The Living Corpse #1

CoverDec 2007 | Zenescope

Writing: Ken Haeser | Buz Hasson
Art: Ken Haeser | Buz Hasson
Letters: Ken Haeser
Cover: Andrew Mangum | Josh Medors | Buz Hasson

Down Among The Dead

The Living Corpse takes down a lycanthrope, enjoys some brains thanks to his obsessed goth friend Lilith a morgue worker, and gets a bit of a lecture from a demonic friend. Meanwhile, it seems the FBI may be looking for him.

I started Thulhuween with a vampire; I thought to follow it up with a heroic zombie. Why not? This is a short little tale that ran for 8 issues. I’m missing issue #0 which is why I started with #1. I picked it up a few years back during a deal my former LCS had in which you could fill a long box with comics and get each book for $1. I did this several times giving me a lot of random stuff that I’ve not read to this day. Sadly, that LCS is no more. Thulhuween was a good excuse to break into the boxes and dig out some horror titles.

Getting on with things, I rather liked this issue. The art is a bit to webcomic-like for me, at least how Lilith appears. I expected the usual Zenescope art that Grimm Fairy Tales and many of their other horror titles have spoilt me. That isn’t to say it’s terrible; I just expected something different. By the end of the issue, I was just fine with things.

Lilith is an interesting character. Of course a goth girl would work for a morgue and bring her zombie friend brains. What other arrangement could there be? Part of me isn’t too happy with this the same way you see other undead paired conveniently with workers in a field which benefits them. Perhaps it’s just because I’ve seen it too much. Oh, well. It is what it is and if that’s the only possible gripe I have, then this book is doing really good. I can get over that.

The writing is very good and it moves a long at a good pace. I’m already looking forward to the next issue and learning more about why that FBI agent is so obsessed with undead beyond that he was there at ground zero. I half expect some family connection and I hope that’s not the case. I’m tired of that storyline, too. It’s not a bad book, overall-certainly not ground-breaking or important in any way, but it’s entertaining in a way light horror splashed with humour can be. We’ll just have to see how it holds up in the next issue.

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