Faith Erin Hicks’ Zombies Calling is equal parts love letter to the zombie genre and social commentary on the pitfalls of higher education, and the perfect book to kick off 40 in ’14.
Over the years there have been very few comedic zombie tales that have so perfectly commented on our society and turned the genre on its head like Shaun of the Dead, Fido, Zombieland, Warm Bodies, Dead Alive (also called Brain Dead). Once you get past the dead rising from their graves and snacking on the living’s brains, you can see that all of these tales had some pretty profound thoughts and Zombies Calling is no different.
Joss’s live sucks. She’s worried about exams and student loan debt when she’d much rather be watching the zombie movies she loves. So its no surprise that when she tells her roommates that she’s been attacked by a swarm of real-life, brain-hungering zombies – zombies! – they think the stress has finally cracked her.
But Joss knows she’s sane – and it’s a good thing, too! Because the zombies are real, and she’s the only one who knows how to fight them. Armed with “The Rule,” truths about fighting the undead gleaned from zombie movies, Joss, Sonnet and Robyn just might make it out of their dorm alive.
Okay, so zombies have been done to death; there’s no denying that. But that’s what’s so hilarious about Zombies Calling. Hicks utilized as many clichés as she could to help point out the ridiculousness of the zombie genre and its evolution. I particularly found the jab at fast zombies to be quite rib tickling. It’s pretty obvious that Hicks is a fan of the genre and has done a fantastic job at crafting a fast-paced story and undeniably likeable characters.
Zombies Calling is a fun and quick read for any lover of comics and/or zombie flicks. Just be warned, that once you pick this book up, you won’t be able to put it down until the end.
With witty writing and fantastic art, Faith Erin Hicks’ graphic novel was the perfect start to my reading challenge and a great addition to my ever-growing library.
For more information on Faith Erin Hicks and a list of her other work click on the link below. And as always, may the nerd be with you all!