Review: The Other Dead #2
The world’s first Zombie Animal epic continues! President Obama travels to New Orleans to deal with the evacuation of the city, as Tommy, Azrael, and Justina fight for their very lives against the undead animal horde! All-star creators Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Joshua Ortega (Gears of War, Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer), and Digger T Mesch (Agent 88) join up with rising star Qing Ping Mui for the shocking second issue of the year’s most talked-about new horror series!
The animals are undead and running wild in the second issue of The Other Dead. The second issue of the new six issue miniseries hits this week. The story is written by Joshua Ortega with art from Qing Ping Mui. Blond handles colors and Tom B. Long rounds things out with lettering. So how does the second issue measure up now that the animals are on the loose?
Tommy and Azrael are trapped inside their house with a flock of angry, undead ducks pecking at their door. Az’s odd sacrifice of ducks to help take his rock band to the next level appears to be coming back and biting him in the behind, almost literally. Tommy and Az have to fight their way outside and try to find safety. Az’s girlfriend Justina, her roommate, and the rest of the band are trying to figure out what’s going on, but they don’t have time to catch their breath with other animals getting in on the undead action. Meanwhile President Obama is flying into Louisiana to help organize things with the evacuation of the city in the face of the oncoming storm. He’s not too fond of how the last administration handled a similar situation in New Orleans and he wants to make sure things go right under his watch. The president picked a bad time and the worst location to make a visit. No one is safe and no animals is tame! Can anyone survive The Other Dead?
Ortega writes a good issue. This one is action-packed and really ups the animal zombie quota. We get some new developments with the story and the situation for the human characters degrade even further. Az becomes a more mature, and almost likeable character as he tries to protect his sick brother Tommy. Mui’s art is great. He makes some incredibly distinct and recognizable characters. The background and detail work is just as good. Some of the vehicles look a little off, but that’s really a minor complaint considering the other visuals (like packs of zombie ducks and dogs) the book offers. Blond’s colors fit well with the art and gives the pages an almost painted look.
Bottom Line: The Other Dead gets a little more confident in the idea behind the book this month. Things start getting crazy, and with 4 issues left there’s no telling where this story will go. Great art mixed with a strong story with a nice hook makes The Other Dead one you need to check out. 4/5