Arnold and Natalie contemplate “The Vanishing” on the latest Z NATION. But as most of our team reunites to figure out where the other members of the camp disappeared to, there’s another threat to consider: A little something called “Mad Zs!” Meanwhile, the October zombiethon continues with a pair of movies that share a link or two, 28 DAYS LATER… (2002) and its predecessor, LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE (1974, also known as THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE and DON’T OPEN THE WINDOW). Rage against the apocalypse in the latest packed episode of the DOCTOR OF THE DEAD podcast!
Arnold and Natalie “Escape From Zona” along with Warren and Murphy on the latest Z NATION…but do they really want to? And as we all settle into October – the best month of the year – it’s time to revisit some modern zombie movies: ZOMBIELAND (2009) and COOTIES (2014)! Time to nut up or shut up on the latest packed episode of the DOCTOR OF THE DEAD podcast!
A new era begins – consider this “DOCTOR OF THE DEAD 2.0” – and right here on the 49th anniversary of the release of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD! Join Arnold, the Doctor of the Dead himself, along with new co-host and Accidental Hellraiser Scholar, Natalie B. Litofsky, as they briefly look back at the legacy of Father of the Modern Zombie, George A. Romero, and talk about the time-jumping Season 4 premiere of Z NATION, “Warren’s Dream!” Also: Whither Woodard? They’ll explain!
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Writers: Craig Engler & Fred Van Lente
Artist: Edu Menna
Colors: Sal Aiala
Letters: Simon Bowland
The popular zombie television series expands into another medium via this new comic book incarnation, co-written by one of the show’s co-creators and preserving the TV show’s irreverent and action-packed approach to the zombie genre.
“Sea of Death” takes us to a much earlier point in the Z NATION universe than that seen in the current series (debuting its fourth season this fall), utilizing the medium of comics to fill in a previously unknown chapter in that world’s apocalyptic history. We’re back in Year One, civilization has collapsed, and a National Guard team are dispatched by a very familiar character (you’ll recognize this person immediately if you’ve been watching the show since day one) to obtain a much-needed nutrient known as “Soylent Z.” Naturally, it’s not going to be an easy trip, and things quickly become very complicated. This first issue ends at the docked “Empress of the Seas,” a gargantuan cruise ship whose luck is not likely to be better than the Titanic – but whether it actually sinks or everyone on board just dies is another matter…
This polished debut issue does an excellent job of launching a new adventure while assuring readers that it’s still Z NATION deep down in its mutated DNA.
This fast-paced issue quickly rolls out a new team of characters and sends them on their perilous journey while sketching in their personalities and giving readers a chance to get to know them – all the more effective, then, when some don’t even make it to the final page. There are one or two who just might emerge as this comic’s Murphy or Warren; who knows, perhaps the TV show might even bring a later version of one of these folks onto the small screen! And who’s to say we won’t encounter earlier versions of our favorite Z NATION heroes here as well?
There are some excellent page designs and coloring techniques throughout, from a shadowy sequence in a warehouse of vital supplies, to numerous action beats in which zombies are dispatched in front of orange starburst backgrounds that might even remind readers of the “BAM POW ZAP” moments in the BATMAN TV show. There’s even a character in this story with a very familiar name! Now where have I heard “Blumberg” before, hmm… (and yes, it’s an honor!)
It also wouldn’t be Z NATION without a few innovative additions to the vast zombie mythos, and in this issue alone we’re introduced to a weapon that could give Addy’s Z-Whacker a run for its money, as well as a new zombie species whose natural behavior while alive becomes all the more frightening in unlife. And yes, there are serious stakes, comedic repartee, and even heart-breaking or at least shocking losses.
This polished debut issue does an excellent job of launching readers on a new adventure while assuring them that it’s most definitely still Z NATION deep down in its mutated DNA. I’m looking forward to seeing where the rest of this series takes us; there’s a great deal of potential to tell many other stories in the Z NATION universe, so there’s every reason to believe this comic could run for years to come.
Time to say farewell to 2016 – whew – and face the apocalypse about to come in 2017 – ugh! But first, Arnold and Scott discuss no less than SEVEN episodes of Z NATION in advance of the series’ Season 3 finale! The casual catch-up convo pays special attention to the strong performances in “Heart of Darkness,” Doc’s solo sojourns, the evolution of Murphy and Lucy, and where the show might go in its fourth year.