Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The living dead need love too — sticky, smelly, decaying love

Posted on Tuesday, February 2

I absolutely love Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead series. He has reinvented and revitalized the zombie survival genre. It soon becomes less about the zombies and more about the morals, the laws, and the standards of human society. A great question is asked in the theme of one story arc, "Do the rules still apply?" And aside from the walking corpses wanting to eat your face off, Kirkman explores every scenario with believability. And it's that said realism that I continue to read this book. It's not about the zombie hordes overrunning the entire world but about the human drama that's going on among the survivors. Furthermore, Kirkman goes as far as making the world for the survivors utterly bleak. Just when you think they've been put through the worst, something else happens - often resulting in another beloved character getting the axe. That's right, Robert Kirkman is not afraid of killing off a main character. Kirkman has put so much thought in each situation. He's even touched on the common answer any jackass would come up with (i.e. grab some guns and hole up in a mall, or anything to that effect). And the result? A group of zombies build up by the hour because they either heard gunshots from killing other zombies or are just mindlessly following another group. Defenses eventually run out or prove no match for all of them, and the zombies eventually break through and kill everybody. And what about the ever optimistic plan to help others in need or seek help from another established group of survivors? Yeah...right. Good luck not dying from that experience.
Bottomline: Best zombies series ever.

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