You wake up in the rubble and see a ragged, desperate one-armed man greeting you.
He takes you underground to a safe space, feeds you, offers you a place to sleep, and then announces that he'll take the first watch.
It's not long before the peril of the jagged landscape has located you and your new-found protector and is scratching at the door.
What transpires is a moment-to-moment struggle for survival-The Road meets Dawn of the Dead. Daybreak is seen through the eyes of a silent observer as he runs from the shadows of the imminent zombie threat.
Brian Ralph slowly builds the tension of the zombies on the periphery, letting the threat-rather than the actual carnage-be the driving force.
The post-apocalyptic backdrop features tangles of rocks, lumber, I beams, and overturned cars that are characters in and of themselves. Drawing inspiration from horror movies, television, and first-person shooter video games, Daybreak departs from zombie genre in both content and format, achieving a living-dead masterwork of literary proportions.
When released in 2011, Daybreak was a critical success, a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and a TLA Maverick Graphic Novel.
Read the book before the Netflix Original series starring Matthew Broderick hits the small screen.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 160 pages, 2 Colours
- Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
- Publication Date: 22/10/2019
- Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
- ISBN: 9781770463837
- Paperback / softback from £9.19