The new Walking Dead comic book follows up on the finale of The Walking Dead #193. While that was set in the future of the rest of the series, it showed Negan tending a grave. And Robert Kirkman signing off with the phrase.
The comic book published today by Image Comics and Skybound is a fundraising project for comic book stores at this time of great trial, the comic provided free to stores as a way to bring some much-needed cash in. And here it is.
No one should begrudge paying the full $6 for this, it shows you what happened to Negan after that scene in #193, gives him a future, a path to redemption, to others and for himself, and a sweary-as-ever way to be. I'm not doing spoilers here, just giving flavour – as a way to help ensure that any Walking Dead and Negan fan to their best to find closure The comic is not going to be published digitally and I have no idea how, if any way, it could or would be collected in the already-published collections. So you are going to have to get off your arse and go to a comic shop to get a copy. Good news, there should be plenty available. And Negan addresses you directly.
Okay, he doesn't. That's not a fourth wall he's breaking. But it does tie into that scene from The Walking Dead #193. But more than that, it ties into our own experiences of late. It has been pointed out the eerily similarity of some scenes in The Walking Dead and the current pandemic shutdown. Just without the zombies – and to be fair, the Walking Dead often didn't have zombies in it. (This issue does by the way). And this continues, with Negan talking to himself… of the closest thing to it.
Well, he doesn't need to. There i a visitors, and while it's not a face he knows, there is a name that is a little familiar.
The nominative proximity to Lucille, his baseball bat and his wife might make anyone doubt their sanity. That goes doubly so for company-deprived Negan with his own brand of lunacy, as he starts to ruminate on his life.
And even uses phrasing that has emerged during our own shutdown, such as 'the new normal'. No sign of 'unprecedented' yet But it si a scenario that both the characters will feel, and the readers who have been going through something similar.
Is this really how Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard are going to leave it? Any chance they may return? KIkrman says 'Never say never. But probably never' but then he says a lot of things. Yeah, we'll see.
NEGAN LIVES #1 (MR)
(W) Robert Kirkman (A) Cliff Rathburn (CA) Dave McCaig (A/CA) Charlie Adlard
The greatest f*@king comic book villain of ALL-TIME returns. 'Nuff said.In Shops: Jul 01, 2020