An undead classic staggers on
The Walking Dead is quickly becoming a household name thanks to it's record-breaking televsion series. Having just ended it's second season, the show has found an entirely new audience just as it seemed the zombie craze was beginning to die out. The graphic novel series that the show is based on has been proving that theory wrong for years, as the sixteenth (!) volume plainly shows.
I think it is safe to say, without spoiling anything for anyone, that the survivors of this zombie-plagued world have been through alot. This time around, the remaining group finds themselves confronted with something they have not seen in a long time: other communities of normal people. The manner in which our 'heroes' react to these new developments is strange, but somewhat understandable taken in context. How would we react if our lives consisted of fighting off zombies and avoiding roving gangs of mysterious survivors? I don't think I would be very friendly either.
The great part of Robert Kirkman's writing is that he has slowly shifted the threat from zombies to the living. The main characters that we have been following (Rick, Glenn, Maggie) all exist in shades of gray. None are perfect, or heroic. I often found myself questioning Rick's decisions, and wondering what it means to be a good person in a catastrophic situation. Pretty deep stuff for a comic book!
With Linkcat's amazing new ability to show you the entire series of graphic novels when you are viewing any entry in the series, you can decide to get on board very easily. The Walking Dead TV show's burgeoning popularity is thanks to one of most intense, frightening and wonderfully written graphic novels that has appeared in recent years. If you are a fan of realistic horror, I highly suggest it.