Writer Raven Gregory with the help of artist Vic Drujiniu and Zenescope Entertainment unleashed the four part Zombie miniseries The Waking early 2010.
From their release note: In the big city, four police detectives investigating two routine murders discover that the victims of these crimes are coming back from the dead in search of those responsible for their murders. Now the detectives are in a race against time to find the source of the recent “wakings.” Meanwhile, a father with an incredible ability must choose between avenging his daughter’s death or losing her forever.
Zenescope Entertainment tries something new by stepping away from their usual Babe in Lingerie format of cover artwork and instead employ the fantastic David Finch to paint up this eerie and atmospheric bit of hauntingly beautiful cover art.
The black ring. When it appears around a person’s neck, it is the sign that they will soon die. Invisible to most, only those with the special ability of the Shinigami Eye can see it and thus predict the future.
One such possessor is Michiru Kita, a downtrodden and soft spoken orphan girl who is used by everyone and has no real will of her own. Her spectacles block the sight of the black rings, but by simply removing them she is cursed with the knowledge of which people are close to death.
A chance encounter with two mysterious, seemingly-money grabbing boys introduces Michiru to the enigmatic Zombie-Loan loan office, a secretive business that offers deals that should not be offered or even possible, never mind the fact that the abomination of these deals should probably not even exist! These two boys, Chika Akatsuki and Shito Tachibana are both marked (thanks to an unfortunate accident on a bridge) and should be dead – but yet they aren’t. And their rather ghoulish habit of switching hands which contain spiritual weapons in the form of a gun for Shito and a katana for Chika are more than clue enough that there is something far more to their tragic story than what first meets the eye.
Dragged into joining their bedraggled group in order to assist with identifying monsters with the black ring, beings who should be dead but who are instead living as the undead and feeding on flesh while acting only on desire, Michiru is about to find out that her life is going to all of a sudden get a whole lot more complicated – and very quickly at that!
Shaun of the Dead is the rightful cult king in terms of British zombie films, finding that perfect balance between horror, zombie, romance, black humour and all out laughs.
As a tie in with the movie, director Edgar Wright and main honcho Simon Pegg joined forces with artist Frazer Irving to produce a Shaun of the Dead related tail, “There is something about Mary”.
Needless to say, the talented and moody Mr. Irving needed to whip up a decent cover to mark the occasion covered by 2000AD issue 1384, and as you can see, no problem there!
Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaun_of_the_Dead_%28comic%29#2000_AD
Fan service drenched panties and tits with zombies anime series, Highschool of the Dead drew to a close with its final episode ringing in at the number 12 mark. In return, we got a return to some great zombie action, loads of bullets, dynamite and sword slashes – complemented by the usual uber stylish CG action shots.
And all this thanks to a single high altitude nuke detonating and wiping out all electronics.
Not a good thing when you’re locked behind gates of the only fortress capable of stemming the unrelenting tide of the undead…
Anyway, here’s a boatload of images from episode 12 in order to wet your appetite just in case you haven’t picked it up yet!
The latest anime series on which I cast my beady eye was Tokko, and quite frankly, my eye should have been cast elsewhere – but not to far mind you. The optic nerve doesnt stretch very well. Any way, back to the anime.
Shindou Ranmaru has just graduated from police academy and assigned to TOKKI the: Special Mobile Investigation Force. On the day of his graduation however, he meets the blood-soaked, katana-wielding girl that he has been seeing in his dreams, the one haunting him ever since the nightmarish Machida incident five years ago in which he and his sister lost both their parents in Japans worst (and bloodiest) ever unsolved mass murder case.
It would seem that there is a second, secret division operating alongside TOKKI known as TOKKO, its principle mission: dealing with the numerous mass murder, body part scattering incidents that seem to be occurring all over Tokyo. But it is only when Ranmaru inadvertently witnesses them in action that he realises just what it is that they are up against. Otherworldly demons emerging from pits in the ground, face-hugging bugs that turn humans into zombie killing machines and a lot of blood splattered body parts flying around, all of which stems from some artefact know simply as the Box of Dirge.
To solve the mystery surrounding the deaths of his parents and all those others living at the Machida complex, it is going to be up to an awakened Ranmaru to carve his way right down to the bottom of all the answers.
TOKKO is a mature anime title featuring a lot of bloody violence. The story is definitely mature in nature it is just a pity that the animation couldnt depict that a little better. Storywise, TOKKO is disappointing. While the concepts and general story line is in fact not half bad and could have been made into something so much better, this anime has manages to squeeze out some of the worst crap I’ve seen in ages. Trying to mix comedy, drama and violence into one package can be done if handled correctly, but the writers of TOKKO don’t have a clue on doing this right. In fact, you will be far more annoyed than entertained when watching this rubbish.
It is a 13 episode long series, and to be quite honest, I’m glad that it was so short. Attempts are made at fleshing some of the principle characters out, but the work is so clichd and poorly done that you end up not caring for a single one of the characters. The situational comedy that is forced in comes across so out of place that it jars your watching experience so badly that you cringe, waiting for it to pass and hoping that it was all a delusion on your part.
In an effort to make it more horrific, the director went for showing all the body chopping action in its full glory its just too bad that the animation is something that comes out of a cheap Korean sweat studio and is better suited to a little girls bunny rabbit-loving show than to a mature title. Flat, flat imagery, poor animation and character design, complete lack of detail or any decent colouring whatsoever leads you to wonder just how the director intended to merge the adult fair of this title with the almost pokemon level of animation (actually thats not fair. Pokemon was better animated than this one).
Just wait until you get a load of the physics, particularly the blade on body effects which sees body parts flying all over the screen in a most ridiculous child like way you can imagine. Even the demonic face-hugger bugs are pathetic, looking more like that green goo ghost from Ghostbusters than anything remotely demonic, let alone dangerous.
The sound matches the animation in that it is rather simplistic, not achieving any noteworthy enough to be mentioned here. At least they bought an okay opening song to try and salvage some reputation for the show. Thank goodness that most of the voice acting isnt all that bad though, even if Saya is going to get on your nerves every time she opens her mouth.
Look, the show gets better towards the end as the story tightens to an okayish conclusion (I lie a little here: the story doesnt properly conclude at all it is better to say that the story arc concludes), but the really poor animation and style complete chops the hamstrings off of this title. It is a waste of time, plain and simple. Even if you do like the sound/view/experience of body parts flying around the screen and perhaps the occasional nipple shot, believe me, you are better off picking up some other, more deserving title (like Berserk perhaps).
Note that even though this is crap, it is still a mature title and not intended for kids.
Related link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokko_%28manga%29