The Walking Dead and I

I don’t always read comics, but when I do, I prefer to READ ABOUT ZOMBIES!!!

Okay, that was super lame. That was supposed to be a take on that Jose Cuervo commercial. Er, I mean Dos Equis.

Can we just pretend this never happened? Cool.

I’ve been reading The Walking Dead for a while (I first finished the compendium in June of 2010) and I bought a hardcover and a few trades after that, but  I stopped reading around issue #60.  Theeeen the television show came out and I became obsessed like 99% of the population. But it wasn’t until a co-worker and I began having ritualistic Monday morning recap discussions about the latest TWD episode that I really began wanting to read the comics again.

And seeing as how I’ve been sick for the last week or so I’ve sorta-kinda been spending a good chunk of my time with my nose in the comics. I’m on issue #90, and I believe there are 96 issues out as of right now. I’m so excited to almost be completely caught up!

If you’re not caught up with all of the shows, and/or at least have read to#90 of the comics and you’re deathly afraid of spoilers like I am, BEWAAAAAAARE!!! (You were supposed to read “beware” in a deep, dark and piss-inducing voice. I hope you did, otherwise it didn’t quite have the effect I was going for.)

Can my black fuzzy socks get some <3?

So, holy crap. I just finished the latest trade a few hours ago, and, again, holy crap. What the heck is going on with Rick and Andrea? Even though I *knew* a hook-up was coming, it still weirded me out. I’m sure it was one of those “ZOMG we’re so fucked up because of this zed-filled world, let’s bang!” situations. I don’t think there are any actual emotions involved, but still…engggh. But props Rick for getting some young tail!

Speaking of Andrea, I find it interesting that the Andrea/Dale love story was omitted from the show. It was hinted that Dale had feelings for Andrea, but that was about it — it never came close to resembling the relationship those two had in the comics. I wonder if that sort of relationship would be too weird for television? I mean, you have the young Andrea and the old Dale, who fall in love with each other and end up assuming the role of parents for a pair of twins. But in the television series, Andrea is a little older, bangs Shane and wants nothing romantic with Dale. Who ends up, uh, dying before they even leave Hershel’s farm.

And then of course there’s the Lori x Shane x Rick triangle which played out differently.

Oh, and Sophia is still a thing that is living and breathing, and not, you know, a zombie chillin’ in Hershel’s farm. And Sophia’s mom, Carol, is SUCH a drastically different character! In the comic she’s like, this hot blonde lady who wants nothing more than to get laid and live a Sister Wives-esque relationship with Lori and Rick. BUT then she ends up killing herself by means of a zombie.

Gah, there are so many differences! I wonder which main story plots will be kept in the upcoming television episodes– like, will the characters run into Tyrese and his crazy ass-daughter and her crazy-ass boyfriend? Will Rick lose his arm? WILL LORI BE KILLED?!

OOH! And I can’t wait to see how Woodbury goes down.

I hate waiting. >(

What are some of your favorite differences? Or things you wish wouldn’t have been changed?

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  • SPOILERS

    I said “YESSSSS” when Rick and Andrea finally kissed. I didn’t like Laurie much in the comics, and I think Andrea and Rick are the best suited for each other.
    I was sad that they left the Andrea/Dale stuff out of the show. I mean, I see why, but I liked that it was so non-traditional/-conformist and that they were like any other couple.  

    Changes…I liked that they killed off Dale in the show, because they made his character so whiny seeming.  If it was Dale from the comic, I’d have been more sad (and was, at first), but realized that if I had had to deal with that for much longer, I’d have hated him.

    REALLY happy they killed Sophia. That was a huge twist for people into the comics, and I was definitely not expecting it at all.

    The one other change that I was upset about was who killed Shane.  I mean, I see why Carl couldn’t be the one to kill Shane (because it’s TV), and I liked that he killed the zombie-Shane, but I thought that Carl killing Shane outright in the comic was a major plot development and the part where I really started to think of Carl as a main character and not just a kid.

    I don’t think Rick will lose his arm, because Kirkman has said he regretted doing that in the comic, because Rick now cannot even button his own shirt.  But I do hope that Lori dies.

    Only time will tell though.

    CANNOT wait for Michonne and the Governor!

    • britt5091

      Oooh interesting tidbit re: Kirkman’s comment! I can see where he’s coming from, though. I mean, that’s your MAIN character. Oh well. Maybe they’ll create some robotic andriod arm for him ;D
       
      Thanks for your comment Holly! I enjoyed reading it! 😀

      • I enjoy reading your blog! We obsess over a lot of shared things 😀

        and an android arm would be friggin’ cool! Imagine him punching zombies’ heads off?!

        • britt5091

          We must be besties.

          • Boots_33

            I was trying to have you two fangirl out on the podcast for the longest time, but Britt was always too big for us. :'(

          • Augh. I didn’t realize you replied forever ago, but hi! And yes, we should.

  • I liked the fact that they drug out the Shane thing longer than in the comics, much much more drama and interesting story. Shane killing Otis was a nice touch too.

    Some aspects of the comics drag a bit for my tastes. I’m hoping the entire prison and governor storyline take up next season and don’t last for too. The first volume of the prison storyline was pretty dull IMO. But take the best of that + the governor and next season should kick ass.

    • britt5091

      Yeah, it’ll be interesting to see how they space things out. I can’t wait!