What you want to know is will this be as good as the first volume. Is it a troubled sequel, a difficult second album or The Empire Strikes Back? It doesn’t have the shock and awe of a new world with new stories and a new setting to discover but we do meet new characters and they each add something to the mix. They have different points of view and it encourages us to see things differently. People are changing as they come to terms with the loss of those close to them and their life as they knew it. There are subtle shifts and troubling undercurrents that you want to keep an eye on.
The writing is well done and Kirkman has a flair for realistic arguments and emotional outbursts. Unfortunately with more text the art doesn’t get a chance to shine as it did in the first volume. There are some good nocturnal scenes and some great expressions but none of the long silences that really made this work stand out. The art doesn’t seem as polished as the first volume either. Having said that there is a different artist and he does a great job of seamlessly integrating into this established style. In the final pages we do see the first double page spread used to great effect and you are definitely looking forward to the next instalment.
Still definitely a Thumbs Up!
Tomorrow: The Walking Dead Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars – Robert Kirkman