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Poor dialogue and 2d characters let down some good ideas
on 24 August 2008
Robert Kirkman has been praised for creating this ongoing zombie saga; and while he deserves the credit for a great idea, and a decent plot, his execution and technique are sorely lacking. His dialogue has each character providing detailed exposition for their every action, leaving nothing to the reader's imagination. The characters themselves are pretty two dimensional and predictable, especially the women (I really wouldn't recommend this for female readers - you'll probably come away frustrated).
It's a pity because there are times when the book veers to enjoyable, as Kirkman uses a few good ideas to create interesting scenarios. The story also moves forward and you get a nice feeling of progression from the changing relationships and locales that is most often missing in ongoing comic book scenarios.
The artwork in the first half is excellent, the use of the gray tones and detailed pencils make it feel almost like an old black and white horror show on TV. The art takes a downturn at the halfway point, however it is still passable and easily followed.
Not bad then, but would be a lot better if Kirkman passed the scripting duties to someone who knew how to write dialogue.