The Walking Dead, Vol. 13: Too Far Gone
For survivors of the zombie apocalypse, hopes are not lifting. As others try to keep their mind on practicalities, former policeman Rick Grimes seems increasingly on edge. As his behavior grows more and more conspicuously eccentric, other group members worry that he is putting them all in mortal danger.
It wasn’t really surprising that he would eventually take over, but I didn’t expect it to happen so quickly and with so little blood. I thought Rick would lead a coup, though the pragmatic approach adopted here by the Alexandrians makes more sense. So this series has finally started to pick up again after a few rather dull volumes. Ri ...more
This is the thirteenth volume of The Walking Dead, collecting the comic book issue from #121 to #126.
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Illustrators: Charlie Adlard
Additional gray tones to inking: Cliff Rathburn
TOO FAR GONE
I remember when you didn’t want to be the leader. That’s what made you a good one.
Rick’s group collide with Alexandria’s community while living inside of the same walls.
Leaderships are tested.
Loyalties fal ...more
As Rick’s group tries to adjust to life in the Alexandria Safe-Zone, leadership and morals are questioned between the new arrivals and the long term residents leads to tension amongst the community.
We get a real feel for the area in these issues as we learn more about the history of the zone.
I quite liked the slow pace in this part of the story, but that might be because I’m reading these volumes quite quickly.
Certainly left it on a nice cliffhanger!
Love the community plot and how these characters are struggling to try and go back to a normal life after having lived a nightmare for so long. But, it seems too good to be true so I keep waiting for something horrible to happen to these characters. Because that's what Kirkman does.
Rick and his crew have found a small community that has ...more
A whole lot of nothing happens in this volume, the biggest of which is probably Rick taking it upon himself as new constable to deal with a case of domestic abuse by beating the crap out of the abusive ...more
I feel pretty sorry for Rick in this volume. He's trying to do what he thinks is right, as usual, but it is not looking great for him... it's just making him look unstable. And Michonne, who is supposed to understand and back him, or maybe not SUPPOSED to, but she WAS, has flipped her position. Maybe that was the kick in the ass that was needed, or maybe it signifies a shift in power dynamics. Time will tell.
And to add to that fun, there's a group trying to get in by force. That's n ...more
** Minor spoilers **
This basically felt like not much happened. A few people from Alexandria die, but it's no one that you're attached to or particularly care about. Other than that it's basically just some set up for the next volume because some walkers hear gunshots and are now on their way to where the group is.
This was a great addition to the graphic novel series.
I think it is interesting that everyone knows that Rick has lost it, but they all want him in charge anyway. It really tells you what kind of times they are living in. Even Carl finds out just how much his dad has lost it.
You meet Pete, the doctor who is abusive, in this one and you basically get what you got in the TV series based on the comic.
Andrea is made look out and basically is still going through the motions of mis ...more
After Rick discovers that Jessie is being abused he decides to act on it. The scene where Rick and Pete fight was so accurate to the show when they fly through the window. Then there's the iconic scene where Rick pulls ...more
Well, I am officially caught up with the tv series. I may give the comics a rest until the series returns...about 10 years from now. Why such a long wait in between!?? Gee Whiz..
Anyway, we are in Alexandria and things are not so lovely and sweet. It is like a tamer version of Woodbury. All the fake sweetness, and pretending like zombies aren't out to devour you... they live in a dream-state. Truly fantasy.
Dinner parties?? I don't think so. Our group likes the safety, but realize that th ...more
Rick's definitely losing it, getting all amped up for a fight that isn't even there (at least, not yet). Abraham is starting to act more extreme, and Andrea is cracking up. How much longer before our heroes *have* to go back out into the world just to survive? ...more
This series is very weird. I liken it to Anita Blake - I'm not exactly a fan, just on for the ride. That said, I have the complete opposite reaction to TWD that I do to AB: the first few volumes are pretty boring and pedestrian, the later volumes are much more interesting.
I really think the strength of this series is its spontaneity and ability to introduce new interesting characters just as the old ones "get dead". It's kinda like a train wreck - I can't help but watch what's goin ...more
As always, this volume was incredibly fast-paced and intense. I couldn't believe how quickly I sped through it! I just need to know what's going to happen. While I try ...more
Also, Rick’s illustrations are showing so much more emotion, I think this has been one of my favourites in terms of illustrations.
Sometimes I do feel some of the storylines could be investigated a little bit more, sometimes they feel very rushed.
In The Walking Dead, Kirkman set out to detail the inexorable psychological damage wrought by living in a post-zombie world, and he has accomplished that in spades. These books catalogue just about every shade of possible pathology experienced by the protagonists, as well as ...more
There really isn't much to say about these books anymore. Where it was once the most brilliant piece of literature-as-graphic-novel, and I would have put the first few books right up there with the Watchmen, now, well, not so much. It feels old and run down. The characters feel worn out and ragged not because of their journey, but because Kirkman himself ...more
Which I'm going to have to wait about 12 months to read, as the final issue in this volume, Number 78, officially passes the point where Season 5 of the television show came to an end. And after giving it serious thought, I've decided I'd rather enjoy the television incarnation unspoiled, simply ...more