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The Abandoned, Volume 1 (The Abandoned #1)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  209 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Everyone 23 and older suddenly dies one fateful, stormy night, but quickly rises from the dead. The zombies seek out the only living thing left: their children. After Rylie escapes a nursing home, she makes her way through the swamps of her hometown to find her crush, Naomi, before the dead find her first. Rated for older teens.
Paperback, 230 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by TokyoPop (first published March 1st 2006)
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Being a fan of Ross Campbell's other works (Wet Moon, Water Baby, and various fan art he post on I will honestly admit that my initial purchasing of this book was just a financial splurge fueled by my gothy gleefulness at seeing his name, and the post-apocalyptic character designs on the cover. At further examination of my purchase, I noticed that it was a Tokyo Pop publication, and raised a curious brow. Being a faithful fan however, I dived right in, and what I discov ...more
I really enjoyed this. Besides for having excellent illustrations, and a completely decent plot line for another zombie story, it tells a sad and beautiful story of young love. Young, lesbian, interracial love. This came out a while ago and I don't think there was nearly enough hype about it.
Christopher Hutson
The Abandoned is a good zombie comic. Do not expect deep , poetic literature: this is about zombies and the re/slaughtering of said zombies. Ross Campbell's art does not disappoint. All female characters carry the Sir Mix-a-lot seal of approval.
Campbell is clearly a huge fan of the genre, and the book is chock full of insider references. However, I can't say that I really cared for the book. For full review, see
I'm a huge fan of Ross Campbell's Wet Moon series. I think it's one of the top five comic book series ever! The abandoned is a zombie comic he did while writing some of the early books of Wet moon. In a recent interview I read with him he said that he was trying to get across the idea of the fetishisation of youth in today's society but he thought he'd failed and just produced a mediocure zombie comic. I have to say that I thought it was very good. What made this different from most zombie films ...more
R. Burns
Sep 07, 2009 R. Burns marked it as to-read
I'm feeling like the Last Man on Earth this weekend (classic Vincent Price zombie movie) so I went looking for modern Zombie novel. This Publisher's weekly and the cover struck a harmonic chord, in some sort of pathetic, morbid way:
From Publishers Weekly
Campbell (Wet Moon) adds color—in this case red—to the OEL manga format, the better to highlight zombie gore. Actually, the red keeps the reader's eye on Rylie, a red-headed black lesbian in a swampy Southern town. She's trying to start a relatio
Hey! Look! It’s a zombie comic set/around a majority-black population that has a lot of black characters (*cough*unlikeTWDespeciallytheTVseries*cough*).

Snottiness aside, I’m totally biased for this comic because the lead character (Rylie) is a hot, fat, pierced and tattooed, black lesbian punk with an awesome mohawk who volunteers at a nursing home and kills zombies with a toilet plunger. What’s not to love? Seriously, this girl is making me think (1) I do, in fact, need bat wings tattooed on m
Holly Letson
I went into this one, expecting it to be blah. The muted colors and zombies were something that doesn't usually attract me to a book. But, I was pleasantly surprised. Everything about this manga just works.
I love how it captured the way that Southern people actually talk. Sadly, that led to alot of misspellings, but it needed to be that way. I also loved how it presented yuri and yaoi relationships. At times, it focused more on the yuri than it did on the zombies, which I really enjoyed.
Sean Thomas
Is it possible for a hurricane to somehow cause people over the age of 23 to turn into zombies? In Campbell's "The Abandoned" it is! Rylie lives in Georgia and finds in the blink of an eye that every adult around her suddenly dies...and comes back to life. Gathering a group of friends they do their best to protect themselves and find away to escape the mass of horror surrounding them.

I loved the illustrations, especially the gray tones and red being the only true color showing through. Very arti
Ok, I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for a zombie movie/book. Being as I'm also a sucker for Ross Campbell books, I melted when I heard about this one. Loved it. I near died when I found out that it wasn't going to be picked up for a sequel!
You really can't go wrong with teens and end of the world kind of situations. Teens are so extreme even in normal situations. This worked very well, and I may read it again if I don't get a new novel soon.
Oh, but I did have one beef. This isn't Ross' fault, but
Mar 24, 2014 Stacy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Great art and character dialogue, story is nothing special yet but interesting enough that I'm sad the title won't get a proper continuation.
Danika at The Lesbrary
I learned about The Abandoned from Good Lesbian Books’s Lesbian Fiction list. A lesbian zombie graphic novel?! Sounds too good to be true! I tried to brace myself before reading it. Maybe there would just be gay undertones. Nope! It’s established from the first couple of pages that Rylie is into girls, though romance isn’t really a big plot line in the book. And when I actually got The Abandoned in my hands, it looked even better. A fat lesbian PoC protagonist?! And the art is amazing. Rylie is ...more
God, I wish Tokyopop sucked less. This book has so many different emotions in it and I am not sure I can fully describe how I felt about it.
Gorgeous art, even if it has a bit of sameface. The story is paced realistically and is quiet in downtimes but almost deafening in times of action. I am not sure how I feel about some of the dialogue, in that it doesn't seem terribly organic, but the emotions the characters share and have are diverse and interesting.
I enjoy zombie books and this graphic novel was fun. I have read a few other Ross Campbell graphic novels and enjoyed them immensely.
This was a good read and the idea that getting older makes you susceptible to turn into a zombie was funny.
The illustrations were really good and I liked that the protagonist was of ethnic origin, this is not very common.
"Born in lust, turn to dust... Born in sin, come on in... "

Andre Linoge (movie Storm of the Century, 1999)

Great artwork and the zombies are great too,they (the zombies) are the least disturbing thing in this book, but it is the relationship between the characters that disgust the most.
Bob Fingerman
Aug 30, 2008 Bob Fingerman rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of punk rock, the bayou, zaftig hotties and horrific zombie gore.
Ross Campbell delivers the goods for fans of character-driven teen-angst soap as well as zombie-lovin' gorehounds in The Abandoned, a beautifully drawn, extremely graphic, graphic novel.

That this book is a one-shot speaks volumes to Tokyo Pop's bad decision-making. I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting more.
3.5 because the art is fantastic. Plus, it's great to see comic characters with different body types.
The pacing was strange (a lot of non-character building dialogue).

Hopefully, since this is the first volume, the story and pace will pick up in the next book.
Neil Sinclair
I can't say I felt a bit of remorse for anyone who lived orr died in this book although seeing characters full of a similair self-induldgence as in Wet Moon be ripped to shreds and eaten did bring a smile to my face.
It's such a b-grade graphic novel. Just total trash.

But Campbell draws girls the way I like 'em. And there's zombies. So my copy is well worn and well loved.
Claire Savage
beautiful artwork, but the lettering and the size of the book made it hard to read and fully enjoy it. this is a sexy zombie comic. whats not to like?
Rodney Wilder
An amazing story, beautifully set apart against all the zombie holocaust stories in the world. Ross Campbell's art is without equal.
hot lesbian teenage punks in Georgia fighting a zombie invasion!!!!!!! hilarious and amazing and full of zombie puns!
Jan 15, 2009 elissa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to elissa by: Anina's review
This zombie GN gets very graphically gruesome by the end, but the characters are great. 3 1/2 stars.
Richard Van Camp
Need groady? I still think this is one of the most horrifying graphic novels of our time.
Jan 18, 2008 Flo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone over the age of 12.
Recommended to Flo by: miz arteaga
um, hot punk lesbians fighting zombies. totally bitching.
Jenny Schmenny
Zaftig punk rock lesbian zombie thriller!
Graphic Novel,Manga
Kit Kittredge
Kit Kittredge marked it as to-read
Aug 16, 2015
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Sophie Campbell, formerly known as Ross Campbell, is a comic writer and artist known for her indie comics such as Wet Moon and Shadoweyes.
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