The Walking Dead Season 3 Bites, Gnaws, and Shambles this November

The Walking Dead Season 3 Bites, Gnaws, and Shambles this November

Telltale’s The Walking Dead series of adventure games wasn’t their first game of the genre, but it could certainly be argued that it laid the foundation for what the genre would become and went a long way to popularize adventure titles with a broader audience. As a man with Dave’s theme from Maniac Mansion set as his ringtone, I appreciate that. More importantly, Telltale’s The Walking Dead has always made impressive narrative decisions and gone to great lengths to build interesting characters to stumble around its world. The recently announced November release date for A New Frontier makes me pretty excited.

After little information following its E3 unveiling, Telltale announced The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – A New Frontier would be coming to consoles, PC/Mac, and mobile platforms this November at its PAX West panel today. The season is, again, expected to run for five episodes, and will be available to purchase, piece by piece, through a season pass, or even through a “Season Pass Disc,” for console players, which will include the premiere episode and will provide access to the following iterations as they come out via download.

“This third new season will serve as both a continuation of what’s come before in our story, as well as an all-new beginning set four years after the outbreak events of Season One,” stated Telltale CEO and Co-Founder Kevin Bruner. “As a harrowing and horrific drama, A New Frontier will explore beyond what it means to survive in a world ravaged by the undead, and will see our characters confronting the new rules of order and justice in a land being brutally reclaimed and rediscovered by what’s left of humanity itself.”

Though the Walking Dead television series has yet to cover this, Robert Kirkman’s comic book, of which Telltale’s series shares a universe, does have a pretty significant time jump, and this seems to put Clementine right there around the events of the “A New Beginning,” story arc, or it’s lead up. Whether we see reverberations of the events at Hilltop remains to be seen.

Players will take control of both series protagonist Clementine and newcomer Javier, and A New Frontier promises to show players what has been going down during Clem’s long absence through new eyes.

AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead Ep 209 Clip

Mid-Season Premiere Clip of AMC's Fear The Walking Dead

AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead returned last week with the highly-anticipated season 2 mid-season premiere with an episode entitled Grotesque.

This week the surviving continues with episode 209 entitled Los Merton.

In this clip from Los Merton, Alicia and Ofelia talk about surviving.

Fear The Walking Dead episode 209 airs August 28th, 9:00 PM only on AMC.

Fear The Walking Dead is produced by Robert Kirkman, best known for creating The Walking Dead, Dave Erickson, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert. Fear The Walking Dead stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Mercedes Mason, Lorenzo James Henrie and Colman Domingo.

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Creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, Soon to be Less Invincible

Creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, Soon to be Less Invincible

Several years ago I was introduced to the intriguing Image comic book Invincible. The book presented itself as a quaint story about the teenage son of the world’s greatest superhero learning about his own powers and becoming a superhero himself. Several issues later, I learned that I was wrong and that Robert Kirkman, of The Walking Dead and Outcasts fame, was a dirty liar. From there on I was hooked.

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Mid-Season Premiere Clip of AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead

Mid-Season Premiere Clip of AMC's Fear The Walking Dead

AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead returns with the highly-anticipated season 2 mid-season premiere with an episode entitled Grotesque.

Nick’s steadfast search for answers leads him into a deadly dog-eat-dog landscape. A dark piece of his past is uncovered.

Fear The Walking Dead’s mid-season premiere airs August 21, 9PM only on AMC.

Fear The Walking Dead is produced by Robert Kirkman, best known for creating The Walking Dead, Dave Erickson, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert. Fear The Walking Dead stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Mercedes Mason, Lorenzo James Henrie and Colman Domingo.

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AMC To Air Documentary On The History Of Comic Books

AMC To Air Documentary On The History Of Comic Books

AMC has long been known for its hit TV show The Walking Dead, based on the popular series of comics, and with Preacher, based on the DC Vertigo gaining critical acclaim, AMC seems poised to stake its claim in the world of TV-Comic adaptations.

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The Walking Dead Volume Twenty: All Out War (Comic) Review

The Walking Dead Volume Twenty: All Out War (Comic) Review

The Walking Dead is back with an all new graphic novel. Unlike its usual production schedule of a release in November or December and a release in May or June, volume twenty is hitting shelves mid-March and readers will be very happy to only have to wait a couple of months until the next one.

The reason for this change in release schedule is the ramped up production of the individual comics since the release of issue #115, which started the story arc entitled ‘All Out War’ and will continue its bimonthly schedule until the story arc ends in issue #126. It’s a story that The Walking Dead has been working towards for almost two years and finally the hostilities between Rick’s group and Negan’s have come to, you guessed it, all out war.

Fans of The Walking Dead comics have known for years that the book has a habit of doing a character driven story arc that builds up to a more violent story arc which is followed by a ‘picking up the pieces’ arc, then repeat. This story has been long in the making and readers have been chomping at the bit to see just what happens between the Saviors and Rick’s band of survivors.

The story is bleak; it has to be. This graphic novel, only the beginning of the war, contains more character deaths than any previous Walking Dead collection and many of them cut right to the bone. That’s how The Walking Dead should be though. Unlike the show, which is more often a soap opera than a survival show, the graphic novel refuses to pull its punches. People die, people are maimed, characters you care about are turned, and this graphic novel shows you just how gritty The Walking Dead can be.

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There are issues with the book, of course. One has to wonder why people keep letting Rick lead them into battle when it never seems to go all that well for them. We get the obligatory ‘Oh no, Carl got hurt in a big panel and Rick freaks out. No wait, he’s fine,’ scene, which is getting a bit old and even more problematic each time he suffers a possibly mortal injury. In a post-apocalyptic world, is it really believable that a child could get a part of his face shot off and survive? Yet we still see Carl, acting like nothing is wrong (physically) and he’s even left in charge of their town while Rick goes off to war. It is starting to get beyond the point of reasonable suspension of disbelief.

The biggest issue comes near the middle of the story, when the high impact battle scene just sort of stops at issue #118 and the flow of the story becomes more disjointed. We see, without the story transitioning fluidly, what’s going on in some of the other towns, to what’s going on at a later battle, and what’s happening with some of the other characters. One of the hardest hitting scenes comes in issue #118, but the way it’s told could have been done much better and much more coherently. Instead the reader is trying to figure out how the book got to that scene before the brutality comes and it loses some of its impact.

Most importantly though, how does it stack up as a Walking Dead graphic novel? The answer is very well indeed. For a person like myself, who has been continuing to read the series more out of habit than actual desire to see where the story might go, volume twenty had me on the edge of my seat. As Robert Kirkman has always said, no one is safe and when it comes to the war with the Saviors, that’s absolutely true. With gun battles and roaming zombies, anyone can get picked off at any moment, and they do. Some of the deaths are barely notable, but many of them will kick you right in the gut.

Overall, this is the first graphic novel in quite a while that has made me excited for the next part of the story. I don’t even think I can wait until volume twenty-one comes out to finish the story. I might just have to pick up the single issues to continue the story as quickly as possible. What made The Walking Dead so good in the first place has returned in The Walking Dead: All Out War Part One and it’s definitely out to reignite the passion in its readers.