Review: The Walking Dead: Alien

twd_thealien_bigFresh and fast-paced, The Walking Dead: The Alien books captures all the excitement of The Walking Dead.

If the slowing, shuffling pacing of The Walking Dead’s narrative has begun to make you feel a bit like a walker yourself, Alien is a chance to revisit what it felt like to start reading the series. Of course, the greatest horror is that it’s only one issue. But, still, it’s an issue written by Brian K. Vaughan.

Taking place near the beginning of the outbreak, the story follows Jeff as he tries to survive Barcelona. After being rescued by the armored Claudia, the two begin to decide what the next course of action should be.

The absolute best aspect of this book is the way it puts zombies back at the forefront of the threats our characters face. It’s not bogged down with trade agreements, or putting on a fair. It takes the premise readers all know and love and puts it a new scenario with characters we don’t absolutely know are going to survive.

Obviously a great deal of credit has to be given to Robert Kirkman for everything he’s done with these stories for the past 13+ years. However it is such a breath of fresh air to see the story through the eyes of a new creative team. The reader races through the story in anticipation, eager to recapture the sense of not knowing what would happen next. As the story is a one-shot, I won’t tell you, either.

To make it all the sweeter, you can buy the book right now from PanelSyndicate. You pay whatever you want. You can even send Brian K. Vaughan and  artist Marcos Martin a note before checkout, if you like. So if you’re a Walking Dead fan, click the link above and treat yourself. It might even wash out the taste of the season finale.

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Story: Brian K. Vaughan Art: Marcos Martin
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy