Queen of Tears was my zombie novel detailing ancient egyptian ghosts led by Queen Tyaa reanimating corpses to remake her ancient queendom. It also featured realistic military responses rather than the usual US Army as keystone cops crap. It anticipated a trend by several years, to put it kindly.
Sister to the Wasteland was a sequel detailing a lost girl who reanimates but retains her free will- pale blue skinned superwoman using an axe, crowbar or her bare hands as a horror superhero, battling Herbert West Reanimator, various supervillains and her own undead nature.
The books have been and gone although we'll turn them into comics.
American Zombie is another hero from a sequel book in the Earth-Q / Queen of Tears continuity.
American Zombie's family believe him to be dead.
American Zombie was an American marine serving in Iraq. Killed by a rocket grenade attack, his corpse reanimated using captured Tyaa bugs after the Earth-Q zombie war centering on Rhode Island. The reanimation was successful and American Zombie came back from the dead as a free-willed reanimated corpse.
Known Power and Abilities:
American Zombie is a Tyaa zombie. His form is that of a homeostatic human corpse. It will not decay any more provided he regularly consumes raw flesh and blood. It need not be human flesh and blood.
American Zombie has the strength of ten muscular human males. Since he feels little pain ("just a tickle") he can also cause himself injury to exceed his normal strength limits provided he feasts on raw flesh and blood immediately afterward. Otherwise, permanent damage to his physical form will occur.
American Zombie is a highly trained American marine. He is also equipped by his government with a full complement of body armour and weapons, including a face mask to conceal his real nature from American citizens.
As a zombie, American Zombie is able to ignore a great deal of physical harm with no ill effects.
American Zombie is functionally immortal provided he feeds.