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Rotten Volume 1: Reactivated Paperback – January 4, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Moonstone (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933076798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933076799
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"More than just a blood-and-guts affair." -- USA Today, March 8, 2010

"It's genius, and a film adaptation goldmine...It's one of those rare comics you actually yearn to be made into a film - so it can be absorbed by even more senses." -- FHM, October 27, 2009

"Wonderfully structured storytelling...You don't want to say this sort of thing too often but Rotten remains one of those best kept secrets in comics and I recommend you get in on it." -- Newsarama, October 5, 2009

"What we call in these parts a 'must-buy." -- Ain't It Cool News, June 10, 2009

"Draws you in regardless of whether you are a Western or zombie fan. By the end of the second issue you'll be left wanting more." -- Comics Waiting Room, June 3, 2009

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I like drinking.
E. McCarty
I am a huge zombie genre fan and it has been quite some time since I have read a good zombie book/comic.
Gordon Willowburg
Its well paced, easy to follow, and gives a decent introduction of what's going on.
Andy Shuping

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack Frost on January 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
At this point, zombie fiction is about a dime-a-dozen and most of it pretty sub-par or just gore-filled romps that lack substance and solid characters.

Not so with Rotten which takes us back to 1877, a time which is not very much unlike our present. Rahner and Horton have injected relevance into their story by making it a social commentary on our current and recent history. Don't get it wrong that there isn't ample amounts of blood and gore here, but there's more to this book than people getting eating by the undead.

There is a contested election between Hayes and Tilden in which Hayes was given the presidency despite Tilden winning the popular vote (a nod to Bush v. Gore). Hayes clearly knows about a budding undead plague as he 'Re-activates' former soldier William Wade (in a nod to the stop-loss program that has pulled retired soldiers back into the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan) to discover the cause. In a fantastic allegory during the story 'Terry Shilo', the authors weave the Terry Schiavo debate into the book with a young woman's family not being able to let their daughter go simply because she displays the 'signs' of 'being alive'. This is also the beginning of Wade's partner Flynn's attempt to scientifically discover the causes and document the plague.

And in the story 'Frostbite', Wade and Flynn are sent to a Northern military outpost in the dead of winter. When they arrive they find the men in low morale, under-supplied and underpaid with the fort in great disrepair (again very similar to Iraq and Afghanistan). Wade poses as the C.O. and tried to get to the bottom of what's been happening there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bangzap on February 9, 2011
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A lone desperado gallops into a lonely Western desert town. By mysterious circumstances, his horse is killed. Now, our hero is left with two choices, attempt an escape by walking into the scorching hot desert, or stay and eek out his survival by working in the silver mine. The silver mine, owned by an oppressive fat cat, holds a mysterious secret...

That's just the first 5 pages, I don't want to spoil anymore of this suspenseful, engaging, surprising story. Awesome read! Rotten, the graphic novel, should be made into a movie, its freakin' cool!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wayne H. Karrfalt on March 8, 2011
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Or make that the United States of America. The story, about the mysterious appearance of reanimated humans in the Old West, presumably takes place in the 1870s but Rahner and Horton clearly have ulterior motives. The disputed election of Rutherford B. Hayes has divided the country and religious groups refuse to allow town members to act against one of the undead, arguing right to life. Sound familiar? Rotten brings new life (ha!) to the tired Zombie genre with non-stop action, clever social commentary and more blood than that Julia Child skit on SNL. Live vicariously through the writings of a pair of twisted minds and the visceral artwork of Dan Dougherty. (For instance, a recent issue buries a modified ice pick into the skull of a "brain-dead bitch" that looks just like Sarah Palin.)
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