Review: The Other Dead #6
Tommy, Az, the President, and the other survivors are stranded amidst the most nightmarish menagerie of Zombie Animals imaginable! All-star creators Kevin Eastman (TMNT), Joshua Ortega (Gears of War), and Digger T Mesch (Agent 88) join up with rising star Qing Ping Mui for the action-packed conclusion of the year’s most talked-about and critically acclaimed new horror series!
The big finale for The Other Dead, the book about zombified animals, hits this week with issue #6. The story was created by Joshua Ortega and Digger T. Mesch with Ortega handling the script. Qing Ping Mui handles art with Mike Shoykhet handling the epilogue’s art. Jose Aviles, James Lyle, and Qing Ping handle inks with Blond providing colors. Tom B. Long rounds things out with lettering. Things have been building up for five issues, but how is the payoff?
Barack Obama, Tommy, Az, and the small band of survivors who narrowly escaped a zombie stampede are in bad shape. They were able to get the helicopter up in the air, but it’s beat and banged up. There’s no question that they are going down, the only thing left to decide is where they’ll land. It’s a rough landing, but where they landed is rougher. Trapped inside a game preserve, trouble is coming from all sides. Can they hold out long enough for the President’s evac team to arrive? When they get there will anybody be left alive?
Ortega writes a fast-paced and thrilling conclusion. It’s an all-out fight until the final pages. Some of the story threads that seemed like they may have been important are left dangling for any future installments though. It’s a conclusion, but it’s not a complete end. There’s enough here to enjoy if you’re a zombie fan though. Qing Ping Mui’s art has been a real highlight of the series. There’s a real spooky and macabre vibe to the entire thing, but seeing pages and pages of zombie animals is something you take a few minutes to really look at while reading. Blond’s colors help elevate the tension and gore of the series with the colors. Things are a little darker and the animals are a little more decomposed. It makes for some truly striking images.
Bottom Line: The Other Dead is a solid series that told a story that seems to be setting something much bigger up for the next go-round. There’s a lot of explosive action, but there’s still some plot and story left to explore. If you’ve enjoyed it so far, you’re definitely going to want to see what comes next. 3.5/5
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