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The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks
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63 of 76 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2009
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Unlike a lot of the negative reviews, I knew what I was getting in the post when I ordered this (so if you can't read a product description, why are you giving a bad review?)...The graphic novel is a really fun read, especially for hardcore zombie fans.
It's exactly what the title states, a collection of short stories of recorded zombie attacks during several different times and places. Most are only about 9 or 10 pages, so you get through the book quite quickly. The art is fantastic, depicting gory details of the different attacks. The dialogue is a bit light however. I just wish that Max Brooks dove a bit deeper into each event, adding a bit more depth to them.
If you're already familiar with Max Brooks' other zombie books, you'll find this a nice accompaniment to the other tales. And if you're not, well this is a nice introduction to the world to zombie attacks! Also, if you like what you've read and what to read something a bit more detailed and character driven, try The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2009
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An illustrated account of zombie attacks throughout the history of mankind, Recorded Attacks shows you in chilling black and white the best chapters of The Zombie Survival Guide. As a fairly serious fan of quality Zombie films and stories (I've been to the Monroeville Mall), I highly recommend this to anyone that is interested in Zombie lore. The only reason I gave it 4 stars out of 5 is because it's fairly light on dialogue, even for a graphic novel, but that is the only (minor) drawback to an otherwise great addition to the zombie mythology.
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59 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2009
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A worthy effort - I can truly see a product like this being fantastic, if the time had been taken to create original, engaging stories rather than merely license old ones. Even just the premise of applying the same methodical, historical/geopolitical thinking Brooks does to "World War Z" to stories of zombie attacks throughout history seems to write itself. Brooks would not even have been needed. An anthology of writers and artists would have been more than fine.

What you have in this product is instead some sparse accounts taken from the back of "World War Z" and illustrated. No dialogue. No flavor. You'll read the whole thing in about fifteen minutes and none will provide you with any real satisfaction. They're really just scenes, not stories in any sense.

Can only really recommend this for the hardest of hardcore Max Brooks fans or zombie fans. Not much in it for anyone else.

But if knowing that this seems like you're sort of thing, please enjoy.

NOTE: I think one of the reasons I was so annoyed by this product is that it's not advertised as what it is. The term "graphic novel" is so insanely misused that I can hardly blame them for it, but this isn't even a narrative at all. I was expecting a collection of short stories and it's not even that.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2010
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Let me start off by stating Im a huge Brooks fan. Overall the pictures where cool, but I read the same stories in Zombie Survival Guide. Not sure if it was worth the money, I finished it in about 30 mins and that included looking at the drawings in detail.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2013
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First off, it's important to remember that none of these attacks are true.

Now with that out of the way, if you read the Zombie Survival Guide from the same author, this comic book is a waste of money. I luckily read this in my school's library and finished it in 15 minutes. It tells the same historical stories you learn from the Zombie Survival Guide, so this is nothing new.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2011
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I am a Max Brooks fan! I have spent many enjoyable hours reading his books. However, I must say I was disappointed in this book (graphic novel, if you prefer) for one very important reason, Price! Thirteen dollars for ten minutes of looking at a comic book portrayal of stories I have already read? It seems like many writers reach a point in there career where milking loyal fans for another paycheck becomes acceptable. sadly, I must now add Mr.Brooks to that list.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2012
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Just download the free sample. It contains litterly ALL of the new reading material you'll get. The only additional material you get by paying for the full version are EXCERPTS from the original Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z.
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Zombies are making a major comeback and will soon be as popular as vampires and werewolves are now. I've always had a semi-interest in zombies and find the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD to be one of the most frightening movies ever made. I have heard of Max Brooks two zombie books, THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE and WORLD WAR Z, but I haven't read either of them. When I saw THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE: RECORDED ATTACKS for a sale at a local bookstore, I thought it might be a good introduction to Brooks' work.

The book is written in a graphic novel format and chronicles 12 "historical" zombie attacks from the "written record". The first takes place in approximately 60,000 B.C. in Africa and the last in 1992 just outside of Los Angeles. In between there are battles between zombies and the Romans, Japanese, and Russians. Some instances of these attacks are started by military and scientific experiments. The book seems to suggest that the virus that reanimates the dead arose in Africa. Except for one or two instances, how the virus spread from one continent to the next is never explained. The book is illustrated in detailed and graphic black and white.

From what I gather, the book is a good introduction to Brooks' two previous zombie books. The events in THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE: RECORDED ATTACKS are actually taken from the end of THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE and some of the events are referred to in WORLD WAR Z. However, as a graphic novel, the book doesn't really offer much. The illustrations are detailed and graphic, but other than the changes in clothing and facial characteristics, one zombie attack looks the same as any other. The virus infects reanimates someone who is recently deceased, they go off looking for living flesh to eat, more people are infected, an outbreak occurs, the living survivors find themselves trapped and have to either fight their way free, survive a siege until help comes, or outwit the undead hordes.

There isn't very much writing to the book. What little writing there is is fairly simple to understand so the book can be finished in a short time. I read the entire graphic novel in about 30 minutes.

I enjoyed the concept and the book has piqued my interest in exploring Brooks' other works. However, though the details of the illustrations are impressive, there's really nothing outstanding in terms of a graphic novel.

Recommended for zombie fans, people who are interested in Max Brooks' work, and fans of horror (particularly historical horror) comics.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2009
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As a fan of Max Brooks, zombies and comic books, this new adaptation of Brooks' Zombie Surval Guide is an excellent way to spend one's evening. If you want to get in the mood for Halloween, then pick this book up. Brooks brings intelligence and insight into horror in an epic way. He has an insight into our fears that most writers who tackle such tricky subject matter fail to reveal, basically the fear of the unknown and the fear of death. Brooks shows us that this fear has always been with us, and zombies are just the catalyst for our own inner demons. Because these stories are so brief, they have to be potent, and the good news is that they are. My favorite was the 16th Century tale of Cossacks and their encounter with the undead. It's not the undead that is the scary part here, but like the best of horror, it's the humanity that is often more brutal than the monsters we expect to see. Yes, there are zombies galore, and the visuals presented are outstanding. Artist Ibraim Roberson brings quality work to this book. Like Brooks, he goes the extra distance in his art to provide the important cultural differences that make these tales unique to a specific time and place. And yes, his zombies are pretty gruesome, but its the people that are worth taking a closer look at. So run out and pick this up. Even if you don't normally pick up graphic novels, it's awfully fun to see Max Brooks' take finally brought to life in graphic form!
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The undead are everywhere! This informative fully illustrated text gives a concise historical summary of the numerous zombie attacks around the world. This volume covers reported incidents up to 1992. I am sure the zombie situation is still not under control and everyone still needs to arm themselves to the teeth in order to protect those still living. Remember the only way to stop a zombie is to take out the brain anyway possible.

This text covers the following zombie recorded attacks: 60,000 b.c. Katanda, Central Africa, 3000b.c. Hieraconpolis, Egypt, A.D. 121 Fanum Codidi, Caledonia, A.D. 1579, The Central Pacific, A.D. 1583, Siberia, A.D, 1611, Feudal Japan, A.D. 1690, The Southern Atlantic Ocean, A.D. 1862, St. Lucia Eastern Caribbean, A.D. 1893, French North Africa, A.D. 1942-45, Harbin, Japanese Puppet State of Manchukuo, A.D. 1960, Byelgoransk, Soviet Union, A.D. 1992, Joshua Tree National Park.

In conclusion, though this volume did not cover the many present day zombie reports. The author may want to investigate the many "Resident evil" zombie cases reported by Alice. She probably has killed more zombies than anyone else on the planet and is also a victim of devious undead experiments. A fun read if you are into fighting zombies.

Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Martial Art Myths).
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