battle of zombie vs. vampire and the winner maintains the right to hunt and feed on the dwindling human population. It’s a riotous bloodbath with gore and violence. The art is beautiful, and something that I’m drawn to when I’m lo
Donald Armfield
Two vampire girls living or (un) living after a zombie invasion. They feed on the remaining humans. The subdead the walking dead don't even know they exist.

I was really confused at the ending. The Vampire's caretaker leaves behind paper work?

Very vivid, bloody artwork!
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I received a copy as a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway. It's a well-plotted, entertaining book. The art is quite good, in a Richard Corben style (which has never really been my favorite), very detailed with stuffed panels. There are a lot of narrative/text balloons through-out, which tell the story well but also make you think that perhaps the author isn't completely at ease with the graphic format. The idea is that the zombie apocalypse has come, which is threatening to wipe-out the vampire's foo ...more
Rob Boley
In the first volume of Extinction Parade, Brooks does for vampires what he did for zombies in World War Z: he comes at them with a realistic, worldly perspective that makes similar stories seem like ill-conceived fairy tales. He does an amazing job of getting into the heads of predatory creatures that have lived for centuries, and writing from that lofty point of view. My favorite part is how he portrays the vampires as lazy, good-for-nothings who've never had to achieve anything but rather ride ...more
Diane Hernandez
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway but that did not impact my review.

This graphic novel is the full package--great plot and excellent illustrations. The plot is a new twist on the usual vampire story. To say more would ruin the twist. The illustrations remind me of the best scene in the World War Z movie of the scaling of the wall outside Israel--memorable when looked at briefly but even better within the details.

Also, much of the dialog sounds like poetry. Here are a couple of non-spoiler
Wayne McCoy
'The Extinction Parade, Volume 1' by Max Brooks has a big name behind it, but it never really made me care about the overly vain main characters.

When zombie outbreaks start happening, the subdead (zombies) start eating the undead's (vampires) food supply. At first this is a hoot for the vampires because the zombies completely ignore them as a food source and they can roam freely. Eventually, the humans start becoming scarcer and this becomes a problem. Or I assume it will because the promo copy
Megan Francis
I received a free copy of this book through GoodReads Giveaway.
Max Brooks creates an interesting take on the zombie apocalypse. Instead of the classic human vs. Zombie, Brooks incorporates a different type of supernatural creature: vampires. While the zombies seem amusing at first the vampires soon discover that the zombies are a bigger threat than they realized. In order to maintain the human population (and thus their food supply) the vampires must fight against the ever increasing zombie hoa
Gruesome artwork with all the fabulous gore one would expect in a tale involving Vampires and Zombies. This seemed like a neat premise: What would happen with vampires when the zombies depleted their free range yum yums. Sadly, I couldn't really give a crap about either of vampire leads as the story was just OK, there was really nothing there to hook me in to care what happens further.

*Review copy provided by NetGalley and the Publisher.
Lovely colour and ink work, and a great story in a different medium than the previously published book or film. In this preview we see the humans surviving post World War Z but agianst thye shambling 'subdead' there appears a new enemy...the vampire! Who is in danger of extinction first? The humans, the vampires or the zombies? it's not obvious which way the story is going but I definitely want to read more!
Patrick J. Dalton
I'm reading the first 5 back to back and back again. Interesting, textured storyline (as it unravels) and intense artwork, this 1st installment of what appears to be a promising endeavor gives you just enough backstory without it becoming a textbook and subtly weaves the characters together stitch by stitch.
Yes, it's violent, gory, bloody, and lovely, but not so in a wanton fashion as these elements are essential to the tale at hand.
I was excited to see this available to read pre-publication but it ended up being a disappointment for me. There's little to no backstory given, so I found it a bit of a jumbled mess. Additionally, while I appreciate the full-color galley, it made it incredibly frustrating to read as it took forever to scroll. Not sure if I'll be back for volume two; I didn't find much of interest here.
Brett Mceown
This was the first graphic novel I have read. I didn't know what to expect. The moment I opened the book I was amazed at the graphics of the book and the story line was awesome. Each character had their own traits and personalities which drew you in. The amount of detail and gore that was illustrated was superb! Would HIGHLY recommend this to any vampire/zombie/gore loving fan!!!
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Max Brooks is The New York Times bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. He has been called ”the Studs Terkel of zombie journalism.“

Brooks is the son of director Mel Brooks and the late actress Anne Bancroft. He is a 1994 graduate of Pitzer College. His wife, Michelle, is a screenwriter, and the couple have a son, Henry.
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