92: Z Nation Season 4 Premiere S04E01

A new era begins – consider this “DOCTOR OF THE DEAD 2.0” – and right here on the 49th anniversary of the release of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD! Join Arnold, the Doctor of the Dead himself, along with new co-host and Accidental Hellraiser Scholar, Natalie B. Litofsky, as they briefly look back at the legacy of Father of the Modern Zombie, George A. Romero, and talk about the time-jumping Season 4 premiere of Z NATION, “Warren’s Dream!” Also: Whither Woodard? They’ll explain!

Show Music: “Rage” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

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RIP George A. Romero, Father of the Modern Zombie

It is with heavy hearts that we join the rest of the zombie, horror, and genre entertainment community in saying farewell to a true legend, the Father of the Modern Zombie himself – George A. Romero, 77. From the 1968 classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD through five further films and a remake of NIGHT, Romero helped to shape the modern conception of the zombie, establishing a storytelling framework that enabled him and countless other creators that followed him to use the zombie as a versatile figure for exploring the human condition. His other films, such as THE CRAZIES, MARTIN, CREEPSHOW, and THE DARK HALF added to his horror legacy, but it is with the zombie genre that Romero will forever be associated. Although the man has left us, his name and work will remain, triumphantly undead and eternally meaningful.

We discussed Romero’s legacy on four episodes of the DOCTOR OF THE DEAD podcast so far, and we invite everyone to join us in revisiting those conversations as a fitting tribute to a man that so successfully blended horror with sociopolitical and cultural commentary, opening our eyes to the true nature of our fellow human beings and, regardless of budgetary or other limitations, aiming always for our heads.

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91: The Living Dead Weekend at Monroeville Mall and More!

Months have gone by, but the Doctor is still in; how could it be any other way when you’re dealing with the living dead? While Scott toils away on writing projects, Arnold catches everyone up on the last few months of zombie movie and TV viewing, as well as a report from his appearance at the Living Dead Weekend held at Monroeville Mall, site of the original DAWN OF THE DEAD! And don’t worry, Scott will be back and the show will go on. After all, we’re not going to just let this podcast die…we’re going to try not to…we’re going to try…not to…

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Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto, and “Zombie Walk” by Vince Romano.

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Z Nation #1 (April 2017)

THE PATIENTS

Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Writers: Craig Engler & Fred Van Lente
Artist: Edu Menna
Colors: Sal Aiala
Letters: Simon Bowland

THE PATHOLOGY

The popular zombie television series expands into another medium via this new comic book incarnation, co-written by one of the show’s co-creators and preserving the TV show’s irreverent and action-packed approach to the zombie genre.

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THE PROGNOSIS

“Sea of Death” takes us to a much earlier point in the Z NATION universe than that seen in the current series (debuting its fourth season this fall), utilizing the medium of comics to fill in a previously unknown chapter in that world’s apocalyptic history. We’re back in Year One, civilization has collapsed, and a National Guard team are dispatched by a very familiar character (you’ll recognize this person immediately if you’ve been watching the show since day one) to obtain a much-needed nutrient known as “Soylent Z.” Naturally, it’s not going to be an easy trip, and things quickly become very complicated. This first issue ends at the docked “Empress of the Seas,” a gargantuan cruise ship whose luck is not likely to be better than the Titanic – but whether it actually sinks or everyone on board just dies is another matter…

This polished debut issue does an excellent job of launching a new adventure while assuring readers that it’s still Z NATION deep down in its mutated DNA.

This fast-paced issue quickly rolls out a new team of characters and sends them on their perilous journey while sketching in their personalities and giving readers a chance to get to know them – all the more effective, then, when some don’t even make it to the final page. There are one or two who just might emerge as this comic’s Murphy or Warren; who knows, perhaps the TV show might even bring a later version of one of these folks onto the small screen! And who’s to say we won’t encounter earlier versions of our favorite Z NATION heroes here as well?

There are some excellent page designs and coloring techniques throughout, from a shadowy sequence in a warehouse of vital supplies, to numerous action beats in which zombies are dispatched in front of orange starburst backgrounds that might even remind readers of the “BAM POW ZAP” moments in the BATMAN TV show. There’s even a character in this story with a very familiar name! Now where have I heard “Blumberg” before, hmm… (and yes, it’s an honor!)

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It also wouldn’t be Z NATION without a few innovative additions to the vast zombie mythos, and in this issue alone we’re introduced to a weapon that could give Addy’s Z-Whacker a run for its money, as well as a new zombie species whose natural behavior while alive becomes all the more frightening in unlife. And yes, there are serious stakes, comedic repartee, and even heart-breaking or at least shocking losses.

This polished debut issue does an excellent job of launching readers on a new adventure while assuring them that it’s most definitely still Z NATION deep down in its mutated DNA. I’m looking forward to seeing where the rest of this series takes us; there’s a great deal of potential to tell many other stories in the Z NATION universe, so there’s every reason to believe this comic could run for years to come.

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90: Resurrection of a Legend – The 1990 Remake of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

The original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is an indisputable classic, the beginning of the modern zombie genre and a deeply meaningful film on many levels. In a past episode, Arnold and Scott delved into that movie’s rich history and legacy, but this time around it’s time to talk about the often maligned but still very intriguing 1990 remake helmed by none other than special effects guru Tom Savini! So settle in, you yo-yos, and listen as the guys chat about the atmospheric and thematically fascinating NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 1990! After all, you came back…you…came back…

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