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28 DAYS LATER: GANGWAR
Vol. 4 (BOOM! Studios) is an action-packed combo of horror and survival.
Selena, the tough-as-nails heroine from Danny Boyle’s film, 28 DAYS LATER, is
still trying to survive on her own in the zombie apocalypse. She has trained
herself nonstop to battle against the infected. As society crumbles, the last
remaining inhabitants of Great Britain are becoming monsters themselves. With
so much well-written characterization and compelling artwork, this trade
paperback deserves your attention.
Due to such heavy losses
in her past, Selena’s tough exterior has slowly become a heavy burden on her
shoulders. Leaving people behind has become far too easy for her. To live
another day, abandoning others became the best option for survival. Because
Selena has lived such a lonely lifestyle, it’s still her against the entire
Selena belongs to a small
crew, but she doesn’t want to become too close to them. She’s afraid the two survivors
will just slow her down. With his vision impaired, Derrick finds himself at a
disadvantage with Selena. If he doesn’t show his usefulness while blind, Selena
will coldheartedly leave him stranded. Clint is an American journalist, who is
still writing about how the infection has spread. He only wants to deliver a
message to the masses, which will change everything.
During their journey, the
group witnesses the worst in humanity. Across bridges, dead bodies are strung
up from ropes for all to see. For cruel and twisted fun, prisoners are put into
a cage for display. The captive is locked inside the cage and has to stay alive
until sunrise, while the infected swarm around the cell.
With no government in
control, the street gangs have taken control of Great Britain. King Dixon was a
drug-dealing, murdering gangster before the infection. Dixon calls himself a
ruler because he keeps his entire crew safe and well-fed. With gang riots
erupting and the infected wandering the streets, Selena may not be able to walk
out of this situation unscathed.
Author Michael Alan
Nelson keeps the suspenseful plot moving at high speed. Overall, Nelson
successfully manages to keep creator Andrew Garland’s theme of the unbreakable
human spirit. Derrick is running purely on faith alone. With America safe from
the infection, he becomes this beacon of unlimited hope while everything else
is falling apart.
The artwork by Alejandro
Aragon adds much intensity to the pages. The highlight of these illustrations
is definitely the train heist. In order to reach London, Selena and her crew
have to hijack a train, which is crawling with the infected. Selena chops her
way through the horde with her machete, cutting off limbs into the air.
28 DAYS LATER: GANGWAR
VOL. 4 returns fan-favorite Selena, as she goes up against another round with
the infected. The 28 DAYS LATER franchise is taken to a new level here, where
characters are making sacrifices they never thought possible. The only thing
missing is the song from the film, “East Hastings” by Godspeed You! Black
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