When an everyday man is “tagged” by a random stranger, he returns home and makes a horrifying discovery—his body is decomposing before his eyes, his flesh is rotting, he’s not dying…he’s dead. Now, he must make the morally challenging decision to either endure the ancient curse, or pass the plague to another.
Tag is a different take on the whole zombie genre. The story explores the concept of zombies with a conscience, in a manner of speaking. There’s no mass outbreak of some super virus, or the dead rising from their graves, it’s just a simple matter of passing it on to the next person who deserves it. It’s the new form of revenge. The story centers on Mitchell and Izumi, a couple who’s had their ups and downs and is now on the road to splitsville. Before they could make it official, a deranged-looking man runs up and grabs onto Mitchell, saying that he’s “it”. It isn’t until Mitchell wakes up in a hospital and that the doctors seem troubled that he’s alive, does it finally sink in that something is wrong. Then the images start flashing in his head and the decomposing starts to set in. While researching his condition, Mitchell comes across a blog that pretty much explained everything. Now Mitchell faces a moral dilemma with this new found knowledge. Usually, it’s all about surviving with this type of situation, but now we actually see someone considering to “accept his punishment”, so to speak, and become the monster that they truly are.
I liked the change of pace that this story provided. It’s a revenge story sure, but a more supernatural sort of revenge. These people have been given the ability to really make the person suffer. It’s one thing to go out and gun a person down, but to turn them into a zombie, just from a touch, now there’s something they don’t see coming. Keith Giffen has created a fresh take on the genre and it’s great to see it ever evolving instead of the same, stale ideas. I also liked the artwork by Kody Chamberlain. The refined line-work and flat, black shadows give the images a clean presentation amidst the subject matter. Although similar in style, I just wasn’t as impressed with the work of Chee as I was with Kody. There’s just something about it that I can’t quite put my finger on. Not really anything else to complain about, so read and enjoy.
If you’re looking to branch off from the usual zombie fair, then look no further than Tag: Deluxe Edition. You’ll find a story unlike any other you’ve read before. No zombies hoards here, just a curse that’s transferrable with only a touch. This is definitely not a game of tag you want to be involved with. So, go pick up your copy today, or else you’re “it”. For more info on where to find this book, visit the Boom! Studios website, or the Boom! Studios Facebook page.