Comic Michonne and TV Michonne - comparison (with Richonne talk)
I think an inherent difference between Comic Michonne and TV Michonne is the trajectory of their characters. TV Michonne seems to be a character who had struggled with severe PTSD over the loss of her son and is now on the trajectory of embracing basically a new family and investing in a community (twice over) as well as becoming a mother figure in a way to the group, protecting her own at all costs. Her relationship with Carl and Judith mirrors her one with Andre and is quite maternal. I think Carl and Michonne in the comic were more like best friends stuck in Hell together, and Carl kind of looked to her like a superhero. But I think that’s why I admire the differences in the comic and show. I can admire both in that aspect of portraying different relationships. The comic book version of Carl and Michonne’s post-Prison massacre (yes massacre) reunion is quite funny as he jumps on her, but later, it’s also quite melancholic how Rick really sees Michonne for who she really is like him, she’s not a superhero, she’s a damaged woman destroyed by the world. Like her.
But the Comic Michonne is a much more neurotic individual as well at times. She’s been a victim of sexual assault, and in retaliation, mutilated The Governor, and has been in a relationship with about 4 or 5 different men in the comic who have died in some way. She had an ex-husband and daughters, who she isn’t sure who are alive. The point is, Michonne in the comic is played off as while a heroine in some aspects, an inherently tragic woman who is constantly in a loop of unhappiness and failing to please herself. Everyone she grows close to and bonds with dies, and the others are moving on and being happy for themselves. She admits to Andrea she can never go back to being happy and friendly and fun, etc. as she used to be. Andrea and Rick are also in an amazing, loving relationship but that wasn’t built on magic. All that revolved around Andrea bringing a lifeless man back to his old self, and it was built up harshly but they eventually became such a loving, badass couple. It’s implied Michonne might’ve been slightly jealous, but not in a way that she is attracted to Rick (she might have been) but more that she wants that lasting and loving relationship but how she constantly puts herself down from getting there prevents it. There’s a direct parallel between Pre-Love-Life-with-Andrea Rick and New Pirate Michonne. They both need to get their shit together, as they say to each other at different times. For me, I do prefer TV Michonne (she’s a lot like Comic Andrea mentally), but I love the development of Comic Michonne. This is a hardened warrior who will survive, but is suffering inside. She thinks she’s responsible for so much like her daughters’ “deaths”.
This is one HUGE reason why I’m 99% sure Richonne is going to go canon. Michonne came back to life, like the Comic Andrea we see now is. There’s life re-invigorated into her. She’s also fiercely protective of her own. TV Michonne had gotten over Comic Michonne’s issues because she was able to develop a different mind set early on & had Judith and Carl while Lori was long dead, etc. and there was a community at the prison. She wasn’t also a victim of sexual assault which I think triggers a lot of the pain Comic Michonne has. Lori was alive raising Judith at the prison in the comic and Andrea then bonded with Rick. And another thing, Andrea’s dead on the show obviously. She’s not there to drive to Alexandria with Rick, etc. and have those moments with him but Michonne is (and she’s been having them!). The point is, TV Michonne got over that mind site that CM endures continually.
That’s why Sasha is being perfectly set up with Michonne’s trajectory but more of a Comic Andrea attire in disguise (basically if Comic Michonne were a sniper). I believe Sasha’s very much her own character with her own struggles, but she parallels Comic Michonne at the party, lying on zombies, etc. (with less hardcore pain) and takes on that aspect mentally.
And I just absolutely love the idea of the badass trinity being Rick, Michonne and Sasha. Right now, it seems to be Rick, Michonne and (yawns) Daryl replacing Andrea but Sasha would be way cooler to fit this role.
I made a similar post, but this is more in depth on the differences.
So DON’T be concerned about Jessick lasting long. Yes, it’s going canon, there’s no denying that. But only for a half season. She’s just a plot device to get Rick into that place which Michonne can bring him out of, to facilitate that pain and make that relationship happen among other plot mechanisms thrown in there.