From Image Comics and the Skybound imprint, and the creative team of Robert Kirkman (writer) and Charlie Adlard (illustrator), I’ve got to be honest in that I really feel as if it was important to see just what it was that Rick and his band of zombie fighting survivors went from in what was at best, the very beginning of a possibly successful human community. Into what we were given as fact in a fully-fledged and functioning society, complete with back story, and functioning law and order as well as an entirely new look for Rick Grimes; one-time scared zombie apocalypse surviving hero cop, into a rather mythic post-apocalyptic statesmanlike hero figure.
The stories now are more character specific in a way that relates to what the new ‘normal’ is and not so much about what ‘daily survival’ used to mean in the old Walking Dead comics. They may not have air conditioning, but they have jobs, daily food rations, jail and internal power struggles within a somewhat complex model of what post-apocalyptic society might look like after everybody stopped killing each other.
Yes, it’s still The Walking Dead, but something seems to have changed and I don’t want to, but my gut is compelling me to say that I simply don’t like this new threat in the form of dead skin wearing group of humans who are now coming to take back a member of their group taken by Jesus as he was out in an uncharted part of the lands outside of Rick Grimes new pre-industrial promise land.
Carl is in a sort of house arrest so as to make up for almost killing two boys who assaulted and battered he and Sophia, and begins to get close to Jesus’ prisoner, while Jesus and the good doctor explore their feelings for each other, just as Gregory is looking to sow unrest within the community and have Maggie killed so that he can take over. Doesn’t it all just sound so very Days of our Lives when you throw in a few zombies to the cast?
I guess time will tell, but the Walking Dead seems to be losing my interest ever so slightly with each new issue I read and that feeling I have been hoping will go away; isn’t!
Written by: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, as well as a science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. Tye is a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art, and he currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator. Tye also serves on the Board of the Legal Aid Society of Osceola County, with a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit Tye on Facebook as well as at www.thelightersideofscifi.com and you can also send him your thoughts and story/article ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.