October 31st, 2018 by Proprietor
I was not on board with the comic at the start. Zombie Comic? WTF!? Not my thing. After picking up the first Compendium during Free Comic Book Day, because I could not find anything else to buy, then reading it, I was stunned. STUNNED! It was an incredible story. Then the second Compendium came out, and I read it. I then bought the comic books starting from #97. #96 was the end of the second Compendium, and had introduce Negan.
After that, I was hooked. Since then, I have continued to collect “The Walking Dead“.
Recently, I have been checking out trade paper backs from my local library. I love the library. I rediscovered my love for libraries half a decade ago. South Milwaukee Library is part of the Milwaukee Public Libraries system, and it has been the greatest joy in years. Please go to your library and support it.
One of the books I decided to check out from my local library was “The Walking Dead, Compendium Number One“. I decided to re-read this tome. After years of not having read it, and being exposed to the most recent Walking Dead comics, as well as the television series, I realized, the writing was brilliant.
How often did our ancient ancestors go on a Mammoth Hunt for food and feel board?
One of the things that struck me as interesting is how the survivors viewed the “Zombies”. After Rick and his group cleared the prison of zombies, the survivors burned the corpses. The corpses were people, but those people were just masses of undead without names. When it came to having to deal with people the survivors knew, those corpses were buried with some form of ceremony. The survivors honored their dead. Any other dead, were just trash to be incinerated.
The survivors realized that when they die, they turn into zombies. It did not matter. In the television series, Rick discovered this after visiting the CDC office in Atlanta. In the comic, Rick came upon this realization after Tyrees killed his daughter’s boyfriend, after a failed suicide pact. In the comic, Rick came upon this realization after Tyreese killed his daughter’s boyfriend, after a failed suicide pact. Tyreese’s daughter came back to life, and had not been bitten. The bite kills, but does not infect.
When the survivors found Alexandria, the distinction between friend and dead became very apparent. Once the survivors had firmly established themselves in communities, and networked together, anyone who died was ceremoniously staked in the head. It harkens back to the old Vampire concept in various Eastern European Cultures, where a stake was driven through the heart of a suspected vampire or to keep a person who died from becoming a vampire. In the case of “The Walking Dead” it was not a superstition. When people died of natural or unnatural causes, but those people were friendly, those dead individuals would end up becoming zombies. The only way to stop zombies from overrunning society was to put a stake in the dead person’s head. Common sense solution to a larger problem.
Pick up “The Walking Dead” compendiums or any trade paperbacks you can. If you are not a zombie comic fan, this series will make you a zombie comic fan. It made me one.
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