Fanboy in the Basement: City of Others
Scott B. Sims - firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Others, published by Dark Horse Comics and written by Steve Niles and art work by Bernie Wrightson, brings us another tale of a very popular subject, zombies. And what's strikingly different about this tale of zombies, nothing.
We open up with Stosh Bludowski, a ruthless hired killer. He's very good at what he does, because he feels no remorse. No emotion at all. Only rage. He kills his targets with reckless abandon. (I've always wanted to use that phrase) And he's paid well for his work.
As the story progresses, he's assigned to kill two guys. He makes short work of them, but to his surprise, they continue to fight back. Not until he hacks them with a knife do they stop. And then there are some more zombies, and vampires, a werewolf and an evil scientist and there you have City of Others. Not much else.
Let me say I enjoyed the artwork and especially the splash pages. And I appreciate the slight character development of Bludowski. As a card carrying Christian, I like the idea of Bludowski, who was alive, but dead on the inside and once he tasted the vampire's blood and falls into the water, he suddenly feels the souls of all the people he's killed, and now he's undead, but alive inside, blah, blah, blah. I know this was only volume one and by the next volume, the story could pick up and became great, but I'm not going to find out. If I had picked this up when it was first out in print, I wouldn't have made it to the 2nd issue. In this day of $2.99 and $3.99 comics, you better have that hook in your reader's mouth or you'll never get us in the boat. Or if you don't bite the reader with the first book…you'll never get us to….be undead readers…..something like that.
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