Since the introduction of the new community the Walking Dead storylines have become much more subtle and subdued. The trademark shock and awe that threatened to give you a heart attack with the turn of each page has subsided somewhat. It is easy to cry foul and want more of what Kirkman does best. But you have to think of the long term. You can only have so much death before you have no characters left to continue the story or you as the reader become inured to it all.
This long term vision is what the characters are currently facing up to. With the potential of a stable and safe community you get to think further ahead than your next meal or next sunrise. What are the things you need to be looking at addressing in a year, ten years or a generation into the future? This is something that rarely comes up in zombie fiction and is actually the heart of what Kirkman set out to do when he created the Walking Dead. Initially I was sceptical about this volume as, like you, I want my shock and awe. But even though the limbs aren’t flying thick and fast the themes and character interactions are no less important or dramatic.
We are so used to the now familiar black and white art that it becomes transparent. It is testament to how great it is by the fact we take it for granted. Doing snow scenes in black and white isn’t easy but it all looks effortless. This is definitely a Thumbs Up!
Tomorrow: The Walking Dead Volume 16: A Larger World – Robert Kirkman