I had no idea graphic novels could make me think about so many fundamentally human ideas.
The Walking Dead has been one of my favourite things lately, and it all comes down to one thing: character.
A zombie apocalypse is a great premise and a fantastic vehicle for exploring human nature, and Kirkman really went to town in this series. Because it’s not about exploring the zombie theme. The world-building is next-to-none, and there are scant details about any of the larger issues around the world. It’s about the people and their struggles.
This is important.
The Walking Dead is about love, hate, fear, betrayal, hope, and a gazillion other emotions all rolled into one. Almost all of the conflict stems from the protagonists themselves, and how they deal with the situations they find themselves in. It delivers in a way that’s borderline genius—the dialogue alone is so incredibly real that I simply can’t compare it to anything else.
Also, let’s all collectively tip out hats to the writers here for going head-to-head with George R.R. Martin and not batting an eye. You thought A Song of Ice and Fire crushed and destroyed everything you ever loved? Give this a try and tell me what you think.
Two thumbs up, and my two big toes too.