story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art / cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN
32 PAGES / BW / M
“A LARGER WORLD” CONTINUES
Rick and his group are welcomed into a new community, led by a new charismatic leader. Rick has experienced this before. Is this the beginning of a new era of peace for Rick and the others… or is this man every bit as dangerous as The Governor?
The ‘letter hacks’ pages have a comment from Sina Grace (Editor) noting that there were 12 issues shipped in 2011, which I believe is testament to Adlard and Rathburn’s professionalism and dedication. Kirkman managed to get 12 issues of story out but sometimes (especially in the middle of the year) it felt stretched a bit thin, meandering, nothing to really move the story along.
This was the pilot for a TV puppet show, in the vein of Thunderbirds, that never reached full production status. ‘Paul Starr’ (a name very much of its time – he sounds like a 60’s crooners stage name), had the vision, but didn’t match the technical brilliance of Thunderbirds. In ‘Paul Starr’, the suspension of disbelief is nowhere to be found – its some models on strings being guided by human hands. In Thunderbirds, the stage sets, modelling and the handling of the various ships and vehicles allowed you to believe that what you were watching was almost real. Some of the puppets themselves have that faintly eerie quality that the TV marionettes had at the time (like Stingray and Fireball XL5 and Supercar – some downright disturbing puppets in some of those shows).