I cannot describe my whirlwind of emotions three or four years ago when I heard AMC was adapting Robert Kirkman’s long-running zombie apocalypse comics: excitement that I would soon watch these characters come to life; worry that the adaptation would not live up to the source material; hope that the television series would fix some of the problems I had with the comics; and grief for the characters whose deaths I might have to mourn again. Hey, I take my fiction very seriously.
The show has been a tremendous hit, inspiring many fans to seek out the comics. The Walking Dead makes excellent use of horror movie staples, but it also offers readers and viewers healthy doses of humor, adventure, and drama. Sometimes it’s grim, dark, and hopeless. Sometimes it builds tension to an almost unbearable pitch. Sometimes it’s absurd. Sometimes good characters make horrible decisions. Sometimes beloved characters die. Aside from the fact that the dead have risen to attack the living, it’s pretty realistic in its depiction of human relationships and struggles.
The television series is different enough from the comics to keep fans guessing. They can exist independently from one another for those who either don’t read or don’t watch, and they complement each other nicely for those fans who do both. The comics are recommended for mature readers. You can find the trade paperbacks upstairs at the main library with the graphic novels. The newest trade paperback, March to War (Volume 19) has arrived! Put it on hold today!
Other comic series the library has that I would like to see adapted to television or film include The Sandman, Y:The Last Man, Chew, and Batwoman. What comics do you want to see come to life?