‘The Walking Dead’ Spoilers: Negan Gets A Backstory

'The Walking Dead' Spoilers: Negan Gets A Backstory

Negan is coming to terrorize the survivors on The Walking Dead, and it looks like Robert Kirkman is going to give fans the backstory on how the character played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan became so evil. Negan’s backstory won’t play out on screen in The Walking Dead, though. Instead, TWDvillain’s story will be told in the pages of the brand new magazine in a 12-part series according to IGN.

Kirkman and Image Comics are coming together to create a 48-page history of Negan. The story of the TWD villain won’t play out on-screen but die-hard fans who want to learn how Negan came to be can read all about it in the issues of Image+ magazine. Each month, starting in May 2016, readers will get to enjoy a 4 page serial about Negan. This will continue for the first 12 issues of Image+.

Even in the TWD comics, Negan’s character is pretty mysterious. Fans know that Negan is pretty barbaric and is capable of committing some horrendous crimes but no one knows why he turned out that way. Not knowing the history of such a pivotal character isn’t like The Walking Dead so Kirkman is about to change that. Negan’s character is about to get much deeper with a release of the 4-page chapters.

Negan’s story will be told by the same men behind The Walking Dead comics, Robert Kirkman, and artist Charlie Adlard. IGN explains that Image+ is an advertorial magazine and is published along with the monthly Diamond previews catalog. TWD fans who want to purchase Image+ as a stand alone so they can read the 4-page backstory on Negan can buy it by itself for $1.99 when it makes its May debut. There is no word on whether Kirkland plans to print the Negan backstory anywhere else yet. TWD fans are hoping the 48-page Negan story will get its own printing once the monthly serial has been told.

Having an official backstory for Negan won’t just be for the comic book fans. Many fans of the televised The Walking Dead are also looking forward to hearing about how Negan got his start. As Cinema Blend pointed out, learning the events leading up to Negan’s terror campaign as the leader of the Saviors will make him more relatable rather than just another bad guy.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is getting ready to make his debut as Negan anytime now on the AMC hit The Walking Dead. In the mid-season premiere “No Way Out,” Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham had a run-in with a group of Negan’s goons and quickly learned that they are lethal and a bit crazy. As the leader of the gang of biker’s tried to take the group’s truck, he offered to kill Sasha and Abraham by waiving a gun around in front of them. The unhinged quasi-leader didn’t get too far, though, because he made the huge mistake of trying to go one-on-one with Daryl. The TWD fan favorite quickly dispatched the leader of the group and then blew the rest of Negan’s goons (and their motorcycles) to smithereens with the well-timed shot of a rocket launcher.

Now, The Walking Dead fans are fearing for Daryl’s safety. Once Negan finds out what Dixon did to his men, he’s going to want revenge. We already know that Negan is pretty nasty from the comic books and we’ve been promised by Robert Kirkman and Scott Gimple that Negan is just as bad in the AMC series. While TWD fans have already been promised that Glenn won’t be dying at the hands of Negan and his barbed-wire-wrapped bat named Lucille, we’ve also been told that someone does. It’s pretty safe to say that no one is safe as Season 6 of The Walking Dead now that Negan is coming.

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