Graphic Novel Review: Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks

Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks

Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks

Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks is the Shaun of the Dead of zombie comics.  If you like zombies, and haven’t read it, you are missing out.

At a university in Canada, a trio of students comes face to face with a zombie outbreak.  Luckily, Joss knows all about the “rules” of surviving zombie attacks from watching way too many zombie movies while she should have been studying for exams.  The dastardly source of the outbreak is fantastic (and like all good zombie stories contains its own form of social commentary) and the tidy, happy, coincidence filled, resolution fits in with all good B-movie plots. 

This is fast-paced humorous zombie mayhem with likeable characters and cutesy zombies and jokes that play with stereotypical zombie plots and commentary about popular zombie and non-zombie movies .  The latter provides one of my favorite moments in the book.  After watching a fast zombie crash headlong into a group of regular, shambling, zombies, Joss comments “HAHAHA!  Take that!  Fast zombies suck!” which leads into an aside about pandering to the short attention span of modern audiences and the debate over 28 Days Later.  Is it actually a zombie movie? Joss, like myself, says no.

The black and white art is great, cartoonish but not overly so, but the story and characters really drive this graphic novel.  I’d love to see a cartoon series featuring these characters, or at least more books.

In addition to her website above, check out Faith Erin Hicks blog or follow her on Twitter.

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3 responses to “Graphic Novel Review: Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks

  1. This blog’s really quite intersting.. Thankyou 🙂

  2. well.. it’s like I knew!

  3. nice! i’m gonna make my own journal

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