Since the world is about to end and all, let's reflect on some of the most memorable post-apocalyptic comics out there, shall we? It's been a good run, all things considered. From zombies, to demons, and even infertility, the human race is at a real disadvantage against the harbingers of our doom. Here are four worthwhile comics, one for each nerdman of the apocalypse.
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Scribed by Brian K. Vaughan, the writer of other compelling books such as the ongoing Saga and the TV series Lost, Y: The Last Man follows the story of Yorick Brown, the sole male survivor of a global outbreak which wiped out every male mammal. Separated from his girlfriend, Yorick must navigate a transformed world and discover the secret to his immunity. Y, now concluded, caps off the series in a near-perfect fashion, and presents the reader characters that are easy to fall for. Don't pass this one up.
Now a TV show and videogame, The Walking Dead began as a black and white comic book written by Robert Kirkman. The unpredictable, often brutal storyline delivers the goods in providing the standbys of the zombie genre, but its real strength is in its exploration of how humanity copes with a dead world, and carries on despite an oppressive air of danger that looms ever present. Even if you watch the television show, the graphic novel's narrative diverges in several fairly drastic ways, so much of the dramatic tension will retain its effectiveness.
As the inspiration for Guillermo del Toro film series of the same name, Hellboy's dark fiction explores the duality of a hero with the potential to end the world. Written by Mike Mignola, this occult-flavored book has striking artwork alongside quality writing.
As another one of Kirkman's works, Marvel Zombies kills all of your favorite heroes and turns them into flesh-hungry citizens of a post-apocalyptic world. From Silver Surfer to Wolverine and Spiderman, this book is begging to be read if not just for the novelty itself.