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on October 31, 2009
Don Roff and Chris Lane have given all us zombiephiles a beautifully illustrated and chilling account of the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Dr. Richard Twombly, a hematology-oncology specialist at a Seattle blood treatment facility, uses his birding journal to write down his daily observations of a mysterious virus that at first seems to only make people violently ill. When humans begin to viciously attack and eat each other, Dr. Twombly and the few other survivors try to barricade themselves from the attackers until Twombly finds himself alone and running out of food. Luckily for us, the good doc has his ink with him, and he's able to include detailed illustrations of the decay process, methods of killing the hungry undead, other survivors, etc. He also leaves little clues about what might have caused the virus (surprise, surprise...we do it to ourselves), as well as the frightening possibility of evolution of the undead.
Given the subject matter, it might sound odd to say this is a beautiful book, but it truly is. The illustrations are so detailed, and a lot of the pages look like pieces of art. I know some have complained that there is "nothing new" here, but there actually are some unique bits added to the zombie genre. This is a good, solid story with amazing illustrations, and it's a fun read to find out what happens to dear Dr. Twombly. My only complaint is that this is an oversized paperback. If this were hardcover, it would make the perfect gift/coffee table book for a diehard zombie fanatic. I'm glad I took a chance on this one, and if Roff and Lane want to continue the saga of this apocalypse, I'll gladly line up to read it!