“The Walking Dead” is kind of a big deal. You don’t post massive record-breaking ratings over two full seasons of television (and at the start of a third) without attracting some notice. You don’t cross the 100 issue milestone in the comics without splitting some heads. And you don’t get an entire obstacle course dedicated to your creation at Comic-Con in San Diego without doing something right.
It only makes sense, then, that this gargantuan flesh-hungry franchise has a magazine all of its own.
Almost ten years after its first comic book was published, “The Walking Dead: The Official Magazine” has launched from Titan, a 98-page monstrosity filled with all the gory behind the scenes details “Dead” heads could possibly want. To some fans, it probably seems like overkill. To others, it’s not only the next natural step, but an endlessly entertaining one.
If you’re a longtime “Walking Dead” reader or simply a freshly bit fan, it’d be hard to argue against the content featured in the magazine. There are extensive interviews with everyone involved from comics writer Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard, to executive producer Glen Mazzara and “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick. Another feature devotes itself to recounting everything that’s happened over the course of the past 100 issues of the comics; a hell of a cheat sheet for non-readers, and a welcome refresher for longtime fans in need of the occasional reminder.
That’s not even mentioning the active expansion of the “Walking Dead” mythology. Jay Bonansinga, co-author of the two published “Walking Dead” novels, penned an exclusive short story for the magazine that bridges the gap between “Rise of the Governor” and “Road to Woodbury.” As a big fan of Bonansinga’s contributions to the “Walking Dead” mythos, it’s always a pleasure to read more of his disturbing take on sad, sick Mr. Blake.
Is it a little bit crazy, perhaps a touch overboard, that “Walking Dead” is at a place so big that it warrants its own magazine? Absolutely. Kirkman is the first to admit as much in the first issue’s introduction. But where there’s an appetite, there must be food to devour. If you’re the type of fan who isn’t satisfied with already having a comic, TV show, video games, novels and obstacle courses already at your finger tips, then perhaps Titan’s deeper dive into the realm of the “Dead” will quell your hunger.
Besides, if you’re reading this right now, then who are you kidding? You’ll always make room to eat more “Dead.”
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