The Other Dead, by Joshua Ortega, Digger T. Mesch, Qing Ping Mui, Blond, and Kevin Eastman
Expected Release Date: April 29, 2014
"The world’s first Zombie Animal epic is here! A deadly hurricane threatens New Orleans just as a frightening and mysterious outbreak hits the animal kingdom! Join all-star creators Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Joshua Ortega (Gears of War), and Digger T. Mesch (Agent 88) for the beginning of this year’s most anticipated new horror series! With art by rising star Qing Ping Mui, The Other Dead is destined to be the most talked-about zombie book since The Walking Dead!"
Continuing with the zombie theme we've had going on this week, let's look at this upcoming trade paperback, The Other Dead. This is more than just a animals-turn-into-zombies comic. It's a weird little combo of super gory illustrations and an almost comical storyline. We start with a group of punk rockers trying to make it big. They haven't had any real success, so they try to cook up some voodoo magic to gain fame. The ducks they sacrificed, though? They don't stay dead. And despite the punks' fears that they started this whole zombie outbreak, I'm not entirely sure if that's true yet. We'll have to wait and see.
In any event, animals start turning into rabid, flesh-devouring undead, which makes for some pretty disgusting scenes of bloody dogs tearing people's faces off, zombie rats biting legs, and even a manatee surfacing for some tasty, tasty human snacks. Seriously...a manatee.
Then, just for giggles, they added politics into the mix. Dick Cheney goes for a hunting trip and gets taken out by the deer he just shot. Then, who else but Barack Obama shows up in New Orleans just as the hurricane is about to begin. And wouldn't you know it, but he gets caught out in the storm and ends up teaming up with the punks and some rednecks. Can this get any more crazy? I have a feeling it will.
So, this comic doesn't take itself too seriously, obviously. And that's what I like about it.
It is pretty darn bloody, and one character is a stripper too, so just be aware that this is really not for kids. But, otherwise, this is pretty crazy and hilarious.
Comic website: http://www.theotherdead.com/