This series just keeps on keeping on. There is no time to relax and let your guard down in a world that has chucked humans back into the predator/prayThis series just keeps on keeping on. There is no time to relax and let your guard down in a world that has chucked humans back into the predator/pray dance. One of the things I love about this series is how the issues go beyond zombies, though there are lots of good hits to pick up along the way for the day when... In the mean time, we can all reflect on what it is that make us human and what it means when we give up some of those "basics" to survive....more
Again with my love/hate relationship with the undead...
I heard about this graphic novel when the television adaptation was being promoted on AMC. ThanAgain with my love/hate relationship with the undead...
I heard about this graphic novel when the television adaptation was being promoted on AMC. Thankfully I don't get that channel so I am not tempted to watch it and then suffer the subsequent nightmares. But it looked intriguing so I decided I might be able to handle the original version.
This is a compilation of the original comics which means it didn't contain any of the covers or breaks in the story. That is good and bad. It was nice to read straight through but I did miss some of the pauses that would come with the normal comic versions. Not a huge deal.
The story itself is solid; guy wakes up from a coma and finds that the world has been overrun by the undead. Where it takes a turn is that it focuses on the people who have survived and the struggles they have beyond the zeds. The characters are interesting and the story compelling, but I wasn't as impressed as I was expecting. The dialog was kind of stilted and told a lot of information rather than showing it. Maybe that is the nature of a graphic novel or of the beginning of a story like this. (On a related note, I heard this was a similar issue on the first season of the show and they have changed writers, so maybe it is a peculiarity of the story itself.) Despite that fact, I kept reading because I wanted to find out more. The zombie parts of the book were not too scary (in large part because you can control how "shocking" something is when you read it as opposed to when gore just appears on the movie screen in front of you). The artwork is well done. I found myself craving color, but then again, I knew that this drab look was best suited for the theme of the story. - first read June 30 2011
Revisited this one to prep for watching season two on DVD. Still a great read with lots of thought provoking topics. Worth a second (and possibly third) look....more
One of the things I love about having a Kindle is my easy access to books from up and coming authors which I would never have had access to in print.One of the things I love about having a Kindle is my easy access to books from up and coming authors which I would never have had access to in print. This is one of those examples. Out of the Black is an interesting premise with quirky characters. There is an Irish/Chinese detective who was once a family therapist, an overweight phlebotomist who has a run in with a dying man and suddenly begins to have super human strength and strange dreams, and an ex-computer genius turned history TA. Doty does a good job of weaving all of them, along with about twenty other characters, into this impending dooms day story. He also does a great job crafting some witty dialog and wonderful images.
But, as you might expect, this book needed a few more editorial passes. This is the primary reason I had to give it only two stars. There were issues with tense, confusing names (calling the same person by their first then last name at different points in the same paragraph) and continuity issues for it being set in the far distant future. I've come to accept some of these things when I read self published kindle books if the story is strong enough to keep me interesting. This one definitely was. I hope that Doty continues to hone his craft as it is apparent that his voice and concept are indeed compelling....more
How could I not like this book? From the moment I picked it up I was hooked back into the base story line of Pride and Prejudice which I adore. And thHow could I not like this book? From the moment I picked it up I was hooked back into the base story line of Pride and Prejudice which I adore. And then there is the added enjoyment of reading about the Zeds in a lovely Jane Austen inspired voice and seeing great black and white illustrations of important scenes. Wonderful!
Grahame-Smith did a great job of adding the zombie element to Austin's world without drawing the reader out of the story. His approach allowed the original story to live on largely intact and making me yearn to read the original again and watch the BBC version with Colin Firth - scrumptious! Seeing the characters with a new light was a fun twist on the characters I already know and love. I wonder how further "with Zombies" books follow on to this one, but more so because I want to continue on with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.
My one sadness is the fate of poor Charlotte Lucas Collins. I am never satisfied with her fate in the original story. Zombies doesn't make that fate any better for her, unfortunately.
I think this is a great way to get people to read classics who might never pick it up otherwise. Hopefully they will continue on to read the original though, as it is what makes this version so good to begin with....more