A. Volk#1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 15 2012
Without giving away too many spoilers, I'll start by saying that there is not a ton of action in this volume. It is a set up for a new community that Rick's community can choose to interact with. Which is really where the series is ultimately going. I know that a series about zombies might seem like zombies should be the stars, but TWD has done a fantastic job of making the human characters the focus of the story. Really, going back to issue 1, I find that the whole series is about episodes humans trying to cope with each other. These episodes are violently interrupted by the appearance of the undead who often then change the calculus of those human relationships. This volume is about human relationships. Specifically, whether and how Rick's community interacts with other communities of survivors. This volume gives further insight into the characters, particularly Rick. As the group leader, he has to make choices that are as important in revealing who he is as a man as they are for the survival of his community.
I mentioned that I felt the plot was forced in the title of this review. Naturally, I can't post explicit spoilers but I will say that Carl once again seems to be used as an agent for change/getting a message across. It's usually effective, but often seems forced (how many more lessons can the kid who survived a gunshot wound to the head deliver?). The other involves a member of the new community 2/3 of the way through the volume. You certainly won't miss it, and I thought it forced the issue more than it needed to. That said, it's still a solid volume. It is building up to the 100th issue climax that is sure to come.Read more ›
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