By now, many of you have heard about Chad Holloway’s “passion project” entitled World Series of Zombies. The poker-themed zombie comic is currently available for digital download on comixology.com and will be available in print version during the 2015 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
As a fan of monster movies and certain zombie-themed TV shows, I decided to purchase a copy yesterday. Knowing that this was a passion project, I came into this with somewhat low expectations. Fortunately, it proves to be a solid novelty piece for those that like zombies and poker.
I’ll Have Cameos for $400 Alex
As you can expect, there are a ton of cameos from many of the world’s top players. Apparently, only the pros know how to survive the zombie apocalypse because that’s the only ones that seem to have a fighting chance. I counted 19 pros named in the comic with a couple others making “uncredited appearances.”
The majority of the pros featured in the comic are ones you would see on TV, making it a relatable piece for both casual and hardcore fans of the poker world. In a way, I was expecting a few more cameos than there were in the comic. I was looking forward to seeing Zombie Nolan Dalla or Zombie Jack Eiffel, but it didn’t happen.
Part Buffy – Part Army of Darkness
Two things came into my head while reading this comic. The first was Buffy the Vampire Slayer due to some of the cornball jokes and the choice of weapons by the survivors. The title character would clearly be Xander Harris, but more Army Dude Xander from the Halloween Episode or maybe Watcher Xander from the comics, sans eye patch.
Of course, as soon as you see Allen Kessler with his chainsaw, you have to go to Army of Darkness. I know, they gave him the chainsaw because of his nickname but dammit, I need a way to tie in Ash to this comic.
Without spoiling the action of the comic, there are a few things that readers of the comic should watch for:
- Is Mike Matusow a zombie, or was he infected by the Venom symbiote?
- Phil Ivey apparently is a shape shifter and transformed into Gus Hansen for one frame.
- Is that Simon Cowell wielding hammers on Page 12?
- Zombie Doyle Brunson driving a scooter is always great fun. (Zombies drive scooters?)
- Loudmouth apparel apparently makes zombies immune to head shots.
- If this were a movie, I would fully expect cheering for the final frame of Page 15.
Solid Novelty You Should Check Out
I’m not going to sit here and tell you that this book is in the same league as The Walking Dead. If you’re looking for a gripping zombie epic, you’re going to be disappointed. However, if you’re someone that can appreciate the novelty of combining zombies and poker, this book will work for you.
At $1.99, it costs less a soda from the WSOP gift shop. It is also probably one of the cheaper souvenirs that you could pick up during your trip to the WSOP this summer. I’d check it out if for no other reason than to see which pro turns out to be poker’s version of Tallahassee.