The Walking Dead is one of those things that when you hear about it sounds really corny but when you read it is actually very good and anything but coThe Walking Dead is one of those things that when you hear about it sounds really corny but when you read it is actually very good and anything but corny. Well I guess that's also comics in general for me at least, you might be watching a film or a TV show and say “hey this is so damn corny zombies for God sakes how many times have I seen this shit!” Well I'll tell you now this is no zombie book!
It's a book about chaos, it's a book about what if woke up and everything we knew suddenly changed, that's how the first half of book starts (without getting too much away) with the main character Officer Rick Grimes waking up to a world that is no longer his. I've always had a thing for whenever a character is alone and everybody else except the monsters is gone you really feel like it's just you and him alone in the world that suddenly has gone empty, things like Day of the Triffids and other books were chaos ensues and you're left to your own devices. You can really feel the fear as well, it's there in the pages in feels very real part of what makes volume 1 so damn good compared to the others is Tony Moore, his expressions he gives people make the characters truly come alive that Charlie Adlard doesn't don't get me wrong he's really good but Tony Moore is a master and I really wish he had stayed with this book. one more thing about the art is the inking normally I really don't notice it and other books but it really sets the mood here and really shocks you with its details.
Without going to much more into the book so I don't ruin anything big its the second half of the book that sets it apart from every other book on the market, the second half which is the overall theme of the whole series and most interesting factor is the survivors. The survivors make this book from just a plain zombie book to a deep meaningful philosophical and psychological book. In this world of chaos how do things like marriage,love, laws, rights and principles work? What happens when a civilization is destroyed and you had a bunch of people have to pick up the ashes and rebuild, and you try and hang on to the old principles? Who leads who says what's right and what's wrong and do they work the same when the world is not the same? These are the questions Robert Kirkman presents before us making this book more on par with Plato then Superman any day.
One last thing that makes this book so unique is (if I might borrow a Ron phrase that I like) shit happens!
Not mentioning anybody in particular but your favorite character in the book may be going along everything fine and Bam! Zombie bites their dead, and there's no coming back (unless you count the zombie bit) making the stakes extremely high giving your full attention and surprise when stuff happens.
Overall Robert Kirkman has made something that could be awful and made it magnificent. If you're looking for a book that’s gripping and unique then there is no better book I can think of (though I hear things about that Watchmen book that are quite good). A+ ...more
Welcome to the DMZ ladies and gentlemen! A place that we know and love but changed and yet at the same time… unchanged.
That place is Manhattan Island/Welcome to the DMZ ladies and gentlemen! A place that we know and love but changed and yet at the same time… unchanged.
That place is Manhattan Island/ New York City which I know many of you on the site are from but it's not the New York we have now. No, it's a very possible New York a place that could become reality in 5 to 20 years even! DMZ is a book that I've heard a lot of talk about particularly from the site, so naturally I was expecting a lot coming into it. I was expecting to be wowed to be drawn in and buy all the rest the next day like I did with Y the Last Man or the fourth book of Fables, unfortunately that was not the case.
DMZ volume 1 feels very much like a set up volume. It presents the situation and characters but doesn't give you much else to get hooked on. The storys are small and uninteresting while the premise is fascinating. A civil war with Manhattan has the middle ground seen through the eyes of a reporter who is completely out of his element, is a great premise. I like reporters in comic books and it's something I rarely see. I'm on the fourth volume of Transmetropolitan and loving it, Spider Jerusalem is awesome and the stories he does I can really connect with. The main character in DMZ who is a reporter Matthew Roth does not seem to have that much character to him on the than the fact that he's completely out of his element. He seems to be going around in a daze almost as if he's been shellshocked after the helicopter attack that lands him in Manhattan Island a.k.a. the DMZ. The other characters seem to be shoving him around from one place to the other leaving him not much room to grow as a character. The stories he covers are fascinating and about the city in general. What happens to the zoo in this damaged city? How do these people live under such harsh conditions? It's all very fascinating but that is all still part of the concept which is intriguing and I can't stand a book that works on concept alone.
The next logical question is “if the characters aren't great then what about the writing and art?”. Well the writing is decent but not astounding, it seems to fit this book well but the characters need to grow and one of the few ways they can grow is for the writing to improve so I'm torn there. Sometimes the dialogue is too large as the concept is introduced to us. As various characters such as the soldiers and the second main character Zee shuffle Matthew around they explain everything to him in huge dialogue balloons, they can be smaller and more spread out not thrown together otherwise I feel like I'm getting too much information at once.
The art landscape wise is stunning. The dark atmosphere being captured perfectly along with the city. Yes that's right I've been to New York and I can recognize a few things here and there which is fantastic but again that goes along with the concept but is still a plus for the book. The people on the other hand are horribly drawn! This is the first time I've ever seen Brian Wood draw and he doesn't know how to do eyes. I can't see the pupils and their closed or squinted, the faces are to muscley to make out any distinguishing features and the bodies are covered with so much clothing that they look like walking balloons. I hope the artist changes or improves as this goes on because it's quite bad.
Overall I wasn't wowed as I thought I'd be. I must admit I was expecting a lot from this with all the hype and it let me down, maybe that affected my read of the book I don't know. Fables started out for me very similar in this manner and it eventually pulled me in to the extent that it's one of the best comics ever. I'm getting a similar vibe with this first trade so I'll keep on reading. To sum it up I'm intrigued but not impressed as was most of the books I read this week.