Book Review – Ex-Purgatory
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have to admit that I am not a big fan of alternate realities in comic books. Often they are a cop out because they allow the creators to twist characters around in all sorts of directions before resetting the world back to the norm, and undo everything in the story.
That being said, I really like Ex-Purgatory, probably because of the good use of an alternate reality.
As with the other books in Clines Ex series, We follow the adventures of superheroes St. George, Stealth, ZZZap, Cerberus, and others as they deal with a post zombie apocalypse Los Angeles.
Well, sort of. This book begins with our heroes in a world pretty much like our own, not even realizing who they are. Throughout the book, clues are dropped. Moments of superhuman ability, flashes of a nightmarish world, and one hero, Corpse Girl (introduced in Ex-Communication) who seems to remember the world that was. Can our heroes return to their own world? More importantly, why would they want to return to a world that is overrun with the undead?
Clines once again manages to evade the obvious pitfall that can come with zombie series. It is far too easy to put the main characters through the same heroes fight zombies pattern. But Clines doesn’t. In fact, the zombies are almost tertiary to the main plot in this book, acting only to remind the heroes of the world they should remember.