Top 5 Best Comics of March 2011

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I read 21 comics in March, and these were the best.

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Top 5 Best Comics of January 2011

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I read 12 comics in January, and these were the best.

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Top 5 Best Comics of October 2010

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I read 26 comics in October, and these were the best.

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AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD Trailer

The Hollywood Reporter only today posted the trailer for AMC’s upcoming adaptation of The Walking Dead, and it’s damn good.  Unlike most zombie stories, which have either a tragic end or a superficial ‘happy’ ending that still leaves its survivors stranded in an apocalyptic hell-hole one misstep away from death, The Walking Dead has a unique advantage: it doesn’t end.  Like comics, TV gives it the perfect opportunity to go places zombie films could never even dream of, so be sure to tune in and check it out.

The series will premiere with a 90-minute special on Halloween night.

EDIT: Well, for whatever reason, I cannot get the video to embed. You’ll just have to go through ALL THAT WORK of clicking on the link I provided and watching it there.  Do so. It’s worth it.

The Unread Canon #12: The Walking Dead: This Sorrowful Life

As a beginning note, this may be my last installment on The Walking Dead, at least for now.  While I do have “The Calm Before” and “Made to Suffer” (they’re the last volumes of my collection) and I am enjoying the series, it doesn’t lend itself terribly well to this sort of critique, or at least it doesn’t the way I’ve been doing it.  The flaws remain the same: the forced, stilted dialogue in particular is something I doubt Kirkman is going to get over after 36 issues, nor his tendency to overexplain character’s motives.  Meanwhile, the story has slowed down considerably and looks to be going in a slightly more traditional path.  I’ll make my final decision in the next two weeks, after reading “The Calm Before”, but rest assured – should The Walking Dead be removed from the roster, it won’t be forgotten.  I fully intend to keep reading, and may jump in should I notice a particularly large shift in tone, some interesting new themes, or anything along those lines, I might jump in with an Unread Canon Interlude sometime.  And in the meanwhile, I’ll be taking some suggestions for what to follow next: right now, front runners include Ultimate Spider-Man and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.  Have any thoughts on the subject?  Chime in in the comments.

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Top 5 Best Comics of May 2010

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So incredibly late on these, but I will catch up soon. Never fear! I read 27 comics in May, and these were the best.
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The Unread Canon #9: The Walking Dead: The Best Defense

“The Best Defense” is the fifth volume of The Walking Dead, and it’s pretty different from what’s come before.  Previously, each volume was a solid stand-alone story.  Yes, each one built off of everything that came before, and did so VERY, very well… but they were nonetheless essentially standalone stories.  You could conceivably read, enjoy and understand “Safety Behind Bars” without having read “Days Gone Bye” or continuing on to “The Heart’s Desire”, and while you’d miss out on some interesting and important character development, I think you’d find each story enjoyable in its own right.  But while “The Best Defense” is an engaging, enjoyable read, it’s also almost purely wrap-up from the previous arc and set-up for the next one.

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