- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: SLG Publishing (October 23, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593620799
- ISBN-13: 978-1593620790
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
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Zombies Calling! Paperback – October 23, 2012
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Our key character is Jocelyn (her pals call her "Joss"), an enthusiastic college co-ed attending London University, southern Ontario, Canada. When not fretting about her crippling student loan, she nurtures two obsessions: all things British (love her Union Jack tank top - that she never takes off) and zombie lore. When she gets called out for her fascination with zombie cinema, Joss is quick to point out that zombie films "teach us valuable life lessons like what to do when confronted with an invasion of zombies, especially when you're wearing three-inch heels."
Oh, her college flatmates mock. Ah, but who do they turn to when London U falls prey to a zombie infestation? It falls to Joss to guide her friends to survival with the aid of a change jar, a spork, and The Rules of Zombie Movies. The original web comic essentially plays off that Buffy/Bollywood cliché about the regular guy who, when attacked by vampires or zombies or a mob of thugs, instantly transforms into a badass ninja type. For the graphic novel, Hicks, who writes and illustrates, delivers a bit more story development. But it's still a skeletal plotline. Joss's hipster cool flatmates - goth chick Sonnet and oblivious, semi-pervy dude Robyn - get more character treatment. We even get an explanation for why and how of the zombie uprising.
There isn't much in the way of sub-text. If you're anticipating a dark, bloody yarn with heavy social metaphors about mass consumerism and the decay of society, this isn't for you. It's an absurd, tongue-in-cheek zombie tale with a whiff of parody and a sense of self-awareness. There's even a foray into sweaty nerd territory as Joss makes a dig at fast-moving zombies.
3.5 out of 5 stars. Zombies Calling, in tone and in visual aesthetics, reminds me of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim. I like how Hicks draws facial expressions. Even back then, her style crackled with vivid life. If I had one complaint, it's that her zombies all looked alike, like old dude zombies with body ulcers. I do recommend Zombies Calling, because it's fun, but with the caveat that it's a fluffy read, a new writer/artist's exercise in getting her feet wet in the biz. If you want to read Faith Erin Hicks at the top of her game, glom on to The Adventures of Superhero Girl or The War at Ellsmere or Friends with Boys.
The last few pages of the graphic novel offer a peek at early sketches as well as thumbnails of three potential cover concepts, complete with Hicks's giving us some background detail.
Joss has an obsession with zombie movies. She's watched every walking dead film imaginable. She's studies them so well that she created the `rules' of zombie movies. It was just another typical day in Joss' frat house. She has spent most of her time there with her friends Sonnet and Robyn. They're not obsessed zombie fans like Joss but none the less they love having her as a friend.
Joss stepped out of the frat house for only a few minutes, and within those minutes her dreams have become reality. Zombies have invaded her university's campus. She manages to escape and makes her way back to Sonnet and Robyn.
Of course when Joss tells her friend they don't believe her, until they are face to face with the undead. Joss uses the zombie rules that she has collected from movies in order to save herself and her friends. When they decide to ignore the zombie movie rules they find themselves in big trouble. If the rules can't save them now, then who else can they turn too?
Zombies Calling, is a wonderful little graphic novel. It is a very short book but it will hold your interest until you reach the end. I would have considered this more of a children comic book if it wasn't for the group's brief virgin talk. The plot was well thought out but it was lacking in the suspense department. There was little to no action, but in the few action scenes the fighting was entertaining. The zombies illustrated in the book are brilliantly drawn. They do look very cartoonish but this is a cartoon comic that is what I expect them to look like. The zombies were after brains, not really the type of zombie I like to read about. No one was even eaten by the zombies so that was a little bit of a let down. Someone has to die in the story, right?
This graphic novel was a fun read. I do recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and inexpensive zombie comic. The price is just right for what you're getting and it's very entertaining with superb Illustrations. I will give Zombie Calling a fair 3 Undead Heads out of 5.
In other words, our hero is who you're pretty sure you'd be if the zombies did actually rise.
It's a small comic, drawn reasonably well, with fun characters and a solid story, and it's worth having. I'm glad I have it in my extensive collection, and you'll be as well.