Anyone who is following the comic books just has to get the latest – a digital, one-shot comic titled The Walking Dead: The Alien which offers a huge reveal.
Written by Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Saga) and Marco Martin, the founders of the digital distribution platform Panel Syndicate, the new once-off comic was released on Wednesday.
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As mentioned in the interview included below, anyone interested in buying a copy of the 31-page, black and white comic The Walking Dead: The Alien should head over to Vaughan and Martin’s PanelSyndicate.com, where it is available in PDF, CBR or CBZ formats.
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The website aims to give everyone a chance to buy comics at an affordable price and downloaders can literally score a copy of the new comic by naming their price, which can go all the way down to $0. However, it must be borne in mind that the creators did all this work upfront for free and only get paid if people support their work.
In the interview, Vaughan and The Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman discuss the beginnings of the comics and how Kirkman was struggling at the time. Vaughan read the comics and says he was impressed by Kirkman’s writing but never thought the black and white comics would take off like they did.
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Talking about the new The Walking Dead: The Alien comic Vaughan said, “It felt like the kind of fun, old-school comic crossover that never happens anymore because comics companies are owned by major corporations and there’s too much red tape and hassle.”
Warning, spoilers ahead.
According to Yahoo! News, what is so different about this particular issue is that it reveals a huge secret about our hero, Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln on the AMC drama series. Said secret is about the fate of Rick’s kid brother, Jeff Grimes, who was first mentioned in the third issue of The Walking Dead comics.
Vaughan wrote in the afterword on the comic, “I’d been fascinated by the idea of Rick Grimes’ long-lost kid brother ever since he was first mentioned waaaaaay back in Walking Dead #3.”
His fascination has led him to reveal a secret about Jeff Grimes that may, or may not, get a later mention in the AMC TV series. It also led to the expansion of The Walking Dead universe as we know it.
The comic’s story is based in Barcelona, Spain – where reportedly Martin is originally from – and one big reveal is that the zombie apocalypse isn’t just happening in the U.S.A.
Kirkman said of the comic’s location, “In the comics, we’ve stayed in the continental United States; we haven’t really ever explained what’s happened outside of it.”
He continued by saying he used to joke that people were still hanging out in Australia and they were fine and that it was only the American continents that were messed up, but of course that isn’t the case.
The whole spoiler of the new comic is that The Walking Dead: The Alien is centered around Rick’s brother, Jeff Grimes, who wakes up in Barcelona and later meets a local girl by the name of Claudia, a museum creator.
The story goes on to outline their efforts to return to the U.S.A., as they heard rumors that the American government had found a way to contain the outbreak.
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