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So 28 Days Later: The Aftermath will never stand shoulder to shoulder with great achievements in Graphic Novels, but it does what it does very well and helps flesh out the backstory of the first film, while setting up the second.

Warning - here be spoilers.

4 separate stories are told. The first takes place a week or so before the first film, and details the backstory of the scientists developing the Rage Virus, culminating in one of them quitting the project and phoning the activists who break into the lab.

The second story sees a family on an idyllic sunny afternoon, enjoying a picnic near Cambridge, when their youngest son gets attacked by one of the monkeys that escaped the lab. I didn't really like the story because the family wasn't typically depicted - they were rough, they swear, they're by no means victims. I just couldn't emotionally connect with their tragedy because of it. It there is no threat due to their weakness either physically or emotioanlly, it is hard to buy into their tale. But the cool thing is that it shows their escape as they follow the ambulance carrying their infected son into London, and of course you know what happens. Their story is like the opening of the Dawn Of The Dead remake crossed with the car escape sequence in Children Of Men. It has that kind of vibe.

We see them form a plan of escape, and the parents make the ultimate sacrifice at the end to help their remaining kids get away.

The third story is kind of fun. A newspaper shop owner becomes a Rambo-esque vigilante, arming himself to the teeth, right in the middle of the outbreak. He's the one that discovers that the Infected are attracted to the smell of the uninfected. He claims London as his turf, and actually fights it out with another survivor on a similar mission.

His story ends with the British jets flying over London that you see at the end of 28 Days Later.

The fourth story, of course, has the scientist, the two kids and the vigilante meeting up in a military compound. It doesn't take long for them to figure out that they are being kept for nefarious reasons, so they formulate an escape plan, which sees one of the kids die and the girl take out the scientist is revenge - not before he tells her that the virus can mutate again, thus setting up the second film.

As I said, it's not the greatest thing you'll ever read, but it does what it does. It bridges the films and fleshes out the backstory. It was kind of cool to see what other people besides Jim were up to while 28 Days Later was going on.

It didn't have enough, "That was cool" moments, but the stories were solid and grounded in the reality that the film created, the dialogue and atmosphere was remarkably similar, and the artists involved in each of the stories do a solid job - particularly the 4th story involving the compound.

So there you have it. Anyone else read it?
 

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anyone ever read this really great comic book?
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it is absolutely brilliant.
Alan Moore is a top notch writer and I always loved dave gibbons style.

There is a movie in the making but I think this one deserves a million dollar budget mini series... not less!
 

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^ Anyone ever read Watchmen?

Isn't that like asking Madonna if she ever sucked a lot of dick in the 90's?

Hell YES I've read it - multiple times. I love what it did for the genre, and really made the medium into an adult art form.

My only gripe is that the ending really, really, sucks.

Alan Moore is touch and go, as is with most geniuses...I almost prefer "From Hell" more than Watchmen. Weird, eh?
 

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yeah weird... he was also great with many swamp thing storylines...
 

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Yeah, he's great...

I was marginally interested in 'Lost Girls' until I saw some of the art and realized I'd never be able to watch the Wizard of Oz again without getting a boner, so I passed.

I'll wait for the new League this year...
 

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Getting a boner watching the wizard of Oz?

That?s like being turned on by watching Dick van Dyke kissing Mary Poppins!!!!!!
 

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Heinrich said:
Getting a boner watching the wizard of Oz?

That?s like being turned on by watching Dick van Dyke kissing Mary Poppins!!!!!!

Dude, have you seen the subject material of Lost Girls?

Like, Wendy from Peter Pan, Dorothy from...Kansas and Alice from...Wonderland all have a lesbian relationship.

The graphic novel essentially carries the metaphor of the perceived sexual awakenings in the original texts and carries them one step further.

On the surface, it's pornography. Beneath the surface, it's an exploration of the subversive subtext from classic children's literature.

I mean, you do the math. Click on the tumbnail for the full NSFW image.



I ws initially interested because it's Alan Moore, but then I read a review that said that the two little boys from Peter Pan have a gay experience, and I was completely disgusted and opposed to that, because they're children. Bad news, if you ask me.
 

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??h!!!! I see what you mean. ok. I like Alan moore but I do not want him to piss on my childhood memories...

I guess you don?t have to read every comic book out there... even if it?s a moore...

:eek:
 

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Heinrich said:
??h!!!! I see what you mean. ok. I like Alan moore but I do not want him to piss on my childhood memories...

I guess you don?t have to read every comic book out there... even if it?s a moore...

:eek:

Word.

Some things should just be left subversed.
 

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probably you don't know this... Im not sure if it was translated to other languages

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there are a lot good polish comic books.....;)
 

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is that masterchief helmet?
 

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.....this comic book is from 1979..... and...hold your chair..........it is mix of s-f and bible.....really cool stuff........
 

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sci-fi is just a reinterpretation of the bible

kinda like how god made the earth look really old on purpose.
 

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The bible is full of stories on UFO encounters, foreign technology and Aliens. You just have to read between the lines... :)

My favorite comic, that I hope somebody will make into a movie are the sandman books by Neil Geiman. they're just amazing!

I don't have a lot of comics myself, since the libraries in here have a very big collection of comics. The pride of my comic collection are two comic books of Elric: Elric of Melnibone and Elric - Sailor on the seas of fate.
I just love Michael Moorcock's books
 

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Simba7 said:
My favorite comic, that I hope somebody will make into a movie are the sandman books by Neil Geiman. they're just amazing!

you speak from the bottom of my heart. I would even more like ?the sandman? to be a high class, big budget tv show for let?s say three to four seasons...

I would give my left arm for this show...
 

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Heinrich, Stardust, the movie I saw a few days ago, is based on a novel written by Neil Gaiman. It was a really good family movie, I think you'll enjoy watching it. I did.
 

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Thanks simba i?m looking forward to see it but i think i wait for the dvd release.

I?m eager to see this one:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0327597/


It?s a really great thing that one of the finest authors of our time was finally discovered for the big picture.

They should stick to this idea. I?ve got a shelve full of his fine comic books. all worthy to be put into a film. what about ?violent cases? or (after the sandman show) ?Death: the high cost of living? or ?The books of Magic? or ?Black Orchid?....?
 

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Yeah, I liked the books of Magic too. but I found only two of them in the library. How many are there?
 

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considering the success of Stardust (which is absolutely fantastic btw, if you're a gaiman fan go see it, go see it, go see it now!!!!!) and how popular comic book adaptations are at the moment i wouldn't be at all surprised to see sandman turn up in the cinemas.

although im really waiting for 'The Invisibles' not that its that likely to be picked up :(
 
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