Zombie Cliche Lookout: Sharpening the Point
Villains in zombie stories come in a lot of forms, but today we’re going to look at the militaristic variety of which Ned is a type. With these bad guys, being listened to and taken seriously is extremely important. They’re in charge, and they want to make sure that everyone knows it, and readily acknowledges it whenever it comes up. They take challenges to their control very seriously, and will tend to overreact to assert themselves out of a deep and abiding fear of appearing weak in front of others.
Smarter militaristic leaders will realize that their approach doesn’t always work, and rely on trusted lieutenants to pick up the slack. Their biggest challenge is having normal interactions with other people because their forcefulness and thin skin tend to blow up conversations into conflicts.
Naturally, one can analyze these characters in many different ways. Are they covering up their own inadequacies with out-sized bravado? What shaped their minds into believing that the best, or perhaps only way of solving problems is with overwhelming force? And in what ways can a savvy survivor take advantage of their mindset?
About this Episode:
In the third frame, I wanted to show visually how overwhelmed Murphy is at the moment. The idea was to make him very small, almost crushed, at the bottom of the panel, with the others in more dominant positions above him. No clue if it worked, but I try to do some half-assed art stuff every now and then.
Discussion Question: So What’s Ned’s Deal?
You read the zombie cliche lookout, right? Well, get in there and psychoanalyze Ned. What’s going on under the hood with him? Does his toughness belie a weakness, or is this simply his best way of managing things? How can Murphy exploit that?