Written By: Stephanie Pislis
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Zombies! When thinking of zombies, one thing that usually comes to mind is “brains!” These hungry killers have timelessly been depicted in the same fashion throughout horror history. From innocent civilians to slow and feeble decaying cadavers that feast upon and juicy brain, few stories focus on the life of the zombies themselves. These stereotypes of simple-minded corpses however, have been overused for decades on end. Zombies, We’re Human Too, a graphic novel written by Austin Janowsky, brings forth a fresh, creative and exciting perspective. Have you ever wondered who these undead creatures were before their ungodly transformation? Austin Janowsky sets out to answer this question by means of a one-hundred-page graphic novel. His newest project, entitled Zombies, We’re Human Too aims at focusing on this often overlooked, albeit and highly intriguing, aspect of a zombie’s life.
The story starts off by immediately throwing its audience into the carnage and chaos of a zombie pandemic. Three kids, in an attempt to escape masses of hungry zombies, seek shelter in an abandoned pharmacy while simultaneously fighting off their dim-witted attackers. The company consists of two young males and one female. One of the male characters is quite frightened and his fear hinders his ability to adequately fight off the zombies. In order to calm him down, one of his friends, the strong female character, provides the young boy with a new outlook on the unfortunate situation that the friends are in. As the frightened boy is staring out of a window at the endless hoard of zombies, he asks his companions if they’ve ever wondered who the zombies were before they turned. The girl approaches the frightful lad and looks out the window by his side. She then proceeds to pick out a random zombie, describes it and begins to make a game-like scenario. The story begins when the young woman starts to describe various zombies, how they died and how long they lasted before falling victim to the infection. While the plot mainly focuses on the three trapped friends, it also incorporates sub-stories of different zombies and their lives.
Aside from the captivating storyline, the artwork of the graphic novel is nothing to be overlooked. It is extremely well done and displays minute detail that can be gruesomely gory at times! All in all, Zombies, We’re Human Too is an exciting new take on the traditional zombie approach that we are all too familiar with.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Austin Janowsky was born in Buffalo, New York. He has worked as an accomplished comic book writer and illustrator since 1994. Some companies that Austin has worked include but are not limited to Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, Marvel Comics and Dynamite Entertainment. Austin has also acted in various films such as Epiphany and The Mansfield Killings. Currently, Austin is joined by various other artists on his most recent creation and graphic novel, Zombies, We’re Human Too. Together, Austin and his team have been able to make a new and exciting Zombie World with elaborate stories of each zombie’s life.
KICKSTARTER FOR ZOMBIES WE’RE HUMAN TOO
If you are just as intrigued by this graphic novel as we are, and are interested in contributing to its creation, check out the Kickstarter page here which also includes the Zombies, We’re Human Too introductory video and help support underground horror!