The Walking Dead by Image Comics – It has to be, right? Such a great comic series as well as a television show, I would recommend this to fans of the show who want more of the same but with different twists and turns. Although there’s no Daryl in the comic, it’s still a great read. I think the comic and television show compliment one another perfectly, and both have enough in their own right to enjoy separately.
28 Days Later by Boom Studios – This is now available in a lovely paperback edition that collects the entire series for a reasonable price. Set between 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later, we see a reporter try to convince Selina to head back to the United Kingdom. Such a great lead character, this series is well worth checking out. The art’s great and the comic maintains the tone of the first film.
Crossed by Avatar Press – While not zombies per se, this is a dark dark comic book where the infected end up driven to commit the most brutal and depraved acts on their victims. Not for the faint of heart, Crossed has made me feel as ill as anything I’ve read before. But it’s a well-told story that gets darker with every subsequent story arc. I’ve heard of people stopping reading as the series progresses because of this. So don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Marvel Zombies by MarvelComics – Spider-man and Wolverine as zombies… nuff said. In all seriousness, this is a bit of lighthearted fun. The art’s great, and it’s interesting to see such well-known characters zombified.
Revival by ImageComics – This is set in a small town in Wisconsin where the dead come back to life for one day. It’s gross, tense, and isolated. Definitely worth a read.
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30 Days of Night by IDWComics – Okay, so this is vampires. But proper vampires. They’re ugly, brutal, and probably stink. A grimy horror like many zombie stories, rather than the beautiful almost aristocratic approach often seen with vampires. Ben Templesmith is my favourite horror artist, and this is at the top of my list of his work. In the way a great writer can give you enough details to introduce you to a story, but not ram it down your throat, Ben Templesmith does this with his art. Sometimes his images just suggest at what’s happening, and it’s enough to drag you into the story and let your imagination run riot. I can’t recommend this series highly enough.
What are your favourite zombie or virus comics?
Michael Robertson is a writer of dark post-apocalyptic fiction, horror, and science fiction. He’s been writing for over fifteen years and has been published in several anthologies and magazines, as well as being published by HarperCollins.
His series of books entitled The Alpha Plague is a post-apocalyptic world inspired by 28 Days Later.
He has plans for several science fiction books and is currently writing the first draft of New Reality 3: Fear, which will finish off his New Reality series.
As a father of two young children, he writes when he can, which is mostly before they get up and after they’ve gone to bed.
He loves reading, writing, watching movies and spending time with his family.
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