Daily Archives: December 18, 2008

Undead Apocalypse Survival 101

Zombies Calling original graphic novel
Writer/Artist/Cover artist: Faith Erin Hicks
Publisher: Slave Labor Graphics
Price: $9.95 US

I’ve been hearing good things about Faith Erin Hicks’s new work, The War at Ellsmere, so I was disappointed to find that my local comic shop had already sold out of its initial order of the book. I’m waiting for a copy to arrive, but I figured I’d check out the writer/artist’s first major work. I’d heard of Zombies Calling before, but I opted not to pick up a copy, dismissing it as just likely the latest in a long line of competent but typical zombie comics. I’m glad the Ellsmere buzz got me to change my mind.

Zombies Calling is a thoroughly entertaining piece of pop culture. Hicks satirizes the zombie genre and celebrates all at once, but what makes the book so engaging is the strong characterization. In the back of the book, Hicks admits to enjoying the works of writer/producer Joss Whedon, and his influence is apparent here. But there’s a much more grounded, genuine quality to her characters that reminds me of my own youth (from a decade and a half ago, yikes).

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