Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks

Calling all zombie movie fans…this action-packed graphic novel might be worth a read.

Joss is a college student with a lot on her mind at the moment. She’s concerned about upcoming college exams, paying off her student loans and escaping from the flesh-eating zombies waiting just outside her dormitory window. Together with her roommates Sonnet and Robyn, she must call upon the tried and true rules of the zombie movie genre (i.e., When surrounded by zombies, never leave the mall.) in order to stay alive.

This book is definitely loads of fun to read, but if you’re looking for a zombie book that offers a truly frightening reading experience, you might want to consider other options like Stephen King’s Cell or William Sleator’s The Boy Who Couldn’t Die. The fright-factor of Zombies Calling is much closer to Shawn of the Dead than say, Dawn of the Dead. The fact that our heroine is shown wielding a spork on the cover makes this clear from the outset. Also, the zombies look sort of dumb (Imagine how a zombie might look in an Archie’s comic book.) and Joss and Sonnet seem way more disturbed by the revelation that their roommate Robyn is a virgin than by the fact that they are being stalked by the walking dead.

1 comment:

Kristin said...

I enjoyed this one too! I wish it had a litle more depth, but it was fun! Max Brooks wrote a nonfiction humor book on surviving a zombie attack that I'm blanking on the name right now, but it was very dry whereas this one was fun and upbeat!