THE WALKING DEAD #100

Review by: ghostmann

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Story by Robert Kirkman
Art by Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathburn
Cover by Charlie Adlard

Size: 30 pages
Price: 3.99

If you haven’t read The Walking Dead # 100 do NOT read this review because I will spoil the living fuck out of it.

Okay, with that out of the way…..

I’m a big pile of mixed emotions as I write this review. I read The Walking Dead # 100 last night and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Like an annoying song that you can’t seem to get out of your head, issue 100 is staying with me, nagging me, haunting me.

And this a good thing. For me, the sign that I’ve just watched, read, listened to something great, as opposed to something just good, is that I’m still thinking about it the next day. This doesn’t happen very often in the comic book world. Most of the time I read my comics and afterwards bag them up and file them away in my long box. But there are a few series that stick with me. A few stories that rattle around in my brain long after I’ve read them – for good or bad reasons – but the fact that they are lingering is significant. The fact that it is making me think and feel is monumental.

When Glenn died I truly hated The Walking Dead comic book series. I felt a revulsion in the pit of stomach that made me rethink why I read this comic. I felt sadness, and anger, and shook my head in disgust. “I don’t want to see this”, I thought to myself. Why is Kirkman rubbing Glenn’s death in our faces?

Because this comic book has been about rubbing our faces in it from the start, I just forgot that. Main characters die all the fucking time in this series. Shit, Carl had half his face blown off. Why now am I feeling this way towards a characters death? Because Glenn was the closest character to “US” that The Walking Dead had.

The other characters that have died horrible deaths, Dale, Hershel, Tyreese, all fantastic characters and it sucked when then bit it, but it always felt that those deaths moved the story along and I never felt a connection with them. They were larger then life characters that comic books need. Heroes. I’m not a hero. So when Tyreese gets his head chopped off? While I think, “that sucks. He was an awesome dude”, I’m not to terribly shocked or surprised. But when a character like Glenn gets his head bashed in with a baseball bat, I want to throw the fucking comic to the ground and walk away. Because that guy was me. Because I in a weird sick way, Robert Kirkman, in the course of 98 issues, made me love Glenn. And now he’s dead. I will no longer get to read about Glenn. He’s gone and that fucking sucks. And I’m fucking pissed off about it.

and then there is that full page, close up spread of Glenn dying. I’m pretty sure Charile Adlard is having reoccurring nightmares over that drawing. Horrible shit man. But this a horror comic first and foremost. And a zombie horror comic to boot. Gore goes with the territory.

I just wish I didn’t care so much.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 4 - Very Good

Comments

  1. jyoung778 jyoung778 says:

    Everything you said is exactly how I felt about this. It was amazing and hard to read at the same time. I don’t think I’ve ever been this upset over a death in any comic, movie, book, or other form of entertainment. I’ve been thinking about it nonstop ever since I read it, and it almost feels like we lost a close friend. It’s sad to think we will never get to read about Glenn again. EVER!!! A death in a comic has never felt so permanent!

    • ghostmann ghostmann says:

      Too bad Kirkman isn’t a fan of “flashback” episodes – we might have gotten another Glenn story. Or Dale story. Or Tyreese story. Or Hershel story. Or Abraham story. Or……

  2. Jr. Wormwood Jr. Wormwood says:

    Wow. Great review! I really think you nailed it. Sad to hear so many (actually, not that many come to think of it, but still…) people shitting on this issue. This book made me actually FEEL instead of just think and compartmentalize, and no other book has done that in a long time. I think the last time I felt like I lost a friend in a comic book was when Roger in BPRD died. But that still wasn’t even close to the way I felt reading this issue.

    • ghostmann ghostmann says:

      Thanks man. I find it funny that people shit on the Walking Dead for killing off main characters. Dudes, that’s how it’s been from the start. Sure it’s depressing and upsetting when a loved character dies, and you want to rip your comic to shreds and never read another issue ever, but come on, its the Walking Dead – that’s its thing.

  3. alanfrancis alanfrancis says:

    Your review “hit” all the nails on the head about this series. I too felt the losses of the other characters in this book as “that sucks!” then moved on. But when Glenn was… well let’s say I too thought about it a couple days after reading the issue. Your review stole my thoughts right out of my head.

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