Comics: Victorian Undead
Have you found yourself lately, sitting about in your smoking jacket and ascot thinking "by jove, I wish there was more of a plethora of zombies in my sequentially drawn art stories"? Probably not. But just in case you have, you're in luck with Wildstorm comics newest series, "Victorian Undead"!
You read that right; Sherlock Holmes Vs. Zombies! A dash of wisecracking detective, a touch of steam punk and a sprinkling of the undead. I received the first two issues of this new Ian Edginton penned book recently. At first I looked upon the book with a bit of trepidation; it's kind of hard to match up to the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. But guess what? Edginton pulls it off, and he pulls it off really well! I will warn you; you do not get the full breadth of the writing involved here in the first issue. As most "firsts" go, the book is dedicated to introductions to characters and villains but it is still catchy enough to draw interest. Stick with it through issue number two however and you'll find that the classic Holmes and Watson and captured rather well. There's plenty of wry humor, some good tension and a heaping helping of intrigue. Enough to capture any story lovers heart.
I'm not so much of an artwork kind of guy. I'm into comics primarily for the story. The artwork is nice and does help, but unless it is jarringly bad I don't look at it too closely. For "Victorian Undead" however, the art by Davide Fabbri is actually pretty great. It stands out enough to draw my attention without over shadowing the story and does an excellent job to highly the antics of Holmes and Watson and their misadventures.
The story is still in the early stages as book three is not due out until January 23rd, so there is plenty of time to grab yourself a copy at shops pretty much everywhere. Each issue weighs in at around 32 full color pages and should set you back around $2.99. For the fine details, be sure to check out "Victorian Undead" at the official Wildstorm page or check out the tidbits over at Wildstorm's blog, The Bleed!