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Awakening. Volume one
Tapalansky, Nick, 1983-
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Chicago : Archaia Entertainment, [2009]

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1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
"The once peaceful city of Park Falls has been tainted by a series of gruesome murders and missing persons. Cynthia Ford, well known as the town crazy, comes forward to speak with retired police detective Derrick Peters one January afternoon. She claims to have information about the murders, but does she hold the key to unlocking the mystery or has she truly gone insane? To Derrick's disbelief she utters one word: Zombies."--Jacket flap.
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The once peaceful city of Park Falls has been tainted by a series of gruesome murders and missing persons. Cynthia Ford, known as the town crazy, finds retired police detective Derrick Peters and relates to him her belief about what's going on in town. Her explanation -- Zombies! Unable to ignore Cynthia's information, though not sharing her beliefs, Derrick and others in the town explore the mystery as weeks turn to months and the death toll rises. Follow the first half of Park Falls' year-long struggle for answers in this collected edition of the first five issues of the ASP existential horror series.

Author Notes

Nick Tapalansky exploded onto the scene with Awakening (Archaia Entertainment) in 2007, earning an Eagle Award nomination for Favourite Newcomer Writer. His work has also been featured in the Harvey Award-winning Popgun Vol. 4 anthology and The Perhapanauts (Image Comics) as well as Moon Lake and the forthcoming Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 (Archaia Entertainment).

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Booklist Review

Although graphic novels featuring marauding zombies aren't in short supply, this nightmarish tale from newcomers Tapalansky and Alex Eckman-Lawn takes the genre to a new level of artistry. When an epidemic of grisly murders afflicts the normally sedate city of Park Falls, retired police detective Derrick Peters is sent by an unnamed source to investigate. Despite tooth marks around the victims' wounds, a pronouncement by one of the city's eccentrics that zombies are responsible only arouses Peters' skepticism. After a little digging, Peters' main suspects instead become the former employees of a recently closed pharmaceutical operation, where a novel treatment for Alzheimer's was being tested. Yet as the body count rises, and Peters starts shooting ravenous killers on sight, the true cause of the outbreak becomes more and more elusive. Eckman-Law's avant-garde illustrations embody a hybrid of mixed media, including altered photographs, blurred sketches, and Post-it notes. The end result is montage of unsettling imagery that will haunt readers' dreams for days.--Hays, Carl Copyright 2009 Booklist

Library Journal Review

A series of grisly murders plague the town of Park Falls: victims turn up in alleyways covered in horrific wounds and bite marks. As Detective Derrick Peters delves deeper into the case, the body count rises, and fear envelops the residents. Derrick wrestles with shadowy organizations and sinister individuals, including his own haunted past, in order to discover the reason behind these gruesome deaths: could it be zombies? Deftly written by newcomer Tapalansky, this has been nominated for several British Eagle Awards and is a refreshing read in an oversaturated genre. The plot proceeds at a slow burn, taking time to cultivate suspense and terror. The lack of predictable archetypes and a careful construction enhance the experience. Eckman-Lawn's art is a fantastic complement to the prose, with a loose, photorealistic style and harsh tones and thick black inks akin to Alex Maleev's Daredevil treatments. The panels evoke a building, palatable sense of unease, and by the last turn of the page, the reader is immersed in the terror of Awakening. Verdict Highly recommended for horror and crime noir fans.-George Sun, NYC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.