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Title Zombie Tales The Series #1
Publisher Name: Boom! Studios
The War at Home
Writer: Joe R. Lansdale
Art: Eduardo Barreto
Writer: Steve Niles
Art: Daniel Lafrance
Writer: Kim Krizan
Art: Jon Reed
$3.99, 27 pages, Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP - Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.
The award-winning undead anthology rises from the grave — and this time it’s monthly! Join top writers Joe R. Lansdale, Steve Niles and Academy Award nominee Kim Krizan for a trio of undead tales that will rot your head away! More great Zombie stories from more great writers and artists that you know and love.
<img src=http://www.projectfanboy.com/images/reviews/ztts1b.jpg align=right hspace=10 >This is how you do Zombie stories. Zombie Tales the series showcases three stories, and they're nothing short of "meat and potatoes, sink your teeth in and pass me another human thigh bone please" entertainment.
The first story, The War at Home seems to provide some of the back history of the undead uprising. In a veterans hospital, one nurse and a few disabled vets aim to take a stand against the nightmare of flesh eating freaks. This is your more classic spin on zombies - undead, stupid, hungry, unrelenting monsters.
Now jump ahead into the future a bit to the next story, People Person and you have a take on the undead that most wouldn't imagine. Character Scott Ball and his kids are living in what's left of Los Angeles after the zombies have unleashed hell on earth. The zombies are learning, and I don't mean just muscle memory learning... these jokers can talk and even carry on a conversation with you before dining on your insides.
In the third part of this issue we jump ahead even farther into the future to Spring 2061. Zombies have completely taken over and have formed a sort of undead society complete with meat markets that will serve you up some veal for fifty percent off, or the delicacy of a fresh human child, even a fashion market of "undead wear". Humans are raised and bred on farms like cattle in this future world and the few "free" humans that remain are trapped in hiding until they can reclaim the earth as their own once again.
I was impressed with the way the stories were handled, the art was done well and I'd definitely recommend the title to anyone who enjoys a good zombie thriller.