On last week’s episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”, “Us”, Eugene spoke with Tara about the possibility of a zombie apocalypse wiping out the dinosaurs. Made me wonder how early man would have dealt with the walking dead.
“Zombie B.C.” peels back the layers of ancient history and gives us a glimpse of just that. This is the story I’ve waited years for. With the Zombie Genre taking over every aspect of the 21st century, it’s about time someone takes a risk and gives us something new in a genre that could easily be said to be over-chewed.
Initially touched upon in Max Brooks sequel/extension to “The Zombie Survival Guide”, Brooks’ “Recorded Attacks” graphic novel told the story of outbreaks throughout the centuries, the earliest being from the people we descended from on the African savannahs some 10,000 years ago. Author and Midwest native, Stephen Vold takes us back further. It’s a bold move for a first comic book release from a relatively unknown author/artist combo.
“Zombie B.C.” is a true story of survival is a world now completely alien to us but with familiar undertones. Survival, no matter the era, is still survival. Loss is still loss. Guided through the story by an unseen narrator, Vold tells the story of one man’s struggle to remain human against overwhelming odds in pre-historic France against the living dead. Not giving our main character a name only heightens the sense of urgency in the story and draws us in deeper to his struggles. I won’t give away too much, but our protagonist’s story is survival at it’s most basic and primal form. And the ending has a twist that I never saw coming.
Don’t be turned away by the cover. I was initially thinking this to be a story on the lighter side. What can you expect from a cave man riding a mammoth, surrounded by zombies? I was wrong. Steven Williams’ art is brutal and terrifying, while at the same time poignant and touching. The feeling of loss and hopelessness that this caveman experiences is beautifully drawn and executed.
Some have called me biased when it comes to stories about zombies but I doubt you’d find anyone as critical of the genre as I am. I’m read some awful stories and been drawn into some even worse comic books and movies about the living dead. Anyone read Fanboys vs. Zombies or seen the remake of Day of the Dead? How about Bong of the Dead?
Zombie B.C., hands down, holds its own against the all mighty Walking Dead monopoly and is every bit as nail biting as any of George Romero’s Living Dead movies.
Buy your copy here before they’re all gone;