Publisher: Antarctic Press
Writer: Brian Keene
Artist: Joseph Wight
Release Date: 03/2010-08/2010
Zombie entertainment is a dime a dozen and has been since the 80s. The Last Zombie is an interesting inside story of the zombie apocalypse with a small team of US soldiers and 2 scientists. They need to make it across the country to find one of the scientist’s wives and see what’s out there while they are at it. They have a tank and an APC and have to stand up to anything they come across. The problem is, the zombies have been dying off and are becoming more sporadic. This leads to the idea that the virus is gone and is no longer around. The problem is, this team needs to worry about live humans more than zombies.
There are some unique additions here such as a surviving tribe of lepers and a bandit group who rob anyone they come across. The story takes quite a while to build up and the first two issues aren’t all that interesting. I honestly couldn’t really connect to any of the characters, but you definitely feel the tension between them which is what matters. The last comic is the best one with everything going to complete crap and finding out the twist ending to this mini-series. At the end of each comic, there are little mini-stories ranging from a little zombie boy and how misunderstood he is to WWII Nazi zombie adventures. It’s fun to see a little mini-story at the end, but they could have filled it with more of the main story instead. The art is also in black & white which I didn’t really like. I know it is trying to be atmospheric (or cheap?) but some color would have been nice. It’s really hard to distinguish one army soldier from the other because they all look the same, half the time I didn’t know who was talking.
Like I said, the first 3 issues are kind of boring, and the last 2 are great. The encounter with the leper colony and the fight out with the highwaymen is great and the little twists that pop up are entertaining. The Last Zombie has a lot of potential and I can’t wait to see what’s in store. It really does take a different approach to the zombie apocalypse in a unique way.