"PORTLAND, Ore. 07/18/2020 — Read it again! Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment will revisit the historic independent series that took the entertainment world by storm 17 years ago—The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman (Fire Power, Oblivion Song) and Charlie Adlard (Vampire State Building)—with newly, fully colored issues. Featuring the stunning work of the masterful Dave McCaig, these new issues will launch in October with The Walking Dead Deluxe #1. Kirkman first announced the fully colored issues during Skybound Xpo, Skybound’s virtual pop-culture convention, earlier today.
This deluxe revival of the series will also feature a memorable array of variant covers—by such artists as David Finch, Tony Moore, Julian Totino Tedesco, and Arthur Adams—commemorating major character introductions and the series’ most memorable twists and turns. Each issue will include a new installment of “The Cutting Room Floor,” featuring Kirkman's original handwritten plots along with commentary on abandoned storylines and plot points that may have changed along the way.
This definitive presentation of the story will NOT be collected into trade paperback any time soon, so fans and new readers should not trade-wait to experience this fully colored edition of the popular survival horror series. Issue #1 will be available on October 7. Each following month two issues will be released.
The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 7: The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover A David Finch & Dave McCaig - Diamond Code AUG200027 The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover B Tony Moore & Dave McCaig - Diamond Code AUG200028 The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover C Charlie Adlard - Diamond Code AUG200029 The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover D Julian Totino Tedesco - Diamond Code AUG200030 The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover E Arthur Adams - Diamond Code AUG200031
The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play."
No, seriously, why? Is this a cash grab because the story ended? Is that why there's a Negan Lives! series now as well? Who asked for this? One of the few things that made the coming good was it being in Black and White! This...
I have no idea man, but cash grab seems feasible. I've only read some of it here and there, so I'm certainly no expert. Maybe this will be really appealing to some fans? Seems to me better left alone, but again, no expert. B&W just seems grittier and more imposing to me.
I figure mostly a cash grab, but possibly also to bring in some people who for some reason don't want to read black and white comics? I'm certain there's a small percentage of people who feel that way.
Let's be honest here, the comic industry is a niche product, there are very few fans of the industry that hasn't already had their fill of the Walking Dead. They are not going to bring in enough "new" fans to make this worth the paper it will literally be printed on.
I think one of the things they made a mistake on was printing the original books on glossy paper and not printing it on high quality rag, like older DC and Vertigo books. That could have allowed for a cheaper price point and bring more people in when it first came out. Same with the trades. 30+ trades is intimidating. If they were 10 bucks each before discounts from places like Strand or Amazon it would be easier to get into instead of books that drop at 20 bucks a pop. "I can get the first 12 issues for 20 bucks? Hot damn! I'll give that a try!"
What do I know, though.
Also, Rick looks more zombie than the zombies in that David Finch cover. How the hell did his get so... sloppy? This is the same guy that breathed new life into Moon Knight in 2006. Just what the fak, man.