When was the last time any story– let alone a comic– tugged at your heartstrings and gave you a deeper appreciation for the simple things in life? Not only will Luther, by Mark Waid and Jeremy Rock, do just that, but it will even give fan service to the lovers of zombies in the process- a truly welcomed combination!
Our story centers on the Fogels, a family who lost their youngest boy Darrell after a zombie bit him in the last days of a world-ending zombie attack. The rest of the town, about 14 people, live under one roof and dispose of the remains of the zombies they come across. Our narrator is one of the characters in the story, and friend of the star, Luther.
There are so few stories involving zombies that go in to the aftermath of an apocalypse. Most of the world population is gone, things have changed, there is no government, money has no meaning anymore... what do we do now? The characters all feel very real; they haven't been distorted, changed, or painted as some kind of post-traumatic stress disorder sufferers. They have neither lost their humanity nor a hold on their grim reality.
For example, the narrator tells a story about how a man named Billy offered Luther one hundred bucks to dance like a monkey and be ridiculous. The rest of the survivors decide to throw him out. Since their compound is the only establishment in the entire town, and is completely surrounded by a big fence and guard towers, they have effectively had a trial of 12 of his own peers, found him guilty, and sent him out of the normal part of society.
The artwork in this comic is well done. The amount of decomposition on the zombies is realistic but still scary. The violent scenes are also very realistic; they are quick, simple and, even if they are bloody, it's not done to an extreme like a Rambo movie. There is a good amount of detail in the faces to show the differences of the characters without making them seem like caricatures of people.
This is a high quality comic; it's short and sweet and it genuinely elicits a strong emotional reaction from the reader. There was nothing wrong with it, and it could be enjoyed by anyone. Three and a half stars out of four.
Luther can be read on Thrillbent.
Written or Contributed by: Dan Buckley