Review: The Other Dead #1
The world’s first Zombie Animal epic is here! A deadly hurricane threatens New Orleans just as a frightening and mysterious outbreak hits the animal kingdom! Join all-star creators Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Joshua Ortega (Gears of War), and Digger T. Mesch (Agent 88) for the beginning of this year’s most anticipated new horror series! With art by rising star Qing Ping Mui, The Other Dead is destined to be the most talked-about zombie book since The Walking Dead!
Today marks the debut of The Other Dead, the much talked about miniseries featuring zombie animals from IDW. The story is based on a film treatment by Digger T. Mesch. The comic series is created by Mesch and Joshua Ortega, with Ortega writing the issue. Qing Ping Mui provides art with Blond handling colors. Tom B. Long rounds out the cast with lettering. So does the first issue live up to the hype?
The story opens with Dick Cheney on a hunting trip in Louisiana. The former Vice President has just killed a deer, but blew its head off in the process. Cheney is bummed he can’t get a trophy out of the deer, but that’s the least of his problems. You know what this story is about, so knowing it comes back to life shouldn’t be a shock. Cheney’s fate is not shown on the page just in case you were wondering. After that intro we get introduced to our cast of characters. We have a young, sick boy and his mother who is trying to take care of him as best she can. The boy seems to be our narrator. Nobody is quite sure how the zombie outbreak started, but the signs were always there. There is also a pair of strippers, and a rock band who have some seriously strange ideas on how to become famous. Let’s just say they think there best bet at getting to the next level involved a bucket of duck blood and a late night ritual. The band’s leader is the young sick boy’s brother and the stripper’s boyfriend. Our cast is all connected but they experience the coming zombie outbreak in different ways. President Obama also plays his part in the story as well. If that wasn’t bad enough, a huge hurricane is bearing down on the state. As strange things start to happen and animals start to attack humans, does anyone have a chance at surviving? Can the government help keep it contained to Louisiana?
Ortega writes a very interesting introductory issue. We get a brief look at the imposing threat, we get introduced to our group of characters, and the problem is outlined pretty well. Things happen very fast, but the biggest events don’t happen until the end (of course). It’s a strong first entry that lays the groundwork and whets your appetite for what’s to come. Qing Ping Mui’s art is sharp and very detailed. From the backgrounds to the characters, everything is presented in brilliant detail and is rather realistic. That helps get the best results for the book. From the deer brains to the sick boys vomit, there are things that will leave you feeling queasy. It’s supposed to. I can only imagine what we’re in store for when the zombie action really kicks in. Blonde’s colors are fantastic. The first two or three pages look a little too bright in places, but thing even out throughout the rest of the book. It’s a subdued pallet that elevates the art’s realism.
Bottom Line: The Other Dead is a fast-paced story that pulls you in from page 1. Things get laid out in this issue, so it doesn’t knock your socks off but it definitely grabs your attention. In a world of zombie overload, The Other Dead stands out from the crowd. This is one to look out for. 3.5 /5
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