Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Extinction Parade Volume 2: War – review

Author: Max Brooks

Illustrations: Raulo Caceres

First Published: 2014

Contains spoilers

The blurb: New York Times bestselling author Max Brooks returns to the frightening world of zombies versus vampires in his groundbreaking follow up series: Extinction Parade! The subdead were always a joke to the aristocratic vampire race. But now the human race is facing extinction and should they succumb, so too shall the vampires disappear beneath the waves of rotting walking dead! Now the vampire race has mobilized ...but is it too late?

The review: I really enjoyed the Extinction Parade Volume 1, which told the story of the zombie apocalypse through the eyes of the arrogant, disconnected vampires.

As we go into volume 2 the apocalypse continues apace, the subdead (zombies) have become an endless stream (or parade) and solbreeders (humans) look to be facing extinction. We remain with vampires Laila and Vrauwe as they spend night after night destroying subdead and avoiding contamination from their poisonous fluids.

Except that really is about it for the volume. A stream of zombies and vampires killing them, remembering that the subdead do not even register that the vampires are there so the fight is absolutely one-sided. There is an evolutionary aspect to this. Vampire Adilah joins the other two and shows them her new ballet like martial art she uses, then they meet a group with melee weapons and use them, then they get guns and eventually join a vampire army with fire arms – though the vampires miss key fact and strategy due to their continuing arrogance.

But it feels repetitive, as though there was a lull in ideas. The art is still wonderful but the story did not engage as much as volume 1. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t like to see where this ultimately goes – I would. Unfortunately I cannot see that a third season was ever done.

For volume 2, however, 6 out of 10 – dropping marks from volume 1 due to repetition. However many thanks to David for purchasing this as a present for me – greatly appreciated.

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In Paperback @ Amazon UK

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