Thursday, February 11, 2010

Comic Review: 28 Days Later Hardcover (BOOM! Studios)

BOOM! Studios collects its 4-issue miniseries in the 28 Days Later hardcover edition. This story picks up where the film by the same name left off, and bridges the gap between that film and the sequel, 28 Weeks Later. Declan Shalvey draws the action laid down by Michael Alan Nelson’s scripts. Nelson tells a story that fits well between the two films and tells a good zombie story as well.

I picked up this book to review because I’m a fan of the films. They tell a good zombie/infection story that is as smart as it is scary and manage to keep the premise fresh. Nelson does the same thing here. Following Selena, a character from the first film who survived her ordeal at Worsley House, and a band of journalists, the story takes us on a journey back to where it all began. The story is akin to what you might expect from Walking Dead, although not quite as soul-crushing. (If you’ve read Walking Dead, you know what I mean.) The script moves quickly from dialogue to action and back at a frenetic pace, leaving the reader with a cliffhanger at the end that transitions smoothly into the 2nd film.

Declan Shalvey’s art fits very well with the story. His portrayal of the infected was thrilling, especially in one particular scene in a service elevator. You really can imagine how terrified the survivors must be with Shalvey’s bloody panels and action sequences. The hardcover also features a cover gallery with all covers from the single issues. Of note are Tim Bradstreet’s covers, which feature a stylized version of Selena.

If you’re a fan of the films or zombie stories in general, this is a great addition to your collection. It’s a fast read, but one that will stick with you for a while. Just another reason to love BOOM! Studios, this is one you won’t want to miss.

Stacey Rader
Senior Reviewer

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