Dead, She Said

by Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson

Publisher: IDW

Format: Hardcover, 7x10, full color, $19.99

ISBN: 978-1-60010-285-1

Reviewed by: School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up
Private-eye Coogan wakes up one morning battered, bruised, shot, and, yes, dead. Fully zombified, he no longer feels pain but suffers from the normal deterioration and rot every dead body goes through. He quickly sets out on the most bizarre case of his career as he tries to uncover who killed him and why. What starts as a slightly twisted noir story soon lurches into H.P. Lovecraft territory when he discovers a mad scientist creating giant insects and reassembling dead humans into monstrosities in a crazed plot to take over the world. Niles does a fair job of tossing this Sam Spade-esque character into a world of fantastically over-the-top horror. Packed with plenty of dark twists and violent turns, the story also has some darkly comic moments, such as when Coogan embalms himself in an effort to slow down his body’s decomposition. Wrightson flaunts his pedigree as a horror illustrator with grisly, macabre images that are not for the faint of heart. The volume includes a wonderful set of bonus artwork showcasing his range and skill over the last 35 years. Dead, She Said develops into a fine twist on a classic horror tale that genre fans will love.
–Matthew L. Moffett, Pohick Regional Library, Burke, VA