The Walking Dead
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 "HERE'S NEGAN!" story originally serialized in IMAGE+ magazine.

The Walking Dead Details

TitleThe Walking Dead
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 10th, 2017
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534303270
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Horror, Zombies, Fiction

The Walking Dead Review

  • Alejandro
    January 1, 1970
    Beware alive ones, here comes Negan & Lucille! This is a special publication of “The Walking Dead”, not part of the regular run, therefore, it’s only avalaible (at this moment) in this very hardcover publication.Creative Team:Writer: Robert KirkmanIllustrators: Charlie AdlardAdditional gray tones to inking: Cliff Rathburn HEY, BATTER BATTER! It’s time I told you about Lucille. Negan is my favorite character in The Walking Dead (comic books and TV adaptation), obviously I had read the comi Beware alive ones, here comes Negan & Lucille! This is a special publication of “The Walking Dead”, not part of the regular run, therefore, it’s only avalaible (at this moment) in this very hardcover publication.Creative Team:Writer: Robert KirkmanIllustrators: Charlie AdlardAdditional gray tones to inking: Cliff Rathburn HEY, BATTER BATTER! It’s time I told you about Lucille. Negan is my favorite character in The Walking Dead (comic books and TV adaptation), obviously I had read the comic books and watch the TV series since their own beginnings and I like several character on each version, but once Negan appears……the voting get closed. Negan won.He’s not only the most complex villain (and certainly The Governor was way cool) so far, not matter that the series would meet yet another formidable villain in future chapters, but……Negan (in my personal opinion) remains as not only the most complex villain but also the most interesting character since you never know what he’d do next but……you can be sure that it’ll be awesome and shocking the storyline.He is smart, he watches ahead of the present, he has his own unique “code of honor” (for lacking of a better term), and……he has Lucille, a wood bat covered in barb wire (and old traces of blood), his own signature weapon, which is something to fear……Negan will talk, and you’ll be mesmerized with his conversation (like in a Tarantino film) but once “Lucille” got into the conversation……the blood will run big time.Just add a cool leather jacket and black gloves……and an icon (in comic books and TV) is born.In this special publication, you’ll find a prequel, exploring the past of Negan. What he was before the zombie break, why his bat is named Lucille (which was quite obvious), how he was at the beginning of his survival trip in the roads once the zombies take over, the first people he meet, and how the fearsome Saviours born under his rule.I'd wish that it would be a longer narrative with more content, but still I am glad of having bought it and being able to read it.
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  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    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?
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Negan's origin story. We find out Negan was just as big of a huge asshole before the dead rose as he is afterwards. Shocking! And he finds his jacket and bat randomly along his travels. Oh the horror! The story adds nothing to the character. If anything it takes away a bit of the mystery and allure to what his deal could have been. Give this expensive cash grab a pass.
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  • Gianfranco Mancini
    January 1, 1970
    Not bad at all if you like Negan's character and wanna know his (and "Lucille's) "Secret Origin" tale, but this short (and expensive) hardcover volume could have been just a flashback in the main series.
  • Artemy
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    more like a 1'5, really
  • Rod Brown
    January 1, 1970
    I read the first two Walking Dead novels about the Rise of the Governor because it seemed like it might be interesting to see how this major villain came to be. But it wasn't. And now the creative team behind the Walking Dead have done the same thing for Negan. It's an origin story that can only disappoint or take away from the character, and is better left untold, just like Wolverine: Origin.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    This review can be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2017/10/2...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: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2017/10/2...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.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    In a somewhat vulgar comparison that would make Negan proud of me for having written, reading this comic was like premature ejaculation- It was over before things started to really get good! Such a bummer, as I was hoping to catch a less-rushed glimpse into this iconic character's backstory.
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  • Reese Copeland
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this. It gives you some really good insight into why Negan is the way he is. Great back story!
  • Eliza and her books
    January 1, 1970
    What a waste of 72 pages i feel like i didn't learn anything new about Negan
  • Frédéric
    January 1, 1970
    A decent but unnecessary origin story of the famous TWD psychopath.It kind of actually deserves Negan; the mystery that surrounded his background was more potent than the reality of his previous life and how he came into being the leader of the Saviors. It seemed obvious without needing it detailed. The same goes for Lucille. You don't have to be a victorian detective to make an educated guess as to who she originally was.This is a pure cash drain issue; it takes your money but doesn't give much A decent but unnecessary origin story of the famous TWD psychopath.It kind of actually deserves Negan; the mystery that surrounded his background was more potent than the reality of his previous life and how he came into being the leader of the Saviors. It seemed obvious without needing it detailed. The same goes for Lucille. You don't have to be a victorian detective to make an educated guess as to who she originally was.This is a pure cash drain issue; it takes your money but doesn't give much in return. If you like Negan don't read it. He will remain ominous and mysterious like he should be.
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  • Michelle Morrell
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Quentin Wallace
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Dimitris
    January 1, 1970
    Well, I didn't know what I was expected to read... like, I love the character, but this is a quick money grab for sure... and they can't possibly tell a story about him in the future so there's going to be an origin one.We already kinda knew what happened and what we thought from the hints here and there happened, that's what's happening here. So no surprises. No nothing.It's good, artwork is great. It's a fun read. If you really like the character, give it a go.
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  • Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    Yeah. Alright. Not bad.
  • Cindy Newton
    January 1, 1970
    I'm an ardent Walking Dead fan, but this is the first of the graphic novels that I've read. It satisfied my burning desire to know who and what Negan had been before the ZA hit. My husband joked that he would turn out to be a teacher (as quite a few villains in tv shows have turned out to be), and he was right, although Negan was not, as my husband predicted, an English teacher. He was a coach, and I can now see the origin of tv Negan's fascination for genitalia--his graphic novel counterpart sh I'm an ardent Walking Dead fan, but this is the first of the graphic novels that I've read. It satisfied my burning desire to know who and what Negan had been before the ZA hit. My husband joked that he would turn out to be a teacher (as quite a few villains in tv shows have turned out to be), and he was right, although Negan was not, as my husband predicted, an English teacher. He was a coach, and I can now see the origin of tv Negan's fascination for genitalia--his graphic novel counterpart shares it. The graphic novel, though, presents Negan from regular life to the Negan we all know and despise with such breakneck speed (compared to the show), that it seems really abrupt to me. I still enjoy seeing the origin of that horrible, evil, but super-hot bad guy
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  • Cale
    January 1, 1970
    Negan's origin really kind of undercuts the power of the character. Reading this after Volume 28, where Negan refers to his early days in a little less direct a fashion, I was disappointed by the discrepancy by what I had pictured and what actually happened. Yes, seeing Negan dealing with normal society is interesting (and shows how his skills and personality are actually rewarded in the zombie world), but the story is so... banal. I understand that was kind of the point, but it still doesn't si Negan's origin really kind of undercuts the power of the character. Reading this after Volume 28, where Negan refers to his early days in a little less direct a fashion, I was disappointed by the discrepancy by what I had pictured and what actually happened. Yes, seeing Negan dealing with normal society is interesting (and shows how his skills and personality are actually rewarded in the zombie world), but the story is so... banal. I understand that was kind of the point, but it still doesn't sit well with me.
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  • Ashley Walker
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to read this! I enjoy the Walking Dead comics and to finally know Negan’s origin story I couldn’t wait! But I was so disappointed, it felt like a sorry excuse to swear a lot for no reason. Literally the word count in this comic is fifty percent Negan dropping F bombs. This was a big let down for me considering how amped I was to read it.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    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 was able to read certainly had my curiosity piqued! No rating, because I don't rate previews.
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  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    If you're like me, and you love this series but have not gotten to The Walking Dead # 100 yet, then this special Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition of Here's Negan is the book you want. It comes with a special edition of The Walking Dead # 100 with an all new variant cover so you can read that first.I still feel like I should have waited to read this until I had already read parts of the series where Negan and the saviors show up including "All Out War". I did order The Walking Dead, Book Nine If you're like me, and you love this series but have not gotten to The Walking Dead # 100 yet, then this special Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition of Here's Negan is the book you want. It comes with a special edition of The Walking Dead # 100 with an all new variant cover so you can read that first.I still feel like I should have waited to read this until I had already read parts of the series where Negan and the saviors show up including "All Out War". I did order The Walking Dead, Book Nine, The Walking Dead, Book Ten and The Walking Dead, Book Eleven today from Amazon though. Having said that, onto my thoughts on the book. Why is it called "HERE'S NEGAN!"...is that supposed to be a reference to another iconic psychopath? LOL.Okay, got three stars cause I thought the book was a decent story, but ONLY three stars cause for one it's hard for me to NOT hate Negan. I really don't see how, at least in the beginning, he's no different than The Governor (and this most definitely applies to my opinion of him on the TV show). But, (view spoiler)[at the beginning of this book you are sort of meant to feel sorry for him because of his grief over his real wife, ironically named Lucille, and her death from Cancer. (hide spoiler)]. Over the course of the book, you see him slowly become the bad guy...but not enough of it. That's another reason it only got three stars. I like a villain that I love to hate, but with Negan...I just don't get it. Kirkman doesn't want you to really hate him, and if you read The Walking Dead, Issue #174 recently than you know what I'm talking about. All in all, always enjoyable to read a Walking Dead story.
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  • Sooraya Evans
    January 1, 1970
    Felt short and rather rushed. Negan was a gym teacher before the whole world fell apart? Haha. I wasn’t expecting that at all.
  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Mirkat
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this well enough, but it feels kind of unnecessary. Negan the big bad got that way because reasons. The reasons didn't strike me as particularly special for a zombie apocalypse. He was kind of a jerk before the dead started to rise, and then he became a jerk who experienced loss and was able to get other people to follow him, to increase their chances of not dying. And he obtained his signature barbed-wire bat.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Got the Negan backstory. It was fine. Provided some context. But even a short graphic novel with the mouth Negan’s got on him is hard to take. (view spoiler)[I’m still trying to figure out how he can hate rape so much and yet coerce women to be part of his harem of wives. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Craig
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Cam Foster
    January 1, 1970
    Such a trademark character of The Walking Dead! It was awesome to see his origin story and how he became such a badass!
  • Louie
    January 1, 1970
    I hope the show does a special episode telling this story at some point.
  • Kenny
    January 1, 1970
    How it began.
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