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Dead Eyes Open

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The dead are rising -- but they aren't your garden-variety zombies. Dr. John Requin becomes the center of a cultural zeitgeist, the unwilling eye of a social hurricane in a book that redefines the undead in a bizarre cocktail of black humor, political satire, and family drama. ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by SLG Publishing (first published February 13th 2008)
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Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this tale in it's entirety within the "The Mammoth Book of Zombie Comics" and "Dead Eyes Open" was by far the best entry.

It's a story of people coming back to life but instead of seeking human victims like in a Romero movie they instead try and go about their business albeit with some friction from the "alive" population.
It's a good mix of black humour with plenty of pop culture jokes and cult references (Will Wheaton on Oprah, an Undead MMO, and a Dr. Fulci among others) and is genuinely
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A graphic novel about zombies—"returners"—who lose their heartbeats but not their brains, voices, and emotions. All sorts of political, military, and cultural allegory follows, made distinctive by some sharp characterization as well as by the whole Zombies and Non-Zombie Politicians Who Talk and Connive situation and, best of all, the artwork by super-talented Cherokee artist Roy Boney, Jr. ...more
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Several interesting ideas and projections of possibilities in a pandemic. A little rushed and anticlimactic in the end.
Can we say overlooked? I don't even know what made me pause at this book when I was browsing at the library. I do know it was a random flip to an inside page, where I saw Wil Wheaton as a zombie (!) that made me pick this up.

It's a good take on the zombie genre. What if zombies still have feelings and emotions? What happens to them? How do they cope? How do their family, friends, and the rest of the world react to them? It's a bit of a convoluted story that follows a zombie dad who just wants to
Johnny Andrews
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a good idea, people coming back from the dead pretty much the same as before but without a heartbeat and pulse. But they can still hold coherent thoughts and do jobs.
However the returners as they are named are not wanted, prejudice from all over so the government brings in former living shrink, John Requin to be a figure-head and then it's all government lies as one solution is camps as they try to deal with the situation and give rights to the returners.

Meanwhile some of the dead see th
Liam H. Blues
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies
A hugely underrated and overlooked graphic novel, Dead Eyes Open tells the story of when the dead start coming back to life... but this time they remember everything about their former lives, they can still speak and feel, they are basically alive... but they aren't. They are dead and rotting and what does that make them in society? A great, fast paced story, an original and clever take on themes of discrimination, if you can find a rare copy i say grab it and enjoy! ...more
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great story and writing - not a lot of boring plot filler, just great fast-paced idea development. Awesome amount of effort was put in to imagine what such a world would be like. The art isn't great but for an indie it's enough to be clean and understandable. This could make a great movie in the right hands. ...more
Aug 10, 2011 added it
This was a well done story - rather than your standard "BRAINS, BRAINS" zombie story it deals with the re-live of one man as he deals with his new situation.

You are also exposed to the social, political, and family issues that the newly re-living are facing.
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-and-comix
A very pleasant surprise, and a super-solid foundation on which to build the hit-and-miss Mammoth Book of Zombie Comics. ...more
Oct 01, 2011 rated it liked it
A clever take on the zombie genre.
Aug 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Interesting idea - what would happen if zombies retained their memories, intelligence and emotions and wanted to return to their lives as if they hadn't died.

not bad, not great.
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