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Review: Zombie Rising Volume 2

The appeal of Walking Dead cannot be understated, as it engrossed the public’s attention right away. This was not the first time a zombie dystopia has had been given such a grim narrative, but this one felt so relatable.  The comic book felt like a typical zombie tale at first, but evolved into a disturbing and suspenseful tale of human nature. This tale, had more to do with the humans than it did with the zombies.

The zombies in Robert Kirkman’s epic, were more of a hazard, than a terror. The real evil were the humans, and just how desperate or evil one can become. It showed that being kind to one another doesn’t necessarily get you what you want. People’s intentions are explored in this volume of Zombie Rising as Manav and Navin start kicking up dust as their investigations ramp up.

In the opening pages, we catch up with Manav and Navin, as they dig into Neolife’s activities, and just how duplicitous they are. . Soon we find out, Neolife Industries are still using their serum on human test subjects, and know about Manav and Navin’s investigation. As Singh try to wrangle the zombies, he loses control and before long everyone on his crew including himself are infected. By book’s end, everyone is in peril and everyone and every animal is infected, soon to reach the rest of India.

Overall, a not so happy conclusion, one which truly questions human nature. The story by Devaki Singh is true to the genre. The art by Tarun Kumar Sahu is heartbreaking. Altogether, this reader was hoping for a happy ending, but like most things in our they don’t end necessarily happy, and it is seeming fitting in this world of zombies.

Story: Devaki Singh Art: Tarun Kumar Sahu
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Zombie Rising Volume 1

The recent passing of George Romero, has left huge hole in the movie industry. The invention of the “zombie”, reaches as far back as French occupied Haiti, but Romero, is the one person who made the Zombie famous. In the Night of The Living Dead, his classic movie, he made zombies scary. He would go no to make more than few movies about zombies, and every one of them added to the canon.

His filmography would not only make him a legend but would also create sub-genre all its own. His movies were the inspiration for Shaun Of The Dead. He not only inspired creators here in the western world, but worldwide, as can be seen in movies like Juan Of the Dead. So, when I heard Chariot Comics did a novelization of India’s first movie about zombies, Rise of The Zombie, I was interested.

In the opening pages, a family enjoys a quiet evening at night, until the rumblings of a bear is heard outside, where the husband goes to investigate, only to find a zombie outbreak has occurred. Fast forward, the reader soon finds out that a corporation, Neolife Industries is at the center of the outbreak, as the experimentation on humans have led to the outbreak. As we also meet some wanderers looking for answers, they search for Bahadur, the man who lost his family to the bear and a zombie. By book’s end, a caretaker gets killed and a hero emerges.

Overall, a different take on the genre, that is both interesting and intriguing. The story by Devaki Singh is appealing. The art by Tarun Kumar Sahu is intense. Altogether, a very different story, in a familiar genre, that will make you wonder how the rest of the world views zombies.

Story: Devaki Singh Art: Tarun Kumar Sahu
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy