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Laughing with the Undead

Friday, April 24, 2015

The two things you can always count on in life: Death and Taxes. While we will always pay taxes, sometimes death isn't always the end. Back in 1968 there was very little undead-related pop culture until George A. Romero popularized zombies in Night of the Living Dead. Fast forward to today and The Walking Dead is one of the most popular television shows, Shaun of the Dead is one of the most beloved "Rom Zom Coms," plus there's a host of video games, comics, movies — and more TV shows, like iZombie — along with over 25 follow-ups and spin-offs from Romero's original film.


We handle death usually in one of two ways: horror, as Night of the Living Dead embodied, and comedy. The Zombies That Ate the World takes the latter route, portraying a world where zombies are quite the norm. Blending classic horror elements wrapped up in the guise of comedy allows unique stories to be told, and even more interesting characters to shine. Karl Neard isn't your typical hero. Often dorky, clumsy, and even scared, Karl is a "zombie pest controller" who sets up shop to round-up annoying zombies that until recently, were perfectly calm members of the undead society.


Book 1: Bring Me Back My Head introduced us to Karl, his sister Maggie, and their friend Freddy, as they set up their "zombie catcher" services. Jerry Frissen does a bang up job creating a world based on a familiar premise, but turned on its head. Much like he did with the Lucha Libre series, The Zombies That Ate the World blends fantastical elements with the mundane, making readers laugh at things they otherwise normally wouldn't, or probably shouldn't.


The Zombies that Ate the World: Book 3: Houston, We Have a Problem shuffles into stores on April 29, 2015. This volume concludes the hysterically horrific series created by Jerry Frissen. And while this may be finale of the series, can anything undead ever truly be "the end"?