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The Walking Dead Season Three – the story so far

Posted in the walking dead, zombies on 12/11/2012 by vincentstark

The mid-season climax of AMC’s, The Walking Dead has just aired over here in the UK, and what an ending it was, leaving viewers eager for next February when the final six episodes complete the season.

AMC certainly realized the mistakes made from the previous season when the first six or so episodes became bogged down in the, “let’s find Sophia” storyline which alienated fans and found the show losing viewers. However season 2 sprung back to form after the mid season break – this time though the season hit the ground running and never let up, ending with a great climax which saw our favourite rednecks, the Dixon brothers runited.

We also lost several major characters during the first half of the season – T Dog went, as did Lori while new characters were introduced. One of the criticisms aimed at the show is that there is a lack of black characters but the mid season climax episode introduced the character of Tyrese and of course the super sexy Michone is already a firm favorite in the show.And speaking of Michone, she must represent the finest piece of casting ever, the actress really brings the comic book character to life.

Michone is the Boba Fett of the Walking Dead universe. Danai Gurira, the actress playing the role must think I’m a weirdo – every time I see her in costume I can’s help but grin.” Robert Kirkman.

“I get excited seeing women in dire situations transform into what they have to be. It’s about time we saw more characters like Michone.’ Danai Gurira

 

Another huge addition to the cast this season was David Morrissey playing the Governor – a truly evil comic book creation and if his arc follows that of the comic book then he’s gonna’ end season three as a truly hated character. I must admit I was skeptical when the actor was cast in the iconic role but the actor’s made the role his own. And the mid season climax where Michone gouged one of his eyes out was excellent – the Governor had arrived.

So this all leaves us with the award winning Prison/Woodbury arc from the comic book, and it’s anyone’s guess where it goes from here –

Halloween Countdown: The Spandex wearing Undead

Posted in halloween, halloween countdown, halloween movies, marvel zombies, the dead walked, the dead weekend, the undead, the walking dead, vincent stark, walkers walkers everywhere, WALKING DEAD, zombies on 10/27/2012 by vincentstark

Imagine a world where the iconic superheroes are all zombies – it’s made possible because of the Marvel Multiverse. You see there are many different worlds in the multiverse, each of them with a different versions of Marvel’s beloved characters. I’m only a occasional comic book reader so here’s an explanation of the multiverse courtesy of the WIKI –

“Within Marvel Comics, most tales take place within the fictional Marvel Universe, which in turn is part of a larger multiverse. Starting with issues of Captain Britain, the main continuity in which most Marvel storylines take place was designated Earth-616, and the multiverse was established as being protected by Merlyn. Each universe has a Captain Britain designated to protect its version of the British Isles. These protectors are collectively known as the Captain Britain Corps. This numerical notation was continued in the series Excalibur and other titles. Each universe of the Multiverse in Marvel also appears to be defended by a Sorcerer Supreme at nearly all times, appointed by the mystic trinity of Vishanti to defend the world against threats primarily magical in nature from within and beyond and bearing the Eye of Agamotto.”
Sounds complicated but you don’t really need to know any of that to enjoy this graphic novel which collects together the five issue mini series, Marvel Zombies. An introduction gives is some of this background and also explains how the Marvel Zombies mini-series came about. When Mark Miller wrote a Fantastic Four arc set on an alternative world where Marvel heroes and villains had been turned into flesh-eating zombies, Marvel where so taken with the concept that they decided to continue it in other titles. The Walking Dead writer, Robert Kirkman was brought in and the resulting mini-series, collected in this graphic novel, is a truly gruesome horror story with some sick and twisted black humor. It’s also unpredictable and many heroes and villians are killed off in the story. This is a crazy world where Spider-Man hates himself for eating both his wife and Aunt May and Bruce Banner finds that whatever he ate as zombie Hulk quite often bursts through his stomach when he transforms back into zombie Banner.


It’s a crazy concept that works wonderfully and Kirkman brings us much of the same gore filled storytelling that made his Walking Dead title such a success, only this time in vivid full colour art by Sean Phillips. Of course we’ve had many variations of zombies – from the shuffling undead of Romero to the speeded up versions in films such as 28 Days Later, but Marvel here provides us with a new and original take on the genre – zombies with super powers who can also talk and think. It sounds absurd and I guess it is but nevertheless it works perfectly and provides a read you’ll want to chomp down on.

Marvel Zombies is available now as part of the Ultimate Graphic Novel Collection

The Walking Dead: Season 3, episode 2

Posted in the dead walked, the walking dead, zombies on 10/24/2012 by vincentstark

Season three is certainly not suffering from the slow pacing that dragged the first half of the second season to a virtual standstill, and this second episode hit the ground running and didn’t stop until it had played out. Again the emphasis was on Rick and this week we saw him doing things that the Rick of the previous season would never have contemplated – killing Shane has certainly changed our man. In one scene he drives a machete through a prisoners head and in other locks another out in a courtyard to be eaten alive by zombies. Rick, it seems, is tired of the constant wandering and wants to build a safe base for the group of survivors he finds himself in charge with.

 

Of course we know the storyline is leading up to the appearance of the governor and an almighty battle for the prison, and buy am I looking forward to these episodes. The battle for the prison arc provided some of the greatest issues of the comic book and I guess we’re in for some good time.

 

The Walking Dead: Season three opener

Posted in the walking dead, zombies on 10/16/2012 by vincentstark

Apparently the season three opener set a record stateside for the zombie survival series – 10.9 million tuned in across the pond which is tremendous in this day and age – the episode didn’t take any downtime and hit the floor running, even if some of the plot elements seemed rushed. The show started six months after the events at the climax of season three and we get to see Rik and Co comes across the prison – an important sequence in the graphic novels from which the show takes its inspiration, and there is some excellent gore effects as our survivors start to clean up the prison within which they hope to make their homes. Andrea meanwhile has teamed up with Michonne, a samurai sword wielding tough girl who travels with two “pet” zombies attached to her at all times and is suffering from some illness, which I missed the explanation of, that forces them to hold up in a town that is overrun by the undead.

 

An excellent first episode and let’s hope that the prison doesn’t slow the series down in the same way old Hersh’s farm did for the second season – of course we’ve got the Governor coming up this season and his arc in the comics was incredible, so if the makers follow the storyline viewers are in for some shocks this season. For now,at least, things are looking promising after this excellent start to seas0n three.

 

 

Halloween Countdown – the great directors – George A Romero

Posted in george a romero, halloween countdown, halloween movies, night of the living dead, the dead walked, the dead weekend, video nasties, vincent stark, walkers walkers everywhere, WALKING DEAD, zombies on 10/12/2012 by vincentstark

Few directors can claim that they invented a genre but George A. Romero is someone who can make such a wild boast. Sure we had zombie movies, before Romero’s low budget 1968, Night of the Living Dead but Romero completely reinvented the genre and every single zombie movie since owes much,if not all, to the ultra low budget shocker that was, Night of the Living Dead.
Romero’s style was revolutionary – he tackled very real social issues in the form of gruesome entertainment. He followed up Night of the Living Dead with There’s Always Vanilla (1971),  a romantic comedy which the director himself calls, “a total mess.” After that he gave us, The Crazies (1971) which didn’t do well at the box office but has since become a cult classic and was remade 2010. Then he delivered  Jack’s Wife (AKA Season of the Witch) which showed a bored housewife dabbling with the occult. After that we had Martin (1978) which next to the zombie flicks may be Romero’s best movie.

Romero’s has influenced just about anybody who is anybody in the horror field. Stephen King was such a fan that the writer was thrilled to work with Romero on the 1982 anthology movie, Creepshow. But it is for his zombie trilogy – Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead that Romero will be most remembered. He returned to the undead with a fourth zombie movie, Land of the Dead in 2005 and  since then he’s given us Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead, but it is the original living dead trilogy that displays his best and most revolutionary movie-making.

Countdown to Halloween: Free Zombies

Posted in halloween countdown, hammer books, the dead walked, the dead weekend, the walking dead, undead, vincent stark, walkers walkers everywhere, WALKING DEAD, zombie candy, zombies on 10/11/2012 by vincentstark

For two days only the first eBook in the Dead Walked trilogy can be downloaded for free from Amazon.

 

Get Over there and while you’re there pick up the second volume at the low low promotion price.

Vincent Stark, otherwise known as Gary Dobbs, presents a new look at the zombie story. A group of people trying to survive in a world gone nuts. Sound familiar. Of course.But Stark has injected his own elements into the story. A pregnant woman and a plot thread I’ve not seen in a zombie story before. The ending threw a twist in and sets up the next part of the story, coming soon.      Amazon Five Star Review

 

A new kind of zombie saga

Posted in the dead walked, the dead weekend, undead, vincent stark, walkers walkers everywhere, WALKING DEAD, zombies on 09/08/2012 by vincentstark

The first two parts of my zombie trilogy  are out there now. The third and concluding part will be out late October/early November and so maybe now is a good chance to jump in on the saga which is getting positive reviews.

 

Both parts can be found by clicking your relevant region – US      UK

 

The story may, at first seem like your standard zombie apocalypse thriller but there’s so much more to it than that, and the trilogy will take the reader from the ordinary into Necropolis itself.

 

Missy is also having dreams where the dead are talking to her, demanding, and she doesn’t understand what it means.

The author carries this segment of his story into new ground once again. His extremely readable prose has me wondering what he wil come up with in the third installment. I eagerly await it.” Amazon five star review

 

Some said it was viral.
Others claimed it was an act of God.
Either way the result was the same and the dead walked.

The story that started in the bestselling novella, The Dead Walked continues, as Missy and Johnny find themselves having to adjust to life in the land of the dead.

“Hey, if you love zombies (and who doesn’t) this is a fab read. The author is proving a master at several genres, all his novels are well worth reading.”

A story of survival
A story of Destiny
A story of true gut wrenching horror

“Simple but not boring i enjoyed the book more so because of the simplicity.I cannot wait for the next book to find out what happens to Missy,and her odd destiny,Johnny and of course the hybrid demon zombie thing! Is it time for them to die now they are surrounded by hordes of zombies? The worst one being trapped indoors with them? Need to know!” Five star Amazon review

 

Book 3 – Necropolis coming soon