The Walking Dead: The Alien
Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Marcos Martin
Digitally Published by Panel Syndicate
Release Date: 04/20/2016
So everyone who has read some of my past reviews knows how much I love Panel Syndicate and all the great things they are doing for comics. The respect and appreciation these creators have for their readers is unparalleled. With the success of their first DRM-free digital series The Private Eye, Vaughan (Saga, Y The Last Man) and Marcos Martin (Captain America) followed that series up with Barrier, the bilingual drama about the harsh realities of illegal immigration. Now the two are collaborating once again to bring readers a one-shot standalone story of one of the most popular titles and franchises of the last decade, with The Walking Dead: The Alien.
It all started off as a sort of joke when Vaughan opened up the @PanelSyndicate twitter feed for questions. That’s when Robert Kirkman (who had already privately asked Vaughan and Martin countless times) asked the question about allowing Image Comics to publish a print version of The Private Eye, that the The Walking Dead: The Alien was born. Click here to see the Kirkman/Vaughan interview.
TWD: The Alien introduces the once mentioned younger brother of Rick Grimes (way back in The Walking Dead #3) in Jeff Grimes. The story takes place in Barcelona, Spain (where Martin is from) and explores the zombie apocalypse as it unfolds across the globe in Europe. Speaking of Martin, if you want to see just how beautiful a black and white comic can be, look no further than the work that he displays here. Sometimes it takes the absence of color to truly appreciate the detail of certain images. I’ve spent some time in Spain and the shots of the city streets and buildings were incredibly familiar, especially the scene from the balcony as we see our two protagonists looking over the Spanish town, just amazing.
Vaughan has a unique talent that makes it downright impossible for readers to not get emotionally invested in the characters he creates, and this is clearly the case with both Jeff Grimes and Claudia. This is also unfortunately the problem as well, as this story may never get revisited. Much like what they are doing in the television franchise with the spin-off prequel Fear The Walking Dead, it would be absolutely incredible if Vaughan and Martin could continue to explore this particular story. The ending seems to suggest that this story is as finite as the creators suggested, yet they definitely leave room for the possibility of extended volumes. You can purchase The Walking Dead: The Alien at PanelSyndicate.com at whatever price you want!
REVIEW: THE WALKING DEAD: THE ALIEN
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