Zombies have evolved into a genre all their own, and have at times completely taken over our pop culture climate. From properties like The Walking Dead and its spinoffs, along with comic series like Marvel Zombies and DCeased, zombie lovers have had their plates full for some time now. In Year Zero, writer Benjamin Percy really hones in on the premise of people dealing with actual zombies. Rather than focus on the metaphorical monster, Percy focuses his readers through his narrative gaze onto the people of this world. Within the introduction of this book, we really become familiar with the inhabitants of this world as we enter into this brave new world.
Percy follows four different protagonists throughout the series, each one living a different life than the others, all of them in different parts of the world. The result is this wonderful blend of a captured world when it is under duress. Not only that, but within a short span of time we truly begin to endear ourselves to these characters thanks to the marvelous perspective we garner. Percy has hit at the root of the survival genre, which is that we want to understand how people define themselves as they are pushed to their brink.
Wonderfully rendering this series is artist Ramon Rosanas, who shows wonderful dynamic line work in each of the four respective storylines we follow as they compound themselves into this wonderful crescendo at the end. The best part about Rosanas is the simplistic way he captures the fidelity of all the characters being depicted under his hand.
Colorist Lee Loughridge really helps to distinguish the four respective storylines in the color palette. Each respective page manages to uphold the sensibility of the work. Lending further credence to this book is the way letterer Sal Cipriano divides the voices into a color code for each person.
Whether you love zombies or even if you’re starting to get a little tired of them, Year Zero is worth a look, especially during October to get yourself in a nice spooky mood.
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