Comic Book Reviews - Zombie Tales Omnibus Outbreak Review


Created on October 5, 2011 and written by
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Zombie Tales Omnibus Outbreak

Rating: 3/5
Publisher Name: Boom! Studios
Publisher Website: http://www.boom-studios.com/

Writer: *See credits
Pencils: *See credits
Inks: *See credits
Colors: *See credits
Number of Pages: 226
Price: $19.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
We’ve got plenty more mad creations spilling out of our zombie kitchen! Delivering smart, accessible, high-quality zombie short stories, this anthology has met with great acclaim amongst both comic and zombie fans, featuring more great zombie stories from more great writers and artists that you know and love. Don’t worry about leaving room for dessert — you’re it! Featuring work from writers Mark Waid (IRREDEEMABLE, KINGDOM COME), John Rogers (Leverage, Transformers), William Messner-Loebs (THE FLASH, THE MAXX), Brian Augustyn (JLA: YEAR ONE, B.P.R.D.), role-playing game master Monte Cook, Karl Kesel (FANTASTIC FOUR, SUPERMAN), Michael Alan Nelson (28 DAYS LATER), Ian Brill (DARKWING DUCK), Tom Peyer (THE FLASH), Pierluigi Cothran (HEROES webcomic), Bryce Carlson (WALL•E), plus art from the likes of Andy Kuhn (FIREBREATHER), Keith Giffen (52, LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES), Jon Schnepp (Venture Brothers, Metalocalypse), Toby Cypress (KILLING GIRL), and more. With talent like this, neither the dead nor the living stand a chance!

Reviewer’s Comments:
Zombie Tale Omnibus Outbreak is an anthology of twenty-eight brain splattering, zombie filled, short stories that explore the genre in full circle. Ranging from zom-com to profiteering, alternative timelines to a post-post apocolyptic scenario, and dozens more in between (including zombies quoting Shakespeare!), this anthology kept me engaged and successfully took the genre in places I’d never seen attempted before. Admittedly, I’m not usually a fan of anthologies but I couldn’t pass up the chance to read some stories of the undead and for the most part, I was pleasantly surprised.

The stories “Zombie Come Home” and “Zommy Dearest” were among my favorites in this book. “Zombie Come Home” was the story of a young boy who apparently had been keeping a zombie as a sort of playmate. The zombie is discovered and taken away, only to make it’s way back home – with a surprise ending that’s sure to make any undeadhead grin and maybe even giggle a little.

“Zommy Dearest”, explores the concept behind making the zombie apocalypse work for you – literally. Enslaving the undead to create a work force that does the menial work that humans don’t want to do or simply don’t have time to do. Are you too busy with your career to give your children the attention they need? No problem! Zommy and Mommy are interchangeable! Afraid of an undead uprising? Six ounces of semtex explosive in Zommy’s head should do the trick!

“The Mixed-Up Zombies Who Started Living And Became Incredibly Strange Creatures” is more than just a very long name for a story. While this story didn’t exactly deliver much substance to the book, it did provide a very interesting premise in the zombie genre that I’ve never seen explored. Zombies are cured and attempt to make their way back to normal life. The cure isn’t a complete reversal of the the affliction but it’s the next best thing. This would be a great angle to make into an ongoing storyline. The short story it was contained to just didn’t give it enough time for you to become attached to the characters.

As with most anthologies the art that fills the panels of this book has quite a broad range but the individual styles used all seemed to compliment the stories they help to unfurl. All in all, this is a nice collection of zombie stories and if you’re a fan of the undead, you’ll get a kick out of several of the stories between it’s pages. Dentists are enablers for the undead and Zoo animals will defeat the evil hordes. Believe it.

Credits:

“Luther”
Story: Mark Waid
Art: Mark Badger
Letters: Ed Dukeshire

“Zounds”
Story: Todd Lepre
Art: Chee

“A Game Called Zombie”
Story: Jim Pascoe
Layouts: Don Simpson
Art: Chris Moreno
Colors: Marshall Dillon, Terri Delgado, and Sunder Raj
Letters: Marshall Dillon

“Four Out of Five”
Story: John Rogers
Art: Ed Tadem
Colors: Rans of Imaginary Friends
Letters: Marshall Dillon

“Zoombies”
Story: Johanna Stokes
Art: Cynthia Martin
Colors: Pamela Rambo
Letters: Ed Dukeshire

“Riot Grrrl”
Story: Michael Alan Nelson
Art: Andy Kuhn
Colors: Matt Nelson

“The Bakemono and the Cranes”
Story: Johanna Stokes
Art: Keith Giffen
Colors: Matt Webb
Letters: Ed Dukeshire

“Last Call in Devil’s Bend”
Story: Karl Kesel
Art: Jon Reed
Colors: Marc Rueda
Letters: Marshall Dillon

“He Ain’t Heaven, He’s My Brother”
Story: William Messner-Loebs
Art: Matt Cossin
Colors: Mike Cossin
Letters: Marshall Dillon

“Bait”
Story: Ian Brill
Art: Jason Ho
Colors: Cris Peter
Letters: Marshall Dillon

“Headshot”
Story: Monte Cook
Art: Jeremy Rock
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Marshall Dillon

“I Don’t Like Henry Carve”
Story: Ian Brill
Art: Toby Cypress
Letters: Marshall Dillon

“Devil Dogs”
Story: Pierluigi Cothran
Art: Todd Herman
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Marshall Dillon

“Etc.”
Story: Shane Oakley
Art: Paul Harrison-Davies

“Nails”
Story & Pencils: Jon Schnepp
Inks: Ako Casturera & Jon Schnepp
Colors: Daniel Vincent Bigelow

“Backbiter”
Story: Michael Alan Nelson
Art: Matt Cossin
Colors: Mike Cossin
Letters: Marshall Dillon

“Lights Out”
Story: Eric Calderon
Art & Letters: Ming Doyle
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse

“Ink Stains”
Story: Todd Lepre
Art: Drew Rausch
Colors: Drew Berry
Letters: Marshall Dillon

“The Last Hit”
Story: John R. Fultz
Art: Aritz Eiguren
Letters: Marshall Dillon

“Zombie, Come Home”
Story: Tom Peyer
Art: Drew Rausch
Colors: Drew Berry
Letters: Marshall Dillon

“Ouroboros”
Story: Pierluigi Cothran
Art: Milton Sobreiro
Colors & Letters: Felipe Sobreiro

“The Great American Whistel-Stop Zombie Flim-Flam of 1912”
Story & Art: Pat N. Lewis

“I sing The Body Putrescent”; OR “Zommy Dearest”
Story: Kevin Walsh
Art: Chee
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Marshall Dillon

“Casualties”
Story: Ralph Soll
Art: Unai
Colors: Digikore Studios
Letters: Marshall Dillon

“Population Control”
Story: Bryce Carlson
Art: Axel Medellin Machain
Colors: Digikore Studios
Letters: Marshall Dillon

“Crime Scene Reanimation”
Story: Eric Heisserer
Art: Jeremy Rock
Colors: Digikore Studios
Letters: Marshall Dillon

“Finish Line”
Story: Ralph Soll
Art: Sebastian Piriz
Colors: Digikore Studios
Letters: Marshall Dillon

“The Mixed-Up Zombies Who Started Living And Became Incredibly Strange Creatures”
Story: Ian Brill
Art: Toby Cypress
Letters: Marshall Dillon

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