I have a new obsession. The Walking Dead.
First let me say that I’m not generally big on horror stuff anymore, especially since I became a mother. I don’t like the end of the world type stuff, I don’t like masses of people dying, and I can only take so much gore/despair so I originally spurned this series when my husband tried to get me to watch it.
About a year later, I tried it out again so that hubby and I might have something to watch together (he just will not get into Grey’s Anatomy, can you believe that???) Thankfully, the first two seasons are on Netflix streaming.
And, once I set aside my unsettling feelings about seeing the dead rise, I realized it was an excellent story with a lot of subtle commentary about human nature. However, I’m a reader by choice. I love to read and if there’s a book behind a movie or show that I enjoy, I want to get my hands on it. Furthermore, once I found out that this lady was a part of the comic book, I had to have it.
Meet Michonne. This katana-wielding, zombie slaying, ass kicking, dreadloc wearing lady immediately had my jaw dropping with how awesome she was. What more can I ask for in a strong African American female character…with natural hair?! She is also clever and, later on in the series, the voice of reason.
Ok, she is a little nutty sometimes…I mean, who wouldn’t be in the zombie apocalypse? But I love that she has natural hair. I mean, let’s face it, there is no running to get that relaxer touch up when all of society has collapsed? Where would you get your relaxer? What about running water?
Yes, a TWA or dreads would be the perfect apocalypse hairstyles. I would personally go for the TWA so the zombies would have nothing to hold onto.
After reading her adventures in the comic, how excited was I to find out that her TV counterpart would be appearing in season 3? Played by this beautiful sister, Danai Gurira.
So I was basically in heaven: My natural haired comic book hero played by a beautiful lady who, in real life, sported a TWA. And doesn’t she have a beautiful smile? Well, soak that smile up while you can because her character (on the TV series) usually scowls. She also wears a wig as Michonne.
At first I was ok with TV Michonne. She seemed strong and independent. She didn’t say much, but I thought that would change as time went on. However, about three episodes ago, I was through with TV Michonne.
That expression on her face in the picture above is pretty much the range of her emotion. I have to say, after watching this past season, that I was pretty disappointed. I think the writers have done the character of Michonne (and the actress playing her) a disservice by making her into a constantly scowling angry black woman.
And at least a stereotypical angry black woman will speak her mind. This Michonne replies to questions with an even deeper scowl followed by staring or maybe attacking with her sword.
I’m sorry to go off on that tangent, but it just irks me. Anyway, Michonne from the comic is still my hero.
I highly recommend the comic but please don’t read it if you’re sensitive to violence, gore, and sexual situations. I would also recommend buying the compendium as it ends up being cheaper and a longer read than issue by issue.
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