The comics world was shocked this week by the surprising final issue of The Walking Dead. While I'm not a fan of the series, I can appreciate it. I'm not of a fan because of anything inherently bad with the comic. I just don't care for zombies.
If this is the first time you've heard about this, consider this a spoiler Warning, although the headline is a dead giveaway. In a move that surprised almost everyone, The Walking Dead ended this week with the release of its 193rd issue. Later issues had been solicited, but those were all done to keep the final issue a surprise.
With this column, I try to highlight comics before the year 2000. I also try to switch up the comics I review in a order by publisher, DC, Marvel, and Independents. Of course, I throw Legion comics in there at roughly every fourth review because I'm a huge Legion fan. I wanted to tell you that because I'm going a little more recent with this week's review. The last time I did this, I called it a Review of an Old-ish Comic. Of course, that was four years ago, and the comic was the same vintage as this week's comic, The Walking Dead #1. I don't care for zombies. Zombie stories tend to be a series a cheap horror, jump scares, and showing off how good a zombie you can create. The Walking Dead TV show looks to be a lot of that, and given much I hate jump scares, I've admittedly never watched a single episode. I started watching the pilot, but the first scene looked to be building up to a jump scare. I wasn't having it. Today the thought reached me to try to read the comic. Jump scares are a little less jarring on the page, Tony Moore's artwork also doesn't have that style that urges the over-rendering of dead and undead bodies. I also want to be fair when criticizing zombie comics, so here we go.
Invincible is one of those really good super-hero comics that has flown under the radar. Robert Kirkman has incorporated all of the great super-heroic tropes into an entertaining story that has a wonderfully cohesive continuity. Unfortunately, it has been overshadowed by Kirkman's much more noticed series, especially The Walking Dead. After thirteen years, it will officially end in the final, twelve-issue story "The End of All Things." Here is the press release from Image Comics.
Invincible immediately grabbed readers' imaginations in no small part thanks to the artwork of co-creator Cory Walker. Over thirteen years of stories has seen the title character grow from a courageous teenager to a hero and a father. The most recent story line saw Mark begin his story over, but choose to go back to the life and the family he had in the present. Unfortunately, it never quite works out that simply.
The Walking Dead #151 Launches a new story arc following the events of the momentous 150th issue. Spoilers for that issue abide in this article, so be warned. If you haven't yet read The Walking Dead #150 and you don't want it spoiled, don't click past the break.
It's a busy week with everyone preparing for Free Comic Book Day, but quite a few new comics are in shops this week, among them is a perennial series from Image that some of you may have forgotten about. Invincible has taken a plot turn with Mark and Atom Eve taking their baby and leaving Earth, which has fallen under the control of an evil villain, and not minding it one bit.
Robert Kirkman, creator of worldwide entertainment phenomenon THE WALKING DEAD, teams up with Paul Azaceta for OUTCAST, the first new series written by Kirkman himself in three years and since the premiere of the AMC adaptation of THE WALKING DEAD which went on to become cable’s most successful and most-watched television show. OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN
Caveat, I am a rabid Marvel 2099 fan, I hated Kirkman's attempt to touch the 2099 universe, I hated the 2009 Time Storm crap, and I enjoyed Claremont's use of Miguel in Exiles but it just wasn't the same. Finally! I've enjoyed a little 2099 again in the Superior Spider-Man run.
Brett from Ssalefish Comics posted up some killer news concerning Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic series. Looks like we are in for one hell of a ride. Here is to another solid 10 years! Updated with some more info.