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The conflict in the Commonwealth hits a fever pitch… could this be the end of civilization as we’ve come to know it? Collects THE WALKING DEAD #187-193.


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The conflict in the Commonwealth hits a fever pitch… could this be the end of civilization as we’ve come to know it? Collects THE WALKING DEAD #187-193.

30 review for The Walking Dead, Vol. 32: Rest In Peace

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    It’s… over? Wha… no foolin’!? Sweet zombie jesus! Yup, the series that became like the rotting, shambling corpses featured in its pages has finally come to a long overdue end. I kinda feel like Kent Brockman – why now, why not five years ago?? So after years of saying he’d end The Walking Dead at 300 issues, Robert Kirkman surprised long-suffering readers last month by answering their prayers pulling the plug early with issue #193, the various reasons for which he talks about in his lengthy afterword ( It’s… over? Wha… no foolin’!? Sweet zombie jesus! Yup, the series that became like the rotting, shambling corpses featured in its pages has finally come to a long overdue end. I kinda feel like Kent Brockman – why now, why not five years ago?? So after years of saying he’d end The Walking Dead at 300 issues, Robert Kirkman surprised long-suffering readers last month by answering their prayers pulling the plug early with issue #193, the various reasons for which he talks about in his lengthy afterword (basically he ran out of material). So how is the final book? Like the last few volumes have been: not good! Rick clashes with the Hillary Clinton leader of the Commonwealth and her Joffrey-esque son, bringing a merciful end to that tedious storyline. One of the funniest moments in the series for me was a speech Rick gave a while ago which ends with a double splash page where he looks at the reader and says “WE are the walking dead!” in an eye-rolling no shit Sherlock moment. The Commonwealth storyline builds up to Rick giving what’s meant to be a moving, emotional speech that ends with a reference to that earlier speech with Rick saying in a similar double splash “We are NOT the walking dead!”, totally undercutting the serious tone it was shooting for and reducing what should’ve been a powerful moment into laughter! About the only notable thing to happen is a certain main character dying – and if you know this is the last book, you know the only character it could be (view spoiler)[grimy ol’ Rick (hide spoiler)] - which I guess was kinda moving but also expected. The twenty years later jump (it doesn’t say exactly how many years but it seems like a fair chunk of time) as an extended epilogue was interesting – briefly. It was sweet seeing who ended up marrying who and what the surviving characters did with their lives. And then it overstays its welcome. I mean, did we really need to have the story of Carl and Hershel’s court case over zombies as property (that’s just my phrasing – Kirkman got through the whole series without once mentioning the word “zombie”, so kudos for that!)? I guess it’s sort of amusing to see how the perceptions of the zombies have shifted because life has gotten that safe, but it just went on and on, seemingly only so we could see familiar characters older, and in new roles. But I didn’t like the twenty years later world. It was essentially just the old west cowboys’n’injuns world – very unimaginative. The final image of the series is cute but the words preceding it are way too long-winded and dull to convincingly be read as a children’s book. Overall there was an absolute shit-ton more exposition than usual, none of which I found especially compelling, and the forced action scenes with the zombies were rubbish – the zombies are too easily defeated now so there’s zero excitement seeing the characters fight them. I believe Kirkman when he says he ran out of material because I was yawning the whole time throughout this one. It’s a bit of a disappointing end to what was a decent series. The Walking Dead definitely had its moments. About half of the books are really good, like the ones featuring The Governor and Negan. The series hit its peaks when it had strong villains for Rick and co. to battle against, that weren’t zombies, and they were both terrific bad guys. Speaking of, I wanted to see what became of Negan in the epilogue but, beyond a page hinting at his continued existence, we didn’t get anything more, which was a shame. Then again, I’m sure that’s deliberate and Kirkman will return at some point to tell Negan’s story in full. Because even if Volume 32 is “the end”, it’s really only the end of this story arc. Let’s be real: the series is way too popular and profitable to never revisit again. I’m sure in five or ten years when Kirkman’s got more ideas, or HBO’s demanding more stories for a new TV show because nostalgia SELLS, he and Charlie Adlard will be back for more. Particularly as there are so many possibilities to explore. Besides Negan’s story they could tell the story of what happened in the interval between, or what happened in other areas of the world during this time, or even jump ahead of the time jump and see what the world beyond the new old west looks like. Rest in peace? Bitch, please. This is comics – nobody ever stays deaded, not least a series about the undead!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Karl Marberger

    I’m speechless.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Wow, it's done. Finito. Kirkman had one last surprise for us, ending the series without telling anyone. Even going so far as to create fake solicitations in Previews. I thought he'd ride that money train to the end of the line. But even Kirkman saw it was time to end the series. I like how Kirkman ends the Commonwealth storyline. Not with violence, but with reason. The series has been a diatribe about modern society for a long time. So Rick puts his money where his mouth is and talks everyone in Wow, it's done. Finito. Kirkman had one last surprise for us, ending the series without telling anyone. Even going so far as to create fake solicitations in Previews. I thought he'd ride that money train to the end of the line. But even Kirkman saw it was time to end the series. I like how Kirkman ends the Commonwealth storyline. Not with violence, but with reason. The series has been a diatribe about modern society for a long time. So Rick puts his money where his mouth is and talks everyone into resolving their disputes with the Commonwealth without war. I think anyone reading this story from the beginning knew how it would end and that's exactly what happens. I did enjoy the epilogue, several years later. We get to see how all our friends turned out. Yes, I've been following these characters for 193 issues, they are certainly my friends at this point. Thanks to Kirkman, Adlard and the rest of the creative team for entertaining me for the last 16 years.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    That’s it . . . it’s over! The afterward to this volume mentions that there was not a lot of fanfare leading up to the final volume and that was the way the author wanted it. He figured if there was an announcement that issue 193 would be the last there would be a lot of expectation leading up to it. Instead it went out quietly – and, I must admit, I was surprised after this volume was released to discover that it was the last one. That’s it . . . it’s over! The afterward to this volume mentions that there was not a lot of fanfare leading up to the final volume and that was the way the author wanted it. He figured if there was an announcement that issue 193 would be the last there would be a lot of expectation leading up to it. Instead it went out quietly – and, I must admit, I was surprised after this volume was released to discover that it was the last one. It was definitely time for the series to end. As much as I have loved the journey along the way, it has felt for a long time like things needed to wrap up. Some of the storylines felt repetitive. Some of the character tropes were getting a bit stale. I didn’t want to have what was a great series meander off into mediocrity. I am pleased to say that this volume did a great job wrapping things up. The ending was not necessarily happy. Not all loose ends were necessarily tied up. But, I feel like there was a satisfactory wrap up for fans of the series along with enough hints of places where things are still not perfect to leave the reader imagining what the future could possibly hold; a story that leaves a little for the reader to think on is a great story! The art throughout the series has remained steady. The first few issues were a different artist, but over 90% has been the same and I have enjoyed all the artwork along the way. The fact that it was black and white for every issue has been awesome. While I do enjoy when graphic novels are in color, I think that black and white is my favorite. Time for the dead to shamble on to other stories and other graphic novels. Their time here is done and it has been a great ride from start to finish. Congratulations to Robert Kirkman and all others involved in this journey – may they all have many more successes in the future!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ben Brown

    Is it just me, or does it feel like The Walking Dead is finally – albeit slowly – lumbering zombie-like towards its endgame? Big things happen in this volume – like, game-changing things. After 192 issues and 32 volumes, it’s a little strange to read “The Walking Dead” and feel like it’s winding in a distinct narrative direction – so much of the comic’s appeal over the years has been its carefree, almost purposeless sense of direction, story-wise. Here’s hoping Kirkman can stick the landing bett Is it just me, or does it feel like The Walking Dead is finally – albeit slowly – lumbering zombie-like towards its endgame? Big things happen in this volume – like, game-changing things. After 192 issues and 32 volumes, it’s a little strange to read “The Walking Dead” and feel like it’s winding in a distinct narrative direction – so much of the comic’s appeal over the years has been its carefree, almost purposeless sense of direction, story-wise. Here’s hoping Kirkman can stick the landing better than “Game of Thrones” did (sorry, sorry, couldn’t resist).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ginger

    Wow. that is all I can say without spoiling everything. These are true spoilers. Do not read them if you have not finished this vol. (view spoiler)[ I thought for sure when Rick was shot that he was going to be ok (come on his son was shot in the head!) but then there was another....and another... and another. I am not in love with the whole flash forward in time piece. I read Kirkman's notes at the end, telling about how he was going to have this all end earl Wow. that is all I can say without spoiling everything. These are true spoilers. Do not read them if you have not finished this vol. (view spoiler)[ I thought for sure when Rick was shot that he was going to be ok (come on his son was shot in the head!) but then there was another....and another... and another. I am not in love with the whole flash forward in time piece. I read Kirkman's notes at the end, telling about how he was going to have this all end earlier. I honestly think I would have liked that better. Krikman got me with one last shock. Bravo. It was time for this to end. The story line was getting lost. (hide spoiler)]

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Sigal

    I got the ending that I've been hoping for over years of emotional attachment to these characters. This volume brought the tears, and as always, the shocks and anxiety. Thank you, Mr. Kirkman.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Well I’m glad it’s done. I’ve felt for a while that the series was stagnating and going round in circles. I’m not going to say too much as I don’t want to spoil things but I enjoyed the ending which is even sweeter as I know the tv show can never end in the same way (so that’ll be another surprise)!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    This is it, folks. It's the end of The Walking Dead -- at least, it's the end of the comic series. It's a pretty safe bet that the TV series will continue on for years... or even decades. Rest in Peace is a fitting, satisfying ending to a series that has had ups and down over the years. Despite being unable to avoid spoilers for the biggest event here (view spoiler)[ (the death of Rick Grimes) (hide spoiler)] , I hadn't been spoiled about how and why it un This is it, folks. It's the end of The Walking Dead -- at least, it's the end of the comic series. It's a pretty safe bet that the TV series will continue on for years... or even decades. Rest in Peace is a fitting, satisfying ending to a series that has had ups and down over the years. Despite being unable to avoid spoilers for the biggest event here (view spoiler)[ (the death of Rick Grimes) (hide spoiler)] , I hadn't been spoiled about how and why it unfolded. Did I shed a tear? Maybe so. I also wasn't prepared for the volume to conclude as it did, and found it really touching. And while I'm sad that this is the end, I can't complain about how the story wrapped up.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    And there you have it. The end of an era. 15 years, 193 issues later, and The Walking Dead is over. Is it a good ending? I'd argue that it is, yeah. It feels like the end of the story, and the majority of everything we needed to know is answered in the epic-sized final issue. The story of The Walking Dead, the story of Rick Grimes, is over, and it definitely feels like the right place to end. The final issue itself deserves five stars alone, as an issue and as an ending. Th And there you have it. The end of an era. 15 years, 193 issues later, and The Walking Dead is over. Is it a good ending? I'd argue that it is, yeah. It feels like the end of the story, and the majority of everything we needed to know is answered in the epic-sized final issue. The story of The Walking Dead, the story of Rick Grimes, is over, and it definitely feels like the right place to end. The final issue itself deserves five stars alone, as an issue and as an ending. The thing I take issue with more is the abruptness of it. The massive time jump between the penultimate and final issues feels like there were more stories to tell here. I do like how the story of the Commonwealth finally ended, in a pretty unexpected way for TWD, but I'm not sure if just cutting it so cleanly and then jumping forward was the right move. The Walking Dead as a phenomenon will live on long after the series is over, but for now, it's time to say goodbye to this incarnation of these characters.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I know a lot of people like to spend their time complaining when a series doesn't end they way they think it should, but I'm usually not one of those people. Don't get me wrong, if an ending is obviously phoned in or just makes no sense on what's come before, I can understand a sense of frustration. But just like real life, stories don't always end "the right way." While there were things I didn't like about this ending, I would put it in the "good ending" column. I hate the idea that I know a lot of people like to spend their time complaining when a series doesn't end they way they think it should, but I'm usually not one of those people. Don't get me wrong, if an ending is obviously phoned in or just makes no sense on what's come before, I can understand a sense of frustration. But just like real life, stories don't always end "the right way." While there were things I didn't like about this ending, I would put it in the "good ending" column. I hate the idea that Negan outlived Rick. Just seems wrong, but when they let Negan live I never agreed with anything Negan related after that anyway. As far as how Rick died, I think we'd have liked to see him sacrifice himself in a big battle and save the world again rather than die in bed killed by a snot nosed little brat. But then again, I don't think any of us wanted to see Rick die in ANY way, so whatever. Speaking of snot nosed little brats, I wasn't happy with how Maggie's son Hershel turned out, but once again, things don't always turn out the way we'd like. I wasn't real happy with how Maggie herself turned out either, but, well, you know. I did like that final ending with a flash forward of the future though, as this was as close to a happy ending we were gonna get in such a bleak themed book. I mean, let's be honest, if the ending had been TOO happy people would have been even more upset. So overall I think The Walking Dead was a very good comic series, even if we can all find our own flaws in it. Sadly to me the TV show has really taken a nose dive with the past couple of seasons, so I hope it finds its way back soon. Now, if this is REALLY the end of the Walking Dead in comic form, I'll be surprised. I'm fairly certain Robert Kirman is the only writer to ever write an issue of the comic, and I'm sure there are tons of comic writers out there that have stories to tell. Maybe we can see an anthology series showcasing different characters at different points in time. Or maybe not. Either way, I'm pretty happy with what we have. Rick Grimes, and The Walking Dead comic, R.I.P.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    What a great ending to one of the best comic series ever. As much as I want the series to keep going, it ends at a great point. It's such a disappointment how far the show has fallen while the comic remained so entertaining. Long live Rick Grimes.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Barnes

    I absolutely love the Comic book series . At this point in time the TV show is Meh. It's hard to believe that the Series is Finished. It was with a heavy heart that I said goodbye to the Characters. Much Love to Kirkman and the Creators

  14. 5 out of 5

    Etienne

    Finally the end. A series that have been stretch for too long in my opinion and this one was again mostly the same. I enjoy the last 30-40 pages where we really felt the end and Kirkman did a good job at closing it all and provide an interesting ending.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*

    OH MY GOD IT'S FINALLY OVER!!! I had no idea when I got this from the library that it was the LAST volume of the series. I don't exactly have my ear to the ground about such matters, and per the afterword by Kirkman he kept it on the down-low that the series was ending, so I don't feel too oblivious. Rather, I am RELIEVED; I picked this up thinking, "Ugh, another volume, will it ever end?" Yes, it will. Now. It ends now. There were some decent moments, but the stuttering pacing that has plagued OH MY GOD IT'S FINALLY OVER!!! I had no idea when I got this from the library that it was the LAST volume of the series. I don't exactly have my ear to the ground about such matters, and per the afterword by Kirkman he kept it on the down-low that the series was ending, so I don't feel too oblivious. Rather, I am RELIEVED; I picked this up thinking, "Ugh, another volume, will it ever end?" Yes, it will. Now. It ends now. There were some decent moments, but the stuttering pacing that has plagued the series persists in the first half of this collection. Aside from one big moment (you will know it if you read it), the whole affair with the Commonwealth was underwhelming. I am not enamored with the post-script either; it failed to give me a warm fuzzy like most such story endings would. It's still a decent ending, but I was ready for it to happen many issues ago. The art... man, those people look weird, with their too-big eyes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    This is it! The FINAL volume of The Walking Dead. This series is officially OVER! This volume collects issue numbers 187-193 so this one is a bit thicker than previous volumes as it has to squeeze the last of the story in. Lest time, we saw tensions rising high in the Commonwealth, and the politics and choices of their leadership have been brought into question. Rick and his people step in to try and make peace, but they have seen corrupt power before. Rick will do anything to keep th This is it! The FINAL volume of The Walking Dead. This series is officially OVER! This volume collects issue numbers 187-193 so this one is a bit thicker than previous volumes as it has to squeeze the last of the story in. Lest time, we saw tensions rising high in the Commonwealth, and the politics and choices of their leadership have been brought into question. Rick and his people step in to try and make peace, but they have seen corrupt power before. Rick will do anything to keep that from happening again. Governor Pamela's son has something else to say about the way Rick is changing things. Considering this is the last volume, I do not want to say too much on the story as to avoid spoilers, but I must say, I am satisfied with this ending. It's not what I expected, though I'm not sure I had any definite expectation to begin with anyway. How many different endings can there be for a zombie apocalypse? I like how we get a glimpse of the future, of the lives the surviving characters are living, of the way the world turns out in the end. As we know, Negan is my favorite character. There are maybe two panels hinting at him in this entire volume, and I love those two short moments. But the best part is reading the afterward. You get to see some of Kirkman's thoughts as he progressed the series, as well as being left with a simple note: Negan lives! This excites me more than anything because that means there is potential for more. Yes, Negan does have his own short graphic novel called Here's Negan that features more about the character, but this also opens up potential for a short side series about his life after the end of the series. Hey, one can hope. All in all, I hope you enjoyed reading this series as much as I did and that you love the ending just as much!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Surprise! Kirkman unexpectedly brought TWD to a close in this volume after fifteen years of zombie madness! *Spoilers ahead* I had enjoyed the story arc in the last few volumes of Rick and compony meeting survivors of the Commonwealth in Ohio that was 50K strong, led by a governor, Pamela. This large group has based their new society on a class system built upon what you did before the outbreak. While the city seems to be thriving, there is an underlying issue of the haves vs the have Surprise! Kirkman unexpectedly brought TWD to a close in this volume after fifteen years of zombie madness! *Spoilers ahead* I had enjoyed the story arc in the last few volumes of Rick and compony meeting survivors of the Commonwealth in Ohio that was 50K strong, led by a governor, Pamela. This large group has based their new society on a class system built upon what you did before the outbreak. While the city seems to be thriving, there is an underlying issue of the haves vs the have nots, and tensions arise as this new group sees how Alexandria residents are governed. As we moved away from the zombie outbreak there were fewer attacks, thus civilization could rebuild, and this was opening up new storylines but Kirkman was actually drawing the story to a close. The pressure brewing between the two factions comes to a head, with important members of the Commonwealth, planning a coup when a large zombie herd puts everyone in danger. Maggie, Carl and others join Rick in fighting them back, and in the aftermath, Pamela publicity loses the support of her people. As the Commonwealth stands on the brink of democracy instead of a monarchy, Pamela's son Sebastian is furious at his loss of power and comes after Rick. The fallout of his actions are huge, and the storyline seems poised to go in a new direction. But it was all a fake-out as Kirkman followed up with a concluding issue with a significant time jump. Twenty plus years have passed since Rick's death at the hands of Sebastian, and the story shows us a grown-up Carl married to Sophia with a daughter of their own. The zombies are almost completely eradicated with a younger generation having no experience of having to fight for their very survival as older generations had to. Carl travels around the territory and we get to peek in at the lives of many of our favorite characters and see how Rick's vision led to a better and safer world for them all. In fact, Rick is viewed as a savior with shrines to his memory. When this sort of epic story concludes, there is no way to make all fans happy and as such, there were a few quibbles I had with some character's final developments in the future. Negan, Juanita, Michonne, Jesus, Aaron, Eugene plus others are shown with adequate concluding cameos; but Maggie as President was turned into a leader who could not mother her son adequately because of her commitments, which was an ignoble end for her and Hershel. But my major issue was that Carl ended up with Sophia. He was allowed to sex it up with Lydia, while virginal Sophia had to wait for him until he sowed his wild oats. Lydia in the future was shown poorly as a morally questionable woman as she had dared to be sexually active as a teen with Carl. What a double standard for females and I really resented those angles. Yet, overall, I was pleased with this concluding volume. Fifteen years is an amazing run, and Kirkman brought it to an end on his own terms and on a timetable that allowed him to go out while on top. I also would be remiss in not mentioning the talented artists- Adlard, Gaudiano and Rathburn- who gave us amazing artwork that brought the story to life. Kirkman's concluding message to readers was a treat and explained it from his perspective. I will miss TWD, as it was a groundbreaking story that changed comics forever, but I am glad that it ended on such a strong note.

  18. 5 out of 5

    El_Commutador

    Ending in a high note, as this series deserves. Farewell, friends. Thanks for being there all these years.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    I read this volume in a couple of sittings (rather than month to month like I have the last couple of years) so I think that’s helped it get a higher rating than usual. It’s also a good volume were it feels like things are happening and WOW things do happen! It can get a bit repetitive at times but hopefully what happens here will shake it up for a couple of years

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    To be honest, The Walking Dead has outlived its welcome. It stopped being a must-read some years ago, when bad TV producing sort of trashed the franchise, and more recently I've traded in my collection and have been reading these last few volumes from the library. Much of the problem was that Kirkman never figured out how to create conflict without ... well ... conflict. So we got locked into a cycle of a new civilization appearing, being weird in a new way, and causing new problems. To be honest, The Walking Dead has outlived its welcome. It stopped being a must-read some years ago, when bad TV producing sort of trashed the franchise, and more recently I've traded in my collection and have been reading these last few volumes from the library. Much of the problem was that Kirkman never figured out how to create conflict without ... well ... conflict. So we got locked into a cycle of a new civilization appearing, being weird in a new way, and causing new problems. Thankfully, the last of these problems, the Commonwealth, has been better than most. In large part because Rick has continuously approached it as a problem that doesn't need to be fought. And, that receives a good finale in this volume, though at times it's obviously rushed and goes a little tunnel vision (apparently, to hit a 48-issue collection). Still, a good end that's stronger than some of the meandering middle of The Walking Dead. And the last issue is pretty great. Just the sort of coda that you'd like to see for a survival series like this, where we learn how everything ends (even if never discovering how it all begins). I wouldn't quite say that The Walking Dead went out on a high note. That probably would have required things to end after the Governor arc. But this is an end well worth reading.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jay Hancock

    Farewell old friends. Glad we got to spend time together. Thanks for everything.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    I was so surprised when I found out TWD was over! Especially after Kirkman had alluded to a possible 300 issues. I started reading where I left off at vol 24 with trepidation, but I was soon swept up in the narrative and as engrossed and addicted as ever. I actually really enjoyed the ending and felt it was a suitably epic feel to the final issue. Cool stuff.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Fred Klein

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. They really did it. They ended the series. I didn’t realize it was coming, and they really surprised me, but I think they did a fine job, and I think it was good timing. The series was repeating itself too much, and they certainly did something different this time.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Václav

    (this is my opinion before the issue #193 came out and got sticked to this book. I wrote my final "conclusion" opinion on that separately at TWD issue #193 record) Approaching almost 200th issue, the TWD decided to give us some new community to rise and fall and probably reborn. And with that, Kirkman decided to [spoiler]broke his promises that this series is tied with Rick, so he will never die. And he died. I could expect that, I have nothing against it, it could bring new momentum to TWD (this is my opinion before the issue #193 came out and got sticked to this book. I wrote my final "conclusion" opinion on that separately at TWD issue #193 record) Approaching almost 200th issue, the TWD decided to give us some new community to rise and fall and probably reborn. And with that, Kirkman decided to [spoiler]broke his promises that this series is tied with Rick, so he will never die. And he died. I could expect that, I have nothing against it, it could bring new momentum to TWD. But Kirkman claimed that. It was the word of the man, but he made the decision to broke it, to[/spoiler] disappoint me and I will never trust him again. But this is about principle and it does not diminish my enjoyment of this book. The story is good thrilling and with a promise to the future. I will hate waiting for the next book. I always do but in this special, thrilling and promising cases of multiple possibilities, it is extra painful.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alex E

    The end of the Walking Dead is abrupt, messy, and riddled with questions, which keeps in line with the rest of the series. The story has always been about Rick Grimes. And even though Kirkman repeatedly said that the story is about the world in general and not necessarily just about one character, we knew the truth. Rick Grimes was the protagonist, for better or for worst. To continue without him would have been too big a wound to heal from. And that's saying something in a book where The end of the Walking Dead is abrupt, messy, and riddled with questions, which keeps in line with the rest of the series. The story has always been about Rick Grimes. And even though Kirkman repeatedly said that the story is about the world in general and not necessarily just about one character, we knew the truth. Rick Grimes was the protagonist, for better or for worst. To continue without him would have been too big a wound to heal from. And that's saying something in a book where we are constantly ambushed emotionally from a character being removed in some way or another. The book shows us that in the end, Rick becomes a historical figure. An important man responsible for the revival of civilization. He really was a perfect model for the world he found himself in. Which is why the ending is strangely significant. A product of the new, safer world - which ironically couldn't have existed without him - is who ends up cutting Rick's life short. It's a messy ending, frivolous and unjustified, but it makes sense as a ending to not only the book, but for the chapter of human history within the Walking dead. The epilogue shows us a glimpse of the new world. A world on the brink of civilization on a much wider scale. Its reminiscent of times before technology existed, but with the addition of zombies of course. It also shows us that perhaps, the trailblazers who lived through "The Trials", as that time period has come to be called, may be already beginning to be outdated in the eyes of the newer generation. This seems to me to be Kirkman writing about the state of comics and how they can be forgotten so quickly, even if they were the ones to inlay new roads into storytelling. I may be reading too much into it, but I do think that Kirkman has a bit to say directly to us in these final issues. I also think Kirkman writes about the overall state of the walking dead and zombie culture in general. Where once they were feared and generally reserved for horror, now they are used for mass entertainment and have become... almost cutesy. Kirkman writes: "To you ... the dead are a novelty. Something to pay money to see... for entertainment. I'm aware of how... popular Hershel's(AMC's) show is. Doesn't mean I agree with it". So is this Kirkman saying that he is drained by the show and AMC's insistence of creating multiple spin offs and movies, not to mention toys, tshirts and all manner of merchandise? One one level, hell no it brings in so much money! on another level, dragging the comic along for the sole purpose of money making seems to go against the grain of why this book was written to begin with. That sense of daring adventure and unexpected turns and twists of plot are what made it so popular to begin with. So while the money is nice, the soul of the series may be dead after being sold so blatantly. No one can say this hasn't been one of the best comic runs ever. It will go down in history. And this unexpected end is right in line with the spirit of the book. It was a pleasure reading this whole run in its entirety and am happy that Kirkman decided to end it instead of letting it limp along like an undead literary zombie. One of the best comics period, if you haven't read this, start from issue 1 and getting ready to be shocked and thoroughly entertained.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tundextra

    So that's it.. 16 years .. done! . I like the whole idea of the comic book ending as a surprise to go alongside the way the series worked! . Thank you Kirkman and co. for Rick and Carl, for Andrea, for Glenn, for Dexter, for the prison, for Michonne, for the Governor, for Abe, Rosita and Eugene, for the church, for the hunters, for Eugene's lies, for Aaraon and Alexandria, for Hilltop, for saving Alexandria from the Herd, for Negan and The Saviors, or The Kingdom and the tiger, for All Out War, for The Whisperers, for So that's it.. 16 years .. done! . I like the whole idea of the comic book ending as a surprise to go alongside the way the series worked! . Thank you Kirkman and co. for Rick and Carl, for Andrea, for Glenn, for Dexter, for the prison, for Michonne, for the Governor, for Abe, Rosita and Eugene, for the church, for the hunters, for Eugene's lies, for Aaraon and Alexandria, for Hilltop, for saving Alexandria from the Herd, for Negan and The Saviors, or The Kingdom and the tiger, for All Out War, for The Whisperers, for the Commonwealth. . 9 out of 12. .

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Sad to see this series end but it was time to be done.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jakub Kvíz

    Wow, I don't really know what to say... Right now, an hour after finishing the last issue of this arc, I feel like this was a good thing. The whole series felt a bit "slow" for quite some time but this could put it back on the track, explore new opportunities and stuff. I just hope that the whole "I'll just write some random stuff and then kill one of the major characters at the end of the story arc" thing won't become a pattern. Anyways, I am really looking forward to seeing where this will lea Wow, I don't really know what to say... Right now, an hour after finishing the last issue of this arc, I feel like this was a good thing. The whole series felt a bit "slow" for quite some time but this could put it back on the track, explore new opportunities and stuff. I just hope that the whole "I'll just write some random stuff and then kill one of the major characters at the end of the story arc" thing won't become a pattern. Anyways, I am really looking forward to seeing where this will lead us.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    When I heard the comic was ending, I was surprised but OK with it. I wasn’t sure if I was that interested in the Commonwealth storyline or if there was really much more story to tell. It seems Kirkman had this planned as the end point for a few years. Without his heartfelt letter to the reader at the end, I would have rated this four stars. But his final words for the readers got me, people, and made me want to give that man a hug. I have immensely enjoyed Charlie Adlard’s artwork throughout the When I heard the comic was ending, I was surprised but OK with it. I wasn’t sure if I was that interested in the Commonwealth storyline or if there was really much more story to tell. It seems Kirkman had this planned as the end point for a few years. Without his heartfelt letter to the reader at the end, I would have rated this four stars. But his final words for the readers got me, people, and made me want to give that man a hug. I have immensely enjoyed Charlie Adlard’s artwork throughout the series. This last installment had some really powerful spreads—more than once I turned a page and found myself exclaiming aloud. “Why are you swearing?” my husband asked, silly man. I’m very happy with how this ended, all of it, who survived and who didn’t make it. (view spoiler)[It’s a bummer Rick went out the way he did—killed by a vengeful punk instead of dying in battle—and Carl finding him as a zombie was a shock I should have been prepared for but wasn’t. I still thought killing him off was the right move. Herschel seems to be the Kylo Ren (OK, maybe not that bad) of the story, and that was surprising, but I loved the ending Carl got after the time jump. I’m curious to know how he ended up with Sophia, but I was happy with that too. His relationship with Lydia was kind of creepy. (hide spoiler)] There were a few bumps along the way, but I have really enjoyed this series, and I’m glad to have seen it through to the end.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I feel emotionally drained. It was time to wrap the story up and as a long time fan I feel happy with how it ended.

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