Tokyo Zombie is completely ridiculous. This comic is so over the top, I’m not even sure where to start. The zombies? The awkward sexual moments? The bond between student and master? The sheep? Creator Yusaku Hanakuma, master of heta uma (“bad, but good”) manga, has made one of the most original zombie stories ever created. It starts out with Fujio and Mitsuo, two warehouse workers practicing their martial arts on their break, but slowly turns into an all out zombie apocalypse as the two make a run for it. Mitsuo falls victim the zombie hordes, while Fujio manages to escape and go on to become one of the nation’s most famous zombie ring fighters. The wealthiest members of society have taken control of what little sanctuary the humans have left and have turned the poor into their slaves and throw out whoever disagrees to the outside world of zombie mayhem. While this is a very silly book, it also seems to contain some very heavy underlying comments on the social-political nature of class warfare (seriously!). Politics, slap-stick and gore! Perfect! This has definitely become one of my new favorite zombie comic of all time.
Tokyo Zombie was just published this year in English for the first time ever by the awesome people at Last Gasp. You can get this at any local comic book store or at your local book dealer. I can’t recommend the book enough. Everybody who loves zombies should read this.