Before there were the hugely popular The Walking Dead
comics and the rest of pop culture's current obsession with zombies, there was Deadworld
. Originally published by Ypsilanti's Arrow Comics in 1986, the cult series
will get revived in a strange new form: Deadworld Premium Zombie Soda ("All natural for the un-natural").
Talent from Towne Club, McFarlane toys, and Caliber Comics, Michigan's largest comics publisher are behind this zombie-themed beverage, which is being distributed by the new Detroit-based company, Caprice brands
. The product line will feature 12 different flavors ("Brain Sap," "Graveyard Delight," and "Rot Berry" among them), with labels designed by 40 different artists for a total of 48 variations.
Zombie-themed soda? Have we finally reached "peak zombie?" Maybe the bigger question is ... Detroit, when did we start calling it "soda?"
(I always called it pop — much to the annoyance of my East Coast family. "'Pop' sounds like a freakin' drug," they would tease. But it is
a drug, Aunt Eileen!)