The Walking Dead: Here's Negan! by Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead: Here's Negan!

Who is Negan? Since his debut in THE WALKING DEAD #100, the charismatic psychopath has antagonized Rick Grimes, murdered his friend with a baseball bat wrapped in barb wire (which he calls "Lucille"), and led the Saviors into war against Alexandria and the neighboring communities. But who was he before society broke down? That question will be answered here, collecting the...

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The Walking Dead: Here's Negan! Reviews

  • Diana

    more like a 1'5, really

  • Betty

    I downloaded an ARC on Edelweiss, very excited to learn Negan's backstory. Alas, I was disappointed... the copy from Edelweiss was only a twenty-eight preview, rather than the complete seventy-two page book. Rather than getting Negan's complete backstory, I was only given a glimpse... so I can't properly review this unless/until I've read the entire thing.

    I will say that the little I

    able to read certainly had my curiosity piqued!

    No rating, because I don't rate previews.

  • Dave

    As a huge fan of the walking dead television show, but new to the world of graphic novels, I eagerly picked this one up. Who doesn't want to learn of Negan's origins? I enjoyed the art, the story arc, and pretty much everything about it. But then it ended before I was ready to put it down. Too short! Thank you to Image Comics for providing a review copy.

  • Nancy

    This review can be found on my blog:

    The Walking Dead’s favorite psychopath now has a backstory! This slim volume shows us Negan before the zombie apocalypse and in the days following, and we learn what shaped him into the charismatic villain that we love to hate.

    When I bought the book it was shrink-wrapped in plastic, so a casual shopper couldn’t flip through it and find out more about Negan without actually purchasing the book. The book is much shorter t

    This review can be found on my blog:

    The Walking Dead’s favorite psychopath now has a backstory! This slim volume shows us Negan before the zombie apocalypse and in the days following, and we learn what shaped him into the charismatic villain that we love to hate.

    When I bought the book it was shrink-wrapped in plastic, so a casual shopper couldn’t flip through it and find out more about Negan without actually purchasing the book. The book is much shorter than I would have expected, and was a quick read.

    The book begins a few months before the world goes to hell, and we meet Negan who is a foul mouthed gym teacher who has a nasty quip for everything. He seems to respect his wife Lucille, until we see him cheating on her, despite her recent cancer diagnosis. Negan has a parallel with Rick, as the zombie’s attack while he and his wife are in the hospital. I do not want to share anymore than that, because the point of the book is to show Negan’s journey from being a regular asshole kind of guy to the monster we know him as.

    But I will say- I was highly disappointed in this story. It’s hard to share why without giving away too many plot points, but Negan’s arc wasn’t as complete as it should have been. There was more character development of Dwight and Sherry and the the group that will evolve into The Saviors, than with Negan. Plus, there seems to be a discrepancy between this book and Volume 28 in regards to a conversation he and Rick have.

    I also had been intrigued that Negan seems to have an aversion to rape, although certainly not killing, and I was curious if they would address some of his contradictions. While they dance around the subject, it wasn’t truly answered. So I ended up feeling the plastic wrap was to prevent shoppers from backing out of the purchase once they discovered this book doesn’t quite pass muster. Some of the ingredients for a good narrative were there, but they were not fleshed out enough. Borrow, do not buy this book (that’s what libraries are for!) to get your Negan fix.

  • Quentin Wallace

    I suppose this is a situation where my expectations were just too high. This character has reached mythic proportions among Walking Dead fans, so regardless of how good his backstory I'm sure many of us would have felt a little let down.

    This isn't bad at all, but Negan's past just didn't seem to be much different than many of the other Walking Dead characters. I guess that may have been the point, but I was expecting a much more climactic backstory for such a great villain. Still, if you're a Wa

    I suppose this is a situation where my expectations were just too high. This character has reached mythic proportions among Walking Dead fans, so regardless of how good his backstory I'm sure many of us would have felt a little let down.

    This isn't bad at all, but Negan's past just didn't seem to be much different than many of the other Walking Dead characters. I guess that may have been the point, but I was expecting a much more climactic backstory for such a great villain. Still, if you're a Walking Dead fan this is pretty much required reading.

  • Sam Quixote

    Heeeeeeere’s.... an obvious cash-grab! Ahhh, who can blame Image, eh? The Walking Dead is their Batman/Spider-Man - that they haven’t exploited it as much as DC/Marvel have their own properties is pretty remarkable in itself! So, in order to make their Image+ magazine successful, a short, serialized Walking Dead spinoff starring the title’s best character, Negan, was included. And it wasn’t bad!

    Here’s what you need to know: it’s Negan’s origin story. And an unnecessary one it was too! Because I

    Heeeeeeere’s.... an obvious cash-grab! Ahhh, who can blame Image, eh? The Walking Dead is their Batman/Spider-Man - that they haven’t exploited it as much as DC/Marvel have their own properties is pretty remarkable in itself! So, in order to make their Image+ magazine successful, a short, serialized Walking Dead spinoff starring the title’s best character, Negan, was included. And it wasn’t bad!

    Here’s what you need to know: it’s Negan’s origin story. And an unnecessary one it was too! Because I think that great villains - and Negan is a great villain - shouldn’t have backstories. The Joker is the ultimate badass because his origins are unknown (though that’s shortly to change, thankyousofuckingmuch Martin Scorsese!). Any old school WWF fans? Weren’t the heels that much more compelling because they came from “Parts Unknown”?

    And if you read the latest Walking Dead book, Volume 28: A Certain Doom, what Negan discloses to Rick of his past in that scene was more than sufficient - we didn’t need to see any more. Everything else that happens here - getting the bat, the jacket, teaming up with Dwight (the Norman Reedus/Daryl character who was included in the comic after the TV show became mega-popular), and starting The Saviors - is just a tick-box exercise.

    The book does give Robert Kirkman the chance to humanise Negan in a way he hasn’t been able to do in the main series. And we learn that Negan’s character wasn’t totally formed post-zombie apocalypse - the ridiculously-excessive swearing and the casual attitude to sex were pre-existing - but generally there’s not a whole lot here that’s surprising. No prizes for guessing who Lucille was! It is a fairly mundane origin though that does take away some of the mystique surrounding the character which is a shame.

    Still, it’s a perfectly readable book and worth a look if, like me, you’re a fan of the character. Charlie Adlard’s art is fine, there’s some decent zombie action and, at a mere 70-ish pages, it’s a quick read. And don’t even think about reading this one unless you’ve already read the Negan Walking Dead books - this is a fans-only one-off!

    If you read The Walking Dead and want more Negan, well, Here’s Negan! But it’s also totally peripheral so you can skip it entirely and not miss out on anything if you just read the main title. Me, I thought it was a fine but I also would’ve preferred if Negan’s origin had remained untold indefinitely.

  • Sarah

    I always feel conflicted when I read a villain's backstory. On the one hand, it's cool to see what exactly made the villain a villain but on the other hand, it's also cool when a villain has that air of mystery, it adds to the villain's allure. For me to love a villain's backstory it has to be great and unfortunately this one wasn't that great. Don't get me wrong, I found bits of it interesting but overall I found it quite pointless. If you're going to give Negan a backstory, then make it awesom

    I always feel conflicted when I read a villain's backstory. On the one hand, it's cool to see what exactly made the villain a villain but on the other hand, it's also cool when a villain has that air of mystery, it adds to the villain's allure. For me to love a villain's backstory it has to be great and unfortunately this one wasn't that great. Don't get me wrong, I found bits of it interesting but overall I found it quite pointless. If you're going to give Negan a backstory, then make it awesome, otherwise what's the point?

  • Artemy

    The origin story of Negan. Did we really need it? Well, no, but this short collection serves as an okay TWD fix for a time when there's no new TWD comics otherwise.

  • Craig

    Kind of pointless, like filling in Darth Vader's backstory. We watch as a jerk of a coach turns into a hard-bitten survivor, though there really isn't a whole lot here to explain his psychopathic tendencies. Oh, well. Whatever.

  • Michelle M

    I've been a fan of both The Walking Dead comics and show since the start, however I stopped reading the comics just before the appearance of Negan. I do believe I have been utterly spoiled by the amazingly charismatic Jefferey Dean Morgan.

    This stand alone is the origin story of Negan, and while it was interesting, comic Negan just didn't hold a candle to tv Negan. Also, I forgot just how hard it is to parse the action in the comics sometimes, the characters look just a little too similar, and w

    I've been a fan of both The Walking Dead comics and show since the start, however I stopped reading the comics just before the appearance of Negan. I do believe I have been utterly spoiled by the amazingly charismatic Jefferey Dean Morgan.

    This stand alone is the origin story of Negan, and while it was interesting, comic Negan just didn't hold a candle to tv Negan. Also, I forgot just how hard it is to parse the action in the comics sometimes, the characters look just a little too similar, and when it's dark, well that's when accidents and mis-identification happen!

    (And strangely enough, this is the second Jefferey Dean Morgan character book I've read this week, following up on the journal of John Winchester. Is there any Denny Duquette fiction out there? I have always appreciated trilogies.)

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