REVIEW: Uproar Comics Zombies Hi! #6

Zombies Hi! #6


Written by: Danny McLaughlin, Mike Lynch, Stephen Heron & James Chamberlain
Art: Ruairi Coleman, Kevin Logue, Shaun Whorisky, Anthony O’Neill & Alfie Gallagher
Published by: Uproar Comics
REVIEW WITH SOME SPOILERS: The newest issue of Uproar Comics flagship title has landed and is chock full of talking points. Continuing the main tale and combined with a great text piece and two back up stories, the issue may have surpassed all that has come so far and be regarded as the best yet.
The opening story makes a statement of intent for the future in quite an innovative way. The book opens the same as all previous issues with a black and white page only to follow on the very next page as the opening panels bleed into colour and colour is the way of the future. There really couldn’t be a better way to announce the movement than in how it was done here.
What I particularly like about Zombies Hi! Is the high level of intrigue that is injected and one of those plot points that I found most enticing raised its head in this issue. In a previous issue one zombie stood out from the rest when it was seen to have pupils where the others didn’t. He roared at a different pitch than the others and seemed a little more together than the others. It was a great scene in the story so far and something new to any zombie story I can ever remember reading. If you take arguably the standard bearer in zombie stories, The Walking Dead, my one complaint about that book is that there is no investigation into the zombies themselves and after years of that book I find that the human story is getting a bit heavy. Whereas over in Ireland with Zombies Hi! there is a scene in issue six where one of the zombies is shocked with a taser and if I get a bit sciency for a second, I’d imagine that the electric shock jolted something in its brain and whatever cloud that the zombie was walking around in cleared for a bit and we see its eyes clear. That scene is the standout scene in that story and that’s not to ignore the wide ranging implications of aUS military helicopter that was discovered buried in the side of a building by the gang of survivors. There is so much I want to know about the reasons behind the plague and so far it appears that the writers are intent on rolling out the story in a manner that most entices readers and I am long for the ride.
The main story features the incredible art of Ruairi Coleman whose style is very easy on the eye and full of depth. Able to convey a wide range of emotions on the characters faces and be a very kinetic artist, he is one of the most noteworthy artistic discoveries of the year.
This issue also sees a story written by Mike Lynch and drawn by ICN Noodler Anthony O’Neill. The story was very strong giving further insight into the situation worldwide and specifically the developing situation in the US. The story has a nice hook involving a heist that ties in nicely with the aforementioned US situation. O’Neill’s art plays nice with the colouring and he brings a claustrophobic feel to the piece with his great take on the zombie hoards in pursuit. After seeing O’Neill’s art almost solely confined to pin ups to this stage it is cool to see him finally published.
The third illustrated piece comes from a script from Stephen Heron and art by Alfie Gallagher with additional art by Shaun Whorisky. Off the bat what caught my eye was the art. It is beautiful! A great flow and ease to the story that melded wonderfully with a very entertaining tale. A fantastic bookend.
Apart from the illustrated pieces there was a text piece which is usual for the title and are always great additions to the piece and something that marks out the book from other books as they have embraced more than one method of telling a zombie tale. This one called ‘The Third Van’ is written by James Chamberlain. I’d like to read more from this guy as the piece was a surprisingly quick read but a wholly enthralling piece.
This issue is I feel the best yet. It offered some of the best storytelling and art I have seen yet and the move to colour was a definite win. As the book rolls on, you can only see things getting better with the rock solid foundation already laid. Great stuff.