The New Deadwardians

9781401237639The New Deadwardians
by Dan Abnett

In honor of San Diego Comic-Con this week I wanted to recommend a favorite comic of mine, The New Deadwardians. Start with Downton Abbey, add a vampire detective- throw in zombies and you have a good idea what The New Deadwardians is about. Written by Dan Abnett this series takes place in England during the Edwardian era where society has been divided into three classes. The lower class- zombies, the middle class- humans, and the upper class- vampires. The first issue introduces and focuses on a detective in Scotland Yard’s “Murder Squad”. The rest of the series focuses on the investigation of a mysterious vampire murder in broad daylight. This series is extremely well written and builds upon the traditional detective investigation with supernatural beings. I hate when lore and fantasy element overtake story. You are not beat over the head with the world. It is what it is and it is accepted. Abnett has tweaked the world of vampires and zombies enough to make it his own while keeping it familiar. For example the vampires where zinc based sun screen during the day (a classy touch). This is one of the best comics I have read in years. The trade containing all issues is available now.

Reviewed by:
Larry – Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville