The Mocking Dead

The Mocking Dead Volume 1The Mocking Dead Volume 1 by Fred Van Lente
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fred Van Lente has written an amazing spoof of the zombie-survival subgenre while still managing to create a tense, suspenseful zombie tale. His love of goofy humor and the old horror movies they used to air on “creature feature” TV shows comes through in a tale that tackles a lot more than zombies. Van Lente dissects — and shows his obvious love for — geek and nerd culture, with everything from tabletop gaming to the erroneous concept of “fake geek girls” thoroughly examined and when necessary, as the title suggests, mocked. The five issues collected in this trade edition are a great deal of fun, but if you ask me, they’re over too soon. If Van Lente and artist Max Dunbar should have more in store for us, I’ll be waiting eagerly to read it.

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