Review: The Walking Dead, Vol. 32: Rest In Peace

Book cover to The Walking Dead Volume 32 by Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Vol. 32: Rest In Peace by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I knew this one had been coming and I knew a significant piece of the ending because, well, internet. But I picked up the first trade of The Walking Dead just as it was released and began reading this series. Some 16 or so years later, the trip through all 32 trades has been entirely worth it. It's funny how spoiler-heavy society is now with the internet. I didn't have to worry that Lori's fate being spoiled way back in the day, but Rick's fate, well. And yet, knowing it, didn't diminish it. After all, Kirkman never hesitated to do with his characters (in all his works) what the story demanded. In sitting down and reading what is the last volume in this series, it wasn't as they say, bittersweet. It was rather exactly what it needed to be. I don't know that I'd consider it the best end of a comic series, but it doesn't come anywhere close to the worse. The ending fits and the story feels complete--and I can be happy with that.

The volume focuses on resolving the tension with the governor in the new community that Rick's group have connected with and reading it, you feel like it is about to rhyme as it had with the Governor and Negan. But it doesn't and of course, that's where we find that thread of humanity that pulls all of The Walking Dead together: hope. Kirkman's tales typically are dark and dire, but that only makes the hope shine brighter and indeed, that is what happens here. The final part of this book deals with the aftermath--decades in the future and it too is fitting; an attempt to maintain the balance that was so drastically lost at the start of the series. Alas, that's all I can say without giving away much and if you haven't read volume 1--what are you waiting for? This journey is worth it from the first volume to the last; so get reading and find out where it all ends.

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