The Other Dead #1

The Other Dead #1

Writer: Joshua Ortega, Digger T. Mesch Artist: Qing Ping Mui Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: September 25, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 2
6.3Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

The world's first Zombie Animal epic is here! A deadly hurricane threatens New Orleans just as a frightening and mysterious outbreak hits the animal kingdom! Join all-star creators Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Joshua Ortega (Gears of War), and Digger T. Mesch (Agent 88) for the beginning of this year's most anticipated new horror series! With art by rising star Qing Ping Mui, The Other Dead is destined to be the most talked-about zombie book since The Walking Dead!

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 30, 2013

    This series has a lot of potential and if it is lived up to, IDW will have a real winner on their hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Sep 24, 2013

    The Other Dead has a shot at becoming a well talked about story but I'm afraid for all the wrong reasons. But the book can be more than that and a hell of a lot of fun along the way. The Other Dead hits the shelves at a time when new blood needs to be injected into the zombie genre and they do it with plenty of horror, blood and violence but it's potential is much more than the sum of it's parts. Now that Halloween is officially in the air don't pass on The Other Dead! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Elkin Oct 1, 2013

    The Other Dead is a zombie book, no doubt. But it's a new take on an old trope and, through it's novelty, re-invents the entire genre. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Sep 25, 2013

    Art wise, this book is pretty solid. The pencils are nice and accurate and the inks and shadings are right for the story and create a gloomy and somewhat hostile tone. While this helps convey a feeling it also makes the reader a little uncomfortable. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Florida Geek Scene - ThemightyDarmick Sep 25, 2013

    The short and skinny is that its a neat book, with some good ideas, and well done art. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Sep 25, 2013

    The Other Dead is a fast-paced story that pulls you in from page 1. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Fangoria - Svetlana Fedotov Sep 27, 2013

    That could be because the characters are very much caricatures of real people, with the Satanists sporting mohawks and bad attitudes while the single mothers are over-worked and under-paid. It reads very much as "by the book," but perhaps issue two will bring all that around. The art as well falls just a tad short of being really good. Digger T. Mesch has a unique style which focuses on heavy detail and raunchy imagery, but the anatomy balance is painfully skewed. Angles bow off in odd directions and facial expressions are stiff and unimaginative. Despite this, THE OTHER DEAD is attempting something a lot of comics do not: re-think the zombie mythos. That alone is worth a mention. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Sep 30, 2013

    For whatever reason, the better-known zombie apocalypse stories have largely shied away from the notion of undead animals. "The Other Dead" confronts it head on, but seems to lack the confidence in using that idea to carry it without falling back on so many adolescent-type tricks. The first issue is enjoyable enough based on its central idea, but is hampered by all the distractions meant to enhance it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady Sep 26, 2013

    Theres a random throw in of government officials getting involved. I wont spoil which level of government but Ive no doubt that will be explored further down the road. Im hoping it ends in hilariously horrific results. This feels like a grindhouse-type movie in comic form. Im just not sure if this is the type which Id stay tuned or change the channel. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Entertainment Fuse - Andrew Ziegler Sep 30, 2013

    I have never been so conflicted about a comic book before. Im interested in whats to come while simultaneously not impressed with how they are building up to it. I find the characters to be weak, while I cant help but be excited about the government intervention. Its never good when you can see the creative wheels turning, which I feel I can between Eastman and Ortegas contributions. But still, Im going to stick with this one. For all its weaknesses, its the most interesting and original piece of zombie literature I have read in a very long time. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Sep 28, 2013

    After this issue and all the character setups I'm hoping the introductions are over and I'm holding out hope that future issues will pick up the pace and we'll get into the action. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Samantha Roehrig Sep 25, 2013

    I think the weirdest part about this comic is the fact that Obama may have a huge part in the series. He is on one of the variant covers, which tells me that he will play a key role in the animal zombie attack. Strange! I may check out the next couple of issues just to see what the hell is going on, but doubt I will enjoy them. Like I said, I don't think this type of family is used enough in comics, because some states cultures do seem like a totally other country, but it was a letdown for sure. I guess if you dig zombies and the whole horror showdown between animals and humans then pick this up on behalf of us who can't stand even reading non-fiction about animal torture. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics Crux - Wesley Messer Sep 26, 2013

    You know I've read my share of messy comics, The Other Dead was one that pushed me to the limit. I love a good ridiculous horror movie, I especially enjoy a good horror comedy, but this doesn't serve to be a good anything in either aspect. It's zombified animals that are happening here, but are you trying to be funny or serious? Either way this doesn't work. A good artist will only get you so far, and when I can only find anything to compliment on the art and coloring side, life is taking a weird turn for your comic. The Other Dead was a book that I was curious on, now that my curiosity has been satisfied I am good with never having to read this again. At least I gave it a shot, but sadly it was but a waste of my time. At least Zombified Bambi amused me, at least that will be my take away from The Other Dead. Read Full Review

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