Remember back when the CDC issued a warning to create an emergency kit to prepare for zombies? The infamous author of that blog certainly got everyone’s attention, gathering more hits on their website than imagined. In the article, it argued that you would prepare for zombies the same way you would prepare for a major hurricane.
They decided to continue educating the masses (incorrectly I might add) by creating a short graphic novella. The story is simple, the writing is bad, and the illustrations are decent. It’s free to download and is in the form of a pdf, but if you’d rather just read the text they’ve made that accessible as well. It is worth a read just so you can see what NOT to do. What I find the most interesting is how the CDC actually puts themselves and the military down. I don’t want to spoil too much, but they put our main characters in a situation that’s inescapable. At least you think it’s inescapable until an unexpected twist happens. This twist is a slap in the face to any reader who was hoping for some serious zombie drama. The twist is also a rule that should almost never be broken by any writer.
The novella shows what the proper protocol is, but they leave out so many factors that actually endangers the characters. Staying inside your house isn’t a great idea because it can leave you trapped. If you do leave your house you should probably arm yourself and head AWAY from the zombies. These fallacies just bug me. It also explains why the CDC will never get through a zombie epidemic.
At least the CDC will provide you with a free paperback cover of their novella. Having an emergency kit is never a bad idea, and they do provide you with a complete list of what you’ll need for impending doom.
It’s too bad they ended it the way they did. These zombies could actually be cured, so it really did present a moral dilemma for the military. How do you stop a zombie when you know that a vaccination will cure them? Do you have the right to take a life away at that point?
Too bad this novella doesn’t explore these depths at all.