I'm honestly surprised table top games don't get more comics. Every video game that even sniff of a block buster gets a comic... hell even a video game based on comic has gotten it's own comic with Telltales Guardians of the Galaxy, which is all kinds of meta. But other types of games tend to get less comic treatment. I mean, who want's a comic based on UNO (tm), am I right?
Lucky for us that Oni Press decided to take the road less traveled and gave us Dead of Winter, a comic based on the board game developed by Plaid Hats Games. The comic brings to life the world of zombie survival and the characters that it portrayed in cardboard.
Now, I'm sure your saying that I already have too many comic books based on the zombie apocalypse (Thanks Walking Dead) and besides, zombies are soooo 2011. But, to that I say, this book is really about a super hero. Let me introduce you to a dog named Sparky.
A dog? Yes a dog. He is the focus of this story, and for good reason. He hates Zombies. Like really hates them. He also saves living humans from the undead with the help of his person Gabriel and his person's friend Ruckus. They are part of a colony of survivors that pick up other humans and scavenge for supplies in the desolate wasteland: Something that seems ridiculous to everyone involved. I mean, what are the chances that zombies are real, right?
One way or another, the traditional band of adventures get's put together to travel the wasteland and get supplies: Gabriel and Sparky (Paladin and Pet), Ruckus (Warrior), Carla (former cop), and Annaleigh (former lawyer). They are an unlikely mix of adventures and they soon find themselves in the thick of things facing "Zomboys" and cannibal dressed as a mall Santa. Good thing they got Sparky.
Overall, this book was a delight. You don't have to be familiar with the game to enjoy it, but writer Kyle Starks puts enough silly references into the dialog to make it worth while to have played before. The tone of the comic is light and airy which contrasts with the artistic depictions of gore and zombie slaying done by Gabo.
The comic is funny, and welcome departure from the similar comic fare. In all, I would rate it a: