“Zombies: A History of Decay” by Olivier Peru
- Publication: November 15, 2016 (French version), April 4, 2017 (English version)
- Zombies, apocalypse, graphic novel, originally French graphic novel, horror
- WARNINGS: Um, there be zombies here?
“A vivid and richly illustrated graphic novel, Zombies offers an action-packed tour through an apocalyptic vision of America.
Mankind is no longer at the top of the food chain. Zombies have taken their place, and nothing can stop them. Is this the end of humanity? Perhaps, but for some it is only the beginning.
Six billion living corpses are all that remains of civilization. Among the few survivors is Sam Coleman, a man who owes his salvation to Smith & Wesson and a little luck. Fleeing Seattle at the onset of the zombie outbreak, he was forced to leave his daughter behind. Yet now that silence has fallen over the city, he believes that she may still be alive. And his conscience serves up a constant reminder that to be human in this grim world is to have hope—and to keep fighting.”
Zombies are pretty much the “it” horror genre creatures currently. There’s been several re-imaginations of what these walking corpses – if they’re even imagined as walking corpses – look and act like to the point where it doesn’t really do it for them to just be scary. The humans have to also be complex and scary as well. So, that’s why even though Zombies: A Brief History of Decay is predictable in terms of its obvious monsters, it definitely has the potential to be great in terms of its not so obvious monsters: the living survivors.
I think with any recent zombie related story, the goal is to push the boundaries – if there are any – of what a post zombie apocalypse is supposed to look like. We already know the zombies are going to be scary, and that in itself makes them less scary. So, it’s up to anyone who decides to take on a zombie apocalypse to add a sense of depth to what is already expected. My favorite thing about the zombie genre and with Zombies: A Brief History of Decay are the complexities of the characters. Our main character, Sam, wasn’t always the man he was when we first meet him in the story. He was a scared man who left behind his young daughter and who is now looking for her and finds a bit more along the way. And anytime when I felt things were getting a bit too easy for the survivors, BANG! PLOT TWIST!
Overall, I really liked Zombies: A Brief History of Decay. It takes a trope that has been used many times before and instead focuses on what makes a zombie apocalypse truly scary: the fall of social norms and morals and how we choose to react when the world as we know it essentially ends.
What do you all think? Have you read Zombies: A Brief History of Decay already? Have any other book suggestions that I should add to my Weekend Reading List? Leave your thoughts behind in the comments. Just be respectful please.