WARNING – SPOILERS!!!!
If you get the trades for The Walking Dead, then you will probably not want to read this, as I am discussing some major spoilers from the ‘No-one is safe’ story arc. So if you dont want to know the score, look away……NOW.
This is getting hellish now. I have read the Walking Dead thread at newsarama, and the Kirkman board on Image. Speculation is feverish, and anticipation – well, I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. I have scrutinised the shadows that hang across Rick Grimes’ impassive face on the updated cover for issue 48 (see above), but I get no further clues. I think it is going to be the end of Lori and Judith, as we saw them, at the climax of #47, helpless at the feet of a mystery assailant brandishing a shotgun. I think Rick and Carl could be the only survivors from all this misery and fighting as the Woodbury community take what The Governer has led them to believe is theirs.
I keep looking at the new cover, and counting the graves. I count 6. That is one for Tyrese, one for Axel, and…..? Are we going to lose four others in this issue? Is the perspective of the crosses misleading to suggest a smaller cross amongst the larger ones? A smaller cross would imply a childs grave. I do not think Robert Kirkman has any qualms about making this story as ‘real’ as a fantasy can be considered ‘real’. The young die and the good die. Characters who have been major players for 40 or so issues die brutally. This next issue is going to (hopefully) resolve a few questions that remain unanswered;
Does Andrea, after arriving like the cavalry, survive?
What has happened to Glenn, Maggie and the others who left the prison with Andrea?
Will the Woodbury fighters hunt down the prison survivors?
Who has the gun trained on Lori and the baby?
Will the Governer meet a (deserved) brutal death?
Where is Michonne?
The answers will come soon, but there is a problem. It is one of impatience. My impatience.
The frustration for me is that I will not get the issue until Saturday at the earliest. I get my subscriptions via the post, from 2 brilliant comic shops, Red Hot (based in Glasgow) and Economic (based in Staines). I have links to their shops at the bottom of this post, and they both have great ebay stores as well. They are thoroughly nice people to do business with. Anyway, getting back to frustration…..my issue 48 will not arrive until the weekend at the earliest. That means I cannot use a lot of my favourite haunts online for fear of reading spoilers, and it doesnt get much worse than waiting for something like this, with such great excitement, to then read spoilers by accident and have the experience ruined.
What is the solution? Sit tight? Turn off all media until the postman delivers?? Well, there is another solution, and that is just grabbing a torrent of it, and reading it (probably) on Thursday. Is this right? Having already paid for the physical issue, I should have few reservations about grabbing an online copy for free, but for everyone who is just grabbing an early look before the paper copy arrives, I am sure there are plenty who are grabbing it for free. Therefore, am I justifiying the existence of these ripped copies, and harming comic creators and comic dealers????
Maybe, if I sit agonise over this for a few more hours it will actually take my mind off the wait for #48……