How does he do it? How does he keep dropping your jaw? How the hell does he pull these rabbits out of the hat? After all this time how does he still shock and amaze you. We should all be jaded and cynical after five years of The Walking Dead but still our emotions are Kirkman’s to toy with. The man is a literary ninja! This volume is jam packed with really hard hitting blows. As the group thins we care more and more for those who remain so every fresh trauma cuts us deeper.
The art too has been lulling us into a false sense of security. There has been nothing flashy or showy and admittedly it has mostly been talking heads but there are some poignant vignettes that are like artistic exclamation marks. Toward the end there is a double page spread of most of the group looking right at us. These are our friends who we have followed through thick and thin but you know that they would kill us without a second thought. That picture sends chills down your spine and might be the most powerful in the series to date. I think it might be time for another Double Thumbs up!
Tomorrow: The Walking Dead Volume 12: Life Among Them – Robert Kirkman