Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Walking Dead #1 (1989) - comic book review

Get ready for AMC's The Walking Dead... with a review of Walking Dead #1!

Alright all you boils and ghouls out in internet land, I've descended into the Fright Zone crypt of creeps (the corner of my computer room, next to my books and records) and reached into the ancient, cob web coated and weather stained long boxes (of terror) and randomly pulled 31 putrescent
plastic bag entombed horror comics to review for your Halloween dis-pleasure!

Today's selection is... The Walking Dead #1!

Well, I'm sure by now you've heard all the hubub and hullabaloo about the exciting new horror series from AMC, the network that
brings you "Madmen" and "Rubicon", (those TV shows that you're to stupid to follow and yet you still watch) The Walking Dead!
Well, the thing that not everyone knows is that before director wunderkind Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemtion/The Green Mile) decided to bring this epic zombie struggle to your boob tube,
"The Walking Dead" was an obscure comic book published by Airral Comics! Yup, and I just found the first issue of it buried in one of my creepy old long boxes and
decided to read it and bring back a Ol' Hallow's Eve report for all of you... and let me say, this is going to be one hell of a TV series!

The comic is the creation of one JW Somerville, the not really that talented artist and writer, but what he lacks in talent, he more than makes up for in zombies! The Walking Dead
tells the blood curdlingly cliched tale of an alien spaceship crashing into the very middle of our nations capitol (Washington DC), and spilling out a strange chemical that affects
recently deceased human corpses... and brings them back to life! Not just walking and feasting on the living, but talking, driving cars and forming a biker gang called "Kidz From Hell"! I haven't seen this many
fucked up looking dudes in shitty denim vests since the last time I was at Wacken! Hey-o!

Seriously though folks, I can't wait to see how AMC and Mr. Darabont pull
off all of my favorite talking zombies from the comic, like "Jak Crak", "Slak Jaw" and best of all "Warp Rap"! Yup, you guessed it, a rapping zombie!
Fuck your fast zombies from your fancy new "Dawn Of The Dead" re-make, the "Walking Dead" zombies rap! It's some pretty good rhymes too as far as it goes,
I actually imagined it with kind of a 86 Chicago Bears meets the Suger Hill Gang sound, but we'll see the direction the live action version decided to go with. I'm positive
the rapping zombie will make it into the TV show, because that scene is pretty much the centerpiece of the entire issue.

Sure, the whole zombie thing might seem a little over done of late, but this is a fresh, new spin that is really going to get people to stand up and take
notice! In fact, I'd be willing to wager if the TV show is anything like the comic, there's a few more Emmys headed AMC's way come next award season!
Now, as if just the "Kidz From Hell" zombie gang wasn't enough, we also get a human resistance, lead by "Joe" and "Kris" and "Max", who are
introduced in a slam-bang violent action scene wherein Joe runs down a zombie with his car, and then each character quickly calls each other by name so the
readers can follow along and tell them apart (after all, the art isn't that great). I've been told that Joe, the bad ass black dude and leader of the human resistance
is going to be played by the amazing Bobby Rhodes, who you may remember as the pimp in the classic Italian horror flick "Demons"! Unfortunately, it was
myself that told me he's going to possibly be in Walking Dead, so we'll have to wait and see if it's true, but it's a definite and very exciting possibility!

Well, I don't want to give away too many spoilers, but after reading "The Walking Dead" #1, I can safely say that come Halloween night, we are all going to
have a great new zombie epic unlike anything seen in the genre before to feast our eyes on, and AMC and Frank Darabont are going to have another big hit
on their hands! Shamble on over to your local new stand and pick up a copy of "The Walking Dead" #1 from Airrel comics today, or wherever black and white glut comics
from the late 80s are sold!

4 out of 10 fucking Oscars

now playing - Nocturnal Graves - "Satan's Cross" LP
Wild Dogs - "Reign Of Terror" LP
Goblin - "Alien Contamination" OST


Blogger Adam said...

finally, you were made for this!

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Ian said...

I think there's a zombie rape in issue 2. Classy series!

1:42 PM  
Blogger Ryan S. said...

Sadly, I only have #1 and #3. 2 has a really awesome cover actually.

Dare I review "Texas Chainsaw Samurai"?
Think Solson Comics would pay me for some advertising?

2:59 PM  

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