Zombies, zombies, everywhere! One hundred and fourty-four pages of them to be exact.
The story is a familiar one: The living dead have begun to rise from the grave and
violently and indiscriminately attack and eat the living. Within weeks, society
has collapsed entirely. Small groups of human beings desperately fight to stay alive.
Bogus Dead explores the stories of these human survivors in 42 short comics
by some of today's brightest independent artists and storytellers. Most being around 1 to 4 pages in
As editor of Bogus Dead, Jerome Gaynor managed to pull
together quite a variety of comics for this, his second anthology.
Obviously obsessed with human extinction, Gaynor's first anthology
dealt the human race the unlucky hand of death-by-aliens in
Flying Saucer Attack. What better way to follow up
an alien invasion than an attack of hungry flesheaters? That's
right, there is no better follow-up.
Not having seen it's predecessor, I wasn't sure what to expect
from this anthology. Considering that only a couple of the
names attached were, at most, vaguely familar to me, I came
out of the whole thing pretty impressed. What first impressed
me was the fact that there was very little wasted space in
the book. Gaynor crammed as much as possible into the thing,
even using the inside covers. So rest assured that the page
count doesn't include any blank pages or unnecessary fluff.
Even the artist bio pages are sprinkled with doodles of zombies
doin' their thing.
The talent level of the artists in Bogus Dead is, for
the most part, very high. You'll find many unique styles throughout
and I was a fan of almost all of them. I was particularly
fond of Jeff Wilson's 'Night of the Living Dead (The Prelude)',
Paul Lyons' 'Tool Shed', and Matt Shultz's 'Here Kitty Kitty',
although many more deserve to be commended. Bogus Dead
isn't perfect, as there are a few stories that fall flat and/or
whose art just didn't excite me. However, there's plenty to
love and I think that almost everyone will find more hits
than misses inside, just as I did. You'll find humor, like
Ariel Bordeaux's 'My undead body is, like, SO embarassing!!!'.
You'll find some thought-provoking seriousness, such as Robyn
Chapman's look at love beyond the grave. And there's also
that bit of oddness that completes the mix, like Megan Kelso's
story of one of America's founding fathers, Alexander
Hamilton...as a member of the undead.
Lots of bang for your buck! Lots of comics and everyone is sure to find something to love inside!
ZOMBIE LESSONS LEARNED
1. Sloppy Joes can apparently fool zombies into thinking they're eating brains.
2. Hats are still fashionable in the zombie society.
- "I thought that the afterlife would be great, but this sucks!"
- "Dying does not have to be a one-way ticket to eternity of cannibalism. We can rise above to live in harmony in a
- "I played with zombies when I was his age."