It's official: Rick Grimes is not still back in his hospital bed in a coma, with the events of The Walking Dead playing out in his dreams.
Things are definitely FUBAR in 'Welcome to the FU Bar", tonight's episode of Z Nation that premieres at 10pm ET on Syfy.
New this week from BRINKvision is Zombie Hood, directed by Steve Best, and starring Edward Nudd, Jade Blocksidge, Tom Murton, Richard Lee, O'Donnell, Harry Keeling, Alexandra Lyon, and Alice Joyce.
"The initial infection begins after the virus spreads through a nightclub and is quickly transmitted throughout the city. After a night of disturbances across the whole of the United Kingdom, the police and emergency services lose control of the situation, with hospitals overrun and the dead coming back to life to attack and devour the living. With the cities now the domain of the undead, the survivors flee the built up areas and take refuge in the countryside and small villages. Zombie Hood follows the story of a small group of survivors who are thrown together in the outskirts of Nottingham. Like Robin Hood and his merry men, the rag tag band look to Sherwood Forest for sanctuary, but soon find out that even the countryside isn't a safe haven."
New this week from IDW Publishing is Rot & Ruin #2, based on Jonathan Maberry's award-winning zombie book series.
"The dead rose, we fell. The zombie apocalypse happened fifteen years ago, when Benny Imura was just a baby. Now he and his friends are witnessing the horrors of what happened to the world after doomsday. NY Timesbest-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker award-winner, Jonathan Maberry, continues an all-new tale set in the world of the Rot & Ruin!"
Rot & Ruin #2 was written by Jonathan Maberry, illustrated by Tony Vargas, colored by Oliver Lee Arce, lettered by Robbie Robbins, and features a cover by Alex Ronald, and a subscription variant cover by Robert Sacchetto.
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New this week from Lions Gate is Life After Beth, written and directed by Jeff Baena, and starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, Molly Shannon, and John C. Reilly.
"Zach (Dane DeHaan) is devastated after his girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza) dies unexpectedly. After Beth suddenly and mysteriously returns to life, Zach is overjoyed to have the second chance to prove his love for her. But when Beth starts developing some bizarre tendencies—including a rather disturbing taste for flesh - Zach has to confront facts. Can love survive among the living dead? Find out in this hilariously funny zom- com."
New this week from Eagle One Media is Z-War: Our Future Is Dead (formerly released as Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption), directed by Ryan Thompson, and starring Fred Williamson.
"Legendary action star Fred 'The Hammer' Williamson leads one of the last remaining ragtag group of human survivors in a zombie apocalyptic world. When his group saves a mysterious wanderer with an unknown past, they must come together to protect their outpost from hordes of flesh eating zombies and even deadly human raiders bent on their destruction. In the tradition of World War Z, Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later, and even some Zombieland thrown into the mix."
New this week from Entertainment One is a Blu-ray edition of Juan of the Dead, directed by Alejandro Brugues, and starring Alexis Diaz de Villegas, Jorge Molina, Andros Perrugoria, Andrea Duro, and Blanca Rosa Blanca.
"It's equal parts splatter and laughter in this doomsday romp with a decidedly Cuban touch. When Havana begins to fill up with bloodthirsty zombies, Juan, a forty-year-old slacker, is left with no choice but to become a hero, save his country and protect his family on an island that has turned into a real bloodbath."
The Town of the Living Dead throws down some "Zombie Karate" tonight at 10pm ET on Syfy.
At New York Comic Con, Comic Book Resources spoke with Robert Kirkman about The Walking Dead, its upcoming spin-off series, and other projects that he is working on.
New this week from Avatar Press is Extinction Parade: War #4.
"New York Times Bestselling Author, Max Brooks delivers a scathing commentary on the privileged lives of vampires in this blood-soaked new chapter in the horror event of the year!At long last the parasitic vampire race has begun to act of its own accord against the rising tides of the subdead hordes. Taking up swords, and guns, and fists they have amassed an Army of the Bloodlines. And as each devastatingly powerful vampire adds their distinct prowess to the fight, the destruction of the enemy becomes almost within their grasp."
Extinction Parade: War #4 was written by Max Brooks and illustrated by Raulo Caceres.
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New this week from Image Comics is '68: Homefront #2.
"Horror haunts the heartland in this action-packed conclusion to the '68: PEECE AND LOVE story arc. Harbinger, Pennsylvania, home of the Heralds, transforms from peaceful American small town to undead slaughterhouse as a pep rally becomes a battleground, a family doctor stands guard over his personal gateway to hell, and a teenage couple fights for love and each other amongst monsters both supernatural and all too human."
'68: Homefront #2 was written by Mark Kidwell, and illustrated by Jay Fotos and Kyle Charles, with a cover by Nat Jones and Jay Fotos, and variant cover by Kyle Charles and Jay Fotos.
New this week from Marvel is George Romero's Empire of the Dead: Act Two #2.
"THE LEGENDARY GEORGE ROMERO UNLEASHES THE NEXT CHAPTER IN HIS UNDEAD EPIC! • Welcome back to New York City years after a world-changing undead plague—and now outside forces are knocking on Manhattan’s walls! • While the zombies battle in the arena, death rains down from above! What is this new threat to NYC? • What’s worse, the roaming flesh-eaters who seem to be growing smarter every day...the ruling blood-suckers struggling to keep their grip on power…or the Southern army bent on pillaging the greatest city in the world?"
Empire of the Dead: Act Two #2 was written by George Romero, and illustrated by Dalibor Talajic, with a cover by Alexander Lozano.
New this week from Inception Media Group is The Dead and the Damned 2, directed by Rene Perez, and starring Iren Levy, John J. Welsh, Richard Tyson, and Robert Tweten.
"From the Director of "The Dead and the Damned" comes a high octane sequel in a savage land where zombies roam freely - Lieutenant Colonel Sawyer is armed with machine guns, body armor and courage. He is on a mission to give his family a burial at sea. To reach the coast, he must enter a quarantined infected zone and fight through hordes of bloodthirsty zombies. There he encounters a group of survivors including a young woman who is a target of both the male survivors and the ravenous zombies. To protect the last non-infected humans and complete his mission, Colonel Sawyer must face, the Dead, the Damned and the Darkness."
It may take a village to raise a child but it takes a town to make a zombie movie. And that is exactly what the residents of Jasper, Alabama are going to do in Syfy's new docuseries Town of the Living Dead.
"Town of the Living Dead is an unscripted series which follows a small Alabama town trying to complete their own independent zombie movie, Thr33 Days Dead – which has been six years in the making. Based on a town urban legend, their film centers on a group of friends trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in rural Alabama.
The intrepid and motley crew of amateur filmmakers now has a deadline to hit - if they finish their film in time, Syfy will air it as an original movie. Given it's taken six years to make it, will getting it done in just a few weeks be achievable?"
Town of the Living Dead premieres tonight on Syfy at 10pm ET.
New this week from BBC Home Entertainment is In The Flesh: Season 2, created by Dominic Mitchell, and starring Luke Newberry, Harriet Cains, Marie Critchley, Emily Bevan, and Steve Cooper.
"In season two of the critically acclaimed series, the living and undead of Roarton have reached an fragile peace. Kieren Walker, a recovered zombie (Partial Deceased Syndrome sufferer) is desperately keeping his head down and squirreling money into his escape fund for Paris. But on the wider world, fear is in the air as radical parties of both parties vie for power. As Kieren finds himself in the emotional crossfire, will he ever be able to lead a quiet life."
Syfy goes "Full Metal Zombie" with tonight's episode of Z Nation, airing at 10pm ET.
New this week from Image Comics is The Walking Dead #132.
The Walking Dead #132 features a story by Robert Kirkman, art by Charlie Adlard, Stefano Guadiano, and Cliff Rathburn, and a cover by Charlie Adlard and Dave Stewart.
New this week from Simon & Schuster is The Rot & Ruin Collection by Jonathan Maberry, collecting four novels into one set - Rot & Ruin, Dust & Decay, Flesh & Bone, and Fire & Ash.
"In the zombie-infested world Benny has grown up in, teens must work once they turn fifteen. Benny isn’t interested in the family business, but he reluctantly agrees to train as a zombie killer with his big brother Tom. He expects a dull job, whacking zoms for cash. What he discovers is a vocation that will teach him what it really means to be human."
New last week from Bongo Comics is The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror #20.
"If you like zombies…we got ZOMBIES! It’s an all-out ZOMBIEFEST this month at Bongo! First, Homer leads an ever-diminishing group of survivors in their quest to stay alive against a marauding horde of cannibalistic zombies! And Bart and his friends must fend off the shopping dead while trapped at the Springfield Mall. Then, Homer and Bart must protect the nuclear power plant from a zombie invasion. Finally…a ZOMBIENADO strikes Springfield! (Need we say more?) It’s a lighthearted, night of the living dead, laugh riot!"
New this week from Ytinifni Pictures is Collapse, written by Mike Saunders, directed by Jason Bolinger and Mike Saunders, and starring Chris Mulkey, Karen Landry, Travis Slade Reinders, and Linnea Quigley.
"When the world is suddenly filled with the undead, Robert Morgan’s (Chris Mulkey) worries are pulled away from how to keep the family farm to how to keep his family alive. With his wife Molly (Karen Landry) near the breaking point and his son bitten by one of the creatures, Robert must defend their home from the invaders. But as supplies run low and he is forced to venture out for food, Robert encounters more danger and must become even more brutal in his attempts to provide for his family. When other survivors appear, will they be able to help him, or will they turn out to be the greatest threat of all to his family?"