THE FINAL PLAGUE VOL. 1 (Action Lab, 2014; Softcover)
Collects The Final Plague Nos. 1-5 (cover dates June, 2013- March, 2014)
Writer: JD Arnold
Artists: Tony Guaraldi-Brown with additional inking by Manuel Martinez (#4 and 5)
Due to the ongoing success of The Walking Dead there are countless undead titles crowding the racks, each creator hoping that their “IP” will help get them a slice of that Kirkman pie. Instead of zombie humans, we have a zombie animal plague. See, totally different than anything you have ever seen before, right?
I don't necessarily demand originality in comics, but I do demand to be entertained or, better yet, moved on some level. Cripes, even making me angry is a form of credit to an artist, since their work moved me on some emotional level. This just left me cold. I read page after page, not caring much about any of the characters, the outcome, or even how or why these animals were infected in the first place. In short, I was completely indifferent to this series. The only feeling that I have after reading this book is regret that I paid for it.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 0.75 out of 5.
The OCD zone- This is a surprisingly high quality book for an independent publisher.
DVD-style Extras included in this book: I don't know if you can call it extras, but every single page that was in the original comics (letters page, house ads, etc.) are present. These are the exact same guts and covers that were found on the original issues. Very cool.
Paper rating: 4.5 out of 5. Excellent weight glossy coated stock.
Binding rating: 4 out of 5. Perfect bound trade paperback.
Cardstock cover coating rating: 5 out of 5. Excellent thick waxlike lamination. This book has a good weight and feels like something of quality. Too bad the story pretty much sucks and this book is abysmal dreck and a complete waste of time and money.