Author: Robert Kirkman
Title: The Walking Dead (Volume 21): All Out War Part Two
Illustrator: Charlie Adlard
Publication Info: Image Comics (2014)
I’ve put off continuing to read The Walking Dead series because it seems to have run out of ideas. There’s only so many times you can read about the survivors of the zombie apocalypse fighting one another to the death. And the current villain Negan has really run his course.
So thankfully this volume has some good things to offer as Negan is finally defeated. This volume is also very slender, so at least the “all out war” isn’t drawn out. Actually, Rick’s big speech about how they’ve learned to live with the constant threat of the dead around them and now it’s time to stop fighting and work toward rebuilding society seems to be a commentary on the comics series itself. It seems to me that a story about the survivors facing the challenge of rebuilding without relying on the easy plot of the violent antagonist (whether it be from outside or within the group) is an interesting story to tell. Now let’s see if Kirkman and co. can do it.