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Reviewed by Marc Mason

Random new stuff that came across my desk…

NBM delivers another lovely Euro-sized graphic album with ZOMBILLENIUM by writer/artist Arthur de Pins. The setup is a corker: a man named Aurelian, upon discovering that his wife is cheating on him, decides to rob a bar. It does not go well, and it only gets worse when he steps out into the street and gets run over by a car. The occupants of the car just happen to be a vampire and a werewolf, and they both bite him to resuscitate him. Now confused, and turning into a supernatural creature, Aurelian winds up working at a theme park with a dedicated horror theme. Strangeness, oddities, death, love, vengeance, and a lot of confusion follow. ZOMBILLENIUM is a hoot from start to finish, with funny situations, great characters, witty dialogue, and art that is utterly gorgeous. de Pins drew the entire thing in Adobe Illustrator, and the large format the book is printed in really enhances the work. This is the usual great-looking package from NBM, and it does a stellar job of introducing another French superstar to North American readers.

The latest book from Graphic Classics is NATIVE AMERICAN CLASSICS. This volume delivers adaptations of work from some of America’s earliest native writers, and as usual, the book is a pretty solid package. The talent involved is very good, including folks like Toby Cypress, Afua Richardson, Terry LaBan, and Tim Truman. And unlike some of the earlier volumes, the best material here is the poetry. Not only is the original work really good, the artists illustrating the background for those words turn in some seriously incredible efforts. David Kanietakeron Fadden’s piece for James Harris Guy’s “The White Man Wants the Indians’ Home” is frame-worthy. Twenty-four volumes in and going strong, the Graphic Classics line has proven time and again that it has the goods. Always worth a look.

A bizarre beast lumbers out of the woods, his presence causing an accident that sends a school bus over a cliff. A speechless boy communicates with the beast, saving himself and his classmates. Suddenly, the world around the young boy is opening wide, his secret ability to communicate with creatures beyond our ken now known. That is the tale at the heart of Erik T. Johnson’s THE OUTLIERS #1, a gorgeous new effort that will see distribution from Alternative Comics in August. The story is intriguing, sure, but Johnson’s art is the real star here. His use of shadow is terrific, and by sticking to only one color on the page, he gives the work a mood that is palpable on the page. He also does an excellent job with detail on the page, giving the book more of a heft than you might expect. I was really impressed with the overall package here.


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