Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Walking Dead #59

Written by Robert Kirkman
Art by Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn

A lot of disturbing things have been happening in this comic lately, and Kirkman keeps upping the tension in the book with this issue. The addition of Morgan to the cast places a wild card in the deck, especially with the way he keeps looking at Carl. As well, the trip through the Grimes's hometown leads to a poignant moment where Carl talks about recognizing places, and knowing how they are supposed to look, compared to how they look now.

This touched a chord with me - it's the one thing about apocalyptic stories that always bothers me the most - that 'you can't go home again' quality of having your way of life utterly destroyed. It makes me think of some of the people who survived Hurricane Katrina to completely break down only when they were finally able to view their destroyed homes.

I think it's interesting that Kirkman never checks in on Michonne or the rest of the cast in this issue, instead keeping the book concerned only with Rick and his crew. Having read all of this series, that makes me think that they won't be around when Rick returns to their meeting place. Assuming he gets away from the herd of zombies that is....

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