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Great series but can't help but feel disappointed with Vol.2.,
This review is from: The Walking Dead Volume 2: Miles Behind Us (Paperback)The second volume of the Walking Dead continues from where we left off in Volume 1, however with Charlie Adlard replacing Tony Moore as the main artist.
The art is one of my two main gripes with this second volume. As other reviewers have said, the quality of the art is often extremely shabby in comparison to Moore's, it is often too jagged and disproportionate with awkward grey tones.
For example: 1)Faces often look peculiar, with eyes being set far above where they should, and they look strange from certain angles. 2)Several faces look far too similar i.e. Hershel, Rick, and Dale often look identical albeit with slightly different hair. This can be quite confusing. 3)Adlard's annoying way of drawing chequered clothes: instead of a grid of intersecting lines contouring around the character's figure, he literally draws a 2-D grid over the entire body which begins to get annoying and looks very lazy/weird. 4)There is a lack of detail, and whilst I don't necessarily recommend going back to Moore's work I would personally like the Walking Dead world to be filled with a little more detail to enjoy, however this is my personal preference.
On the positive side, I think that in some ways the new style of artwork is more suitable than the last i.e. darker, broodier, and more ominous. You could say that Moore's was too bright and pleasant to look at, and didn't give as much sense of doom and gloom. However, I still wish Adlard would sort his annoying quirks out.
The writing is okay, but in my opinion a low-point so far (I have only read the first 3 volumes so far so i'm certainly no expert, but still). The dialogue often sounds like it was written by a teenager, the characters all sound very similar, and are always shouting and breaking into sudden conflict over something or another in quite a bizarre fashion, erratically shouting then apologising or crying etc. It is too obvious that Kirkman was really trying to focus on relationships, conflict, and struggle in this issue. It came off looking tacky and cliched to say the least, like a bad soap opera. I was hoping for something more thought out and intelligent in this issue, but I just keep telling myself that this is still a comic and not high-fiction so I don't mind too much.
The positives are that this is still a volume within an enjoyable series so far and is vital to the storyline so I would definitely read it. The premise of the story here is still quite good, just not as sharp as the rest of what i've read so far. The art can be annoying, but you get used to most of it, and as I said there is a positive side to the change in artist. I would recommend buying this after volume 1, and also volume 3 as this picks up again with really good ideas, more zombies, as well as the poignant social stuff.
3.5 / 5