Dead Of Summer is a Zombie Apocalypse webcomic written by Marty 'F'nday' and Nick 'Ghostfreehood'. At the moment, it is complete, though Nick has stated that it "isn't necessarily over but for the moment. I can't say when it could return but before my life's work is over, it will be done."The comic is divided into two distinct Books, each set in Baltimore. Book 1 revolves around the adventures of the main character, Nick, as he wakes up one morning to find the city overrun by the undead. While his major priority is to escape, he soon runs across other survivors—Marty, Dan, and Ed, to name a few. They begin to adventure across the city, killing copious zombies along the way. And that's just the beginning. Tensions rise, as does the body count, as one by one, Nick's newfound allies are killed. Soon, he's the only one of the group left. Overcome with exhaustion and guilt, contemplating suicide, he collapses as a zombie approaches.Nick wakes up in a room, on a pile of zombified bodies. He is somehow perfectly alive and well. End Book 1.Book 2 picks up right where Book 1 left off. Nick discovers that he's in the Baltimore Zoo, which has been taken over by the military. Dr. Alan Stone and his wife, Lydia, are scientists with a plan to destroy the zombies. But Lydia seems occupied with a dead monkey, Tito, and there's hints that Alan's not quite right in the head. Not to mention William, the head zoologist, who's bitter about the zoo being taken over. Eventually, both he and Nick are exiled into the irradiated city...The rest really needs to be read.The archive can be found here, and the first comic can be found here. Normally the wiki would link to the main page, but the main page has the very last page of the comic on it.Currently most of the links are from the Internet Archive, as the site proper has been hacked. The comic index page is here.
This webcomic provides examples of:
And I Must Scream: A comic page has this as the title, and it does happen with Panther, who's found at the bottom of a cliff, tied up, with a bag over his head. As revealed in his inner monologue, however, he starts screaming in the hopes that anyone can hear him.
"If they can hear me, they can help me. Please, God...let them hear me."
In a straighter example, one can only wonder if KILROY was conscious of the fact that he'd been reprogrammed to explode and kill everyone.
Break Out Character: The Protomen. According to the comic's author, their integration was secondary, as originally, the characters in Book 2 were going to be just a group of people who lived underground. They soon became major characters, and have drawn many fans to the site for the sole reason that they're the Protomen.
Non-Action Big Bad: Doug Fetterman. This may explain some of why he's evil; he didn't get any cool powers.
Not Himself: To fans of The Protomen, Panther's actions will induce confusion and fear. While breaking a bad guy's finger is pretty cool, something doesn't seem right. The Eye Scream, done to Dr. Light, sinks it. And if that doesn't unsettle you, the reveal of his Face Heel Turn will. Though he's literally not himself.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: Alan. While not physically imposing at first, he beats the tar out of a sympathetic character, and is revealed to have Sinister Surveillance almost everywhere, which lets him know a great deal of secrets. A crossing of the Moral Event Horizon later and it's hard to remember that he seemed wimpy at first. Doug Fetterman and his lackeys have some of this too.
More on Fetterman. His two henchmen don't even get names, all three are portrayed as Large Hams, and you figure they're no match for the good guys... Then they assault Commander with a swarm of insects, fry KILROY'S brain and reformat him into a time bomb, and reveal that Panther is apparently working for them. As Panther kills Dr. Light, ripping out his eyes. And then you realize the extent of Fetterman's Evil Plan.
One-Hit Kill: Done to most zombies, as well as to Panther's clone.
Rip Van Winkle: At the end of Book 1, Nick collapses from exhaustion. When he wakes up, the other characters explain that he's been out for about a year. Notable in that as far as we know, they're not lying.
The Worm that Walks: While it's not made clear, one of Doug Fetterman's lackeys may be one of these. He can summon a swarm of insects seemingly out of nowhere (the art suggests they either come from around him or inside him), and have them attack. Commander is swarmed and bitten so much his movements are slowed, and he screams that they're eating him alive.