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Comic Review: FTN reviews Rented to the Dead #1 reissue

January 20th, 2016 by Dave Bowling Comments


Writer/Artist: Phil Buckenham
Publisher: Robot-Zombie Comics

You know what it’s like.

You’re working in a run-down video rental store. All your competitors have been killed stone dead by Netflix and Amazon Prime and you know you’re next. What’s worse, not only has your girlfriend broken up with you and moved in with her new boyfriend, you have to work with her. And just when things seem like they can’t possibly get worse, that outbreak of a ‘mystery virus’ turns out to be the rising of the undead. This always happens when you’re called into work on your day off…

Welcome to Steve’s life. Truth be told, he’s had better days. However, that’s no excuse for the rest of us to not enjoy the fun of the undead shuffling into British cities and taking on a gang of unprepared twentysomething drifters. And it is enjoyable. Buckenham’s artwork is great and the dialogue rather quickly points out how the high street seems to be dying faster than the population of Raccoon City. The only criticism I have of this reissue of #1 is that it’s primarily all scene-setting and rather light on the walking corpses. However, I’m already looking forward to getting my sticky mitts on the next issue and seeing where he takes it from here.

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4/5 Nerds

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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...