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28 Days Later: Gang War - Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published March 18th 2013

In the fourth volume of this series based on the popular 2002 film 28 Days Later, Selena's story continues. The story so far is so slow moving you could probably safely skip volumes two and three and still make sense of this book. Things pick up a little in this instalment as Selena meets some other survivors and learns how some of them have tried to restructure society in the wake of the disaster.

Selena, Clint and Derrick are still in Scotland, having made very slow going on their journey to London. Shepherding the blind Derrick slows their progress a lot. The trio decide to risk trying to take a train to speed things up a little, braving the train station full of dead and Infected. This is not the best idea ever. In fact, to quote Jim from the original film, it is "an obviously $*&# idea."

On arrival in Edinburgh our heroes discover that the old rivalry between Edinburgh and Glasgow has taken a more deadly turn since the arrival of the Infection, with trespassers from the other city being killed on site and hung "like Christmas lights" as a warning to other "Neds." They then run afoul of the self-styled King of Edinburgh, a former gangster who now has an army of thugs at his command and discover the horror of "the Mannequin."

One theme from the movie that is continually revisited in this series is the way disasters bring out both the best and worst in people. Some characters rise to the occasion and act heroically while others use the Infection as an excuse to behave badly. The King of Edinburgh falls into the latter category. Selena herself is somewhat flawed. She tries to do the right thing but at the end of the day she won't necessarily risk her own skin for a stranger any more.

The art continues to be well executed and quite spooky. If you enjoy it check out the crime noir series Overlook by the same artist, the Argentinian Alejandro Aragon. I also enjoyed the cover art galleries by Sean Phillips in the back of these books. Some of the images are pretty powerful.

I will definitely keep reading to see what becomes of Selena in the next two volumes, Ghost Town and Homecoming.

Rated: 7/10
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