LIBRARY JOURNAL -- Negan is a big-time jerk. Hyperaggressive, he
bullies and dominates the kids he is entrusted with as a coach.
He's also cheating on his wife, who is dying of cancer. When she
finally succumbs after her long battle, Negan is confronted with an
unprecedented situation when she crawls off her death bed as a
member of the living dead. In fact, a major zombie outbreak occurs
simultaneously with her death, leaving him with no option but to
fight his way out of the hospital against rampaging undead hordes.
Negan discovers, however, that while the very self-centered and
violent nature of his personality was problematic for navigating
the rules of normal society, the very same qualities might just
allow him to thrive amid the ruins of humanity's few living
survivors. The creative team of Kirkman (Invincible),
Charlie Adlard (Codeflesh), Cliff Rathburn (Super
Dinosaur), and Dave Stewart (Hellboy) supply fans of the
venerable horror series with character development for the
repugnant leader who has run roughshod over Rick Grimes, Michonne,
and the other survivors in both the comics and TV series.
Verdict While it doesn't contain many of the main characters fans know and love, this stand-alone volume does offer the oddly compelling origin story of the most hated man of any zombie apocalypse.-Douglas Rednour, Georgia State Univ. Libs., Atlanta