The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks

The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks - Max Brooks, Ibraim Roberson The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks covers 12 different attacks, starting with the earliest (60,000 B.C.) and working forward to closer to present day. While the first attack spanned several pages, the second one wasn't really even an 'attack' at all. It was more the discovery of the virus and speculation. The rest seem to vary in length, and went from moderately interesting to skim-worthy and back again several times.

I don't know what I think of this. On one hand, I loved the art. Ibraim Roberson does an amazing job, making monochrome images that feel like they could leap off the page at times. There’s one particular panel of a zombie, frozen solid in the snow, hand outstretched, which is disturbing and fantastic all at the same time. On the other hand, it takes a bit of the fun away from zombie attacks if you don't at least get a splash of red every now and then! Basically, I loved the art, but just didn't feel like it suited the subject.

The synopsis says "Scripted by the world's leading zombie authority, Max Brooks, "Recorded Attacks" reveals how other eras and cultures have dealt with-and survived-the ancient viral plague." They mean that. Literally. It seems like its just scenes of battle, interspersed with the occasional "So maybe they did x because..." I knew I was going to get to see zombie attacks – and I was cool with that – but I thought I’d get a little bit more. I was wrong.

The graphic novel itself only seems to take up about 2/3rds of the book. (It’s sometimes hard to tell when reading in a browser versus reading on the Kindle.) The rest of it is advertisements for things related to the Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. Readers are invited to download the Zombie Survival Guide Scanner app, given the chance to click on links that will let them read excerpts from the books, and finally treated to a several page excerpt from Zombie Survival Guide. And then another several page excerpt from World War Z.

My final judgement? This was a cash grab, nothing more, nothing less. The illustrations are amazing, but everything else was lackluster. Wouldn’t recommend you buy it unless it was on sale for maybe $.99 and you were a hardcore zombie hoarder.