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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Indie Review: The Walking Dead
posted by jepster2006

The Walking Dead #1-24
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist/s: Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard

Zombies. Ooooh, Zombies. Yeah, as cliche' as they may seem, you just can't help but be intrigued by the latest Zombie flick, especially the ones made George Romero. When I first heard of this book I was terribly not into it. Why? Come on, it's zombies, don't you think they're a little bit overused in every visual medium possible?

Well, yeah. Comics do have a certain amount of "mainstream" zombie titles out there but well, let's face it, Zombies are old news. Also, after reading Kirkman's Marvel Zombies, I totally didn't want to read anything related to zombies. I even didn't want to read anything Kirkman.

But alas, a friend lent me a copy of his collection of the Walking Dead, which contains issues 1-24. I read all the issues as of now, well actually I read them all in one day. Straight? Hell no, I've got to eat lunch you know.

Anyway, so what's it like? It's a great book. Kirkman does a good job here. I never expected something like this from him after reading Marvel Zombies (as much of a parody and comic Marvel Zombies is, I see no point to it at all.). Kirkman does a mix of 28 days Later and combining all of George Romero's zombie flicks. What I love about this book isn't the story, since it's quite plain and simple. It's the characters. Zombie flicks tend to focus on the zombie invasion and the survival of the protagonists even without us giving a reason on why they should survive. Some movies do give a reason of why our heroes should survive, but Kirkman, he does something else. He gives us a reason why his characters SHOULD die.

Also, this book gives us the impression that the zombies are just a factor in these characters lives to help them survive. Much just like us having problems with money to survive. It's more like: Less Money=More Zombies. The zombies are just there more as a setting, not for a major plot device. The book doesn't delve on how scary the zombies are when they get you, but on how scary "strangers" really are.

The book shows just how dangerouds Humans are when forced to live together for survival. This book is amazingly full of stereotypes but that doesn't mean they're boring. It's what makes things interesting. A cop, an ex-pro football player, a vet, convicts, teens and kids.

The book features a huge roster of more than 20 characters but all of them get their limelight every once in a while. Death is a big issue here, but most of the time it doesn't involve zombies that much, death is more because of what they did to each other. There are a lot deaths here, much more of them being brutal, and sadistic at times, but they are psychologically disturbing.

As for the art, it's quite ok. AND it's BLACK AND WHITE. It's an indie for zombies' sake. It's not really a problem since it kind of helps the mood of the book on how stale and frightening their world is. For me, it's more of a intentional move than a financial one making this book Black and white.

I like Tony Moore's art more than Charlie Adlard. Adlard's art though is more claustrophobic adding more scares and darkness to each of the character's personalities. Moore's art is better for me since it's cleaner and more relatable and less, well, indie.

Overall, I don't recommend this book to everyone. If you still like your books full of innocent heroism and macho action, this isn't for you. If you're the type looking for a more personal take on how people live their lives, this is a great book to look for. Also, ZOMBIE fans will love this book.

Rating: 8.5/10
A book with an amazing story. The art's not for everyone, as for the violence and gratitious nudity.



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