Let’s talk about zombies, shall we? I mean, everyone else is. The CDC even released their zombie apocalypse survival guidelines. It seems like the time is finally nigh for my brain to devote itself to the topic.
But my brain and I are scaredy-cats and don’t really go in for real-life zombie apocalypses. We prefer to stay firmly ensconced in our hidey-hole and read about zombie apocalypses. In manga form, if possible. And we can, thanks to Kengo Hanazawa!
Maybe some of you are rolling your eyes: seen one zombie apocalypse, seen them all. And it’s true that there is inevitably some overlap if only because zombies, well, they have to act like zombies, no matter who is writing the story. What really drew me into I Am a Hero is protagonist Hideo Suzuki. The story starts with him cautiously entering his Tokyo apartment. Very cautiously. In a city known for its remarkably low crime rate, this young manga artist has a security system and several impenetrable-looking locks on his front door. When he enters his apartment and the story, he does a kind of paranoia dance that is so perfectly scripted and depicted, you would swear he’s actually moving. And this dance starts with one of the things that I love in this series: a full page devoted to a moment, Hideo thrusting a hand into the air Saturday Night Fever style. (more…)