"1000 Ways to Die" Trade Paperback Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Zenescope Entertainment
Written by Chuck Brown, Neo Edmund, Patrick Shand, and Ralph Tedesco
Illustrated by Vincent Sunico, Rick Ross, Scott Larson, Paul Abstruse, David Hillman, Alex Lopez, Marco Cosentino, James Lyle, Anthony Spay, Shamus Beyale, Jorge Pacheco, Ryan Waterhouse, and Ronn Sutton
2012, 127 Pages
Trade Paperback released on February 8th, 2012
I've known for a long time that the world is filled with some incredibly stupid people. What I was not aware of was how often they accidentally kill themselves in ridiculous and humorous ways. For that I am eternally grateful to Spike TV's 1000 Ways to Die as they've brought this phenomenon to light. Zenescope has adapted segments from the show into a graphic novel filled to the brim with some very intriguing ways to end one's life.
If you've never seen the show, I suggest you at least look up a few of these on YouTube as they're pretty funny. 1000 Ways to Die provides dramatic recreations of actual deaths. Each one is over the top and somewhat hard to believe. They're also presented in short segments of 3-5 minutes each. The comic is very similar, but includes two coroners providing an explanation of the actual cause of death.
I haven't sat through a full episode of the show because the concept can get old pretty quickly. There's only so many times you can watch some dimwit get hit in the face with a frozen turkey or get strangled by a cash register conveyor belt. The comic suffers from the same shortfall. I would not recommend reading this in one sitting as you'll get bored very fast. Each story follows the same exact formula. A total douchebag is introduced. They do something that ultimately results in their demise in a bizarre and usually ironic manner. The coroners give a recap and then we get a page filled with puns so awful that they'd make the guy from CSI: Miami blush. (YEAAAAHHHHHHHHH)
The segments are drawn by over a dozen artists. Some are on double or triple duty. The quality varies from chapter to chapter. Most are a perfect fit for the Zenescope world with beautiful busty women in very small pieces of clothing.
1000 Ways to Die makes for a great bathroom book. It works best if read in short intervals which means it's perfect for something to read through while on the john. Each of the victims totally deserves what they get and you get a strange sense of justice when they get horrifically killed, whether it's by decapitation by forklift, blown up by breast implants, or trampled by a football team. This is a fun read, but not one to read all at once.