Here's Negan! - The Backstory Of TWD's Most Lovable Antagonist!
It just dawned on me that "IMAGE+" doesn't appear to have been digitally scanned/ripped at this point in time... So many of you comic-pirates haven't been able to check out the initial installment of the "HERE'S NEGAN!" backstory.
For those unaware: "Each of the first 12 issues will include a four-page "Walking Dead" story by the series creative team of writer Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard, involving the origins of notorious antagonist Negan and totaling 48 pages of story -- equivalent to slightly more than two typical single issue comics."
Luckily for you TWD fans, I have a subscription to this series and personally took the time to scan/upload the pages for you. If needed, I will continue doing so until the entire story is complete. The scans aren't the best quality(did it from my phone, lol), but they're better than what you had!
FYI, I do believe that I am the first person on the interweb to post all of the pages(hence the watermarks, lol.) So without further adieu... Enjoy!
"IMAGE+" is a monthly title, so you can expect Chapter 3 sometime around the end of next month.
Just so y'all know, it usually takes 2-3 business days for my physical copies to arrive in the mail. IOW, if the issue is released Wednesday, I should have my copy by the following Monday at the latest. And like I mentioned in the OP: when I receive an issue, I will post the scans for you as soon as practical.
Because the release dates for the issues of "IMAGE+" seem like they are impossible very hard to find through random searches, I asked the customer service folks at Image Comics if they could send me that information directly. This was their response:
With that in mind, these *should* be the official release dates for the remaining chapters of the "Here's Negan!" backstory:
Evidently Negan losing his wife(as we are now seeing in the backstory) is what transformed him into the man cold-blooded badass he is today... Pretty cool that Kirkman tied an essential plot-point from the backstory into the main series.
I'm betting his wife's name is Lucille, and he named his trademark weapon after her(remember, the backstory began with Negan wrapping barbed wire around the bat--essentially creating Lucille.)
Maybe the bat was a present from her? Maybe he used it to kill her after she turned? Dunno. Either way, the bat enabled Negan to survive... To prosper... To lead. Hell, he loved that thing as though it were a person. It clearly had some sort of sentimental/emotional value to him, and that's probably why. In some strange/twisted way, it reminded him of his beloved wife.
I doubt 'Lucille' was just some name he randomly pulled from his ass.
Last edited by Galan007 on Jul 8th, 2016 at 01:34 AM