Crueler Than Dead Vol.1 – Tsukasa Saimura

Crueler Than the Dead
Published: Set for 12 October 2021
Publisher: Daimond Bok Distributors
Pages: 198
Series: Crueler Than Dead #1
Format Read: NetGalley Shelf App


No one knows where it started … But when the world finally realized what was going on, it was already too late.

When Maki Akagi wakes up in a lab full of corpses, she learns from a dying soldier that she is the result of a last-ditch experiment to cure humans of a virus turning them into zombies. Accompanied by a young boy who also miraculously escaped, she will have to try to get to the very center of a devastated Tokyo filled with bloodthirsty monsters. The dome located there contains the last survivors of mankind. And humanity’s very survival depends solely on a few drops of this miraculous vaccine…

Inspired by Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira), The Walking Dead, Romero classics, and new zombie films like 24 Hours Later, Crueler Than Dead delights in the meticulous detail of decomposed flesh, with a wicked and hungry eye…evoking a modern vision of a zombie world that is terrifying and tension filled. (published in Japan by Tokuma Shoten).


So I read the blurp a while ago and requested as I am quite a fan of the Walking Dead and anything zombie related. Crueler than Dead surely had potential, but for some reason I was left with a feeling that this failed on me. I should probably be patient and wait to read the next volume, but somethig happened halfway through the manga that I just did not understand. The main thread just stops and then moves up to some one else that did not seem to have any baring on the one I just spend getting into. Minor warning, this book starts of with some nudity in the female form. Nothing exessive, but, was it realy necessary?

Premise wise this has some great potential. A woman and a boy wake up amidst a zombie outbreak to be made known that they used to be flesheaters themselves. Now turned back into human, thanks to a miracle vaccine. Though they have extra benifits as they have near super human strength. Not long after that they are on a mission to reach a sanctuary where the hope of copying the vaccine is very high. Just as things get good, it shifts to a perspective of someone else that just made the read I just dit feel like a waste of time…

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