Thursday, April 03, 2008

Reaction to The Walking Dead #48

Nearly 24 hours later, I am still reeling from reading the most amazing piece of comic literature. The Walking Dead #48 has managed to do what hardly any other comic series has managed - kill off most of the major characters over a few issues. I know that Suicide Squad did it in the Sixties......but this is for real. These characters are not coming back. Even reanimating them into the living dead would be a crass move that I believe Kirkman will avoid. He is moving the story on now.

Not surprisingly, the fall-out has begun, and reaction to this bold move is, as you would expect, varied. There is a lively, intelligent disceussion over at the Newsarama board for The Walking Dead - I am linking to the page where the discussion turns to the latest issue - be warned though, there are spoilers;

Newsarama Walking Dead Board.

I know I am repeating myslef, but I am still in shock after reading #48, but full of admiration for the writer, Robert Kirkman, and the artist, Charlie Adlard. They have delivered a work of tragedy that leaves you emotionally drained. I do not believe, with all the hype surrounding 'No-one is safe', that they could have delivered anything other than a big body-count. They have done that, but it is the way that it has been handled that is testament to the creative teams skill. It is the most intense 22 pages I have ever read, even surpassing the likes of the death of Jean Grey and DCs Vigilante taking on paedophiles in the 1980s;

Some links below, giving you a flavour of the opinion out there on this landmark issue.

Kirkman discussing the 'No-one Is Safe' story arc

Robert Kirmans site, where the Kirkboard is full of reaction to the latest issue

IGN review of Walking Dead 48