The GeeksverseDead Rising: Road To Fortune #1 – Advanced Review

Dead Rising: Road To Fortune #1 – Advanced Review
Published on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 by

Written by: Tom Waltz
Art by: Kenneth Loh
Colored by: Esther Sanz
Lettered by: Shawn Lee
Cover Art: Kenneth Loh w/ Esther Sanz
Editor: Chris Ryall

I have to admit that I’ve never played the Dead Rising video games and that I’m not a big fan of zombie stories. A quick read of Wikipedia provided me enough backstory to understand where this fits into the grand schem. Dead Rising: Road To Fortune occurs just prior to the events of Dead Rising 2. The events depicted in the mini-series are essentially the prologue to Dead Rising 2. This is the Las Vegas incident where Katie gets bitten.

It also seems to be setting up story points for the downloadable content “Code West” and the upcoming Dead Rising 2: Off The Record. Besides just Chuck from Dead Rising 2, this issue also shows us Frank from Dead Rising as well as setting up the creation of the reality show used in DR2.

The issue starts just after Frank defeated Brock on the tank. It shows the escape of Frank and Isabela but in a twist (and this is where my lack of game knowledge comes in) Frank ends up being bitten by Isabela and needs to take Zombrex to prevent being turned into a zombie.

I’m not a zombie fan. I think it’s being overdone and nowadays the only zombie tales that stand out to me are the ones that are different from anything else out there. Dead Rising the game is, at it’s core, basically just a “cut up zombies anyway you can” type of game. It seems to have a pretty decent and deep story but the mechanics are “kill zombies”. I do like the origin of the zombie plague, with the mutated wasps.

What makes this different is the way the zombies are kind of a fact of life in this world. They speak of zombie outbreaks as horrifying and well they’re not commonplace, it doesn’t seem out of the ordinary to the people. They even come up with a game show involving zombies. There’s even a chemical to prevent people that have been infected from going all zombie. It’s an interesting way to deal with them and somewhat unique and different.

Waltz does a good job setting up the various subplots in this story. Alot of characters from the games are mentioned and it’ll be interesting to see where he takes this. We know that it’ll basically end up being the prologue to Dead Rising 2 but how Frank West gets integrated into that is the question.

For fans of the video games, this will add more depth to the overall story, filling in some of the blanks and gaps. For non-fans of the game it’s a nice little zombie tale. You don’t have to know anything about the game to understand what is going on. The text piece inside the cover, as well as the opening scene, work very well at setting up the world for new readers. Waltz does a good job with the jump five years, using conversations to fill us in on what has happened to Frank since then.

Good use of the radio to bring other characters into the story and link the different subplots.

Loh’s artwork is nice. It’s got a rough and scratchy style that fits the tone nicely. He draws some good zombies but also does background detail nicely. Frank’s place is well drawn. I liked the set-up, where it seems like he’s down and out and then as he moves through the house and talks to his agent, we find out that he’s done alright for himself in the five years.

Dead Rising: Road To Fortune #1 receives
4 out of 5

Fans of the games will enjoy this and non-fans won’t feel lost and will find a good little zombie tale.

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