Archive for October 19th, 2012
While it may appear that I’ve been consumed by Cardinals baseball this week, I’ve actually left plenty of time for another of my favorites. Zombies!
And it’s been a banner week for zombies in pop culture. Here’s a Top 5 list for an impressive week in zombies.
Top 5 Zombie Outbreaks This Week
1. The Walking Dead Season 3
Sunday got things started off right with the premiere of season three of The Walking Dead.
In one amazing episode this show made me forget all of the problems associated with the “lost” season spent at the farmhouse last year. Rick Grimes and company used maximum action and minimum words to clear out the prison which will be their home for the season. So much was conveyed without any of the clunky dialogue that haunted the show last season. The show looks set up to make a great run this year according to my fellow zed head Dolomite over at Nothing But Time.
2. We’re Alive Chapter
As luck would have it @SpeedyMick is also a zombie fan with good taste. A couple of months ago he hipped me to the amazing We’re Alive podcast. This well done audio drama has been running for years now, and with three seasons and thirty six episodes I had a lot of catching up to do. Within the last week I finally made it to the most current chapter, and I downloaded the most recent edition on Monday nite to finally be up to date.
And now that I’m current on the podcast, I can officially say I love it! The amount of time and skill that was put into crafting such an intricate story is incredible. The characters are remarkably fleshed out and the plot driven narrative is a nonstop thrill. Committing to the podcast is a bit daunting at first, but well worth the investment. Check them out at http://www.zombiepodcast.com/
3. The Twelve
Tuesday saw the release of my most highly anticipated novel of the year, The Twelve.
Ever since I finished The Passage back in 2009 I’ve been waiting to get my hands on the sequel. Now granted, this trilogy is officially about Vampires. But the creatures that populate the series, known as virals, are an obvious cross between vampires and zombies in my book. While virals have the characteristics of vampires, they behave like zombies. And this combination is terrifying in its execution. I’ve only just begun reading the novel, but I’m already trilled to be back in the years A.V. (After Viral)
4. The Walking Dead issue 103
Wednesday saw the release of issue 103 of The Walking Dead comic. If you’re not reading the comic, then what I’m discussing won’t make sense. And if you are reading the comic but haven’t made it to 103 yet, let me throw up a this statement.
Still with me? Ok good.
After the brutal death of Glen in issue 100, the comic has really picked up steam in my mind. I think the comics were at their best during the Governor issues back at the prison. By establishing Negan as a super villain in the subsequent issues Kirkman has given the comic the kind of focus that seemed to be lacking for a while. Issue 103 really drove home the point that Negan is a first class asshole with the power to back it up.
Building a super villain takes time, and Kirkman is investing wisely. By having Rick and the survivors bide their time till they can find an upper hand seems both wise and realistic. Rick Grimes is gonna bring down Negan’s evil empire, and it going to be bloody fun to watch.
5. Resident Evil 6
While there wasn’t any new zombie release on Thursday, I did spend some time killing zombies in mass numbers while playing Resident Evil 6. The game has only been out ten days now, and I’m already hopelessly addicted. I started with the more traditional horror route by playing the Leon storyline first. Ah-maze-ing. Shooting my way out of a town overrun by zombies is about as fun as it gets. Even on the “normal” difficulty setting it’s still immensely challenging. Limited bullets v. unlimited zombies is tricky and thrilling. And after a week of zombies like mine, I’m ready to keep blasting away!