Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Dead High Yearbook
Dead High Yearbook is written and illustrated by some of the top comic book talent in the country. However, the book is anything but funny. Every one of the grisly stories deals with the death and destruction of the characters.
The premise of this book is two zombie editors are working together to publish the annual yearbook. The first chapter Fear Pressure shows the demise of an overweight girl, Lisa and an underweight boy named Jeff, aka Stickboy. In order not to be high school outcasts they go to HSIEN HU'S Herbal Remedies Shop. They are given shots and take pills in an attempt to fit in and be accepted by their peers. In the end they both become monsters.
The eight chapter titles range from Gore-Ientation to Fang You So Very Much. The word play with the chapter titles is the only light part of this book. The book is very dark and each one of the authors' stories become more depressing and more violent. The graphic art and the dialogue have quite an edge to them.
I tried reading the book on several different occasions, thinking that there must be something more to the text. But, after reading through the selection several times and going over the comic captions, I can honestly say that I did not like this book at all. Although, I do not care for this book many young adults who enjoy horror stories and comics may find this book entertaining.
As a teacher, I would not recommend this book and definitely would not bring it in for classroom discussion. In my opinion, there is really no place in a high school classroom for this book. Ivan Velez who is a cartoonist, writer and publisher wrote two of the chapters. It seems to me that each of the authors contributing to this book tried to top one another with bloody and violent endings to their short stories.