When the Junior Braves of Tribe 65 return from a camping trip to find swarms of bloodthirsty mutants have overrun their town, bringing death and destruction everywhere they go! With their families missing and their homes destroyed, these plucky kids must use all their scouting talents, combined smarts, and teamwork to survive the end of the world!
At a very basic level, this is a graphic novel about boy scouts defeating zombies. Drawing on their scout survival skills they engage in a series of battles with the undead in a camping trip that turned out to be much more than they had expected.
Put aside the obvious premise for a second and look more closely at the sub-text and it feels like there is some important social commentary in this story. The multi-cultural group of young, coming of age boys that are thrown together on a journey to become young men, find they have to grow up much faster than they would like. As they fight for survival it feels like there is a key message here; the only cultural divide is between the humanity and the undead.
This is a good read, not mind-blowing, but good. The black and white illustrations are pretty cool and the overall story is interesting, even if not very original.
I give this graphic novel 3 skulls.
Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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