It’s no secret that Robert Kirkman is a fan of 1980s-90s Marvel comics. Any reader of Invincible (and if you aren’t one, I recommend you rectify that tout de suite) can tell you that the fantastic series from Image is more or less a love song to books from that period and it would fit right in with those titles were it on the rack in 1989, save for its R rating.
However, while the comparisons between Invincible and Spider-Man are right at the surface, it’s a bit more difficult (and certain conjectural) to point out the similarities between the X-Men comics of yesteryear and the multi-media juggernaut that is The Walking Dead. Naturally the subject matter of the two series never overlap, the Walking Dead is a survival horror story set in a world only slightly different from our own and the classic X-Men stories are adventure tales in a wildly fantastic universe. But the characters, and the relationships between those characters are often so similar that I just can’t goddamn ignore it any longer.
Welcome back to another Zombie Round Up, Evil Geeks! Last week Rick got busy at trying to not die, Michonne occupied herself by realizing that she probably isn’t going to last long all on her own, and Carl passed the time by testing the human limit of patience with bitchy, emo, teens. Out of the core group of survivors, we know that these three made it out of the prison alive and managed to get themselves to safety. Could the other survivors possibly have fared as well?
After a long cold ass Winter (which we’re still currently living through), the zombies are finally thawing out and springing back to undead life! The Governor certainly went out with a bang in the mid-season finale, taking with him the comfy, secure, confines of the prison. The fences are down, zombies have flooded in, and whoever wasn’t killed in the initial melee are scattered to the winds. Not since Brooks in The Shawshank Redemption have people been so dismayed to be leaving a penitentiary. Before getting killed, the Governor managed to hand Rick his own ass, nearly beating him to death. How are he and Carl going to fare all alone out on the open road!?!?!?!
We’re finally back to the prison, Evil Geeks! After taking a divergent path for the past two weeks, we follow the Governor back to the prison in order to settle the score with Rick and Michonne. Can these two sides reach an understanding before any blood is spilled? If you read the comic, then you know that the answer to that question is a resounding “Nope.” Shit got real tonight kids, so let’s get right down to the review. Consider this your spoiler warning!
Evil Geeks, storywise, last week… may not have been the high point for the front portion of Season 4 of The Walking Dead. On paper it sounds good; a solo episode featuring a fan favorite character who’d been missing in action for a while. The execution though may have been a little lacking. As I said last week, I really hate it when a show dumps these one-shot episodes in the middle of a pretty heavy story arc. It feels like a distraction, or maybe the head writer’s kid got sick that week so they had to stay home from work. The thing that left we really nervous for this week’s episode was the fact that it looked like we’d be doubling down on another Governor-centric (or should I say Brian-centric) episode. Damn it! There’s still stuff going on at the prison that we want to know about! GET ON WITH IT!!!
Happy Monday Evil Geeklings! Some people would say that after a season so far packed with grisly, flame broiled murder, a killer flu, a massive fence breach, and the constant threat of being overrun by zombies, the people at the prison have been through enough. Well some people who don’t feel that way apparently are the writers of The Walking Dead and the current lingering big bad: The Governor. Last week we found out that the Governor has been quietly hanging around the prison, most likely doing something way more sinister than just constantly walking past the front gate hoping somebody sees him and invites him in. I’m pretty sure he’s got killing on his mind right now and I don’t mean in the “Murder For the Greater Good” type of way that Carol meant it. No, he’s got some scores to settle and surely that can’t bode well for Rick and the others.