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Page 34: Flight

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

I miss Devian already.  We’ll see her again before the end, though, and I’m considering having her star in a sequel about what she did after the zombie outbreak, including her time in Canada with other vampires (and Mexico).

56 Responses to “Page 34: Flight”

  1. John Says:

    All I can say is….WOW!

  2. Bumtown Says:

    Her ability is flight and she’s wearing a dress through the apocolypse? Sluuuut.

    Also, first. Nyeh.

  3. elactra Says:

    wheeew ya I agree! I still think she’s a cool vampire thou she’s just like marry popins with the whole flying in a dress\skirt! love I mean LOVE Math!

  4. Ledd Says:

    well seeing as how the only ones who would care about her wearing a dress in flight are hidden away trying to fight zombies or are dead, i dont think she has to worry about anyone looking up her skirt.

  5. Ken Says:

    She doesn’t have anyone to worry ’bout except us! ;)

  6. Pieter Says:

    hahaha, mary poppins indeed.

  7. Tibbar de Gniw Says:

    Disturbing mental image, but hey, Dev rocks!!

  8. Mewt Says:

    I think Math totally peeked up her skirt….

    Also, poor Mac looks like he pissed and or shit himself in that picture… What happened to Mac looking like a psychotic Canadian on steroids…?

    Pft!

  9. Nick Says:

    I agree. Mac looks like he’s going to shit himself at any moment

  10. Bobby Crosby Says:

    I think Mac might have saw a group of zombie kids/babies and it freaked him out, especially since he probably had to kill them all. Or maybe he just had to kill someone he previously knew before the outbreak.  I think it’s more sadness/anger than fear, although I’m sure he’s scared too, yeah.

  11. MaxwellEdison Says:

    Math’s just stressing because he couldn’t find a Snickers bar like he promised.

  12. Lydia Says:

    Maybe Mac should play a game of Silent Hill to desensitize him to killing zombie children/fetuses :P I like Devian already because she’s so… sad looking. And those words are less than comforting, but she seems like such a sweetheart.

    I still freaking love Math. Well, so far the vampires you introduced are cool as hell.

  13. R3d Ra66it Says:

    hmm … interesting story line getting better each comic!! Devian seems pretty cool, but i think she needs to lighten up a lil’ at least there are still ‘some’ humans left.

    also, yh, why does mac look so shit scared, he looked like a hardened nut job when he left … now he looks like a baby in a horror film. i still stand by him though, gotta have some guts to go by himself for those supplies!!

  14. ashuri Says:

    can we get any heads up as to how many humans are actually left in the world at all? i mean later on will they say what the numbers are? and again hopefully a plan to get them all together for possibly mating and continuing on the species. I know why the vamps are keeping the humans alive for food, but they also seem like they genuinely care about the humans. I don’t know how to put it any other way than how many humans genuinely care about the cows or chickens or what ever they eat. does what I’m saying make sense to anyone at all?

  15. mark Says:

    so far 200 left in Mexico and 33 in South Dakota? 200 Mexicans and 33 mostlry white people… Gonna need a lot of tequila, better tell Mac to bring back some… lol.

    This just keeps getting more and more intersesting and i can’t wait until it becomes a movie.

  16. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “can we get any heads up as to how many humans are actually left in the world at all?”

    By the end of the original graphic novel (and movie) you’ll know the exact number of humans left alive at the time, I can say that! And yeah, Mark is right. There’s around 230 at the moment in the story (Page 34). It’s just the USA and Mexico now. It will be made very clear later.

    “and again hopefully a plan to get them all together for possibly mating and continuing on the species.”

    Don’t assume too much now! They have to be kept alive first. The threat is still very close and real.

    “I know why the vamps are keeping the humans alive for food, but they also seem like they genuinely care about the humans.”

    I addressed this in a long comment on an earlier page. I’ll find it.

    HERE IT IS.

  17. Vo Says:

    Woah. Flying Asian Vampire Chick In Dress(tm) is like #2 on my all time fantasy list. And it’s freaky that her name is similar to mine. Bobby, Have you been in my head again?

    Mac, doesn’t look scared. More constipated than anything.

    Ok, 200 Mexicans and 33 Caucasians left, but how many males and females? If there’s only like 7 females, then everyone is fairly well and thoroughly fucked.

    Chuck Norris does not sleep. He Waits.

  18. simon Says:

    230 ish individuals dont make up much of a species.
    I think the future has a lot of forced breeding programmes and incest in it.
    Are any sperm banks or IVF clinics still useable?
    Thosemight help with some of the potential inbreeding problem.

  19. Nico Says:

    Mac looks more like he’s worried.
    Like anyone would when they know they can cut those bastards down.. if they can hide long enough to get their strength back to start swinging that axe again.
    He’s just worried they’ll find him before he can get his second wind.
    Then there is the matter of where his buddy is.
    Perhapse THAT is the cause of his worries.

  20. ashuri Says:

    thanks for all the info

  21. Nara Says:

    i think breeding humans is not the biggest problem here. even if they all die out, Im sure Payne can bring them back. I think the big problem is getting rid of the zombies, theres no point in breeding humans if they keep getting killed and adding to enemy ranks. but i suppose taking care of the zombies will require alot of blood for energy for the vamps, even then, could they get them all? i think the vamps are walking on extremely thin ice in this war, and if they have any hope f winning its figuring out a way to get rid of the zombies before they themselves become too weak.

  22. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Just want to say that there’s a lot more going on that I haven’t spoiled yet, including a huge thing that even the vampires hadn’t guessed at. We won’t find that out until the very end and it will directly lead to the sequels. Hint (but you’ll never guess it, although it is POSSIBLE): The vampires will get some help from an unlikely source. And no, there aren’t any other different kinds of species in this story (just humans, vampires and zombies).

  23. OLLLIe Says:

    i bet the help is from some zombie thats
    smarter than the others

  24. Mewt Says:

    I suspect there’ll be another zombie vampire, without the hatred towards humanity / vampires, who maintains the same abilities of zombie control. A friend of TFZ, or more specifically, an anti-friend? Someone who knew the plan / saw it coming and was willing to go through the torture to stop it?

    That would also justify why TFZ was on the bottom of the ocean. He was hiding, so that he wouldn’t be destroyed by someone / something who knew what he was up to, and their only countermeasures they could take was becoming the same as him…

  25. Bobby Crosby Says:

    I’ll say that the help comes from a source that did not know the First Zombie and the First Zombie didn’t know the helper (s)!

  26. Iggie Says:

    Well i was just wondering if vamps and humans can breed to make half vamps or full vamps or full humans or not at all because vamps are dead (they wouldnt be lonley knowing that it was ok to just “do” anyone and not have a kid to worry about) but just wondering

  27. Bobby Crosby Says:

    I currently have no plans for that to be an issue in this story, so I don’t even know.

  28. CMT Says:

    I’m curious about a comment Math made. In regards to how the humans are holding up, he says “As good as can be expected after 30 days…” Now does that imply that the zombies took over the world in less than a month? That seems insanely bad for everyone. It probally indicates that zombies have some sort of infectious bite, and once they get just a little bit of you, then your infected. Yipes. Makes the vampire’s job even harder.

  29. Bobby Crosby Says:

    http://www.lastblood.net/main/2007/01/05/page-6-zombie-private-ryan/

    On that page Grady said it’s been a month since the reports of the first zombie (s) started. And yes, that’s all it’s been. And yes, if a zombie bites you, you’re a goner, dead (zombified) within 24 hours or so even from a small bite that wouldn’t normally be life threatening.

  30. Brellchild Says:

    Three questions really. One has been covered, but the other two get interesting.

    1: How many humans left. This has been covered.

    2: How many VAMPIRES left. Not sure if this has been covered.

    3: How many humans can support how many vampires without dying from anemia/ blood loss (and/or diseases aggravated by same) while living on reduced rations due to limited supplies of food?

  31. Bobby Crosby Says:

    I’ve said several times that there’s about 50 vampires and I think that very few, if any, have been killed since the outbreak started. I’ve also said that the vampires need very little blood to actually “survive,” but that they’re weakened without having much, and as Math said on Page 32, after two weeks without blood the pain is unbearable and your mind starts to go. But he was recently rescued from that by Valerie, he says, and you can see that he seems to be in perfect health now, so they can go at least two weeks with NO BLOOD at all. The question is how long does it take before the zombification process is too far gone to turn back, and I think that’s actually several months, if not years actually, before they could be given blood and get back to full health. So then it becomes complicated in terms of how strong the vampires are kept and who gets blood and who goes through torture. Probably some rotating system if there’s not enough blood. But probably as few as one or two humans could keep a large number of vampires “alive.” So there isn’t much of a problem with the blood. The problem is first surviving the zombies and becoming safe from them long term. After that, they’d have enough blood to at least “survive.”

  32. doodfree Says:

    What if vampires drank zombie blood? =P

  33. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Zombie blood wouldn’t help any.

  34. Lydia Says:

    I’m in Taipei right now. Am I going to die now? xD

  35. Brellchild Says:

    Cool, thanks. So nice to see a writer that has put some thought into the ‘nuts and bolts’ aspects of their universe. Bad logic in the underpinnings of a fictional universe drive me up the wall.

    So do vampires also eat normal food, or do they just need a pint of blood once a week to keep them ‘healthy’?

    Regarding the ‘Breeding Pool’ comments earlier: I saw a biological treatise somewhere (I forget where) on how many genetically unrelated people it takes to make a minimum size gene pool without running into SERIOUS long term complications with bad recessives. Short version is that this settlement is woefully insufficient to rebuild the human race.

    Even with the 200 in mexico they are getting far too close for any vampire thinking long term to be comfortable. Of course long term right now is will the race live until next week…

  36. Alex Says:

    While I do like this story so far… I think your timescale is a little too fast. There are billions of people all over the world. It seems unrealistic that everyone expect a few people in America (As always) and Mexico survied, even by this story means of explaining it.

    I never been a fan of the whole “Smart” Zombie idea… one of the reason I found Land of the Dead to be boring and not as good as other “Dead” movies.

    Even if the First Zombie (TFZ) was controlling all of them, there is no way 7 billion people have been killed in the time of only one month!

    3, 6 months, a year… it least it would make some kind of sense.

    TFZ first attackes a single beach, how did millions of people get killed 1 month after that?

    If the Zombies are “smart” I guess one could argue they hid on ships or planes…

    But still I think you really need to consider rethinking the timescale, because it seems too many to fast.

    Of course one film that kind of got away with it was the “Dawn of the Dead” remake… which explained the outbreak happened everywhere, at the same time.

  37. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Alex, this has been discussed at length before in the comments. There was an ALL OUT NUCLEAR WAR, as Math describes on Page 20. That helped! But even without hundreds of nuclear bombs going off I think it would be very easy for zombies led by the First Zombie to kill everyone on Earth in less than two weeks, let alone a month. As Math said on page 32, the First Zombie has retained his vampire ability to smell blood, and his was better than most, better than Math’s probably, being able to smell and recognize blood from several hundred miles away. Spoiler: This will be explained in the story later, but the First Zombie was also piloting a plane during this month and going all over the globe, finding absolutely everyone and mentally controlling his troops on the ground, telling them where to go. It wouldn’t take long.

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  38. Arc Says:

    Alex, it’s actually quite easy for the problem to spread that quickly, the only real issue is distance, not numbers.

    If I asked you for one grain of rice on the first day of the month, and for double the amount of the previous day for every day of the month, the amount of grain you would owe me on the final day would be 1,073,741,824 (assuming I’ve done my math right). Same thing applies to the zombies, and that’s if each zombie bites just one person per day. Since assumably the zombies are biting rather large numbers of people per day, it’s entirely possible for the amounts to increase greatly beyond the total population of the human race.

    The real question is how did the problem go from presumably North America where it seemed to start to the rest of the world in a month.

  39. Arc Says:

    And that answers that haha.

  40. Vo Says:

    Zombies WHo Fly Planes(tm).

    We’re all fucked.

    Even Ron Jeremy.

    Save us Chuck Norris!

    Chuck Norris actually died 5 years ago. Death is just too scared to tall him.

  41. Vo Says:

    Oooo. Question!

    ::raises hand::

    With the all out nuclear war, How did that work? I know that between only a few countries there are enough nuclear weapons to blow the world up several times over. Did TFZ know about the lack of effect radiation would have on zombies or just strategically place the largest clusters so the current survivors would be spared when the targeting systems were lock and missles launched?

    Wow, that’s a mouthful.

    OOO, mysterious help. Are there aliens from another planet? An anti-human hambargarz zombie?

  42. Euphoria Says:

    So if you get biten by a zombie, that’s it? No hope?
    Guess that’s what happened to Jimmy then. A zombie got just a little peckish, take a nibble out of his neck, someone kills the zombie and they leave Jimmy in his room to recover…dum dum dum.

    Is there any cure for a zombie bite?

  43. Euphoria Says:

    Oh and, pardon me asking, but why is it that only people in America and Mexico survived? Don’t get me wrong, i’ve got nothing against the Americans at all, but in almost every zombie film/story they seem to always be the survivors/heros heh.

    Surely it’s more likely that people in, say, Antartica survived? It’s such a great expanse of land. The zombies wouldn’t have been able to move in the snow, they’d need special shoes for that…

    Haha a world populated only by eskimos. Gawd help us all.

    Ooo…i’m letting my mind run away with me again…

  44. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “The real question is how did the problem go from presumably North America where it seemed to start to the rest of the world in a month.”

    That’s also very simple, as I addressed in the comment I linked to in my last comment –
    ————-
    In “Last Blood,” you have to get bitten by a zombie and then die before becoming a zombie yourself (like in most zombie stories, I believe), but any bite is very life threatening and they’re probably all fatal, killing you within 24 hours maybe. So anyway, at first we’d probably just have lots of bites and people being oddly sick, many of whom would still travel around. The First Zombie probably simply went to an airport right away near the beach and strategically bit people who were flying to other countries. He’d been planning this for 65 years. It’s not very tough to put this into motion.
    ————-

    “With the all out nuclear war, How did that work?”

    Complicated stuff, who knows, billion different ways. But it’s pretty obvious that many nuclear weapons would be fired off in an event like this. Impossible for them not to, really, and eventually it just got to the point of everyone trying to kill everyone probably, several world leaders knowing that the world is done for, humans will go extinct, and then they’re just getting back at old grudges and trying to obliterate the countries they hate. India and Pakistan just blew the shit out of each other at about Day 6, I’m sure, and so on and so forth.

    “Did TFZ know about the lack of effect radiation would have on zombies or just strategically place the largest clusters so the current survivors would be spared when the targeting systems were lock and missles launched?”

    Not sure what you mean exactly. He didn’t know the details of the nukes going off. Just a fun bonus for him. He actually hadn’t ever heard of an atomic bomb, having been at the bottom of the ocean since before they were invented. And it doesn’t matter much what kind of effect the radiation would have on the zombies, because there’s so many damn zombies that unless every inch of the globe was nuked there’d still be enough zombies to rule, especially since most of the nukes went off when most of the population was already zombified. It was a last ditch pointless effort.

    “Guess that’s what happened to Jimmy then. A zombie got just a little peckish, take a nibble out of his neck, someone kills the zombie and they leave Jimmy in his room to recover…dum dum dum.”

    Not exactly. You’ll see. And no, no CURRENT zombie cure, but remember that Addison Payne, smartest person ever born, is working on a “cure,” according to Math on Page 30.

    “Oh and, pardon me asking, but why is it that only people in America and Mexico survived?”

    I think I’ve gone over this a trillion times, haven’t I? #1: WHO CARES? When almost EVERYONE in the whole damn world dies, why does it matter where the small amount of survivors are, when they certainly seem like they’re about to die very soon too? #2: The ONLY reason anyone in America is alive is because the First Zombie specifically kept this town alive for a specific reason. #3: I plan on filming this movie in South Dakota at the school building that my family owns and I’m going to need tons of extras who live nearby, so America is the only option obviously for where the main survivors are. #4: Don’t count on anyone from Mexico surviving much longer.

    “Don’t get me wrong, i’ve got nothing against the Americans at all, but in almost every zombie film/story they seem to always be the survivors/heros heh.”

    And most of those movies are made by Americans in America, so it makes perfect sense. The foreign zombie films are set in the foreign country where they’re filming the movie, I’m sure. “28 Days Later” and “Shaun of the Dead” focus on British survivors, because they’re made by British people and filmed in England.

    “Surely it’s more likely that people in, say, Antartica survived? It’s such a great expanse of land.”

    Once again, the First Zombie went after EVERYONE and he’s specifically chosen who he’s keeping alive. The Americans and Mexicans have done nothing special whatsoever to stay alive. NO ONE is any match against six billion zombies. The First Zombie can kill these final 230 people at any moment, any time he chooses to.

  45. Outshined Says:

    I love Math’s smirk in panel three.

  46. Vo Says:

    Sorry, about being vague in the targeting question. I was asking about how it happened that this little town and town X(please say it’s cancun on spring break) in mexico happened to be at just the right distances from nuclear explosions that the fallout wouldn’t have killed everyone outright. Not a big question, or even that important, just something I thought about.

    Please Bobby, please, please, please do a random comic where Chuck Norris is still alive and make him some random freaky out there thing like Cthullu or something. That would just be too funny. Especially in the movie, where you can have one of the characters be a huge chuck norris fan and wear the “What Would Chuck Norris Do?” T-shirts.

    Ghosts are caused by Chuck Norris killing people so fast, they don’t realize they’re dead.

  47. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “I was asking about how it happened that this little town and town X(please say it’s cancun on spring break) in mexico happened to be at just the right distances from nuclear explosions that the fallout wouldn’t have killed everyone outright.”

    Oh, no, THOUSANDS (possibly millions) of towns were far enough away to not be killed by the nuclear bombs. I’d say only about 15% of the world’s population were killed by nuclear bombs. The rest were turned into zombies. “ALL-OUT nuclear war” may have been a bit misleading. Tons of nuclear bombs went off, but it wasn’t a total blanketing of all the major countries. I’d say maybe only 20 nuclear bombs went off in America (on the coasts mostly), probably because most countries were counting on the American military to save them from the zombies. And most (if not all) of the nuclear bombs that went off in America were probably fired by America itself, strategically trying to stop the outbreak, probably blowing away California, where it started. The school in South Dakota was probably over 1,000 miles from any nuclear explosion, which is why they didn’t know about them.

    No Chuck Norris comic, sorry!

  48. Mewt Says:

    Chuck Norris’s tears cure Zombification…

    Pity he never cries!

  49. Vo Says:

    Chuck Norris can unscramble an egg.

    Chuck Norris has no hair on his testicles because hair does not grow on steel

  50. Katticus Says:

    ^ to the above: eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewww….. tmi
    it started in California? and then they nuked us? not cool! well, I’d rather be nuked than zombified.

  51. Christine Says:

    Devian is my favorite FEMALE character…then there’s April…Still, Math has my “love” *laughs*

  52. RegularJoe5 Says:

    damn that math ~ surrounded by hot female vampires with interesting post-apocalyptic wardrobes.

    RJ

  53. Nero Says:

    Heh. Math was TOTALLY looking up her dress as she flew away.

    Perv.

  54. Tegu Says:

    THIS IS THE BEST PAGE SO FAR!

  55. Niach Says:

    Are the helpers the spawn of vampire/human coupling?

  56. Id Says:

    No Canadians at all? Not even the inuit?

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