First…. SPOILERS BELOW!!!! If you have not read up to 99 I will be talking about the plots/etc.
So, I stopped reading Walking Dead after around issue like 75. I recently picked up from there as I’ve been waiting for 100 to roll around as I figured a nice round 25 issues and 100 would probably have some shit going down in it, knowing Kirkman.
I think I reviewed Walking Dead previously and I think I still stand by that review. I don’t remember the old arc titles but I thought when the hill billies were going to rape Carl(I’m a father) that crossed a line, a very plain line and that kind of shit just shouldn’t have even been considered and that made me quite upset because a lot of people read this comic. Then Rick and Co. went and found Morgan? and ended up brutally murdering those cannibals if I recall right. I just thought that was so out of character and against what they would do. Then they found the place in Washington(new prison setup anyone?) then they get overrun by zombies and(when I stopped reading) I think there were hints at people invading. So I just got sick of reading it after those few things and the invasion thing just felt like rinse and repeat. People are going to come in, fuck some shit up, bunch of people will die and Rick and Carl will have to run away again. Thats what I thought at the time but I was hoping I was wrong.
Well, it turns out I was wrong…
Thoughts on 75-99 –
Having taken that long of a break from the comic and cooled down from those previous points I do have to say that these last few arcs, No Way Out, A Larger World, Something to Fear, I might be missing one, are quite refreshing and as usual good plotting, heavy on the social interaction/drama. I think the only way I’d ever read this comic again is to marathon read it after a build up like I’ve done because month to month I don’t think I’d like it. Each comic goes by so fast and honestly, still usually doesn’t cover much ground at all. I still stand by my “its like reading the script of a soap opera/drama” and add that one issue seems like it’d only be like 2-3, maybe 4 minutes of an hour long show because in some issues he’s floating between 3 couples inner dramas and thats a lot of page time and each issue is only 24 pages, well, like 20-22 after cover/inner.
The plots again are realistic I think. I could see things going down like that in that world. I do wonder some days though that drama seems to follow Rick and Co. I mean would the group in Washington have been attacked or swarmed in Rick didn’t show up and start shooting people?
I did enjoy Andrea’s line in issue 99? about “We’ll see whoes curse is greater, mine if you die first or yours if I die first.” That was a good line and it’ll be interesting to see if she dies because Rick seems to have a trend of having relationships end on a bad note, but its Andrea.
I will say thats its really interesting to see The Hilltop thrown into the mix and the way he’s talking about it and I’m curious how that whole thing will go down because he is optimistic and if they did train 250 total people they could clear the area, expand and start rebuilding society and it’d be interesting to see how that will probably get messed up at some point.
Honestly, I do think Kirkman is seeing his own trends and looking twice at them and making us second guess by switching it up. I will go on record as saying I do think he is overrated, but I do think though that he is a great writer.
Marathon reading this I have noticed that each issue seems to pick up exactly where the previous stopped and I do think thats genius but I also do think that the way Kirkman writes he just writes endless amounts of script at once and then edits the script to cut-off points. I do think the guy probably writes about 5-6 issues at once.
I will say that marathon reading this stuff I wish his arcs were longer and more drawn out as when it comes time for some actual action and people dying and group fighting going on, its only really ever like 2 issues. Most of his arcs are less then 6 issues, I’m guessing most are 4. I’d say about 3/4 of his arcs are build up then 1/4 resolution and slight after math. I’d just like to see more action and less relationship drama.
I do honestly think that Kirkman is predictable to a point like at one point in his letters column he was “jokingly” telling someone Ab was going to die and I knew it was true. Ab is an expendable when it comes to it and some shit was going down with Negan. It was a matter of time. Although I do think that Rick is being really stupid about his dealings with Negan. Two guys going 4 miles away with no truck when they just attacked Negan? Seriously? …. Just small things like that.
btw, I really hate the letters columns in The Walking Dead. I do think they should be using that like 4 pages for content. Never get good answers, always sarcasm and just a waste of ink imo.
I will tell you, Charlie Adlard does not get paid enough. I used to hate the guys art and I still think it has a rushed feel to it and I think I do feel a bit … cheated.. on the art side of things but I spent some time looking at it and I don’t think its bad. His characters are consistent. How he comes up with looks for the hundreds of zombies and new people I don’t know. Google Images search: People maybe? I hope he gets paid decently as he really does deserve at as he’s on one of the biggest comics and just told to push the shit out. I mean they were on a 2-3 week publishing run for awhile I guess?
I still would not buy this comic but I will continue reading it. The hardest part, like last time, is stopping and letting my buffer grow because I do find myself wondering whats going on in their world. I do find myself wondering whats going to happen in 100. – PS The hype that was built up for issue 100… entirely not worth it. Kirkman blew the shot he had to make it something worthwhile. He just pulled the same old…
I am refreshed after picking this run up and seeing things aren’t as I would’ve pictured.
I was looking for images for this post and came across this post over at Imgur.
It continues on for awhile…