Cover by Charlie Adlard
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Penciler & Inker: Charlie Adlard
Gray tones: Cliff Rathburn
Letterer: Rus Wooton
“We’ve been surviving in order to reach this moment, this discovery, the Hilltop… This is our future.”
If this quote is reminiscent of John Winthrop’s Shining City Upon a Hill that is likely not accidental. That concept originated in 1630, and has been connected to an ideal society, as well as notions of American Exceptionalism. More importantly it denotes the desire of a group of people to live a life as best as they can, and as an example to all that would follow. Which is precisely the sort of thing that Rick is trying to get at — no longer must they just survive, but live. Not bad for a story that’s set in a zombie infested world. Kirkman’s story has never really been about zombies, but rather about the characters inhabiting that world. Now though, it looks like a new layer of complexity is finally being unveiled. Read More
Earlier this year I decided to apply for a press pass to C2E2. I didn’t expect to get one, after all back then my blog had only been up for a little while. To my surprise, I was approved, and so five days ago I flew to Chicago for my first Con ever. That’s right, I’ve never been to one before, but fortunately all of that changed this year. Whatever concerns I had were quickly washed away and in short it was amazing. I’ve come back with much reading material, which I will be writing about in the days to come, many pictures, which will likewise be posted in short order, and many other impressions and opinions. For instance, who knew Archaia Entertainment was so awesome? I didn’t, but in my mind they were the clear winner of the Con. Yep, take that DC and Marvel, more on that after the jump. Read More
Hey look at that, the season finale is next week, clearly this means it’s time to clean house and get the plot moving some more. Much like last week’s episode, there’s a lot of talking, followed by a shocking ending, which also incidentally sets up the season finale.
Before I get into the spoilers, I have to say that this season really could have been done in six-seven episodes without losing anything significant. I was really excited when I first found out that season two would be seven episodes longer than the first. In retrospect that’s about the worst thing that could have happened, especially coupled with budget cuts and Frank Darabont leaving. Less is often more, particularly when more means hanging out on farm and experiencing high school level drama (i.e. “who’s my baby’s dady!?!”).
Enough about that! So what happened this week? If you’re afraid of spoilers turn back now, otherwise read on. Read More
I’m fairly certain that Walking Dead is perfecting the art of ending episodes with a bang. I did not see the shocking ending to this episode coming, not one bit. Having read the comic-book, it’s easy to rely on that knowledge, so it’s great to see the show deviate and shock like this. It truly makes it surprising and interesting for all. Anyway, the episode, much like the title suggests, deals with the issue of whether the group should kill Randall or not, and unlike the last episode which did a great job of not going anywhere, we’re not only presented with a difficult moral issue, but the plot is also advanced! Yay!
Alright, time to get into the details, so beware and turn back if you fear spoilers. Read More
This was probably my least favorite episode so far in the second half of season two. It felt too much like a rehash of previous ideas, and didn’t provide sufficient plot movement. Sure we finally get a big confrontation between Rick and Shane, but it’s hardly satisfying. In the end it’s only setting things up for later, which is disappointing after how much energy is dedicated to it in this episode. Sigh…
My recap and review follow below, any unsuspecting readers beware, spoilers ahead! Read More