Ok so I’ve
been seeing a lot of posts either praising or criticizing single characters …
and I couldn’t help but think about it myself. So I’ve collected my own take on
the whole crew, positive as well as negative. Because let’s face it – all of
them have good and bad traits to them! And that’s okay!
aware that this has been written by someone who loves (almost) all these
characters to bits and pieces.
— the flaws
Lazy bum who spends his nights gaming instead of studying
and sleeping, then complains about it
Passive personality, can’t
motivate himself to do anything for himself and needs others to give him a push
processed his apparent crush on his cousin properly
up quite a bit when it comes to romance
Some of the
flirting can be cringy and he can turn slightly yandere
— and why I love him anyway —
genuinely a sweet and nice guy and probably couldn’t hurt a fly (well, unprovoked)
Cares a lot
about the others and their wellbeing
heart on his sleeve type of guy
as hell, because I’m sure a lot of students were in his situation once
help both people and animals
— the flaws —
force others to give him the praise he craves
give it to himself, too, no matter if he was successful with the last point or
immediately overprotective of MC, seemingly just because she is a girl
Despite being the one who comes on to her the strongest of all of them
uncalled for aggression and rudeness towards Jumin who actually never did
anything wrong to him
— BUT here’s why I still love him —
sweet and caring, and genuinely supportive
And his protective instinct can be a good thing
care of you and himself, too, so he might actually be the most well adjusted adult of
all of them
and passionate and willing to fight his way through life to follow his dream
outgoing and usually open about his emotions
relatable, because a lot of people have hidden insecurities
— she does have … some flaws —
good at taking care of herself and her own needs, sacrifices her health and
wellbeing out of fear of what would happen if she lost her job
Can be slightly annoying at the beginning of Zen’s route because she is a bit overprotective of him
Kind of in
the closet about her bisexuality
— though not a lot of them because —
sensible, capable, reliable – and still humble
and helpful, despite seeming a bit unapproachable at first
worker who only came this far through her own efforts
thoughts and troubles about work and life in general are very relatable
hidden passionate and excitable side to her, which is cute
Also is a hidden bad ass
— the flaws —
He’s … well, a trust fund kid who relies on his ridiculously
inexhaustible resources a lot
Has a bad case of repressed emotions
And detachment from other people
unhealthy relationship with his cat because of this
becomes very intense, in a … concerning way at first, also because of his
emotional and inter-personal issues
— but again, here’s the good about him to consider —
to offend or intimidate because of his pragmatic and confident mindset
handling difficult situations
Cares a lot
more about the people around him than anyone would expect
actually quite open minded and curious, eager to learn about new things
awkwardness and his more “human” moments are surprisingly cute
Also, actually does work for his money, and is very generous
— the spoiler-ish flaws —
He got very used
to being dishonest
Tends to go
to extremes when his protective side is triggered – and not necessarily in good
Latent self-hatred, awkwardly mixed with arrogance concerning his abilities
lashing out at people when distressed (though only verbally)
Is kind of pushed as the “main route” which may be annoying to some
— and why I love this cute hacker anyway —
entertaining with his quirkiness and random sense of humor
Quick thinking and open minded
for a lot of reasons, ranging from the silliness, to the nerdiness, and to the deflecting
from serious issues by turning them into a joke thing
dedicated and caring person, and really protective of those who are dear to him
I love this cover so much. It’s so good. It works on both a symbolic and literal level. It’s got great atmosphere and the poses are great. The attention to detail is so good.
I could gush over it for hours, and I will.
First the literal.
The cover has just enough details to show the reader exactly what kind of a story The Walking Dead is. The destruction of the setting and the zombies being put against the main character make it very clear.
However, despite the zombies being present in the cover, they’re not the focus of the piece. Rick, the human survivor and main character is in focus while the zombies’ reflections are faded and in the background. Despite there being zombies, this story isn’t about zombies, it’s about people in a zombie apocalypse. The people, and their struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world is what drives the series, not the zombies.
Rick himself and his role is also apparent in this cover. Rick’s shoes and pants are covered in grime (pun unintended) and dirt, showing us the road he’s been through. His outfit, while reminiscent of other post-apocalyptic movies, shows us his role as a Police Officer back before the apocalypse, and how he maintains that role of protector and leader after the outbreak.
He is looking at the zombies that can be seen in the window’s reflection, and isalso looking at the reader. This not only lets us see his face directly without breaking the fourth wall but also lets us see his expression and reaction to the situation he’s in, allowing us to get a basic understanding of his personality.
Rick is armed with his handgun, and also currently loading a rifle to defend himself with, alluding to his life both before the outbreak and now, after it, which is the main theme of the first issue.
Now the figurative.
Rick is standing outside of a broken clothing store full of mannequins. The mannequins represent both humanity and our achievements. They have human figures and shape, but they are lifeless, expressionless and stripped out of their clothing, representing how humanity died and was stripped of its civilization.
Mannequins are a product of industry. Creating a mannequin requires mining the resources, processing them, shipping them across continents and oceans, and assembling them in factories. They’re one of the many things which are impossible in the new world after the outbreak. Much like the colossal monuments of past civilizations, the mannequins are an image of us and our achievements, which now stands lifeless and obsolete.
The glass represents the outbreak itself, the separation between the world before and the world after. Notice how there’s still glass after the window, because not even the outside world, which represents the post-outbreak world, is safe from the threat of zombies.
The zombies, the cause of the outbreak, are reflected in the glass, and no zombie can be seen in the cover outside of their reflection of the glass. The zombies are moving, “alive” and mostly clothed. They have everything that the mannequins don’t, since the zombies are now the inheritors of the Earth.
This again ties to the theme of the first issue, the transition between the world before the outbreak and the world after it.
The inside of the store represents the world before the outbreak, in ruins, dark and dead. The mannequins in it represent the people who did not survive the outbreak and all of their civilization’s achievements. Outside of the store there is the detached hand of a mannequin, which looks like it’s grasping fruitlessly at Rick. But it too is dead, and covered in glass. This hand represents those who survived in the initial outbreak but ended up dying afterwards, failing to survive in the new world. Many characters die in the course of The Walking Dead, and this hand represents them and all who are like them.
Finally, outside of the store, and not covered in glass or in darkness is Rick. Rick represents humanity which survived the outbreak, who like the zombies gets to inherit the Earth. Unlike the expression lifeless mannequins, Rick is alive, moving and with an expression of determination on his face. He is clothed, like the zombies, representing how the world belongs to surviving humanity as much as it does the zombies. Rick is not a record of a ruined past, but a survivor of the present, who is ready to live and fight in the new world.