It’s easy to forget that War of the Dead is a weekly mini-series. With such great content, one would expect this to be a monthly thing. I’ve read a bunch of monthly mini-series from the two ‘big’ companies, it’s a little sad they can’t produce such great quality IDW does with Deadworld, and that’s weekly! You would imagine with a month’s time, we would get high-quality stuff. Anyways, the latest installment in this zombie epic is another winner. Seriously, I cannot recommend this series enough.
Here’s the official description from IDW:
Dan, one of the surviving humans, finally found Donna, the woman he loved… but she had become infected with the presence of an intelligent zombie and is now half-human and half-zombie. Dan is torn between saving her or killing her, and if he doesn’t make the decision soon, it might just be too late…
This was not a happy issue. While the previous two weren’t exactly joyful, there was a sense of hope. Here we’re really given firsthand how outmatched the humans are. What’s interesting is that from the look of things, the Zombie King’s plan looks like it’s going to work. The story doesn’t give any indication that the humans have any slight sense of chance, which is good. When reading a comic like this, it’s good to see them on the losing side, and seeing how they’ll prevail in the end. (Or not, the reader really has no idea how this is going to end.) This time we’re given some really interesting developments, including the extent of the Zombie King’s plan. (And it isn’t generic, it’s pretty well thought out, it makes you think.) The King is one of the best parts. He actually could care less about the zombies, they’re nothing but tools. Ah, the dynamics are just amazing.
In every review I say the same thing about the art. I will say it again, (got to be professional) the art is unique to the story. The detail given to the grittiness is incredible. If this series had ‘normal’ comic book art, it would take away the disturbing factor. What I like about this series is how it juggles the story and action. It’s very dialogue-centric, but doesn’t skip out on the satisfying action. (The massive attack in this issue was intense.)
Overall, yet another great issue of War of the Dead. When I got to the last page, I kept scroling down the PDF file, but didn’t realize that was it because I was so into the story. If it’s one mini-series you should be reading, it’s War of the Dead.