The Zombie Hunters

The Zombie Hunters

Jenny Romanchuk

9 chapters, 246 pages

Updates regularly

ZOMBIES!

Yeah, we all love them. No, don’t even try to say you don’t. Don’t think about it for a god damn second. You love zombies. Whether it’s the Night of the Living Dead shufflers or the Left 4 Dead intelligent mutators, popular culture is filled with zombies of every shape and form. The backstories vary as well, from “Oh noes a necromancer” to “Oh noes a virus” to “Oh noes… hell screw the plot, let me shoot something!” (see most modern horror movies for reference to this case). And, of course, they’re oh so much fun to kill in interesting ways.

Enter The Zombie Hunters. The hunters mentioned in the title are a group of people who have been infected with the virus that would turn them into zombies, but still retain their human form and minds. The best way to describe them would be “carriers”, but they have the potential to turn. Their jobs, since they are already infected, is to go out into the zombie-filled cities and scavenge supplies for themselves and the uninfected civilians that are kept in the military safe zones. It’s all degrees of thrilling heroics while they go hunting, plus decent story to keep you reading in the interim.

The backstory is pretty well developed, with detailed descriptions of the setting, virus, characters, and types of zombies available to read. Actually, the zombie types are pretty cool, they are all quite different (although you can definitely see the inspiration of L4D) and include the Hunter, Basilisk, Spitter, Berserker, and so on. They all have different personality and physical traits, and some include the ability to learn from their experiences. It’s all quite developed. And, like I said, the interpersonal exposition that always goes on between the violence in these kinds of stories is interesting enough that you won’t get bored halfway through.

The art is detailed and bloody. Almost every zombie is soaked with blood and featuring some horrific injury ranging from complex fractures to acid-burned limbs, all rendered in wonderful detail, as it should be. Put the kids to bed, folks. The characters are fairly well-drawn and the background detailed, and everything is well-colored (including the pestilent blood, I like, I like). The comic is set up in graphic novel form, so you might have to skip through the credits at the outset but it’s a small price to pay.

I highly recommend this to anyone who likes violence, or blood, or gore. Aka to everyone.

Don’t even try to deny it.

Oh, and ZOMBIES!

Questionable Content

Questionable Content

Author: Jeph Jacques

2003-2010

Updates daily

If you are reading this, you have probably already heard of Questionable Content, as it is one of the most popular comics on the net. This comic is what really kicked off my love of webcomics, and everything that came with it.

The plot mainly revolves around the main character, Marten, a indie guy with not a lot to do. The comic itself acts as a “slice of life”, following him as he goes about his day and interacts with his friends. Save the AnthroPCs (read: robots), the comic sticks to a realistic world without delving into too much fantasy. From his troubled roommate Faye to the owner of the backdrop coffeeshop Dora, to the OCD Hannelore to a million other characters, they manage to work in a lot of people without bearing down on one person. Or, of course, making them meaningless.

The story has something of an overreaching arc, but it is mostly broken up with humorous dailies and side-stories that keep it from getting too dramatic. There are periods where it will drag back into drama, but it is done in a way that allows for the plot to advance without taking too much away from the humor.

The drawing style is mature and simple, and not overly complex. It isn’t going to be featured in the Louvre anytime soon, but it is enough to add to the comic without being overbearing. The characters are well-rendered, and the backgrounds are complex and interesting.

(Again, remember that this is based in the modern day. Back in 2003, Jacques’ art style wasn’t as, shall we say, “evolved”. However, it has drastically improved)

The plot is extraordinarily well done, with a good underlying plot being broken up with funny tidbits and interesting sidestories. It makes you care about what actually happens to the characters. Like I said, the story does sometimes delve into the drama a little heavier than some may want, but it does add to the story overall. It also does not require a lot of background information into the life of an indie man, while they may sometimes go on sprees of music-naming, the line is usually drawn there, and even then it is done for humor. Overall, a very funny and very creative plot.

Jacques has developed a large variety of characters over the years, whether they are major, dynamic characters or simple one-timers. They always turn out good. Truly, there are no truly one-faced characters, as most either go through a change of some sort, or simply are taken out after they fulfill the role that they were meant to play. And, of course, there are the recurring ones such as a trucker-porn novel writer and the parents of the main cast, all of whom have “interesting” lives.

In conclusion, go read QC. Really. Like, right now. It’s fantastic. And keep back for another review!