George Romero’s cult classic is reimagined with a modern-day spin.
As Lizbeth prepares to leave her husband and two small children for her yearly pilgrimage to her parents' grave, the world—almost instantly—is besieged by legions of bloodthirsty zombies. In the short time it seems to take her and her brother, Leland, to drive to the cemetery, the world is seemingly overrun, and her family is desperately and ill-advisedly trying to find their way to her. Lizbeth and Leland team up with some other human survivors and find themselves at a creepy hotel owned by a homicidal (although uninfected) man and his family. Zombie fans should relish the grotesquely bloody scenes of violence between the undead and humans, ranging from decapitated bodies to a knife through the eye. However, the gore alone must carry the weight, because the plot has more holes than a shotgun-blasted member of the walking dead. The zombie deluge is barely explained, and the nearly instantaneous inundation leaves many questions about the timeline. For a first volume, there is nearly no exposition, creating a huge disconnect, especially when set against other well-known and -developed series such as Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead. The slickly drawn and colored panels are populated by a largely white living cast and a pallid undead one.
Even the most die-hard zombie fans won't be appeased by this. (Graphic horror. 15 & up)