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Is this series a dead man walking?
on 3 August 2014
Before I start I do still love this series. Okay, so don't go crazy about 3 stars.
Robert Kirkman said a long time ago that TWD has no end game, it is a post-apolyptic soap opera centred around Rick Grimes and as such will presumably go on and on until Rick dies. However, after so many years, and such a large back catalogue of stories, I can't help feeling that these could be more accessible to new readers. When I started reading Batman back in the early 90s I didn't have to go back to issue one. Now I'm not sure how this issue can be resolved for TWD, or I would be writing books rather than reviewing them, but this issue is something that bugs me.
Secondly, after the introduction of Negan in issue 17, something I felt really rebooted the series, I feel this saga with him and Rick is stuck in a loop and will ultimately end up with Rick killing him and adopting his men. Again I don't know how to move the series out of the rut it is in (introduction of the remains of the government, perhaps)
So to conclude, this is still a great series, of that I will not deny, but it is inaccessible to new readers of TWD and is becoming a bit repetitive to established readers. Hence the 3 stars. Possibly a controversial review and I would love to hear comments from other fans, especially if you disagree.