Walking Dead 18: a magnificent villain who makes Hannibal Lecter look like Mr Rogers

When the 17th Walking Dead collection came out last December, I called it "grim," and mentioned that Kirkman and co had introduced some new bad guys that made the Governor seem like a Smurf. Well, now Book 18: What Comes After is out, and the new badguy, a psycho named Negan, is back, and holy. frigging. hell. is he ever evil. Seriously. Hannibal Lector is a comforting Mister Rogers figure next to him. If you like the TV show and haven't read the comics, do. You can get the entire emotional rollercoaster punch of a whole season in one or two volumes you'll be able to inhale in about an hour. By the time you get to book 18, you're basically mainlining it, distilling it to pure granules and letting them dissolve under your eyelids. And book 18 is special, even by those standards.

The Walking Dead 18: What Comes After

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  1. I’m a single issue buyer. I don’t say that to be hipper-than-thou, but to say that it’s so good I can’t wait to find out what comes next and therefore don’t have enough patience to wait for the trade. I like the tv show, but I love the comic so much more. 

  2. Ugh. Let me guess: the issue is about how humanity devolves into evil and savagery in the face of “walkers”. Rick is tested as the death of one of his own prompts him to descend himself into savagery. Blah blah blah blah his son acts up blah blah blah oh a surprise zombie attack! A fence fell down. AGAIN. blah blah blah.

    At this point, who even cares? Since about volume 5 every story has been a not-terribly-new variation on the same story. And we’re on volume EIGHTEEN. Ugh.

  3. I wonder if it will turn out that humans are the REAL monsters!

    Has anyone ever made a zombie story where the twist isn’t that half the survivors are awful bastards? I would really like to watch/read something like that. Just a bunch of people trying to survive in harrowing conditions, dealing with convincing stress and friction within the group, but all of them willing to drop their issues and fight together when their lives are on the line.

  4. Bored as fuck with zombies, bored with dehumanization, bored with brutality. Fuck this and fuck the Red Wedding, I’m watching Adventure Time and I’m not coming out until my culture gets over its obsession with morbidity and cruelty.

    1. Before I stopped watching television entirely, I was down to home makeover shows and Dick Van Dyke reruns.

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