This time last year, I opened up issue 192 of The Walking Dead and did my usual first-pass read — the kind of breath-held-whaat’s-happeniiing-neeeext first-pass read — and partway through I sat back, stunned. I remember turning to the Lovely Wife and telling her what I’d just read. (Not a comic reader herself, she made a sympathetic noise and returned to her house renovations.)
The end of TWD came a month later with issue 193 and, miracles of miracles — though to be honest, there really are no miracles in the creation of art — it ended the series perfectly. And just like with every issue preceding it, I leant back after the more careful second-pass read and marvelled at the craft and love of TWD creatorand writerRobert Kirkman, aided and abetted by artists Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard.
TWD was a series that published regularly, each issue never failed to leave me figuratively gasping How the fuck are they going to resolve that?, mind reeling from cliffhangers and resolutions that were equally unexpected and inevitable, and counting the days until the next issue.
I’m sad that it’s finished but glad that it ended the way and when it did. I don’t know when I’ll be able to revisit the series at my leisure but it won’t be far away, in the Essential Section of the library.
I’ve pulled some old favourites down from the shelves. They may not be the most appropriate for these times but if it gives me solace to spend time in a world where I know how things will end, I’ll take it.
Yah, it’s the end of 2012 already so time for a quick blow-out.
Another average year in terms of quantity of reading. Texts, as you can see immediately below, were a bit on the thin side.
Other People’s Wars – Nicky Hager Road Dogs – Elmore Leonard
Ongoing titles Walking Dead, Powers and Scalped continue to rate with excellent storytelling. Castle Waiting, Dolltopia and RASL were very pleasant surprises.
RIP – Thomas Ott Castle Waiting Volumes 1 and 2 – Linda Medley Tamara Drewe – Posy Simmonds Walking Dead Volume 15 – We Find Ourselves – Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard The Killer Volumes 1 and 3 – Matz and Luc Jacamon Dolltopia – Abbi Densen Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense: Being Human – Mike Mignola Scalped Volume 7 – Rez Blues – Jason Aaron and R M Guera RASL Volumes 1-3 – Jeff Smith Powers Volume 14 – Gods – Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming
This year’s overall slant towards television writing is represented below with the number of pilots listed.
3:10 to Yuma – Michael Brandt & Derek Haas Analyze This – Peter Tolan and Harold Ramis and Kenneth Lonergan Gilmore Girls – Pilot – Amy Sherman-Palladino Arrested Development – Pilot – Mitchell Hurwitz My Name is Gary Cooper – Victor Rodger 30 Rock – Pilot and S01E07 – Tina Fey Groundhog Day – Danny Rubin & Harold Ramis The West Wing S02E04 – Aaron Sorkin Justified S01E08 – Benjamin Cavell Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
I’m a little worried I might’ve spoiled things a bit by reading Django Unchained before its opening here in New Zild but I enjoyed the script heaps more than the script for Inglorious Basterds (the film of which I have yet to see in its entirety [and those bits I have chanced across have been intriguingly tasty]).
A flurry of Facebook comments from Stevo and Motorbike Steve about the return of The Walking Dead behooves me to confess that The Goddess and I started watching the second season a while back and got two eps -, no wait, three -, hang on.
… Whoa. Okay. Disappointment in the second season was so deep that it wasn’t even entered into my viewing diary.
I’m as shocked as you are, believe me.
But back to the story. We got however many eps into the season and She turned to me and said what I’d been thinking for all the eps subsequent to the season opener: This is boring. So we stopped.
But Season 3 beckons with the promise of Michonne and the penitentiary arc and… godsdammit, that arc was just mindblowingly awful (but in a good way) that I just have to relive it, and it’s been too, too long since we’ve had a bad-ass no-nonsense African American heroine like Strange Days‘ Mace.