|Need More Read
||[May. 10th, 2009|07:49 pm]
Nate and I made our weekly trip to the comic book store, but since they didn't have the next-of from Fables I mostly picked up a few of the new releases from the more minor series I'm reading (Jonah Hex, Deadpool, Mouse Guard, etc.). The owner asked if we were looking for something new to buy into, and suggested The Walking Dead.|
Now, I hate zombies. Not like how I hate vampires, we're talking two very different kinds of hate. Zombies tap into that uncanny valley thing, which is why I also hate puppets. This is a hatred born from terror; vampires are just lame. So reading a series about the zombie apocalypse is more of an educational tool than entertainment in my mind (the paranoid, worst case scenario, what if part), and combined with the fact that this genre is pretty picked-over already, I was hesitant. The guy mentioned it was one of the only series he sold that he gave a return-and-refund-no-questions-asked guarantee, so in the end we gave it a shot. We picked up the 8-volume compendium because we knew it had a slowish start, and it was more bang for the buck.
Nate blew through most of that sucker in a matter of hours. Being one massive, singular book, I couldn't be picking up the volumes he finished to trail a few chapters behind, so I listened while he made dramatic but intentionally vague (and therefore polite) reactions throughout the evening. At the time I was reading through my own main purchase, the first volume of Swamp Thing, so I was mostly content to wait. When Nate turned in for the night I picked it up, eager to continue my comic binge.
First things first: The hell is the matter with me? Reading about zombies before going to sleep? Shit.
But it was worth it. I tore through that thing, and now I've got nothing to read AGAIN. The best thing about it is that it's character driven, not plot driven, so it's about a bunch of people who just happen to dealing with the zombie apocalypse (and I use the term 'dealing with' lightly). At times the way they all behave seems over dramatic, but then again, ZOMBIES. They will fuck up your day. The last couple volumes were actually so focused on how the circumstances changed normal people into lunatics that the zombies themselves were no longer centric. Like Nate, I read a bit about what will be happening next since we want to wait for the next compendium, and I really want to follow this thing to the end. It is really draining, though, so if I even manage to pick it up for a second read-through it won't be for a couple years.
...and now I need something else to read. Suggestions?