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The Other Dead Paperback – January 1, 2035
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"The Other Dead finds space to be itself in a genre where most practitioners stick to the tried and true. Original and geniunely scary." Mike Carey, Eisner Award-winning writer of Unwritten, Suicide Run, and X-Men.
About the Author
Joshua Ortega is a San Francisco-based writer whose work spans nearly the entire spectrum of the popular arts. He has written for every major American comic book company including Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse, Image, Top Cow, TOKYOPOP, Dynamite Entertainment, and more, working on high-profile properties such as Star Wars, Spider-Man, Star Trek, Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer, and Battlestar Galactica. A former journalist, Ortega is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel ((FREQUENCIES)), co-writer of the short film ...loves Martha (with Academy Award-winning director TJ Martin), and has worked on a wide variety of Xbox 360 titles for Microsoft Game Studios, including the smash hits Gears of War 2 & 3 and the award-winning Shadow Complex. He has been featured numerous times on NPR and has also appeared on G4, CBS, Coast to Coast, and Syfy in addition to many other major media outlets.
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Members of a rock band need some blood for a ritual ... but more importantly, the girlfriend of a band member is a pole dancer. Sorry, I got distracted there. Anyway, the band decides to sacrifice a duck. That turns out to be a bad idea when the dead duck population gets revenge. Meanwhile, Dick Cheney is hunting again, and you know that's a horror story waiting to happen. Did I mention that the pole dancer's friend is a hooker who wears these really tight shorts? Anyway, the plot ... President Obama goes to Louisiana where the pole dancer lives because a hurricane is heading that way and the previous president didn't seem to care much about New Orleans when the last natural disaster hit. Before the hurricane strikes, there are all these zombie animals chasing people, including the band, the pole dancers, and Obama. Zombie dogs, zombie alligators, zombie squirrels. Yes, zombie squirrels. Ever been scolded by a squirrel? Much worse when the squirrel is a zombie.
The zombie animals are the band's fault because they messed with black magic even though the pole dancer told them not to do that (the moral being, always listen to the pole dancer). So everybody runs from the animals and the storm and that's when they meet the redneck survivalist. Of course, there's a lot more to the plot -- did I mention it's a little whacky? -- but the characters, created with depth and understanding, transform this from a fun, whacky story with pole dancers to a really good story with pole dancers. There are even some moments that are genuinely touching.
The art is exceptional. Obama doesn't look exactly like Obama, but this is a fictional Obama so that doesn't matter. The art in other respects is both realistic and suitably gory. Both art and story make The Other Dead worth reading.
Highly detailed illustrations add depth to scenes, characters, and plot.
Characters are quirky, from a range of backgrounds, and fun.
The narrative, while somewhat simplistic or formulaic, is well constructed and develops as the characters and action build.
Overall, a fun read.
In the opening, a group of hunters shoots a deer in the head. They think the deer is dead, and yet it gets up and kills the hunters. We learn later that one of the hunters was former Vice President Dick Cheney. Meanwhile, a group of musicians seeking fame sacrifices some ducks in an arcane ritual, then the ducks reappear and try to kill them. Meanwhile, in Lousiana, where the story takes place, another Katrina sized storm is heading in and President Obama decides to visit, in time to be attacked by zombie dogs. He is rescued by a survivalist redneck. Are you tired yet? It's a lot to follow.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of the zombie genre and even over the top stuff, but combining zombie animals, supernatural elements, natural disasters and presidential visits was just too much for me. The story is a mess, but the art was actually decent. The art is the only reason I kept reading.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.