The Walking Dead is a great ride but it is a very bumpy one emotionally. This is quite a tough volume to get through. As an author you want to affect your reader but not so traumatically you alienate them. There is a nine page graphic torture scene that leaves any sane person unsettled. As a reader you are asking yourself was it really necessary. A good writer or artist could convey the same meanings using the “less is more” approach. But Kirkman is bravely teaching us to face up to this brutal new world and asking us to look inside ourselves and see where we would draw the line. These questions are echoed later on as more lives are lost. Our heroes aren’t heroic any more but have they become savages quite yet?
The art is still on top form. There are some great shocks and cliff hangers. Just as you get comfortable another jolt is thrown in to remind you that this world is a dangerous, unpredictable place. But there is hope. No matter how dark things get, and they are pretty black now, there are tiny rays of hope and joy in these characters’ lives. For goodness sake don’t stop reading now. Thumbs Up!
Tomorrow: The Walking Dead Volume 7: The Calm Before – Robert Kirkman