The Walking Dead: Volume 1. The End is Here So Quick, Let's Get the Ladies to Do a Load of Laundry

It's Hump Day so let's do this quick and dirty.

Cop Rick Grimes awakens from a coma in a deserted hospital. He quickly discovers that humans are scarce but zombies, well they're out and about aplenty. He makes his way to Atlanta where he is rescued from a massive zombie chow-down and taken to a hide-out on the outskirts of the city where he is re-united with his kid and wife.

The series is supposed to be character-driven; a realistic portrayal of how Joe and Susie next door would act if faced with The End of It All.

In reality, it's a laughable soap bubble driven by the authors' need to re-create their macho fantasies. The men hunt, the women wash clothes. A woman is dismissed as an old housewife who's lost because 'she doesn't have any soaps to watch.'

Rick is a one dimensional character who parades around in a cop outfit right out of your neighborhood Halloween costume store. We even get to see him strutting about on a horse. While Tony Moore's art is finely drawn and appropriately gruesome, Robert Kirkman's dialogue is flat. It certainly doesn't do Rick any favours.

The whole thing is preposterous and laughable chauvinistic.

The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye/ Tony Moore & Robert Kirkman / Image Comics / PB, 2006


Joanne said...

I've read most of this series, and if I wasn't completely zombie-obsessed I probably would have stopped halfway through book one.
The story is just too predictable, it feels like a PG-13 satire of a horror movie. And it's slow. The only thing it has going for it is the design.

B.Kienapple said...

At least the art was fairly decent. But the storyline was too predictable for me.
I'm actually trying to read all those graphic novels you recommended a while back on your blog. Escape From Special is next!


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