Lee Davy casts his beady eyes over the World Series of Zombies comic and provides his opinion on Chad Holloway’s breakout piece.
I pushed out the press release, and I interviewed the author, but was the World Series of Zombies (WSOZ) comic any good?
Like most kids, I learned most of my early vocabulary reading the likes of The Beano, Roy of the Rovers, Asterisk and Tintin. Like most kids, I would sneak out of bed, slide my head over the top of the stairs and watch TV, unbeknown to my parents sitting on the couch below.
One evening they were watching George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. I shit myself, literally. Zombies have scared the living crap out of me ever since, but I still have this urge to watch. I’m searching for the answer on everyone’s lips. How can a zombie kill anyone when it walks so slowly? Writers of World War Z, and Game of Thrones, have solved this problem by creating zombies that move quicker than Sam Trickett plays a hand.
The zombie genre has become vogue of late. The Walking Dead is the main reason why. The aforementioned Game of Thrones is also going to use the living dead as the main part of its plot. Everyone loves a zombie movie. It seems Chad Holloway is on point.
It’s a quick read. One visit to the lav should do the trick. It flowed (the comic that is). The pace was quick, and it hurried me along at the right pace. Most importantly, it made me laugh. That’s how I remember comics in my youth. They all made me laugh.
As you can do doubt work out, the storyline is centered on a zombie outbreak at the WSOP. The main protagonist is a young poker player called Dalton. As the carnage ensues the writer introduces you to some of the greatest players in the game, both past, and present. There is even a posthumous appearance from Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliot. I thought that was a nice touch.
A comic book doesn’t come to life with words alone. It’s the art that really pulls you in like an A-ha music video. Terry Huddleston does a great job. The characters look like the real thing, and the action scenes look great. Chad picked the right partner, that’s for sure.
I don’t read comics, but I had to read this one. It costs $5, and you can pick one up from the Blue Shark Optics stand at the Rio. I bought it because I wanted to support one of our own. I have a lot of admiration for anyone who grabs their dreams by the bollocks. It’s easy to get bogged down in poker. It’s easier to allow our dreams to remain just that.
Holloway ploughed through that. I respect him for it. He is an inspiration. There is a lot of hard work in this little gem, and for that I feel everyone should purchase a copy. You are not purchasing a comic. You are purchasing someone’s dream. There is a lot to be said for that.