The Walking Dead Volume 12: Life Among Them (Anglais) Broché – 3 août 2010
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En effet, un autre groupe de survivants, épaté par leurs capacités de survie en milieu hostile, leur propose de rejoindre leur communauté moyennant leur protection armée.
Le deal parait trop beau pour être vrai, d'autant plus que la communauté en question est l'archétype de l'american way of life : à l'abri d'un monde en décrépitude, les enfants jouent au ballon, chacun occupe un petit pavillon avec jardin, la nourriture y est opulente et quelques mémères promènent leurs caniches!
Nos survivants se trouvent alors complètements dénaturés : incapables de dormir sur un lit, incapables de nouer des relations sociales avec des personnes qui n'ont jamais eu à abattre des membres de leur famille infectés, incapables de se séparer de leurs instincts belliqueux dans une ville qui interdit les armes à feu.
Vous l'aurez compris, ce volume propose une passionnante interprétation du fameux débat nature / culture et pose les jalons avec anticipation de la fin de la série : Y a t'il une autre issue pour nos héros que la mort puisque plus aucun mode de vie ne leur convient ?
Le principe de la série repose sur ce pitch : notre monde de surconsommation nous ayant détruit, il fallait que le monde s'écroule pour nous sentir vivant.Lire la suite ›
le série TV n'est pas forcement fidèle à la BD
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"Volume 12: Life Among Them" gets the team back on the road to Washington D.C. But while their reason for going to D.C. always seemed like a hastily (and sloppily) drawn plot point, it soon becomes clear why it seemed so sketchy. However, the group are recruited by another community--and things might be just too good to be true. Entering a private housing sub-division, we get echoes of days gone by (when the team thought they were safe in Volume 2). This time, however, they are joining a group. Kids are playing in the streets, wives exchange recipes, cocktail parties are held, and holidays are observed. Somewhat hopeful, somewhat wary--confusion and acceptance are at war. While not a lot of actual action, we do seem to be gearing up for some major developments as suspicions fester. A nice interlude.
I think what was most interesting in this particular volume was the fact that while we do not know everything about this new group, on the surface they appear to be completely on the up and up, while Rick and his group have the perspective of being the ones not to be trusted...and based on their actions, it almost seems as if Kirkman wants us to feel a little uncomfortable with Rick and the others rather than this other group. I thought it was an interesting twist and raises the question of whether or not it is impossible for things to ever go back to what they were before the apocalypse for Rick, his son, Michonne, and some of the others.
My guess is that things are about to get stirred up in this series, because as is the case with previous episodes, there is usually a calm before the storm. I just wonder if Rick is going to be the one that is going to be the cause of all the trouble this time around.
As I write this, we are less than six weeks away from the premiere of the AMC adaptation of The Walking Dead, and the anticipation level is excruciating. Granted, at least half of us are already asking "are they going to screw this up as bad as CW did Legend of the Seeker?", but you know the drill. And this is the atmosphere in which I (finally!) got my hands on Life Among Them, the twelfth book in the series. (I've had it on hold from the library for about five months now.) The group, now whittled down almost to a core, has almost made it to Washington, DC, when a startling revelation changes everything... or does it? Rick and Abraham decide to plow on to Washington anyway to see if they can scavenge some supplies, and there they find out that the title of this book does not mean what they think it means, not at all. (Sorry, couldn't think of any other way to do that without a spoiler, cheesy as it is.) There's nothing I can say about The Walking Dead that I haven't already said in earlier reviews, and the simple fact is that the steadiness of the quality of the series makes it one of the great pleasures in comics today. If you're curious about the upcoming series, what better way to prepare than to read the books? ****
After the gut-wrenching and sad moments of episode eleven, Fear the Hunters, the story takes one of its menacing breaths. I say this based on past experience. Readers of this series know what I am saying. Kirkman is superb at the `calm before the storm' tactic. I cringe at what may occur in episode thirteen.
We begin with Rick and his son Carl having a post-apocalyptic version of a father-and-son talk. Carl has once more been `forced' to kill a living person and is having very human and childlike remorse. The exchange between the pair is a tiny example of foreshadowing for students of the craft of storytelling to examine. They have an interesting dialog on what differentiates Good and Evil.
Shortly after, Rick's people meet Aaron. Aaron has a place. It is safe. Come with Aaron and you can be safe, too. Rick's heard this somewhere before. He doesn't buy into the claim. And really, who can blame him. They've met such charming folks as the Governor, and of course, we can't forget the cannibals.
However, it turns out that Aaron is--or might possibly be--on the level. They eventually agree to accompany Aaron to his rumored community. It is real and the people seem genuine. What could possibly go wrong? There is food, homes, safety, and hot water.
Did I mention a little foreshadowing done at the start of the episode? You might do well to review that section once more. Rick's band of survivors are inside what seems to be a well-run, well-organized compound/neighborhood. Only, they aren't all drinking the Stepford Kool-Aid. This place is too perfect...its citizens are too nice.
In true Kirkman fashion, we are left with a cliffhanger. This episode is very heavy on humanistic behavior and character. It is light on zombies. Bravo once more to the entire team on the Walking Dead franchise--Kirkman, Adlard, Rathburn--for a wonderful example of how zombie fiction can be about "story" and have real depth. You need this episode on your shelf.
Life Among Them has the best first page ever, especially in its seeming relation to the last page of Fear the Hunters. We quickly discover it has nothing to do with Carl's last revelation, but in one word it does epitomize the survivors current situation. Soon after, we learn Eugene's many secrets. Who is he really? I loved this and what it means to the group and their plans.
Much of Life Among Them seems to be setting up for future plot lines. The survivors find what they believe to be a safe community. It's reminiscent (vaguely, probably mostly in setting alone) of what they came across before finding the prison, this time populated with real live people. The question becomes - how real are they exactly?
Many of the survivors find the entire situation uneasy and that seeps through to the reader quickly. Something feels off in this little town. Is the coming turmoil (because you know its not going to work out) going to be because of the community or because of the survivors suspicious nature?
A few zombie fights, but Life Among Them is less action and more explanation. We learn about these new people and how their town works. We see the growing doubt coming from the survivors. It's got to be setting up for something, right? If not, these volumes are going to get boring quickly.