Self Storage #4 Review
Writers: Clay Mcloed Chapman
Artists: Matt Timson
Covers: Matt Timson
Publisher: 451 Media Group
Who says that the zombie trend is dead? Most would suggest that the whole flesh-eating living dead fad has run its course. All the best zombie stories have already been told by George Romero and with the success of the Walking Dead, there’s really nothing left for this horror sub genre. Well after reading Self Storage, I can say that Zombies are still alive and kicking and still eating brains.
Self Storage spins a different twist on the zombie myth and takes a humorous and unconventional take on the walking corpses tale. It follows a down on his luck redneck named Chris who purchases storage units through auction and makes a living selling the valuables inside. Things turn awry when he buys a unit containing a zombie, thus kicking off this weird and mysterious horror tale.
The story line is entertaining and paced very well. Each issue ends with a cliffhanger leaving the reader eagerly waiting for the next installment. There are some very funny moments in this comic that gives Self Storage a horror comedy feel. It reminds me of Shaun of the Dead crossed with Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. The various characters are enjoyable and add to the wacky humor and the public storage facility makes for an eerie setting with its long dark hallway mazes. When the door of each shed is slowly opened, it gives the story some added suspense.
Issue #4 is a particularly good entry in this series. It has an excellent mixture of horror and humor and there are some intense moments as well. This issue also gave me probably the biggest shock since reading Walking Dead 100. It up the ante and brought this book to a higher level that will definitely hook the reader.
Self Storage also benefits from some very choice artwork. The lines are clean and details the action and gore, as well as gives the characters distinct facial expressions. The only thing I feel is lacking is that this comic is in black and white. I would love to see this in color to better appreciate the gorier moments of splatter. However, this comic still looks very well in black and white, and it almost gives a nod to the original Night of the Living Dead.
Of course no good zombie story is complete without the required sociopolitical commentary. And Self Storage does a great job drawing parallels between the undead and the things we don’t throw away. The idea that a storage unit is packed full of things we don’t let go of reflects the zombie theme of death and fear of change and needing to move past grief. Like Romero’s dead flicks, which commented on racism and consumer culture, Self Storage isn’t just all about corpses that feast on flesh. There’s a lot of depth within those blood and guts. That’s what makes Self Storage such an entertaining read.
Overall, this book is very entertaining and fun. Self Storage gives a fresh take on the zombie trend and spins new ideas and themes on the genre. The story is paced very well and is full of equal parts comedy, suspense and gore. The black and white art is very detailed and clean, it may look a little like a Walking Dead knock off but it still gives the comic a creepy feel. Self Storage proves that with a fresh idea and a good plot, a played out genre can be kept alive with originality and fun. It just goes to show that zombies just won’t stay dead. Pun intended.
Writing: 10 /10