Writer: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Declan Shalvey and Alejandro Aragon
*Warning: These are graphic with the violence and scary. What I’m trying to say is these aren’t bedtime stories for anyone under the age of 14.
So, this is a 24 part series that follows Selena, from 28 Days Later, who is still fighting to survive. The story is divided into 6 books with very specific themes. I have a soft spot for this series and world for many, many reasons. First and foremost Selena is one of my favorite women of all time. (She’s right up there with Buffy. ) When I stumbled upon this series three years ago at Comic Con and got a chance to chat with the writer (Michael) I was beyond excited. (I did wait to buy all the books until it was finished though. I knew I couldn’t handle the stress of having to wait for each issue.)
Now, I should be upfront with the fact that I HATED 28 Weeks Later. Hated it. I felt like they took something I loved and bastardized it. I could go on and on about this forever but I won’t. Anywho, when I voiced my dislike for the sequel-that-shall-not-be-named to Michael, he got it. As we continued to chat he explained how he approached the story and how it tied into both films. Most importantly, that this series would let me know what happened to the survives from the first film. YAY!
Fast forward three years and I’m finally able to get my hands on all 6 books so I can read. Not only does this story not disappoint, it fixes things I let slide in the first film bc I loved it so. (Hello FACE MASKS) There are so many thing these books cover. Selena only gets more complex as we get flashbacks to her life before the outbreak. She’s still strong and brave but doesn’t lose all her emotions, which makes me love her even more. Not to mention there are truly terrifying scenes in there. I’m looking at you, mannequin. The series also delves more into social breakdown and what becomes of the new law for those left behind. There is death, and I cried no less than 3 times while reading. (I am a baby though.) We get to see what the rest of the world was doing AND we get a fitting resolution.
It’s hard to not spoil things I really want to flail about. Just trust me and read it. What I can say is *this* is the sequel I was expecting and wanted. The art is dark and rough but I find it fitting with the story. As far as I’m concerned this is the sequel and the other movie never happened.