When Zombies Attack Ireland

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by Victoria Irwin

Contributing Writer

 

Zombie HiWith the rise in popularity of comics such as the Walking Dead, it’s always worth a look at how another country sees the challenge of a zombie outbreak. Zombies Hi from Uproar Comics, gives us a look at how Ireland would handle the outbreak of a virulent reanimation plague.

Issue seven focuses on the struggles of an Irish freedom fighter, Sean, working to finish a violent mission amidst the chaos of a zombie virus outbreak. After spending two weeks within the ancient walls of the city of Derry hiding from the zombie horde, Sean leads a mission to acquire supplies and, more covertly, weapons. Alongside Priest and Paddy, they are confronted with the realization that zombies might not be responsible for the rash of human deaths around the city.

As is the sign of a truly good zombie story, the issues in Danny McLaughlin’s story are mostly related to interactions and problems between human beings, more so than the diseased creatures trying to kill them. Reanimated corpses come into play only once in this issue to add a moment of danger, rather than as a crutch to uphold the entire issue. McLaughlin instead focuses on the internal struggle of Sean’s desire to fight for the cause his Father supported and to support those who have helped him fight the zombies. The issue spends a great deal of time focusing on the issue of whether or not to arm those behind the wall.

Kevin “Gio” Logue faces the challenge of drawing realistic human beings in agony as well as the intricate details of the Irish landscape. Derry’s walls are not an easy thing to illustrate. The zombies are a bit odd looking, focusing more on a green coloring with strange overly wide mouths. While I love the way the humans and buildings are designed, the infected seem to be lacking something.

If you like your zombie stories with more story than gore fest, this series is for you.

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