Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artists: Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
Review by: Bill Jones
Volume 12 of The Walking Dead, “Too Far Gone,” is the start of a very important arc for Kirkman’s ongoing zombie epic. The first half of the trade is still packed with zombies, but by the second half they are barely seen. That’s because the group finds its way to Washington, D.C., where a large group of survivors has made it with the comforts of the old world in a walled-off community. Surprisingly, the group is welcomed with open arms, but the question becomes – do they have the trust in them to submit wholeheartedly to the group, and does the group truly have the best of intentions in mind? It’s a nice chance of pace, reminding readers that while the zombies are the catalyst for The Walking Dead, it is the people that keep us reading. It is a very important set-up for the series, and asks the important question – can this group survive in a “normal” society after everything they’ve been through? – but readers will have to wait until Volume 13 for the payoff.
Pros: Time to get to know the characters better. An exciting new arc that presents the group with hope. The usual fantastic art from Charlie Adlard. New characters. Suspicious tension.
Cons: Payoff doesn’t come until the next volume.
“Life Among Them” collects The Walking Dead issues #67-72.
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