Back in episode 133 I reviewed the short film "Stitched" by Garth Ennis. And I mentioned that it was a prequel to an ongoing comic series from Avatar Press. This past week I picked up issues #1 (November 2011) and #2 (December 2011) at my comic shop.
After encountering undead creatures controlled by figures in black cloaks, the US personnel are rescued when the coalition team arrives. Then the two teams begin to compare notes about their separate encounters.
In this issue the creatures are described as a new (or possibly old) sort of IED, that they are triggered into action when someone stumbles upon their talisman (a can containing pebbles) and that, so long as the pebbles make noise, the creatures continue to attack.
And, as one coalition force member finds out, they're extremely danger at what they do.
"Stitched" is written by Garth Ennis, and the translation to comic form is done by Mike Wolfer. From a writing and story flow the comic is very well done. Each issue so far has done a good job of introducing the reader to the mythology, establishing the heroes, and also setting up some inter-personal struggles between the coalition members (including some humorous background on one who had a "close encounter" once).
The story has just enough hope and hopelessness so far from the characters that I'm very interested in what happens next. And in the long term I think there's a lot here that they can do with the story. So on our buy it, borrow it or don't bother scale, I'm going to rate "Stitched" a borrow if not a buy. If you like zombie comics then this is going to be at least a borrow, even though I don't consider the stitched creatures to be zombies (at least, not yet). And if you liked "28 Days Later" then I think you'll want to add this comic to your stack. I can't quite put my finger on it yet, but it definitely has that vibe for me.