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Welcome to the new world
on 25 November 2014
Volume twenty two in the series of paperbacks which collect issues of the Walking Dead, the popular comic about people struggling to survive after zombies overrun the world.
This volume contains issues 127-132 of the monthly comic. As ever it runs all six issues of black and white art together into one long narrative. But you can easily tell where one part ends and another begins.
This volume might actually work as a jumping on point, since it starts a lot of new storylines. But new readers would probably be better off starting with book one. Especially if you've come into this via the tv show, as that and the comic do follow rather divergent paths.
The end of the last collection saw nothing to stand in the way of Rick's plans for the future of the various communities. So how would they fare?
This one introduces us to this new world order via a new group of characters, who have been on the road and surviving for months before they stumble on Rick and his people. Magna, the lady who leads this group, is almost as much a natural leader as Rick, so this makes her quite an appealing character.
We thus see her and her group adjust to this new place. And we catch up with familiar characters also. Some time has passed since volume twenty two - it's not clear how much - so a few surprises and developments await.
The Walking Dead has never been primarily about Zombies and killing them. It's a character drama first and foremost. About how a person changes a result of this strange new world. Which is the point first and foremost of this volume. Even though it's almost all character stuff rather than zombie killing, there is so much going on in the former respect that it really grabs.
But society is always a fragile thing. If you want threat, you will get it. The one problem that faced them at the end of volume twenty two hasn't entirely gone away. And more threat awaits. The ending of this volume is quite amazing. Something you won't see coming. And it really will leave you desperate to know what happens next.
There's lots of life in this story yet. Another great volume in a great series.