It's hard not to start this review with "Oh boy! Oh boy! 28 Days Later!". (Oh, wait, I kinda did.) Michael Alan Nelson continues to make this a book I eagerly anticipate each month. BOOM! Studios' 28 Days Later, now on its 9th issue, tells a phenomenal survivor story that's surprisingly fresh, especially for a story arc that falls between two movies that have already been released.
Nelson brings us back to the reunited survivors, who are tending to their wounded friend. He's blind, which adds some new complications. Nevertheless, they are eager to continue their journey. This time they have a tagalong--Douglas, the kid they brought back from their excursion in issue #8. And a familiar face from the film returns to complicate things. What happens next? Well, you'll have to read it!
Leonardo Manco offers his talents as artist in this issue. His style fits this story, but I'm a fan of Declan Shalvey's work on this book so far. That's why I was excited to see his cover work. Sean Phillips also contributes a gorgeous cover. Manco's art really shines in the facial closeups. He draws Selena's softer side very well. If I can't have Shalvey's art, Manco's is a close second.
Anyone who reads this site regularly knows I am a fan of this book, and you should be, too. Nelson and crew have created a zombie book that's so good, it doesn't even have to have zombies in it for me to adore every page. So pick this book up, already, and remember: There are bears in the woods. (Trust me, it's funny when you read this issue.)