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The Extinction Parade

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  316 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Published (first published July 8th 2014)
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May 13, 2014 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

This whole volume was JUST getting the vampires to the point where they start to fight the zombies. SO MUCH INTERNAL NARRATIVE! I just wanted to shake the main vampire (what's her name) and tell her to shut up so I could enjoy the panel-art - as gory as it was.

It takes FIVE ISSUES for the vamps to realize - no humans, no food!! Really?! Vampires are as stupid as humans are in relation to understanding the food chain?

What morons!!! How did they avoid becoming extinct?

Reminds me of m
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
May 07, 2014 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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
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
Full disclosure, I totally picked this up because it's a new story from Max Brooks. I've read The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z cover to cover numerous times, and I'm always impressed with the way he writes. This man knows his zombies, and he shows it. So when I saw his name on the cover of this graphic novel? I had to read it. It wasn't even a choice, it was a necessity.

True to form, Brooks has once again changed up the zombie apocalypse story line. This time the "subdead" are front and
May 12, 2013 Oni rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
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
This could work as a companion to World War Z, telling the story from a vampire's point of view, or it could simply be a stand-alone series on its own merits. For those who have read Max Brooks, you will recognize his particular brand of social commentary underlying the story. Where the rapid infection rate of marginalized groups caused governments to see the outbreak as a third world problem in World War Z, here it is the vampires who are myopically unaware of the impact it will have on their e ...more
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?
Gianfranco Mancini
I hated a lot Max Brooks' "World War Z", but this... this is a masterwork! :D
Feb 22, 2015 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The idea of Extinction Parade is very interesting. Vampires who drink human blood are challenged by a zombie outbreak and now have to compete with the zombies for their sustenance. The art is very in your face, colorful and unique too, but that's about all I liked in this book.

I had a very hard time caring about what happens in this book. The majority of it is written as abstract thoughts and there isn't much dialog between characters. The main characters come off as super unlikable and I'm not
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
Jul 08, 2014 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 25, 2014 Elle Markov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 06, 2014 Meghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 02, 2014 Andrew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrew by: BC
Shelves: comics-alt
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).
Jul 18, 2014 Ashish rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, horror
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
Jun 25, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brave-new-world, own
What a great combination of horror, political commentary, and intense graphic art. The Extinction Parade is probably one of the most well-written comic book series I have ever read. It's also scary as hell. The scare factor can largely be contributed to Raulo Caceres' illustrations, which creep and ooze off of the pages…in a good way.
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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Brian Jackson
I guess I'm the odd one on Goodreads in that I like the story and exposition but I wasn't all that thrilled with the art (to me it was reminiscent of Plop or Freak Brothers from the '70's). I like the premise; the Zombie outbreak means that the vampire's food supply will soon be gone. Told from the vampire point of view, they are now coming realizing that they need to do something in order to insure their own survival. The volume collects issues 1 through 5 of the comic.

The story has hooked me.
May 26, 2014 Craig rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Damian Patterson
This week I read The Extinction Parade, Volume 1 by Max Brooks and I have to say it was better than I had expected, given the premise. In a world where there’s few things new in the fiction horizon it’s nice to see a story step off in a direction.

I do have to say I wasn’t too impressed by caliber of art work. There were too my inconsistencies in the character designs. The female protagonist would go from woman to rough looking transvestite every other panel. The disconnected facial expressions
Rob Boley
Jul 24, 2014 Rob Boley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 02, 2014 Diane Hernandez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
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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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