One series that has quickly taken off is "The Walking Dead" graphic novel collection by Robert Kirkman. Now a highly-rated television series on AMC, "The Walking Dead" follows a small band of survivors following a zombie outbreak. As the story develops, Kirkman uses the zombie backdrop to portray what happens to morals, ethics, laws, relationships, and many other human elements in the midst of a breakdown in society.
"World War Z" by Max Brooks is another genre favorite, soon to be a motion picture. The storytelling is done in a narrative format — a collection of personal accounts from survivors from the epidemic. The action seems closer and more realistic, with a fair amount of political and social commentary mixed in.
The series of books "Monster Nation," "Monster Island," and "Monster Planet" by David Wellington introduce many new and different elements to the zombie genre. Under specific circumstances in this world, consciousness can be retained even while the body decays giving birth to the thinking zombie. Some characters also exhibit supernatural powers. The world portrayed by Wellington is bleak, grim and terrifying but also filled with detail, friendships and the need to survive.
Another new direction for zombie fiction is the reimagining of literature classics … but with zombies. A prime example would be Seth Grahame-Smith's "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" (or, the graphic novel adapted by Tony Lee). Not only does the Regency-era populace have to contend with the living dead, but with pirates and ninjas as well! Similarly, with "Zombie Notes," author Laurie Rozakis presents a parody study guide to many world classics such as "Romeo and Juliet and Zombies," and "A Tale of Two Cities Overrun with Zombies."