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Brave Murdo, he know the survivors would probably kill Math after all this.
If the zombies were supposed to ignore the humans why did they kill Jimmy, self defense? why did he kill his mom then after he was infected?
Murdo deserves (and probably got when he was in the service) several medals.
I almost hope that he is the rumored (spoiler!) last living descendant of TFZ – the pride that his (great?) grandson is such a badass true-blooded marine might be just the thing that makes TFZ hesitate long enough for Math to get the killing shot.
Kinda weird that there is all that carnage in the room and none of it touches Murdo as he sits there. Done right that is going to be such a beautiful shot when you get around to filming it.
I just finished reading this right from the beginning in pretty much one sitting. It was so easy to be hooked just from the idea! The idea this graphic novel is based on is fantastic and all the way through I was thinking how it would make a great film! (And thus I’m glad you are making it into one!)
Bobby you have a gift at writing and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and I eagerly anticipate every M, F & W’s now. Owen your illustrations are simply amazing and make this graphic novel just that more enjoyable!
Thank you for entertaining me this boring Sunday!
As an Aussie living in Bangkok it’s a pity I won’t be able to buy this in a Comic Book store such as you guys can in the USA, so maybe I’ll save up and buy all four, signed when they’re finished!
Sad scene… Both Math and Murdo need a hug. I guess the zombies ignored him because he was too close to a person that was already dead? I know why they ignored her. lol there’s probably an explanation in the comments for why they ignored him too that I missed in the comments.
random aside: I had a dream last night about the last blood zombies. that was like the weirdest zombie fight ever. lol
Minor spoiler: Paralda, perhaps he will train a human army at some point, but he may not be human at the time.
Cecilia: We definitely accept fanart — just link to it in the comments or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll probably mention it in my blog post for the next page that goes up after receiving it.
Tim: Very soon the comics will be available to purchase directly from this site through PayPal. More info on that when the next page goes up probably.
You have very nearly made me cry. Several people have said they need a hug; I do not think they would like to be hugged right now. I think what they need is to be left alone… or if I was in this liknd of situation that’s what I would want anyhow.
I must say, every page of this comic impresses me greatly, and this page is no exception. there is just so much emotion in those panels. i really feel for murdo, and can feel Math’s remorse for having to do what he did.
excellent page, excellent comic. you guys have a level of talent i rarely see. keep up the good work!
I think what moves me most about this isn’t the obvious- Murdo’s lost his family, he’s upset and it’s well-portrayed. That ISN’T what brings a tear for me.
First thing that does is Math’s empathy. It’s a little unexpected; but that third panel… Wow. He looks uncomfortable, like he’d intruding on Murdo’s grief; but he also looks genuinely saddened by the loss.
Fifth panel, as well; Math’s wording. I can almost hear it in my mind; as if he were trying to conceal how he is feeling, but it’s still there and still clear- and still heart-rending.
Fifth and sixth panel… I think my respect for Murdo- like most other people who have commented- just increased by a decent percentage. He instantly understands the situation; accepts it despite the pain it causes him; and offers to shoulder the burden, knowing once more what’s important- to keep everyone together.
First off, I take my metaphorical hat off to you, Bobby- this is perfectly written. And secondly, kudos to you as well Owen- your drawing, as ever, perfectly compliments Bobby’s writing.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have something in my eye.
Murdo as a vamp.. will he be the one to get Val feeling again? will they be together forever and always smoochy koochie?? *swoon* jes kidding!! I think Murdo will make an awesome vamp though. hes badass already!!!
Assuming the humans survive the zombie plague I am more worried about where they will live than who trains the army. Dakota country has this small problem called ‘Winter’.
Anyone who has had to live through a really bad upper midwest blizzard knows what I mean…
Hawaii might work. Once the vamps clear out the zombies it’s pretty darn nice climate and even better it’s really freaking far away from anywhere radioactive and/or infested with zombies. Anything coming out of the water smelling like zombie easily gets mobbed by vampires while the humans run for the bomb shelters.
A couple other places come to mind, but Hawaii on the surface looks like one of the best. But I am sure the author already has something in mind, Mr Payne surely has put some thought to the matter.
Can’t wait till we get to meet him.
Casting Murdo looks like it might get tricky. Takes some talent as an actor to be that tough while simultaneously being that vulnerable.
Wow – just, wow. This was beautifully done. Murdo is a terrific character and it is amazing how you have created such a heart-rending affect (that isn’t a typo – I mean affect, not effect) with your drawing. Like another commenter says, you can literally see Murdo’s heart breaking, yet he forgives Math and volunteers to take the burden of the death of his sister and nephew upon himself in order to prevent the rest of the survivors from making Math a scapegoat. Beautifully done. I love it.
math Would know cardiac arrest when he sees it ..the mirror is a face plant smash .. probably the mothers … and all that untainted blood laying there while those 2 are counting their losses … one wonders where the female vampire is at this moment
Why is Murdo sitting on the bleachers while he’s holding his mom? If you do CPR, I would think it would be much easier on the floor (especially since that’s where she already was), and even after he realized there wasn’t anything he could do to save her, why would he pick her up and lift her up onto the bleachers? I would just have sat where I was with her – grief and the struggle to lift a body outweigh any good reason to get up on a bleacher, in my opinion. But then maybe I’m just too lazy…
In the movie, while Math fights/massacres the zombies, will we see any snapshots of Murdo trying to save his mom, or will you just focus on Math and the zombies until their fight’s over? I think it would be really cool to see both at the same time, it would totally have me crying, but maybe that wouldn’t be the direction you wanted the emotions to go during the fight.
Courtney: There was zombie blood spilling/spraying towards her body on the floor after CPR failed and he knew she was dead, and he had to move her away from that. When Math cuts off a head, it goes a long way sometimes. All of that will be made clear in the movie. Not sure yet about how that scene will go in the movie, but possibly a slow motion thing with dramatic music over it and cutting back and forth between Murdo and Math, yeah.
Why is there zombie blood spraying around in the first place? Do their little zombie hearts beat? Why doesn’t it pool in their legs and clot up? Chopping up zombies should be like chopping cooked sausage.
Am I the only one that thinks, “It was cardiac arrest,” just plain sounds weird?