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New Kirkman interview gives more details on upcoming Walking Dead arc (2009)

taken from Wizard Magazine #212, page 63.

So we know that the arc is roughly 5 issues long now, and the Hunters seem to be doing what they do for sport. Also, seems like it could be the end of the line for Andrea and Dale (and to be fair, Dales imminent demise has been hinted at by his recent behaviour). Also, the (remainder) of the group should it DC in 2010….

Potential Spoliers on The Walking Dead – are the Hunters displaying trophies from their victims of the ‘Hunt’? (2009)

SPOILERS!!! Plus SPECULATIVE SPOILERS!!!!

We were recently treated to the final spoiler image in the run up to the forthcoming ‘Hunters’ arc, starting in Walking Dead #62;

Look closer though, and you may see some clues as to the fate of some of the characters. NOTE – this is not fact, merely guesswork, speculation. In the next picture I identify 3 images (circled) that lead me to believe that the Hunters are wearing ‘trophies’ of their ‘prey’. The ‘prey’ being Rick, Carl, Abraham and the rest of their band of survivors;

The following 3 images are courtesy of Hidden Robot and their fantastic Walking Dead resource;
http://www.hiddenrobot.com/WALKINGDEAD/index.html

they show 3 of the main characters of The Walking Dead, and their distinctive headgear;

Dale’s Hat

Glenn’s Cap

Michonne’s Hood

Now, let us zoom in on the encircled images from the teaser poster;

Dale’s Hat?

Glenn’s Cap?

Michonne’s Hood?

Could this teaser poster be a clue as to what will happen in the coming months, or a total red herring?

All New Kirkman interview – discusses upcoming arc in Walking Dead, plus teaser images (including preview of forthcoming issue)(2009)

SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!

In this great new interview we learn some more about the ‘Hunters’ in the forthcoming arc (starts #62), such as the fact that they are going to be ‘worse’ than Woodbury. There is also a preview of (what I assume to be) issue #62…and that contains good stuff like this;


See the full interview here at IGN;

http://comics.ign.com/articles/976/976829p1.html

Solicitation for Walking Dead #63 (Image, 2009)

THE WALKING DEAD #63
Written by Robert Kirkman,
art and cover by Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn.

The hunt continues! Who will be the next to fall?

32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on July 15

Solicitation information from;
http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0904/23/imagejuly.htm

So………..we know this artwork, we have seen it before, but as a cover it is given a new lease of life. Simply put, this piece of art suggests someone is either dead or wounded, and whoever is at the end of those weapons is following up (mopping up?). Could those bloody boot prints be from Army issue boots? Could the blood be Abrahams? The fact that the solicitation states ‘The hunt continues! Who will be the next to fall?’ means we are going to be witness to a storyline where some of the characters die. Probably. Not long to find out, providing the ‘On time in ’09’ manifesto continues (and it is holding up so far, a third of the way through the year).

But please, don’t kill off Abraham!

Review – The Walking Dead #60 (Image, 2009)



Warning – Spoilers Ahead!!!!

First off, let me have a bit of a moan. Another cover, another scant representation of what the contents of the issue actually hold. Yes, Rick is in the issue, and yes, there are lots of zombies. But that is as far as it goes for this cover giving any clues to the events unfolding inside. Rick is not wielding a shotgun, atop anything, making a stand against the undead hordes. The cover is a disappointment, and to be honest, so is the issue as a whole.

I was reading a review of last months Walking Dead (issue #59) where the reviewer spoke about the thrill of reading this title as a trade, with 6 (or more if you get a hardcover) issues giving you a longer and fuller reading experience, but how the monthlies could sometimes drag, as they had to be seen in the context of the arc as a whole. Not an easy thing to stomach when you have been waiting a whole month for the next Walking Dead fix, but I agree with the point made. This issue seems to be a bridging issue, another step closer to the new arc, which promises something on the scale of ‘No-one is safe’ from more than a year ago.

On the plus side, there are some devastating scenes, some of the most powerful I have read in this title, with Morgan being exposed to some heart-rending images in a house. It is truly emotional, and another dent in Morgans fragile emotional state.

Also on the plus side is the emergence of a new type of Dale – an angry, bitter man, whose hatred for Rick seems to be growing for Rick, Dale also wants to breakaway from the group, settle down with Andrea and the children. Adlard portrays the mans anger and rage perfectly, the normally happy face darkened, twisted.

Although for me the Maggie and Glenn interlude was not altogether successful, I understand why it is in there (there has been a few issues passed since Maggies suicide attempt, with no real follow up on it, or the aftermath). Dr Eugene and Rosita, Michonne and the kids all make a brief appearance. Eugenes explanation of zombie herd dynamics was welcome amidst the relationships drama. Some of the kids are playing with the remains of a dead cat. Whether they killed the cat or not is open to question, but is another killer detail that Kirkman casually drops in – are these kids turning into sadists? Is the environment they are in developing psychotic killers at any early age? The small scene raises a lot of questions.

However, my problem with the issue is the fact that the zombie herd never really captures the imagination. Rick , Abraham, Karl and Morgan all get away pretty easily and then gather the others to make good their escape from the advancing zombies. It is an issue all about running away, but you never really get suspense or tension.

As a result of this lack of excitement, it feels like the issue is a bit rushed. What is the point of introducing such a threat without really exploring it or utilising it more? This begs the question – is ‘on time in 09‘ becoming too much of a burden for Kirkman?

This is issue is a blip. It was a slight disappointment only because of the high standards we expect from the title. There is a lot more to come from the title though, and the end of the issue offers more exciting possibilities;

and these guys? I just get the feeling that there is going to be a lot of bloodshed. They look like they mean business;

I mean – how tooled up and fearsome do they look? Incredibly exciting times lie ahead (I hope) for this title.

The Walking Dead – More teaser images – ‘The Dead Do Not Hunt’ (2009)

Following on from the previous teaser images for the upcoming (untitled) story arc – ‘The Dead Do Not Stalk‘, ‘The Dead Do Not Track‘ and ‘The Dead Do Not Watch‘ – comes this new image, with more potential spoilers;

With the image showing Dale shot and injured, it would appear that those who watch, stalk and track the survivors are not friendly at all.

Link here for the original article from IGN