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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: SLG Publishing (February 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593621000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593621001
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,588,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shepherd (Man-Man) and Boney (Plug-In Boy) give zombies civil rights in this imaginative but limited graphic novel. Not the average brain-eaters (a phrase used as a slur in the comic), these zombies are still human-alive and conscious, even-except that they're dead. John Requin is an undead psychologist with a private practice who keeps his office one degree above frigid in order to keep his body from decomposing and prevent the stench from driving his clients away. When he's discovered by a renegade group of "Returners" or undead, he discovers that he's not alone and is folded into a larger government operation. Both writer and artist explore sociopolitical and religious issues surrounding members of society who don't die. Unfortunately, the themes of zombie rights and government manipulation come across as heavy-handed and act as an obstacle for character development and story growth. Dead Eyes Open is very plot oriented, starting at point A and never wavering in its course to point B. The pacing and Boney's textured illustration and painterly line are flawlessly matched, but the story is too frenzied. (Feb.)
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The art is very good, and the storytelling is excellent.
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It's a story nobody else is telling, and it's quite well-told.
Rachel E. Mccall

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sean Hoade VINE VOICE on April 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is intensely well done, both in the writing and in the art, the latter of which is almost impressionistic in its ability to suggest so much more than is actually shown. Just a brilliant job by artist and writer.

There was a French movie that came out a few years back called "Les Revenants (They Came Back)," which promised to show what life would be like if people just started coming back from the dead, not as brain-munchers, but just as people who had been through and trauma and were now back among the living, even though they were technically zombies. The movie started off great, but never followed through on the idea.

That said, Dead Eyes Open DOES follow through on the premise, and does it in a way that's both entirely plausible and also exciting. I have assigned this book for the students in my University of Alabama class on "Zombies in Literature, Film, and Culture," and I highly recommend it to any thinking fan of the zombie genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rachel E. Mccall on April 12, 2008
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Zombie comics seem to be in a bit of a glut these days. They're pretty much everywhere. You even see zombies in spandex, of all things. And y'know what? It's all pretty much the same. They lumber, they rot, they fall apart, they eat flesh. Boring, formulaic tripe, for the most part.

Dead Eyes Open is not about that. What it is about are the repercussions of people returning from the dead, both on the macro scale (political, religious) and on the micro (Dr. Requin's relationship with his family, for example). It's massively refreshing to see something truly different in the field of the living dead for once.

The writing is solid, the characters ring true, the dialogue is interesting to read, the art is fantastic (and meshes with the writing spectacularly).

It's a story nobody else is telling, and it's quite well-told. Read this comic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Smith on May 27, 2008
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...when we die? That's where this wonderful story starts. What if the body is a rotting shell we cannot escape from even in death? (It kind of is anyway.) This is a terrific story about an ordinary man who wakes up after an ordinary night's sleep to find out that his body no longer lives--in the same way that it used to.

This story is part horror genre, part spiritual journey, part romantic novel, and so on. It even has parallels to Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man in parts. This book is a fantastic look at human nature through the "safe" lens of the undead.

The art is very good, and the storytelling is excellent. I really got "drawn-in" to this story. I have had it about three weeks at the time of this review, and I have read it through at least twice but have looked at it and thought about it many more times than that. This book is well worth the time spent.
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