Mix Shaun of the Dead with Breaking Bad and you have a good jumping off point for Fiend. It’s the zombie apocalypse and junkie Chase Daniels’ life couldn’t really get much worse so he is trying to turn everything around. Get his girl back and his life on track. A great read for zombie fans (the zombie’s are called ‘chucklers’ because of the horrifying laughter they randomly let loose.) Chase’s only saving grace is that him and some of his closest friend’s are addicted to meth and that is the only thing keeping them from becoming infected. A great twist on the zombie outbreak. This is a very dark, gritty story with a very precise perspective.
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.
My favorite 2012 release! It’s easy to fall in love with Eleanor (and super-secret, and extremely intelligent Daniel) and the late 1800’s Philadelphia setting, and it is very easy to forget that, in concept, it is a book about zombies, affectionately referred to as “the dead.”