I was born and raised a horror fan just outside of Pittsburgh, PA so I grew up with more than my fair share of George A. Romero influence. I was younger than I probably should have been the first time I saw Night of the Living Dead and a thousand other horror films and Romero’s zombie movies always gave me the smart, scary, gory, well-crafted horror fix that I needed. Every so often, I read a book or a comic that does the same thing - ’68, Vol. 1: Better Run Through The Jungle did just that.
I’ve seen Nat Jones around comic and horror shows for years now and his penchant for horror has always impressed me but with ’68, he’s outstanding. Although the book does break my cardinal rule about eye-catching panels in the lower right of a spread, Jones’ panel layout, comical but gritty character design and his grizzled inking really references filmic horror but also makes it his own.
As I said, ’68 is a lot of gore-fun and it definitely stands on the shoulders of giants. But in this horde of zombie novels, movies, and comics, does it really bring something new to the horror sub-genre? I’m not really sure. While I really enjoyed the book, whether I pick the next trade up really depends on my need for a zombie-fix at the moment.