Review by From the Booth‘s own Ken
You probably only know the publisher Zenescope as the company that puts out that fairy tale book that isn’t Fables where all the girls are wearing things that would make the good folks at Fredrick’s of Hollywood blush. I admit, before reading this book, that’s what I thought too. It’d be easy to write off The Waking since the title is so close to The Walking Dead which is a much more popular series about zombies but that would be a mistake.
Raven Gregory is best known for being the writer of the Wonderland trilogy while Vic Drujiniu contributed artwork for a number of Zenescope works from Grimm Fairy Tales to Tales From Wonderland.
The Waking follows four homicide detectives who learn that the victims of the crimes that they are investigating are rising from the dead to avenge their own deaths. At the center of the mystery is a man who has his young daughter chained up and locked in a closet. Reminiscent of the Little Sisters in the video game Bioshock, the little girl begs her father in an unearthly voice to let her free. As more and more victims start to awaken and seek their own vengeance, the city soon starts to become overrun.
As a four issue mini, this story works great as a short tale in the style of Tales from the Crypt or The Twilight Zone. The art is fantastic with a little gratuitous T&A to remind you that you are reading a Zenescope book. The cover gallery in the back of the trade would be more at home behind a beaded curtain than on a shelf in a comic store. Definitely not suitable for younger readers.