Dandy Don the Valiant Review: DEAD DAY #1- A New Holiday!
DEAD DAY #1
Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Evgeniy Bornyakov
Cover Artist: Andy Clarke
Publisher: Aftershock Comics
Oh, hey, Mom. I just got through reading a new series by Aftershock Comics titled, Dead Day #1. No, it’s not a military series. Why would you ask that? No, I said Dead Day, not D-Day. But I must say, there WAS an invasion, of sorts, in this issue. And they were dead BEFORE they even arrived! I guess you could say they were D.O.A. Dead on arrival. What? It’s funny. No, I’m not saying that being dead is funny. No, I’m not a morbid person. NO, I’M NOT! Geesh! Sorry about that, OG peeps. Now, let’s get to this week’s Dandy Don the Valiant’s weekly review.
First off, let me say that Dead Day #1 by Aftershock Comics is not your typical zombie issue. There IS a twist and writer Ryan Parrot makes it work. Dead Day is a rare occurrence that happens all around the world. It starts at sunset and ends at sunrise. Although this happens all around the world, this story starts out in Pewter Falls, USA (at least I’m assuming it takes place in the good ole U.S. of A.). At this point in history, Dead Day, which is considered a “new holiday,” is about to happen for the fourth time. It is not a yearly holiday and it doesn’t mention how many years pass between each one. One of the characters, Melissa Haskins, even comments to her young daughter that she didn’t have Dead Day when she was her age. She claims it happens because of “the moon or the stars or something,” but no one knows exactly why; except for maybe the Revivalists. We don’t know anything about this group yet, but it will be interesting to see if they are considered good guys or bad guys.
So, what is Dead Day? The cemeteries open up and the dead get to roam around free to do whatever they want. Some come back to reunite with family and friends, some come back to cause damage, while others come back for revenge. There are so many possible story lines that can come out of this premise and I’m looking forward to seeing how it all develops. This has so much potential. I’m hoping this series runs for a very long time. Move over Walking Dead!
Ryan Parrot has laid out a course that can go many different directions and will keep the reader guessing each and every issue. Evgeniy Bornyakov brings his own brand of art to the table that works perfectly for this type of story. For me personally, this could surpass Dark Ark as my favorite Aftershock series. Don’t let me down, Ryan!
Why are you wearing that tie-dye shirt, Mom? No, Mom, Dead Day is not a new holiday for the Grateful Dead. Oh, boy.