The Walking Dead, Vol. 32: Rest In Peace

The Walking Dead, Vol. 32: Rest In Peace

The conflict in the Commonwealth hits a fever pitch… could this be the end of civilization as we’ve come to know it? Collects THE WALKING DEAD #187-193....

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Title:The Walking Dead, Vol. 32: Rest In Peace
Author:Robert Kirkman
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The Walking Dead, Vol. 32: Rest In Peace Reviews

  • Karl Marberger

    I’m speechless.

  • Emma

    Well I’m glad it’s done. I’ve felt for a while that the series was stagnating and going round in circles.

    I’m not going to say too much as I don’t want to spoil things but I enjoyed the ending which is even sweeter as I know the tv show can never end in the same way (so that’ll be another surprise)!

  • Jamie Sigal

    I got the ending that I've been hoping for over years of emotional attachment to these characters. This volume brought the tears, and as always, the shocks and anxiety. Thank you, Mr. Kirkman.

  • Matthew

    UPDATE 11/5/2019: This is my write in selection for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards in the category of Graphic Novels & Comics.

    That’s it . . . it’s over!

    The afterward to this volume mentions that there was not a lot of fanfare leading up to the final volume and that was the way the author wanted it. He figured if there was an announcement that issue 193 would be the last there would be a lot of expectation leading up to it. Instead it went out quietly – and, I must admit, I was surprised after this volume was r

    UPDATE 11/5/2019: This is my write in selection for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards in the category of Graphic Novels & Comics.

    That’s it . . . it’s over!

    The afterward to this volume mentions that there was not a lot of fanfare leading up to the final volume and that was the way the author wanted it. He figured if there was an announcement that issue 193 would be the last there would be a lot of expectation leading up to it. Instead it went out quietly – and, I must admit, I was surprised after this volume was released to discover that it was the last one.

    It was definitely time for the series to end. As much as I have loved the journey along the way, it has felt for a long time like things needed to wrap up. Some of the storylines felt repetitive. Some of the character tropes were getting a bit stale. I didn’t want to have what was a great series meander off into mediocrity.

    I am pleased to say that this volume did a great job wrapping things up. The ending was not necessarily happy. Not all loose ends were necessarily tied up. But, I feel like there was a satisfactory wrap up for fans of the series along with enough hints of places where things are still not perfect to leave the reader imagining what the future could possibly hold; a story that leaves a little for the reader to think on is a great story!

    The art throughout the series has remained steady. The first few issues were a different artist, but over 90% has been the same and I have enjoyed all the artwork along the way. The fact that it was black and white for every issue has been awesome. While I do enjoy when graphic novels are in color, I think that black and white is my favorite.

    Time for the dead to shamble on to other stories and other graphic novels. Their time here is done and it has been a great ride from start to finish. Congratulations to Robert Kirkman and all others involved in this journey – may they all have many more successes in the future!

  • Ben Brown

    Is it just me, or does it feel like The Walking Dead is finally – albeit slowly – lumbering zombie-like towards its endgame? Big things happen in this volume – like, game-changing things. After 192 issues and 32 volumes, it’s a little strange to read “The Walking Dead” and feel like it’s winding in a distinct narrative direction – so much of the comic’s appeal over the years has been its carefree, almost purposeless sense of direction, story-wise. Here’s hoping Kirkman can stick the landing bett

    Is it just me, or does it feel like The Walking Dead is finally – albeit slowly – lumbering zombie-like towards its endgame? Big things happen in this volume – like, game-changing things. After 192 issues and 32 volumes, it’s a little strange to read “The Walking Dead” and feel like it’s winding in a distinct narrative direction – so much of the comic’s appeal over the years has been its carefree, almost purposeless sense of direction, story-wise. Here’s hoping Kirkman can stick the landing better than “Game of Thrones” did (sorry, sorry, couldn’t resist).

  • Chris Lemmerman

    And there you have it. The end of an era. 15 years, 193 issues later, and The Walking Dead is over.

    Is it a good ending? I'd argue that it is, yeah. It feels like the end of the story, and the majority of everything we needed to know is answered in the epic-sized final issue. The story of The Walking Dead, the story of Rick Grimes, is over, and it definitely feels like the right place to end. The final issue itself deserves five stars alone, as an issue and as an ending.

    Th

    And there you have it. The end of an era. 15 years, 193 issues later, and The Walking Dead is over.

    Is it a good ending? I'd argue that it is, yeah. It feels like the end of the story, and the majority of everything we needed to know is answered in the epic-sized final issue. The story of The Walking Dead, the story of Rick Grimes, is over, and it definitely feels like the right place to end. The final issue itself deserves five stars alone, as an issue and as an ending.

    The thing I take issue with more is the abruptness of it. The massive time jump between the penultimate and final issues feels like there were more stories to tell here. I do like how the story of the Commonwealth finally ended, in a pretty unexpected way for TWD, but I'm not sure if just cutting it so cleanly and then jumping forward was the right move.

    The Walking Dead as a phenomenon will live on long after the series is over, but for now, it's time to say goodbye to this incarnation of these characters.

  • Chad

    Wow, it's done. Finito. Kirkman had one last surprise for us, ending the series without telling anyone. Even going so far as to create fake solicitations in Previews. I thought he'd ride that money train to the end of the line. But even Kirkman saw it was time to end the series.

    I like how Kirkman ends the Commonwealth storyline. Not with violence, but with reason. The series has been a diatribe about modern society for a long time. So Rick puts his money where his mouth is and talks everyone in

    Wow, it's done. Finito. Kirkman had one last surprise for us, ending the series without telling anyone. Even going so far as to create fake solicitations in Previews. I thought he'd ride that money train to the end of the line. But even Kirkman saw it was time to end the series.

    I like how Kirkman ends the Commonwealth storyline. Not with violence, but with reason. The series has been a diatribe about modern society for a long time. So Rick puts his money where his mouth is and talks everyone into resolving their disputes with the Commonwealth without war. I think anyone reading this story from the beginning knew how it would end and that's exactly what happens. I did enjoy the epilogue, several years later. We get to see how all our friends turned out. Yes, I've been following these characters for 193 issues, they are certainly my friends at this point. Thanks to Kirkman, Adlard and the rest of the creative team for entertaining me for the last 16 years.

  • Rod Brown

    After 15 years of reading, this is not an ending I can love, but it is all certainly fitting. The cast has become too sprawling to give everyone a decent send-off, so the focus of the final chapters has to be Rick and Carl...and has anyone ever really liked Carl enough to want him to be the focus of anything?

    I really appreciated Kirkman sharing the warts and all rationalization of ending the series at this point in his afterword.

  • Ginger

    Wow.

    that is all I can say without spoiling everything.

    These are true spoilers. Do not read them if you have not finished this vol.

  • Sam Quixote

    It’s… over?

    Wha… no foolin’!? Sweet zombie jesus!

    Yup, the series that became like the rotting, shambling corpses featured in its pages has finally come to a long overdue end. I kinda feel like Kent Brockman – why now, why not five years ago??

    So after years of saying he’d end The Walking Dead at 300 issues, Robert Kirkman surprised long-suffering readers last month by

    pulling the plug early with issue #193, the various reasons for which he talks about in his lengthy afterword (

    It’s… over?

    Wha… no foolin’!? Sweet zombie jesus!

    Yup, the series that became like the rotting, shambling corpses featured in its pages has finally come to a long overdue end. I kinda feel like Kent Brockman – why now, why not five years ago??

    So after years of saying he’d end The Walking Dead at 300 issues, Robert Kirkman surprised long-suffering readers last month by

    pulling the plug early with issue #193, the various reasons for which he talks about in his lengthy afterword (basically he ran out of material).

    So how is the final book? Like the last few volumes have been: not good! Rick clashes with the Hillary Clinton leader of the Commonwealth and her Joffrey-esque son, bringing a merciful end to that tedious storyline.

    One of the funniest moments in the series for me was a speech Rick gave a while ago which ends with a double splash page where he looks at the reader and says “WE are the walking dead!” in an eye-rolling no shit Sherlock moment. The Commonwealth storyline builds up to Rick giving what’s meant to be a moving, emotional speech that ends with a reference to that earlier speech with Rick saying in a similar double splash “We are NOT the walking dead!”, totally undercutting the serious tone it was shooting for and reducing what should’ve been a powerful moment into laughter!

    About the only notable thing to happen is a certain main character dying – and if you know this is the last book, you know the only character it could be

    - which I guess was kinda moving but also expected.

    The twenty years later jump (it doesn’t say exactly how many years but it seems like a fair chunk of time) as an extended epilogue was interesting – briefly. It was sweet seeing who ended up marrying who and what the surviving characters did with their lives. And then it overstays its welcome. I mean, did we really need to have the story of Carl and Hershel’s court case over zombies as property (that’s just my phrasing – Kirkman got through the whole series without once mentioning the word “zombie”, so kudos for that!)? I guess it’s sort of amusing to see how the perceptions of the zombies have shifted because life has gotten that safe, but it just went on and on, seemingly only so we could see familiar characters older, and in new roles.

    But I didn’t like the twenty years later world. It was essentially just the old west cowboys’n’injuns world – very unimaginative. The final image of the series is cute but the words preceding it are way too long-winded and dull to convincingly be read as a children’s book.

    Overall there was an absolute shit-ton more exposition than usual, none of which I found especially compelling, and the forced action scenes with the zombies were rubbish – the zombies are too easily defeated now so there’s zero excitement seeing the characters fight them. I believe Kirkman when he says he ran out of material because I was yawning the whole time throughout this one. It’s a bit of a disappointing end to what was a decent series.

    The Walking Dead definitely had its moments. About half of the books are really good, like the ones featuring The Governor and Negan. The series hit its peaks when it had strong villains for Rick and co. to battle against, that weren’t zombies, and they were both terrific bad guys. Speaking of, I wanted to see what became of Negan in the epilogue but, beyond a page hinting at his continued existence, we didn’t get anything more, which was a shame.

    Then again, I’m sure that’s deliberate and Kirkman will return at some point to tell Negan’s story in full. Because even if Volume 32 is “the end”, it’s really only the end of this story arc. Let’s be real: the series is way too popular and profitable to never revisit again. I’m sure in five or ten years when Kirkman’s got more ideas, or HBO’s demanding more stories for a new TV show because nostalgia SELLS, he and Charlie Adlard will be back for more. Particularly as there are so many possibilities to explore. Besides Negan’s story they could tell the story of what happened in the interval between, or what happened in other areas of the world during this time, or even jump ahead of the time jump and see what the world beyond the new old west looks like.

    Rest in peace? Bitch, please. This is comics – nobody ever stays deaded, not least a series about the undead!

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