A virus spread by bites. Unfortunately all the re-animated dead want to do is bite the uninfected.
The human race is spread out into small, lawless groups. No-one knows what’s happened, no-one knows how it has happened, and no-one knows what will happen.
Then The Few arise…
Zombies, Zombies everywhere.
Can’t get enough of them quite frankly, vastly underused (for a time) by film and television and they’re a great base to start off a monster. Matheson used vampires in “I am Legend” but the horde mentality they harboured pretty much makes them literal zombies. They’re so damned versatile: dead ones, alive ones (zombies don’t have to be dead to have fun, y’know), fast ones, slow ones, sexy ones… the list goes on.
With the zombie comics market (or graphic novel if you’re being picky) pretty much dominated by Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead,” it’s always nice to discover a different direction for the genre.
The infected have taken over, as they do, those pesky kids, and bands of survivors emerge from the wreckage of humanity. McCluskey presents us with random sets of characters that he dispatches with bloody glee. You soon realise that no one is safe.
With beautifully lurid art by Nicholas O’ Gorman, “The Few” succeeds where others have already tread, with a pulpy tale of blood and brains that provides a couple of genuine wtf moments.
I suppose my only gripe would be with having a British writer, the temptation to base it in the UK must have been considered, but alas, we have another Undead States of America which seems to be the staple for zombie comics, where weirdoes and weapons are growing on trees. Give me a zombie comic with the M62 chocca with stalled cars and fields of the West Yorkshire dead lumbering across the Pennines. Give me Britain First (instead of biker gangs) marching against the undead tide. Guns are too easy, so a beautifully illustrated zombie apocalypse set on England’s twee streets, would be glorious sight as we made do with whatever tat we had laying at home as a weapon.
This is a personal gripe at the genre as a whole, as 28 days Later isn’t enough for me, but for what it is “The Few” is worthy addition to the zombie genre. And with future issues in the works, it’s well worth checking out.