The Walking Dead has never really been about zombies. Yes, zombies do roam the earth and yes, they do “feed”, but zombies cannot sustain a comic of this magnitude. Zombies are easy. Zombies are safe. Their basic life consist of infecting and feeding. It’s grotesque and macabre. The real strength of The Walking Dead lies within Rick’s group, his cast of characters. The last time you saw them they were fighting for survival to continue their lives in the “community”. After the dust settles we’re left with “We Find Ourselves”, a slower book of the series that manages to finish with a bang.
The community has survived two back to back assaults from both the living and the dead. Their numbers are thinned and their morale is in the gutter. With Carl in a coma, Rick’s outlook on survival changes from his narrow minded family focus, to a much larger scale, benefiting both his family and the community. Rick being left in charge doesn’t sit well with some of the community members, but some take notice that without Rick and his gang of misfits, they would never have survived the invasions. Talks of revolution are circulating around the community making it a proverbial powderkeg ready to explode.
I’m going to spoil something for you because it’s one of the very few times I was actually disappointed in The Walking Dead series. Carl does wake up, and for a split second he has amnesia. I was heartbroken, really amnesia? That’s just so cliche! Are you going to jump the shark and tell me this was all a dream now too? Thankfully it’s only a little brain damage…did I really just say that?
Towards the end of Volume 15 tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife. The ending I promise you will not disappoint. Something happens that made my jaw drop and actually pump my fist in approval like some teenage 80’s flick. I was so overjoyed I wanted to scream it from the top of a mountain. It’s something I think everyone wanted but were afraid it would never happen. I was excited to see it but I’m nervous of where it might lead. What is it? You’ll just have to read this one and find out.
Head on down to Cosmic Comics in Las Vegas to pick this doozie up. You won’t want to miss it! Trust me.