Tuesday, May 28, 2013
28 Days Later Vols 1-4 Reviewed
The series is based upon the movie of the same name, which was originally released in 2002 at the beginning of the zombie craze. The zombies in this story aren’t dead. They’re normal people infected by a rage virus that turns them into bloodthirsty killers. The infected run and jump like normal people but a bullet to the chest will kill them as easily as a machete to the head.
There are three things you need to know prior to reading this story: 1) the zombie plague started in London and quickly infected all of England; 2) the rest of the world quarantined the British Isles to prevent the spread of the disease; and 3) at the end of the movie there were three survivors that managed to escape to the European mainland.
This books starts when a reporter finds Selena, one of the three survivors from the movie. The reporter has gathered a team to sneak back into England and find out what is really happening there. As he states, "the people deserve to know the truth of what happened there and the government won’t tell them." Selena agrees to become their guide and so begins the journey to break into the most dangerous place in the world. And that’s just the first 4 issues (Vol 1).
In this series, Nelson writes one of the fastest paced zombie stories you will ever read. Unlike other zombie comics, there’s never a “let’s sit around and analyze our feelings and moan about the loss of the world” issues. Nelson quickly moves the characters from one event to another and uses quiet times walking down the road for character development. This creates a balance between the action and plot without slowing down the pacing. Nelson does a great job of exploring the concepts of the 28 Days Later world too. In 28DL, only England has zombies, not the rest of the world. It’s very believable that the military would try to capture some zombies. It’s very believable when survivors question why nothing is being done to help them. It all flows together very naturally and that keeps you turning pages to see what is going to happen next.
28 Days Later Vols 2-4 was the second best zombie book on the stands for a long time. The series concluded last year but you can still enjoy it in trades. If you want a great zombie story to hold you until the next issue of Walking Dead comes out then this is the book for you.
You can find all the trades here.