Top critical review
4 people found this helpful
on 17 August 2013
I'm a long-standing fan of the Walking Dead in all its forms, and have been since the first trade collection came out. But where once I eagerly snapped up each new collection, I've slowly got to the point where now I'll just read it in the library, more out of mild curiosity than engagement.
Since arriving at the current compound, there's been no-one introduced who has had the same emotional wallop or well-roundedness as Hershel, Maggie, Glen, Tyroneese, Alex or anyone else who was around for the Governor's attack. The town seems made up of very similar looking characters who whine at each other about Rick or their feelings. Negus is a poor replacement for the Governor, and the taut issues of survival have been replaced by a feudal king with a pet lion, an unconvincing nutter with an apparently sentient baseball bat, lots of sheep (the human kind) and the odd bit of zombie action that by now feels tokenistic. In the words of Graham Chapman, it's all getting rather silly.
Robert Kirkman still has his usual deftness with dialogue, but it feels like the best ideas have been and gone. The artwork is as good as ever, but the influx of new characters with little to introduce them by leads to a lot of similar looking faces, for me anyway. I always liked the idea of a long-running post-apocalyptic series, but the problem with any apocalypse is the most interesting things happen in the first few days and weeks. Certainly not several years down the line.