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#1 Mark

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Posted 26 November 2004 - 01:09 PM

Well, I finally managed to pick up the first trade. For those who are sick of John going on about this title...I'm afraid there's going to be two of us now. Cheers, sir - it's every bit as good as you said it was. I owe you a pint for the recommendation.

I'll be getting the second trade next week, along with #13, and then I'll be along for the ride. Best zombie story, in any medium, in a very, very long time. The artwork is vaguely reminiscent of a more expressive, sensitive Steve Dillon (a similarly crisp storytelling style, with a lovely eye for gore, but his characters look so much more 'real' than Dillon's ever did), and the writing...ohhh, the writing.

Great, great stuff. The opening issue is, as others before me have observed, almost exactly the same as the beginning of 28 Days Later, but it goes in a much more effectively 'classic' direction from thereon in. I think I'm in love.
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Posted 26 November 2004 - 01:38 PM

Charlie Adlard takes over the art chores with #7, took him an issue or two to hit his stride.
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Posted 26 November 2004 - 01:41 PM

Ah well. Shame, really, because I love the art of the first volume. But it's so well-written that I can live with it. I assume once he's got into his stride, as you say, Adlard's work is pretty easy on the eye?
"As we journey through life, discarding baggage along the way, we should keep an iron grip, to the very end, on the capacity for silliness. It preserves the soul from dessication."
- Humphrey Lyttleton, 1921-2008

"The Doctor remembers every Doctor Who story ever told. Every episode, Target book, comic strip and every game of companions and TARDISes that you played as a kid. The universe he lives in has no record of it, because paradoxes and divergent dimensions and the Time War have reset things... but the Doctor remembers and sometimes when he is sad it's because you've stopped being 8 years old and he can't run around the school playground with you anymore."
- some wise soul on the internet somewhere, 2009

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Posted 26 November 2004 - 03:41 PM

Yeah, style-wise he's very similar to Moore so it's not a jarring shift from one to the other.
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Posted 29 November 2004 - 03:28 AM

Yeah Kirkman is great with this series. The Black an White really compliments it.  Doesnt it make you wish that it was a weekly comic and now just a Monthly? lol.
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Posted 01 December 2004 - 12:11 AM

Yeah, we were spoiled there with the last two issues coming out over the course of two weeks.

He's a fun writer on his own stuff - Invincible, Brit and The Walking Dead in particular.
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Posted 01 December 2004 - 02:11 AM

I heard his Captain America was also pretty good, and so was his "Team #1" with Spider-man an Wolverine.

I personally enjoy The Walking Dead, and Am infact thinking about getting a Poster of one of the issues.
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Posted 01 December 2004 - 10:36 AM

Didnt know there were Walking Dead posters available, do you have a link for im ?

It wouldn't surprise me if Robert went on to become a huge name at Marvel - he's managed to create his own Superhero Universe in the pages of a couple of books, hell he managed to pull off a big alien invasion crossover in several books without anyone noticing that he'd done so!

I just wish that the Invincible trades were as timely as the Walking Dead ones.
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Posted 01 December 2004 - 08:46 PM

I havent really looked for the Posters. When i go to my shop at the end of this month I'l look around to see what I can find.
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Posted 02 December 2004 - 10:39 AM

I had a quick gander online and there don't seem to be any available.
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Posted 04 December 2004 - 01:32 AM

I heard great things about this book but never got around to picking it up... well, I got the first trade last week and loved it!  GREAT!  Then I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there's a second trade!  I picked it up (will read this weekend!) and am eagerly awaiting more.

Kirkman's stuff is good!  Though his Captain America was crap, his Invincible and Walking Dead are top notch and his Marvel Team Up is a fund read.

I recommend Walking Dead highly.

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Posted 04 December 2004 - 02:17 AM

I got the second trade and #13 this week, and am still hugely excited by this book. It's really got a great rhythm going, and the cast of characters is well handled, especially considering how many of the buggers there are. Came round to Adlard's art reasonably quickly, too, although I still love Moore's stuff. It's a bit more 'Sean Phillips', which is ironic given that I still find Moore's work vaguely reminiscent of Steve Dillon, who of course preceded Phillips on Hellblazer. Perhaps the zombie gore will be getting toned down in favour of reflective tales of middle-aged lethargy in a few months?
"As we journey through life, discarding baggage along the way, we should keep an iron grip, to the very end, on the capacity for silliness. It preserves the soul from dessication."
- Humphrey Lyttleton, 1921-2008

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Posted 04 December 2004 - 01:32 PM

We'll take it as read that this is a spoiler thread from this point onwards.

What do folks think the two young ones are up to ?  Reeks of a suicide pact to me.
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Posted 04 December 2004 - 03:48 PM

Hmm...that's possible, but it seemed to me to be pretty strongly suggested that they're going to try to kill Tyreese. He's the main obstacle in their way to getting down'n'dirty, which is all those crazy teens seem interested in, after all...*

*Excepting that filthy rock and/or roll music, naturally.
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Posted 04 December 2004 - 07:59 PM

I thought it was funny when the two Lil kids. got pissed at when that one guy called him a "Brat". and then the girl asked him to be her Boyfreind and he was like "No WAY!! Your gross.. Go Fish."

I am thoroughly enjoying the book. Kirkman said #76 would be a good jumping off point.. Due to aliens, and vampire mutants.  I'm also wondering whats going to happen to Ricks wife when she gives birth to the baby.. Because there arent any doctors or Hospitals around.. Though at the place their staying at now. It seems like its quite fitting. Though so did that one Nieghboorhood.
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Posted 04 December 2004 - 08:54 PM

QUOTE (Mark @ Dec 4 2004, 03:48 PM)
Hmm...that's possible, but it seemed to me to be pretty strongly suggested that they're going to try to kill Tyreese.


Yeah but my gut told me that was a little bit of misdirection.
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Posted 04 December 2004 - 09:09 PM

Well ya never know. They could go an have sex, then end up getting killed by a bunhc of Zombies.
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Posted 01 January 2005 - 04:54 AM

Yeah, spoiler thread this, never venture in unless you've read the latest issue.

Told you it was a suicide pact!

Yet A-FUCKING-GAIN Kirkman delivers an incredible final page - though I think he's faking us out here and the girl isn't dead - don't reckon she's been zombified, goes against the established rules.

The whole issue just clicked for me - mainly cause Kirkman didn't leave that young Asian dude off in the boondocks, dug him since his first appearance and was disappointed to see him leave the main cast last month.  The scenes between...um...bugger...I'm shit at names - the lead and the mad farmer chap - were brill, got a real sense of genuine emotion from them.

It baffles me that the guy who wrote this and Invincible also wrote the shithouse 2099 minis for Marvel.
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Posted 01 January 2005 - 12:44 PM

Fuck it, this is going to replace The Losers on my pull list.

Do the trades go right up to the current issue?

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Posted 01 January 2005 - 02:01 PM

Pretty much, there are two six issue trades collecting up to 12, issue 14 came out this week.
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