Review: The Walking Dead #65 By Robert Kirkman And Charlie Adlard

wd1This is a classic issue that sums up one of the great themes of zombie fiction.

That it’s not so much the zombies you have to worry about but other humans. Those that can and do take moral and immoral choices, and can be far more monstrous and lacking in soul than the undead that roam the lands.

Yet being a monster is very much a matter of perspective, and it’s all too easy to seperate the monster from the human without the realisation that the pair are the same. And so when the cannibals who have been chasing and feasting on the cast of The Walking Dead are confronted, we learn their story and it’s one that touches, is even understandable It’s all too human. They are monsters, yes, but monsters that we are always three days of food away from becoming. And those that do the confronters are closer to that point, still.

wd2And, again, its a bleak reminder that the title of the book, The Walking Dead, does not refer to the zombie hordes, but the remaining humans. Movng from place to place, trying to survive, failing, and heading towards their own inevitable extinction.

However this book has far more in common with the likes of Freakangels than, say, Crossed, people trying to find a better way through. Because there is some hope that things can be turned around, a new future can be built and a desire to preserve some kind of decency, even when it’s challenged at all levels. The Walking Dead may be a black and white comic but it’s always full of grays.

Oh and nice use of some onomatopaic sound effects guys. Good trick. Only works in comics.

The Walking Dead #65 is published by Image Comics today in the USA and tomorrow in the UK.

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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