The Last Resort Nears the Last Straw

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Cleverly disguised by Darwyn Cooke

The Last Resort is a cliche zombie movie on paper. It’s not an adaptation of any movie that I know of (it has nothing to do with the show called The Last Resort), but it feels like this is one of those comic-book-as-a-movie-pitch titles that come out all the time. The story is simplistic: a plane lands in a beach resort that has been taken over by zombies, but nothing interesting ever comes out of it. The multitude of characters are paper thin, stereotypical, and uninteresting. Most of the dialogue simply moves the plot along without any deep character moments or even the feeling that these people matter. They don’t.

As a zombie movie imitation, it acts exactly like a zombie movie would. We get bits and pieces of character moments, and then they’re slowly but surely whittled down until the last few survivors remain. Except a movie can actually make these moments short and sweet. It takes longer to read a scene from a movie than it does for it to actually take place and that’s where the problem lies: This is the wrong format for this story. It should have been a crappy zombie movie, but instead we get a crappy zombie comic book.

I expected more from Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, a team that has offered up so many enjoyable books in the past (Jonah Hex, Power Girl). Don’t let the sleek and appealing Darwyn Cooke cover fool you, Giancarlo Caracuzzo provides the interior art and his watercolor ranges from uninteresting to muddy. I honestly found nothing appealing about this book and it’s clear that the creative team didn’t either. By the last two chapters it seemed that everyone had stopped trying. The art degraded, the typos were numerous, and the story literally collapsed on itself. We spend all this time trying to care for these characters and one of them just accidentally blows them all up in the end. It was like Palmiotti and Gray were done with this book and wanted it over with.

I think this comic kind of proves that we might be nearing the end of the zombie genre. It seems that everything that could have possibly been done with zombies has been done, at least twice. I know The Walking Dead is very popular, but there comes a time when the market reaches its bursting point. I’m not declaring the need for a moratorium on zombies, at least not yet, but I do think we need to pull back and be more selective before another random zombie story with nothing interesting to say gets the green light.

Then again, maybe all the gore, T&A and general stupidity was meant to emulate all those B-List zombie movies. In that it does extremely well, but I don’t find it the least bit entertaining as a comic book I have to spend money on.

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