Robs Zombie – Comic Book Illustration
A twisted, exposed limb of a tale…but only a little one.
This story is a spiritual take on the zombie-apocalypse genre – well, as spiritual a story involving cannibalism, the un-dead and the general end of the world can be.
On the birthing lip of the end of days, as zombies ravage across the planet, our hero Rob, a twenty-something, forgetful and forgettable slacker suddenly finds himself dead. Specifically, in Heaven, embroiled in a mess of legal-religious mumbo-jumbo that restricts him from entering through the pearly gates until his body, which unfortunately is still walking the earth looking for fresh humans to chow down on, is consummated to the earth. Having spared no extensive thought in his life towards God, Heaven or his mortal soul, Rob is a little miffed with this hidden clause. He’s not even sure what a ‘clause’ is.
But he doesn’t have a choice, does he? Along with the other 2 billion recently deceased, Rob is forced to walk the Earth, trailing ever slowly behind his zombie, Ribs, until the bloody thing dies. It wouldn’t even be so bad, if the souls of his zombie’s victims would stop materialising before him and punching him in the face!
However, there’s something else on Rob’s mind. An ex-girlfriend-kind-of-something. See, she’s in Hell on account of committing a mortal sin. Which one, however, is a mystery to Rob. For some reason, he can’t help feeling responsible for this. He quite possibly, might have, on the odd occasion, brought out the worst in her…sometimes. A tiny bit.
If there’s one selfless act Rob will do whilst being forced to play tourist to his own corpse, it will be to find his ex-girlfriend’s body/soul and save her from Hell, even if that means stalking into the under-realm and facing the Devil himself.
Rob’s Zombie is a love story, set to the ugliest backdrop you’ve ever seen. It is a story that challenges the relationship between the body and soul, about identity and what drives us to commit ourselves to the greater good, even after we’ve died and been guaranteed a seat in Heaven. And there’s Zombies. Which is always good.
Written By Paul Mccullough