Written by James Mulholland
Art by Daniel Romero
Letters by Micah Meyers
Cover by Daniel Romero & Armand Jasmin
Self-Published by James Mulholland
Release Date: 01/14/2015
This weekend I managed to get a hold of a self-published independent comic titled THE DISEASE, from writer James Mulholland (PROUD). Solicited as a one-shot, the book includes 32 pages of black & white illustrations from Daniel Romero. The Disease tells the story of Gerry, an Irish man who awakens in his attic to find his daughter and grandson missing. Confused and concerned, Gerry wanders out and soon discovers that unknown and unfamiliar inhabitants await him.
My initials thoughts as I started this book were that this was just another take-off on the somewhat overdone zombie genre that we so often see in comics these days. I mean with the black and white, zombies, and deserted town, who wouldn’t think that.
What sets The Disease apart is our protagonist, Gerry. There is something about him that is revealed that makes his character intriguing and gives this story a compelling twist. Sure it has the violence and gore that you would expect from an undead horror tale. It also introduces another character that Mulholland can build more stories around. The art is everything you might expect from a black & white book. It has to be challenging for an artist to capture every detail with no colors, but Romero does well with his dark and gritty images. I was especially impressed with his depiction of the infected.
Ultimately, Gerry steals the show here. One cannot help but sympathize with his condition and hope that we have the opportunity to explore more of the endless possibilities and stories that this series can bring. The Disease can perhaps be described as Memento meets The Walking Dead, and Mulholland has set up a perfect little one-shot with tremendous potential to expand this world set in a small little Irish town. I’m not certain what plans the creative team has (if any) with producing more issues, but the stage has been set.
REVIEW: THE DISEASE (ONE SHOT)
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