The story running through issues #109-114 of Image Comics; `The Walking Dead' is collected as The Walking Dead Volume 19 TP: March to War
. This is my first Walking Dead comic, though I have read the author's excellent `Invincible' series, so I thought I should give it a go. I wasn't expecting much - more fool me, having read Invincible in its entirety in the space of a month - having seen some zombie comics in the last Free Comic Book Day bundle, and was not impressed by their quality, and having no interest in zombies for their own sake. However, imagine my surprise to find no zombies - apart from one or two wandering about as part of the scenery - and instead finding myself in The Day of the Triffids (Penguin Modern Classics)
, or Survivors - Series 1-3 Box Set [DVD] [1975
]; though with more firepower on display. This was an excellent post-apocalypse story, as several communities who are being intimidated/oppressed by another group with superior firepower, organise themselves in order to throw off the yoke of imperialism and the rule of the lawless - "no taxation without representation" being a phrase that springs to mind.
Although there is obviously a lot of back-story, this being volume 19, I was able to easily follow the storyline, pick up references to the on-going situation, and understand what was going on, without any trouble; and many of the problems (and opportunities) that the various communities experience were masterfully shown, but `in passing', as part of the flow of the story and dialogue, not in exposition or overly dramatic scenes - all a great tribute to the writing skills of Robert Kirkman.
I shall now hunt down the rest of the series in my local libraries.