Night of the Living Dead Vol. 1: Sins of the Father

A new graphic novel takes us back to one of the original zombie movies, reimagined for a new audience.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

night-of-the-living-deadTitle: Night of the Living Dead, Vol 1: The Sins of the Father
AuthorJean-Luc Istin ; Illustrations by Elia Bonetti
SeriesLa nuit des morts-vivants #1
Publish Date: September 7, 2016, Firefly Books
Genre: Graphic Novel Horror
Source: Provided by the publisher

Publisher’s DescriptionIt’s Halloween. Lizbeth leaves her husband and two children to accompany her brother Leland, the favorite son, to visit the grave of their adoptive parents. But no sooner do they arrive at the cemetery than they are attacked by a group of living dead! After a terrifying chase, Lizbeth and Leland find refuge in a squalid hotel that will prove to be the only defense against a horde of zombies hungry for fresh meat. They are safe, for now. But the real danger is right outside the hotel walls and the invasion is widespread. Several cities are already devastated.

The survivors discover that the hotel manager is holed up in his room, ready to shoot the first person (or thing) that comes too close. As night begins to fall, they discover another problem. There is no electricity. Lizbeth has no choice. She decides that someone has to turn on the emergency power system. But she will have to pass through an area infested with zombies. Will Lizbeth survive? Will she be reunited with her husband and children?

The cult film Night of the Living Dead created the modern zombie myth. “Night of the Living Dead Volume 1: Sins of the Father” is the first of three volumes that retell the classic story for modern readers and fans of graphic novels. Istin’s tight text and Bonetti’s skilled art bring the terror and horrid fear to life and the convey the psychology of the characters. Together they resurrect the zombie story for a new generation.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Percy_Procrastinator_100Percy Procrastinator says…

What I didn’t like: I’m coming at this graphic novel with no knowledge of the original film.  It’s possible that the writer assumed knowledge of that work.  That would make more sense because several things stuck out and didn’t work for me.

I find it tough when characters survive things like a helicopter crash.  I also didn’t like it that two characters didn’t realize something was happening when the artwork on the pages make it seem as if the zombies have already started, yet they still go on their retreat?    They do try and give explanations to why they haven’t realized what happened but they fall flat to me and don’t work.

I admit that, since this is a hard cover book, I was expecting something more like a comic book trade or compendium, where several issues are combined into one longer story.  However, this is more like a single issue, making the story very short.

What I like: That said, what it does have, it does well.  Two people stranded and having to fight past the hordes of zombies.  The parent trying to keep his kids safe.  And the general mayhem caused by zombies.  We get enough of the background to frame it before focusing on the events at hand.

badge3v4There is not one big thing that is disappointing about this book.  What I found was a lot of little things that added up, such that there isn’t any big pull to get me back for the next volume.  It was a fun, quick read but needed a bit more depth or maybe even distance from the original source material so that it stands up against the zombie stories we have today. I give this a three.

Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Night of the Living Dead was one of the first horror movies my mother ever gave me. So when this graphic novel came through our inbox, I jumped at the chance to review it! I was pleased to see beautiful illustrations that also have a touch of horror. I was also thrilled that it somewhat resembles Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.

badge2v4But, I was disappointed in the flow of the story. It was often jerky and switched rapidly from present times to the repressed memories of Lizbeth. It ended so abruptly that readers just barely touch the surface of the sins of Lizbeth’s father. Granted, more will be revealed in the following books, but it was missing something.

I would have liked to rate this a little higher but since the story was lacking, I give it 2 blood spurts.

If you like this book…

…you might try The Walking Dead (graphic novels) by Robert Kirkman, World War Z by Max Brooks, or The Forrest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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