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Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Walking Dead Volume 9: Here We Remain










Title: The Walking Dead Volume 9: Here We Remain



ISBN: 9781607060222

Price: $14.99

Publisher/Year: Image,
2010


Artist:
Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard


Writer:
Robert Kirkman


Collects: The Walking Dead #49-54




Rating: 4/5





Where
do you go with a story after you’ve pulled your characters out of their comfort
zone and killed around half of them in the process? Having built up a real
momentum in ‘Made to Suffer’, Kirkman couldn’t afford to hang around too long
and let it die out. Luckily, he didn’t...





Rick
and Carl are the only survivors of what went down in the prison. Now they’re on
their own and out in a wide world where the next person you meet is more likely
to be undead than alive... They’re not on their own for too long but even
though the company is friendly their new home just isn’t safe. A chance
encounter might just give the group a new direction...





‘Here
We Remain’ sees things slow down a little, at least to begin with. This is
understandable given that the beginning of the book sees the story focusing on
two characters (one of whom is badly hurt) rather than a whole prison full! We
have a lot more time to see how Rick and Carl adapt to their new situation and
the challenges it brings up. This is especially true of Carl and I found myself
beginning to wonder whether the series is actually about the children growing
up in this new world rather than the adults who look after them. Given that
some of the younger characters can barely remember what the world used to be
like it will be more interesting to see how they fit into the world as it is
now...





It’s
also interesting to see how the events at the prison change the group dynamic
and how further events change it yet again. Everyone is looking for leadership
but Rick is unable to take that responsibility, it’s questionable as to whether
he can take any more pressure at all...


As
I said earlier Kirkman doesn’t let the momentum die out, adding new faces to
the group and sending them all off in a new direction with a promise of
information that readers will have been eager for ever since the first issue.
It’s too early to say whether we will find out anything concrete about the
zombie uprising but all credit to Kirkman to offering up this bait when readers
are still reeling from the prison massacre. It certainly keeps things fresh and
moving in a direction that’s worth following.





I’m
not quite sure when the next ‘Walking Dead’ collection is released but I’ll be
there to pick up my copy. Charlie Adlard’s art (simple yet hauntingly
effective) and Kirkman’s writing combine to form some pretty essential
reading...

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