Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Walking Dead, Volume 6: This Sorrowful Life by Robert Kirkman

Book Details
The Walking Dead, Volume 6: This Sorrowful Life by Robert Kirkman
Paperback, 144 Pages
2010, Image Comics
ISBN: 9781582406848
Series: Book 6 of The Walking Dead

Trapped in a town surrounded by madmen, Rick must find a way out or die trying. Meanwhile, back at the prison, the rest of the survivors come to grips with the fact Rick may be dead, and a major turning point in the series is reached.

The Walking Dead graphic novels continue to shock and amaze me. While this is a gritty ongoing zombie story, the depth of the human factor surprises me with its horrific realism time and again.

In This Sorrowful Life, Rick finds a savior among the Governor's people, but as it is often the case, things that seem too good to be true often are just that. Rick strays farther and farther from his original role as lawman, but does so in the name of protecting his people. More than just a dark and grisly horror plot, we also experience the inner workings of a good man unable to prevent himself from going down a dark path.

Michonne continues to be strong physically, even during her repeated torture, but she's clearly cracking mentally. It's been hinted at for a while now that she wasn't totally all there, but taking her revenge against her abuser may have finally pushed her over the edge.

Truly stupid reactions take more human lives and the numbers are dwindling. The remaining humans may not survive for much longer if the group doesn't start acting intelligently instead of emotionally. Risking everyone to save one is a poor survival plan.

An all out war may be headed the survivors way, once again proving the true danger to the survival of the human race is itself. I can't wait to see what Kirkman's got up his sleeve next.


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