Negan The Walking Dead

Like all great villains, ‘The Walking Dead’ Big Bad Negan is actually the hero of his story.  But until now, readers of the comic haven’t known his story.  Writer Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard are changing that.  The secret origin of the bat-swinging, f-bomb dropping baddie will finally be unveiled in a 48-page tale that will be serialized in ‘Image+’ a supplement to the monthly Diamond Comic Distributor’s ‘Previews’ catalog available at comic shops.

‘Previews’ offers consumers a chance to order upcoming comics, trading cards, roleplaying games, toys, statues and other items in advance and in recent years, the larger publishers have begun offering a separate magazine devoted to their wares.  These extra publications are available for free with the purchase of ‘Previews’ although ‘Image+’ will be available to buy separately for only $1.99 and will include additional articles and comic material.

The Negan story will be offered in four-page increments, by the regular ‘TWD’ creators and will begin in May’s edition of ‘Previews’/’Image+’.

Here is the first page, which shows Negan crafting his trusty weapon of choice, Lucille, a baseball bat covered in barb wire.

WD_Negan_1_final (1)-EMBEDThe new story is being told in association with AMC, the channel on which ‘The Walking Dead’ TV show airs.  On it, Jeffrey Dean Morgan just made his debut as the character on the Season Six finale.

Is it possible that the events of this comic miniseries could be depicted on the hit show?

Morgan, for his part, hopes so.  He stated:

“I talked to Robert Kirkman after we did Talking Dead, and he is doing the backstory of Negan right now. But whether or not — or when — we see that, and I hope we do, I can’t answer that. But hopefully we’ll find out more as we go.  I approach [Negan] … like he used to be a used-car salesman. That’s what I know, and there’s not a lot beyond that. … He’s a car salesman who has survived as long as Rick and his gang, so what has he done to get there?”

Are you intrigued to find out the backstory of this character?  Or do you prefer him as something of an enigma?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter