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"Zom 100: Volume 1 – Bucket List of the Dead" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by VIZ Media

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Written by Haro Aso
Illustrated by Kotaro Takata
2021, 160 Pages
Graphic novel released on February 16th, 2021

Review:

You know your job sucks when a zombie apocalypse is a refreshing change of pace. That's the feeling Akira Tendo is experiencing. After spending day after day at a soul-crushing job that turns him into a metaphorical zombie, he suddenly finds himself with all this free time on his hands when the dead start to walk the earth. He doesn't have a tyrannical boss yelling at him. He doesn't have stressful deadlines. He can do whatever he wants...so long as he avoids the zombies.

Zom 100 is hilarious. The horror element is the catalyst for change in Akira's life. Instead of acting like a soldier and preparing for combat, he's cleaning his apartment and making a list of things he never got to do because of his demanding job. For the first time since his career started, he can do stuff just for him.

Artist Kotaro Takata shows this as a marked change. Akira goes from a dreary, depressed individual to a bright-eyed excited young man. When the book opens, he looks like a zombie with huge bags under his eyes and a depressed look on his face. This job is killing him.

Akira's mimicking of the undead is nothing compared to their actual form. Takata makes them look every bit as menacing and dangerous. Some look like their flesh is melting. They're also shown with a different texture, like they're darker than the rest of the book. The zombies are always present, however they're almost an afterthought to Akira as he embraces life for the first time in ages.

As Akira goes through his list, he tries to reconnect with old friends and find romance. Some of these elements feel shoehorned in out of nowhere, particularly the friend angle. Akira never mentions this guy and suddenly there's a whole chapter about going to see him like it's the most important thing he can do. Writer Haro Aso fills this in pretty quickly though, and I understand that you can't put everything in the opening salvo.

The list presents a nice setup for the series. Akira will presumably go through it to check everything off. No time like a zombie apocalypse to accomplish all your life goals. We don't really see how he navigates the zombie-filled streets or if he can even fight back the undead, however none of that matters in the context of Zom 100. It's a fun, humorous take on the zombie genre. It takes tropes familiar to cheesy comedy movies and puts them on the backdrop of a horror film.

Grades:

Story: fourandahalfstars Cover
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Art: fourandahalfstars
Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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