The Walking Dead comic by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard, is published by Image Comics under the Skybound imprint and is currently in its 132nd issue, which has taken the books main characters into a whole new chapter in the mythos of the Walking Dead.
While I enjoyed most of the book as I normally do in that Kirkman has a way of telling this ongoing zombie tale of the Dead apocalypse in such a way that the reader feels if he or she knows the characters and story personally. Issue 132 established a very nice calm before the pending storm of this new beginning the readers of Kirkman’s Walking Dead are still getting used to.
This new beginning I refer to sees Rick Grimes several issues into the story skipping about a year into the future, which finds a stable, thriving and very well organized humanity beginning to rebuild a better civilization. While I am still getting used to this new Walking Dead world, Kirkman and his team of undead story creators has chosen to throw a real curve ball at his audience and truthfully I seem to be at a cross roads.
Luckily the last issue’s cliff hanging talking zombie ending did not really come to pass as it turns out that the talking zombies referred to were really humans stooping to a new low by sewing on the skin of dead people and walking among the dead.
Yes, survivors of Kirkman’s apocalyptic dead playground are now wearing other people’s dead skin in sewed together grotesque costume-like disguises and confronting Rick’s future zombie utopia, and much like last issue I am worried about the direction the book is heading.
But as it is Kirkman, whose zombie vision I trust; and as such I am obliged to give the Walking Dead the benefit of the doubt, but as they say in Sci-Fi, “WARNING . . . WARNING . . . WARNING WILL ROBINSON!!!”
A Leatherface like horde of living undead who speak eerily and walk with big knives in order to kill Rick’s new found civilization is admittedly an intriguingly risky leap, which I hope will take this legendary zombiescape into a new era of the Walking Dead, but I must admit to worrying about the beginning of the end for my favorite zombie comic.
Written by: Tye Bourdony