The Toking Dead #2 Misfortune
Jeff Homan and Benjamin Bartlett
Interior by Aaron Bolduc, Cover Design by Steve Lavigne, Cover Ink by Steve Mardo, Cover Color by Steve Lavigne and Aaron Bolduc
Additional Design, Graphics and Layouts by Jeffrey Homan
Here we are Toking Dead fans! Issue #2! Now, if you remember, when we left Duke, Tobi and Piper in issue #1 things were getting intense. There had been some crazy explosion. Zombies were everywhere. The guys had started to mutate and Tobi and Piper had gotten their groove on, even though Piper doesn’t usually go for guys. Piper had also been bitten on the shoulder during an attempt to flee the area and yet, she’s not showing any symptoms of anything.
And now that we are all caught up…
In this issue, the guys and Piper start to figure out that their crop of cannabis is slowing the zombies down. But they are quickly running out of crop. Tobi and Duke are mutating at a slower, albeit unpleasant, rate and Piper seems to be immune for a reason that I am not going to disclose. The zombies are quickly figuring out that our three heroes are holed up in the wreckage of their dispensary. And our heroes are quickly finding out that they are running out of crop.
What happens when the zombies eat all of the crop outside? Will Duke and Tobi become full on zombies? And what’s the deal with Piper? Why isn’t she turning?
You’ll have to get your own copy to find out the answers to these burning questions.
I love this series. Even though the guys are dealing with some corporate asshat suing them for their creativity and trying to stifle their free enterprise, they are still able to find a way to give us the quality comic book we so desire and deserve as fans.
This time, they were able to get the legendary Bill Diamond on board. Plus, the artwork in this issue by Aaron Bolduc is nothing short of spectacular. The colors are gloomier, with a more sinister feel, sharper line work and a bolder presence in general. This is different from issue one where the art was softer and smoother to the eye. This time, it grabs your eyes and shocks the images into retinas.
Bill Diamond also introduces “the Ziffits” which, if you are at all curious, you can get the issue and find out what they are. Because I’m not going to spoil EVERYTHING in this one for you.
As always, Homan and Bartlett give us a great dialogue to go with the depictions of horror being splashed from page to page. Without the writing of this series, we would never TRULY get a solid feel for these individuals as characters and they ARE individuals, each unique in their own way.
I still maintain this is a badass series that is truly sparking a conversation that is long overdue. And here’s why. It is in this issue that they guys start talking about the medicinal effects of marijuana and how it is going to save not only their lives but many others. The genius is that that information is being put into the context of this zombie apocalypse and they need to figure out how to use the medical marijuana to their advantage and fast if they are going to live to tell the rest of this tale.
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