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Remains Paperback – December 14, 2004
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About the Author
With AVENGERS: KANG DYNASTY, Dwyer returns to his super-hero roots after garnering recognition in the comic-book "underground" for his cult hits LCD and Black Heart Billy.
Top Customer Reviews
The time finally came to reading the collected volume of the miniseries and I have to say that it didn't blow me away. It's not as bad as Toe Tags by Romero (he should stick to making zombie movies) but also not as great as Kirkman's The Walking Dead. Steve Niles' Remains falls right down the middle. The horrofic nature that makes zombies such great monsters is shown in full-color courtesy of Kieron Dwyer's artwork. All the gory and bloodspatter zombie movies and stories have is here as well and it's one of the pros in the overall finished product. I also thought the cause of the zombie apocalypse was a darkly comic and interesting twist on the zombie origin. Who would've thought that a booger-pickin' brat would mean the end of the world.
Where Remains doesn't get as right as it did with the zombies and the basic premise of the story is in the characters. None of the characters in the book seem well-thought out. They're all cliched and almost caricatures of your typical survivor template. There's really no sense of sympathy I could garner to want these people to survive.Read more ›
Kirkman has chosen to make something substantial and ongoing, and after six volumes, with the seventh coming out, none of the others I have read so far even hold a candle to it. His characters have a real feel to them, they are vivid and raw. In other, shorter works, we are usually subjected to stereotypes and uninspired, angry people willing to turn on each other with little to no explanation.
This was a twenty minute read that I picked up used from Amazon and like the others I have mentioned above, it wasn't all that memorable. Much like in Zombies!: Feast, the characters, for the most part, are purposefully loathesome and the small amount of background you get doesn't make you have any sympathy for them. The cause in this story, is nuclear radiation, with some of the zombies getting extra dosage, which makes them into...superzombies?
Despite the routine here, I just enjoy zombie books and graphic novels so take that into account with the 3 star rating. That plus the fact that we get a point/counterpoint between Scott Ian and Patton Oswald in the front on the pros and cons of fast zombies vs. slow zombies. That was the best part of the entire book.
The basics are this: two casino employees, predictably a man and a woman, are the only survivors, and end up fighting each other with words far more often than they fight the undead with bullets. It explores a concept not often seen in zombie media: what happens if two people survive together but hate each other? Well, the story answers that question well enough, but it's easy to see that they could have done better. The artwork is rather crude, the storyline is rather basic, and it's hard to be sympathetic towards the characters. Simply, there really isn't anyone to root for. Too much time was spent showing the characters getting on each others' nerves rather than exploring why they hate each other. It's as though they hate each other just because they can, leading to rather one-dimensional characters who aren't riveting enough to make this a really good story, just good enough if it can be found at a good price.
Again, it's good enough. I'm glad I got it, you probably will be as well, but it won't be your favorite. It's worth the time to read it, but when the day is over, it hovers barely above average.
The worst part, though, is that it's DEEPLY offensive--a nuclear holocaust/zombie-filled post-apocalyptic world (that alone ought to tell you how worn out the story is) brought on by a SPECIAL PERSON? And a crass, vulgar stereotype of a special person at that? Niles' retarded character makes the portrayal of one in "There's Something About Mary" look sensitive and sympathetic by comparison.
I get that this is a zombie story with all the requisite gut-munching, rotten corpses, and survivors planking each other madly that goes along with it, so I wasn't expecting anything politically correct. And I am, as Robert Benchley described himself, "an old public schoolboy with a strong stomach," and pretty difficult to offend, but Niles' retarded character was just uncalled for and revolting.
I read all five issues in half an hour, and I'm ticked that it took that long. If you enjoy the zombie genre, read Robert Kirkman's "The Walking Dead" from Image--not only the best of the zombooks, but one of the best comics ever. Kirkman genuinely loves his subject, and it shows. "Remains" reads like a cheap attempt to cash in on the current zom craze, and therein lies a cautionary tale.
Comics creators, be careful what you put your name on. Your reputation rides on every book you put out. I was planning on getting into Niles' "30 Days of Night", but after "Remains", I probably won't.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gory, humans being monsters, humans under siege, and zombies that change.
A decent read. I personally felt the art style was fitting for the topic. Read more
Good book I liked it better than the Chiller Channel movie version. I recommend it for a good quick read.Published on July 2, 2013 by L. Heath
This is yet another very dissapointing zombie graphic novel. If you want no story, no likeable characters then I suppose this graphic novel is for you. Read morePublished on February 5, 2006 by Salvatore A. Simeone
I do not read many Zombie comics, but I love stuff about the end of society as we know it....This was a quick read. I thought the art was pretty good. Read morePublished on November 1, 2005 by S. J Spencer
here comes some more watered down paint by the numbers horror from steve niles, perhaps the most overrated writer in the comic book industry today. Read morePublished on July 4, 2005 by askquestionslater
This was my first zombie read in some time. I like the survivor mentality that makes the lead characters so grim and yet still able to cope with their situation. Read morePublished on June 21, 2005 by Richard A. Tucker
I disagree with that other guy. I thought this comic was great. It's a fun zombie apocalypse story and the art is great. Read morePublished on February 6, 2005 by Gozleone