Whether or not you’re a fan of The Walking Dead or zombies in general, The Mocking Dead will crack you up. Fred Van Lente takes aim not only at the popular zombie comic and TV series in Dynamite’s new title, but at the government and Hollywood in general.
From the opening pages, where a zombie sizes up humans, Terminator-style (and targets the chubby kid in the sandbox), I knew I was in for a good read. I was chuckling out loud as I turned pages, waiting to see what Van Lente and artist Max Dunbar would come up with next, and I wasn’t disappointed.
We get the story in flashback, so the zombie apocalypse has happened, or is in the process of happening. We don’t know yet why the dead are up and around, but they are, and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has no choice but to bring back a defunct project, Project: Tinseltown, to address the threat.
The book is loaded with popular zombie references, from mentions of a town called Monroeville, PA (George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead takes place in the Monroeville Mall) to naming characters in the DIA after Night of the Living Dead cast members. The book sends up horror movie tropes right and left, and the art is rendered in black and white, an homage to both The Walking Dead comic book and Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead. There are splashes of red here and there, for obvious reasons.
I had a great time with this book – good art, a funny storyline that kept my attention – I can’t wait for the next issue. Check this book out – it hit shelves last week, so your store may still have an issue or two in-house – and add it to your pull list.
THE MOCKING DEAD #1 (of 4)
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Max Dunbar
Cover Artist: Bill Tortolini (exclusive subscription cover by Max Dunbar)
Release Date: 9/4/13