Sunday, January 25, 2015

Review- TOE TAGS FEATURING GEORGE ROMERO


TOE TAGS FEATURING GEORGE ROMERO (DC, 2014; Softcover)

Collects Toe Tags Featuring George Romero #1-6 (cover dates December, 2004- May, 2005)
Writer: George Romero
Artists: Penciler- Tommy Castillo; Inker- Rodney Ramos
Colorist: Lee Loughridge

DC's collected editions program often makes no sense to me. Marvel has released pretty much everything that they have published in single issue format as collected editions for the past dozen or so years. DC still tries to foster a back issue market and pushes for the “Wednesday addict” crowd, often leaving the money of the collected edition fan on the table. They have of course changed this over the past two years, releasing most of their New 52 stuff in collected editions within a reasonable time frame after the single issue publication.

This brings us to this decade-old mini-series which DC has finally compiled and reissued to cash in on both Romero's new Marvel series Empire Of The Dead as well as the zombie craze as a whole. I am tired of zombies in comics, but Romero is the one who put them on the map in the first place so he is exempt from zombie backlash.

Smart zombies, collapsed civilization...we have already seen it all a dozen times before. Romero's cinematic background works well in the ultra-decompressed comic book storytelling style so prevalent in 2004. This moves at a brisk clip and the artwork is pleasant enough, but I know damn well that I will never have time to read this again as long as I live. I have too many books and can't even read everything once. I am at a point where I wish that the local library had more graphic novels in stock, because so much stuff that I read is good for one read only.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 3.75 out of 5.

The OCD zone-
Paper stock: Decent weight glossy coated stock.
Binding: Perfect bound trade paperback.
Cardstock cover notes: Waxlike lamination. 

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