Pop Culture Gadabout
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
      ( 3/29/2006 05:37:00 PM ) Bill S.  

"LIKE BEACH . . . LIKE EAT . . ." – Is Zombie Tales: The Dead the concluding volume in Boom! Studios' entertaining anthology series? Probably not, but it still feels like it – in part because two of its serial stories (Giffen/Lim's "Dead/Deader/Deadest Meat" and Cosby/Moon's "I, Zombie") read like they've reached their respective conclusions. In the first, the zombie narrator's brain cells have so deteriorated that by chapter's end he can no longer recount his own story, while the second gives us a happy ending of sorts as our title hero finds his own small version of a nuclear family. Nuthin' like a little brain-dead romance to make a zombie apocalypse endurable . . .

Watching the book's talent continue to wring fresh stories out of zombiedom provides its own small pleasures, though. I'm especially enamored with Michael Alan Nelson & Lee Moder's dark take on Catholic religio conspiracies (timely, wot?), "The Miracle of Bethany," while the central joke in John Rogers & Ed Tadim's "Four Out of Five" elicited one of those Why didn't I think of that? chuckles for the way it takes a basic part of the zombie death-style and plays with it. Less successful, though admirably genre-bending, were Johanna Stokes & Cynthia Martin's attempt at an animal zombie story (a decent idea that isn't as believably realized as, say, Evan Dorkin & Jill Thompson's wonderful "Stray") and Jim Pascoe, Don Simpson & Chris Moreno's "A Game Called Zombie," which attempts to blend zombie and ghost stories but doesn't quite give us enough to accept the full mash-up. Both stories arguably chomp off more than they can chew, though you've gotta admire the effort.

From the ads in the back of the book, it looks like most of Zombie's talents are switching their allegiances to Lovecraftian horrors with the upcoming Cthulhu Tales. Lovecraft is trickier to translate effectively into comics than a plain ol' visceral undead flesh-eater, but it can be done. (Just ask Mike Mignola.) I'm looking forward to seeing what the usual suspects conjure up . . .
# |

Pop cultural criticism - plus the occasional egocentric socio/political commentary by Bill Sherman (popculturegadabout AT yahoo.com).

On Sale Now!
Measure by Measure:

A Romantic Romp with the Fat and Fabulous
By Rebecca Fox & William Sherman

(Available through Amazon)

Measure by Measure Web Page

Ask for These Fine Cultural Blogs & Journals by Name!

aaronneathery.com News
Aaron Neathery

American Sideshow Blow-Off
Marc Hartzman

Arf Lovers
Craig Yoe

Sean T. Collins

Barbers Blog
Wilson Barbers

The Bastard Machine
Tim Goodman

The Beat
Heidi MacDonald

Kevin Church

Big Fat Blog
Paul McAleer

Big Mouth Types Again
Evan Dorkin

Laura "Tegan" Gjovaag

Blog This, Pal!
Gordon Dymowski

Rod Lott

Cartoon Brew
Amid Amidi & Jerry Beck

Cartoon Web Log!
Daryl Cagle

Clea's Cave
Juana Moore-Overmyer

Collected Editions

The Comics Curmudgeon
Josh Fruhlinger

The Comics Reporter
Tom Spurgeon

Christopher Butcher

Comics Waiting Room
Marc Mason

Comics Worth Reading
Johanna Draper Carlson

a dragon dancing with the Buddha
Ben Varkentine


Electromatic Radio
Matt Appleyard Aaron Neathery


Eye of the Goof
Mr. Bali Hai

Fred Sez
Fred Hembeck

Greenbriar Picture Shows
John McElwee

The Groovy Age of Horror
Curt Purcell

The Hooded Utilitarian
Noah Berlatsky

Hooray for Captain Spaulding
Daniel Frank

The Horn Section

The House Next Door
Matt Zoller Seitz

Howling Curmudgeons
Greg Morrow & Friends

The Hurting
Tim O'Neil

I Am A Child of Television
Brent McKee

I Am NOT the Beastmaster
Marc Singer

In Sequence
Teresa Ortega

Innocent Bystander
Gary Sassaman

Irresponsible Pictures

Jog - The Blog
Joe McCulloch

The Johnny Bacardi Show
David Allen Jones

Dirk Deppey

King's Chronicles
Paul Dini

Let's You And Him Fight
One of the Jones Boys

Mah Two Cents
Tony Collett


Michael's Movie Palace

Nat's TV
Nat Gertler

Ned Sonntag


News from ME
Mark Evanier

No Rock&Roll Fun
Simon B

Omega Channel
Matt Bradshaw

Pen-Elayne on the Web
Elayne Riggs

Peter David

Dorian White

Progressive Ruin
Mike Sterling

Punk Rock Graffiti
Cindy Johnson & Autumn Meredith

Revoltin' Developments
Ken Cuperus

Marc Bernardin

Matt Hinrichs

Self-Styled Siren

Spatula Forum
Nik Dirga

Tales from the Longbox
Chris Mosby


The Third Banana
Aaron Neathery & Friends

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
Ivan G. Shreve, Jr.

Toner Mishap
B2 et al

Trusty Plinko Stick
Bill Doughty

TV Barn
Aaron Barnhart et al

Unqualified Offerings
Jim Henley

Various And Sundry
Augie De Blieck

Video WatchBlog
Tim Lucas

When Fangirls Attack
Kalinara & Ragnell

X-Ray Spex
Will Pfeifer

Yet Another Comics Blog
Dave Carter

A Brief Political Disclaimer:

If this blog does not discuss a specific political issue or event, it is not because this writer finds said event politically inconvenient to acknowledge - it's simply because he's scatterbrained and irresponsible.

My Token List of Poli-Blogs:

Roy Edroso


Jane Hamsher

James Wolcott

Lance Mannion

The Moderate Voice
Joe Gandelman


Amanda Marcotte & Friends

The Sideshow
Avedon Carol

Skippy, the Bush Kangaroo

Talking Points Memo
Joshua Micah Marshall

This Modern World
Tom Tomorrow

Welcome to Shakesville
Melissa McEwan & Friends

Blogcritics: news and reviews
Site Feed

Powered by Blogger

    follow me on Twitter