The GeeksverseThe New Deadwardians #1

The New Deadwardians #1
Published on Thursday, March 29, 2012 by

Zombies and vampires have been done before, but have they been done like this?


Published by: Vertigo
Written by: Dan Abnett
Art & Cover by: I.N.J. Culbard

I’m getting worn out on vampires and zombies, but I’m always willing to try out something that hints at a different take on them. This certainly is a different take. It’s a victorian era story of a vampire upper class and a horde of restless zombies that are kept out. And somewhere in the middle are humans.

At least I think so. The one place this issue fails at is in setting up the world. We have to assume that Inspector Suttle is a vampire. It’s hinted at, and it’s hinted at that his house staff is human, but it’s never fully explained. The Restless are shown to be behind a fence, but there’s one that makes it into his house?

The world that Abnett is setting up is interesting, but it needs to be explained more. I assume the cure that is talked about, it will make the housekeeper into a vampire. There’s a lot to like about this series, but more of the foundation needs to be explained.

I like the dialogue by Abnett. The housekeeper really does come across as lower class victorian-era. Very authentic. Suttle has the upper class dialogue as well. Abnett’s script is solid. The plot is a bit slow, but it does set up Suttle and his life. The scene with all the empty desks is nicely done.

The cliffhanger on the last page is a nice set-up for the series and is enough to keep me interesting and coming back for more. I do want more of the world fleshed out, and sooner rather then later, but the first issue does enough to make me want to read the second.

The art by Culbard is perfect for this series. It’s got an old time style to it and he captures the victorian era very well. I even like his zombies. Where most artists go for the max gross out; falling off parts, gaping holes in chests and heads;, Culbard does just enough to let us know these are zombies but keeps it to a minimum.

The New Deadwardians #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

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