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Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Walking Dead Volume 10: What We Become

Title: The Walking Dead Volume 10: What We Become

ISBN: 9781607060758

Price: $14.99

Publisher/Year: Image, 2010

Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard

Robert Kirkman

Collects: The Walking Dead #55-60

Rating: 4/5

Catching up
with Rick Grimes’ continuing struggle to survive in a world newly populated by
the living dead was a New Year’s resolution that didn’t really need making a
big deal of on the blog. ‘The Walking Dead’ is one of my favorite series. I
appreciate my LCS (Tony’s Kingdom of
) for keeping me up-to-date on these trades.

Rick and his
band of survivors are making their way towards Washington and a possible
solution (or at the very least a reason) for the sudden uprising of the living
dead. It’s a long way to Washington though and there’s plenty that can go wrong
along the way. As always, the zombie threat only comes second to humanity can
do to itself when it has been beaten to the ground and has nowhere else to
turn. Again, as always, the threat can be found not only in the obstacles that
Rick and his friends will face but within the very group itself...

‘What We
Become’ is very much a ‘transition piece’ along the same lines of the earlier
episodes in the prison. New characters have been introduced and are in the
process of bedding into the group and slowly beginning to show what they’re all
about. Hard case Abraham is very much the man to watch here with his flying
rages hiding a terrible secret that will gain your sympathy. The title says it
all here, we get to see what the survivors are becoming and there’s a mixture
here of people aspiring to rise above their circumstances while others will
embrace their rage and do whatever it takes to survive... As is typical with
Kirkman by now, not only do these scenes pull no punches but their sheer
intensity leaves you wondering what you would do in similar circumstances.
Sometimes, the only way to fight an animal is to become an animal yourself and
Kirkman leaves you in no doubt as to what this really means.

Seeds are
also being sown for events further down the line. What can constant exposure to
the living dead do to a young mind? Especially when it’s clear that death isn’t
the final obstacle that it has been in the past... Kirkman leads his readers
gradually into this one and is setting up something quite nasty for the near

There’s not
a lot more that I can say about Charlie Adlard’s artwork that I haven’t said
already; the bottom line is that I think it complements Kirkman’s sombre tale
almost perfectly. I was wondering though if it might freshen things up to have
another artist to have a crack at it, just for an issue or two. On the one
hand, why would you mess with a winning combination? On the other hand
though... It might make for an interesting change to see someone else’s interpretation.

That’s just
me daydreaming on my first day back at work though. Kirkman and Adlard might
not be doing anything new but when it’s all being done so well it almost
doesn’t matter. Roll on volume eleven...

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