A new story, a new medium: Night Zero

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 8 - 2009

nightzeroI came across Night Zero today, an interesting new zombie tale told in the innovative (for the U.S., anyway) format of fumetti, which are comics that utilize photos rather than illustration. Specifically, Night Zero uses high dynamic range (HDR) photography and a process called tonemapping to produce its images. The results are interesting, an almost hyperreal look that still has a “comics” look. It seem like they are still working out the kinks, as some of the panels look markedly better than others.

Format aside, Night Zero is set in a world that has collapsed due to a plague of “scratchers,” zombies of the infected and crazed type, similar to 28 Days Later. The first two chapters are available, along with a third vignette. So far, it’s an intriguing story that centers around a Land of the Dead type “city on the hill” stronghold. The city is run by a group that doesn’t exactly see eye to eye on everything and it looks like the intrigue between the various factions will drive the narrative, similar to the political intrigue that drove Battlestar Galactica. One amusing detail is booze seems to stave off the infection — an idea I’ve seen once or twice elsewhere that never fails to amuse me.

There isn’t enough there to give it a full review yet, but my initial impression is that it shows some promise in its narrative structure and a well-developed setting, while the characters seem a little two dimensional (no pun intended) and the format may not be up to displaying the degree of action that will be necessary to pull the story off properly. Time will tell if I am right. For now, considering it’s free and available online, it’s definitely worth a look. I’ll be watching it and you can expect a full review at some point in the future.

Read it and judge for yourself at the Night Zero web site.

3 Responses to “A new story, a new medium: Night Zero

  1. Zombie Aaron says:

    Night Zero is so awesome, I wrote about their Left 4 Dead photo shoot. Thx for the kind words btw.

  2. […] The Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse placed an interesting blog post on A new story, a new medium: Night ZeroHere’s a brief overviewI came across Night Zero today, an interesting new zombie tale told in the innovative (for the U.S., anyway) format of fumetti , which are comics that utilize photos rather than illustration. Specifically, Night Zero uses high dynamic range (HDR) photography and a process called tonemapping to produce its images. The results are interesting, an almost hyperreal look that still has a “comics” look. It seem like they are still working out the kinks, as some of the panels look markedly better […]

  3. Jay Clarke says:

    This DOES look interesting. I will be checking this out for sure, thanks for the heads up!

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