Zombie Cliche Lookout: Wishes of the Dying
I’d like to think that, when my time is running out, I would stop thinking about myself, and really start thinking about the people I leave behind. I’ve had a number of people I was close to die, and those that had the dubious gift to know that they were dying almost all did this. I’m not sure if that sense of perspective is just part of the human condition, but I consider it something beautiful in a time of pain and unknowing, and that counts for a lot in my book.
In zombie fiction, we see this all-too-real trope show up from time to time, although it’s generally reserved for one of two situations. The first is when a beloved character in a leadership role is infected, and has a very limited time left to ensure that his or her group has the best chance of survival possible. In the second situation, it’s a character that’s generally seen as being more or less useless, or perhaps even evil. With their life’s clock slowly ticking away toward midnight, they realize the errors of their ways and try to make amends as best they can.
About this Episode:
We’re going to be saying goodbye to Michael and Joy pretty soon here, and I wanted to give Joy a quick character moment before they’re gone. As you probably know, these are not my characters. This was a bit of an experiment to bring in two fan-created characters to the comic to see how they’d work. I liked them both, but feel like Joy got the short shrift a bit too often, hence her extra couple of scenes here.
Discussion Question: Let’s Keep the Politics Out of This
I’m not sure how many of you have been following the events in Ferguson, MO, but I think it’s been an incredibly interesting and tragic story, and I love bringing in real-life events to these questions. That said, I realize that this is an extremely politically charged issue, so let’s leave the politics to the side here.
What I’m curious about here is whether the protests, riots, and police responses have changed the way you think about zombie outbreaks at all. Riots and militarization are both extremely common elements in zombies stories, with the early parts of the outbreak often confused as riots. Seeing how things are going down in Ferguson, has this changed your perspectives at all?