And now for something gruesome.
My friend Autropos got me started on these comic books. No superheroes here! The premise seems to be very much like 28 Days Later (the author insists that his was written first, just not published) where the protagonist (Sheriff Rick Grimes) wakes up in the hospital and the world has gone to hell in a handbasket while he’s been lying in a coma. Zombies are mindlessly roaming everywhere, consuming flesh and converting people as they go. Rick has to find his family (if they’re still around), shelter, other survivors, and weapons. But as it turns out, zombies aren’t the only monsters out there.
Because really, this series shows humanity at its utmost worst as people struggle to survive. The depths that people will sink to to live is sometimes infinite. It’s quite horrible to read (and see) what people will do to protect their family, or even what they will do to their family for self-preservation. One can see the extreme cases of rationalization to justify what they do. It’s mind-numbing and depressing.
So why do I keep reading? I have to see what happens. I almost gave up after book 4. If it had been my book, I might’ve thrown it at a wall (which is pretty bad, considering I usually treat my books like fragile butterflies). Fortunately for the book, Autropos was visiting and he would’ve been quite upset to see the book go flying across the room. After half a day of yelling at him and swearing I was not going to read anymore, I picked up book 5 and started and finished it before his visit was done.
After a long break, I finally borrowed book 6 (the most current collection) from Shaz and read that. I was mostly interested again because we had watched the first episode of AMC’s new tv series. And yet again, a new low had been reached! Although some hope is on the horizon. But it’ll probably be a trap and something’s totally effed up. Or maybe our band of anti-heroes will mess it up themselves. Who knows.
I’m pretty sure the title is referring to both the literal walking dead (the zombies) and the still-living humans (who are pretty much dead soul- and morality-wise). Or maybe my own soul after reading these books.