Awakenings #2 (Archaia – Tapalansky / Eckman-Lawn / Mauer) – In this month’s shipping list, my guess is that you would find no less than two dozen books from mid-range to large publishing companies that might use the word “zombie” in their plot summary. Very few on this list could be as suspenseful as Awakening is. Awakening is a full-fledged mystery story that is being unraveled by ex-cop Derreck Peters… we as the reader come on Derreck’s journey as a has-been law enforcement agent through trying to stop what seem like random killing to what maybe a full blown zombie infection. This reads like a great CSI meets X-files story. As a rule, I am not a fan of painted sketchy art, but in Awakening it does nothing but add to the storytelling of Derreck questioning himself and the situation as it explodes around him. If you are looking for an intelligent, well-written, scary mystery that proves that a good horror story does not have to revolve around the selling points of blood and gore… you must check out Awakening.