The Walking Dead Review: "Something to Fear" – Vol. 17
“The Walking Dead’s last volume, “A Larger World,” made me feel like the comic had hit a stump. “Something to Fear” re-initiated the kind of story-telling that I loved about The Walking Deadin the first place. That being said, this volume is not for the faint of heart.”
We’ve seen all kinds of death journeying alongside Rick and company, but the last emotional tragedy was Carl losing his eye. I don’t enjoy having my favorite characters written off in under a second, but if you’re anything like me, it’s what keeps you so engrossed in this series. Kirkman is not afraid to get rid of his characters for the sake of the story, and that is something that I both admire and appreciate.
I have to admit I got into the comics a bit late, so this summer I had plenty of reading material. Now that I’ve caught up to the story, I have to deal with TWD withdrawals every month. I was eagerly awaiting the finale to this volume, and while I was a little disappointed with the last issue, the volume as a whole is amazing.
“A Larger World” opened up possibilities for our characters, allowing them to form a part in a chain of communities in outer-D.C. Rick and the crew did deserve a little break, so it was definitely refreshing to see them come face to face with something this good. However, the Hilltop did seem a little too good to be true.
That’s where the Saviors come in. Here’s what I can assume about them from what little information we have: the Saviors seemed to have originated in the Hilltop. Led by Negan, they were possibly the more physically-abled part of the colony leading them to offer protection in the form of killing zombies. Negan, accompanied by his group then called the Saviors, possibly saw an obvious advantage and began demanding resources from the Hilltop colony in exchange for their services.
And while this doesn’t seem like a bad plan, Negan and the Saviors used violence to get their way with the Hilltop. Originally, I thought Negan and the Saviors were more of a cult, especially because of the way they carried themselves. Lucky for us readers, they’re worse than a cult.
“The illustrations were a bit overboard with the gore and violence so if Lori’s death made you sick, I suggest you sit this volume out.”
Kirkman could have made the Saviors as short-lived as the hunters, but I’m extremely glad he didn’t. Negan may actually be up to par with Woodbury’s Governer, and that’s definitely something to look forward too. He made The Saviors seem harmless in numbers but after Glenn’s unfortunate death, we’ve come to see that Negan may have a lot in store for Rick.
Now, about Glenn’s death… Carl’s eye was shocking and so was Lori/Judy’s death but this was beyond brutal. The illustrations were a bit overboard with the gore and violence so if Lori’s death made you sick, I suggest you sit this volume out.
As a whole, I enjoyed this volume. Especially after the pace that volume 16 took on. Kirkman is definitely going back to what made this series amazing, and while it may seem like violence is the answer… it really isn’t. Suspense and good story-telling made for this amazing volume.
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– Matthew A. Ramirez