I’d never even heard of this comic before I came across it at my favorite local comic store‘s recent issues shelves. There it was, the only copy, with a post-it note stuck on the front that read “2nd best horror comic this year”. Second best comic of the year? With zombies? I had to read it!.
Holy shit. What a shocking, gory and sick comic…I loved every minute of it! Pieces of Mom: A Tale of the Undead one-shot was a pretty heavy read for a zombie comic. Touching on issues of abandonment and the breakdown of the family system. What you have here is a story of two brothers, one a very abusive older brother and one a younger passive brother, and their mother- a zombie. The younger brother spends most of his time trying to find food to keep his mother’s “unnatural” hunger fulfilled, while his brother spends his time bossing him around and wasting all of their supplies. Their father? He never came back one night from gathering supplies. Everything is “normal” until one day on a “food” run for his mother, the younger child comes across “something” he thought they had lost…forever.
This was a great read, written by Steve Niles (the popular horror comic writer, mostly known for his vampire comic 30 Days of Night), who seems to have finally hit his stride with this comic after a number of less than stellar, unoriginal horror comics over the last few years, and art by Andrew Ritchie that fits perfectly into this story with it’s scratchy rawness and muted colors. I welcome this creative teams chilling storytelling abilities and hope for more like this one.