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Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be showing pages that are either scary or are part of “scary” issues (as scary as a comic can be, of course), because it’s October! Today’s page is from Ghost Rider #35, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated July 2009. This scan is from the Ghost Rider Omnibus, which was published in 2010. Enjoy!
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In honor of the premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead last night, I’ve decided to take a look at the ladies of a book I love, and really the book that brought me back to comics this last time a few years back, The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead doesn’t get much coverage here, despite my affection for it, because while there are some fantastic female characters in TWD, I haven’t felt like the last two years have devoted much time to the female characters (much to my chagrin, although Andrea is perhaps the exception to that rule of late). Regardless however, some amazing badass dames, and one of my favorite fictional comic book females of all time (MICHONNE!), exist in these pages as wonderfully fleshed out complicated believable characters. Below are 10 great ones that I expect (and hope) to see in the television series. Readers of The Walking Dead will note that several of the ladies listed are currently deceased – but I’ve done my best to leave those details out so that those not already intimately familiar with the series would not get any major spoilers reading this piece.
As for the premiere last night…overall I thought the horror and action parts were very good, and that most of the drama parts were not very good – trending toward the over wrought and overly earnest side, which, in fairness, is not something I bear well. Some of the dialogue and performances felt really false to me, and the car chase scene made no sense and made Rick and the other officers look borderline incompetent. However the effects were brilliant – really exceptional gruesome work and I was surprised how graphic they got with it considering its TV, not HBO. I’m not sure every gruesome scene was necessary to get the point across, and it may have been off putting to the average viewer that isn’t a hardcore zombie/horror/gore fan, but not one of those graphic scenes wasn’t excellent, so I really have no complaints. Additionally, there were a few scenes, particularly the stairhall scene and the tank scene that were absolutely nail-biting, which makes for some damn fine TV.
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