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Good Introduction to the History of WORLD WAR Z, But Just An Average Graphic Novel

  • Oct 5, 2010
Zombies are making a major comeback and will soon be as popular as vampires and werewolves are now. I've always had a semi-interest in zombies and find the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD to be one of the most frightening movies ever made. I have heard of Max Brooks two zombie books, THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE and WORLD WAR Z, but I haven't read either of them. When I saw THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE: RECORDED ATTACKS for a sale at a local bookstore, I thought it might be a good introduction to Brooks' work. The book is written in a graphic novel format and chronicles 12 "historical" zombie attacks from the "written record". The first takes place in approximately 60,000 B.C. in Africa and the last in 1992 just outside of Los Angeles. In between there are battles between zombies and the Romans, Japanese, and Russians. Some instances of these attacks are started by military and scientific experiments. The book seems to suggest that the virus that reanimates the dead arose in Africa. Except for one or two instances, how the virus spread from one continent to the next is never explained. The book is illustrated in detailed and graphic black and white. From what I gather, the book is a good introduction to Brooks' two previous zombie books. The events in THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE: RECORDED ATTACKS are actually taken from the end of THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE and some of the events are referred to in WORLD WAR Z. However, as a graphic novel, the book doesn't really offer much. The illustrations are detailed and graphic, but other than the changes in clothing and facial characteristics, one zombie attack looks the same as any other. The virus reanimates someone who is recently deceased, they go off looking for living flesh to eat, more people are infected, an outbreak occurs, the living survivors find themselves trapped and have to either fight their way free, survive a siege until help comes, or outwit the undead hordes. There isn't very much writing to the book. What little writing there is is fairly simple to understand so the book can be finished in a short time. I read the entire graphic novel in about 30 minutes. I enjoyed the concept and the book has piqued my interest in exploring Brooks' other works. However, though the details of the illustrations are impressive, there's really nothing outstanding in terms of a graphic novel. Recommended for zombie fans, people who are interested in Max Brooks' work, and fans of horror (particularly historical horror) comics.

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October 05, 2010
I saw this in the stores at one time but held off. I did like the Survival Guide--thanks for the review!
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"Those who don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it. From the Stone Age to the information age, the undead have threatened to engulf the human race. They're coming. They're hungry. Don't wait for them to come to you! This is the graphic novel the fans demanded: major zombie attacks from the dawn of humanity. On the African savannas, against the legions of ancient Rome, on the high seas with Francis Drake-- every civilization has faced them. Here are the grisly and heroic stories--complete with eye-popping artwork that pulsates with the hideous faces of the undead. Organize before they rise! Scripted by the world's leading zombie authority, Max Brooks, Recorded Attacks reveals how other eras and cultures have dealt with--and survived--the ancient viral plague. By immersing ourselves in past horror we may yet prevail over the coming outbreak in our time" -- from publisher's web site.

B.C., Katanda, Central Africa --
B.C., Hieraconpolis, Egypt --
A.D. 121, Fanum Cocidi, Caledonia --
A.D. 1579, The Central Pacific --
A.D. 1583, Siberia --
A.D. 1611, Feudal Japan --
A.D. 1690, The Southern Atlantic Ocean --
A.D. 1862, St. Lucia, Eastern Caribbean --
A.D. 1893, French North Africa --
A.D. 1942-45, Harbin, Japanese Puppet State of Manchukuo --
A.D. 1960, Byelgoransk, The Soviet Union --
A.D. 1992, Joshua Tree National Park.
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ISBN-10: 030740577X
ISBN-13: 978-0307405777
Author: Max Brooks
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
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