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Mike Isenberg recommends Zombillenium #2
Zombillenium Vol. 2 is finally here! When Vol. 1 came out last summer it totally charmed my socks off, so I was very excited to see Vol. 2 on our release slate for this week.
For the uninitiated, Zombillenium is an absolutely gorgeous graphic novel series from French cartoonist and graphic designer Arthur de Pins. The story centers on a “spooky” themed amusement park, the eponymous Zombillenium, and its highly unusual staff. Park guests are wowed by the zombie make-up, ghostly special-effects, and monster costumes; little do they know that everything in the park is real. After all, why use make-up when you can employ the legitimately undead?
If the set-up sounds a bit hammy, trust me when I say that de Pins’s superb execution lets this book soar high above its premise. The characters are delightful, the writing is snappy and very funny (though you may have to excuse the occasional awkward translation), and did I mention that the art is absolutely gorgeous? Each page was created digitally using Adobe Illustrator and the result is a distinctive, crisp, cartoony style that looks like no other book out there. The characters are all lively and dynamic, the colors all pop; really I could just stare at this book for hours.
Volume 1 introduced us to the characters and the park, while management dealt with declining sales and a labor dispute with the Zombies Union. This new volume keeps the focus on the running of the park, which is now having some trouble with the locals. Employing thousands of undead, while the nearby area suffers double-digit unemployment for the living, will tend to ruffle some feathers. When a couple of local villagers enact a plan to infiltrate and sabotage the park, they’ll find more than they bargained for beneath the rides and cotton-candy machines.
I really can’t recommend this book highly enough. It’s light-hearted with a distinctly dark edge; the characters are charming, the dialogue is witty, and the artwork is stunning. Go check it out!