01:00:35 AM Mar 5th 2011
How many Walkers usually die in the process of making one, and why haven't they died out? Why do they try to stop David from becoming one to begin with? Why does Laurel not warn David in any way that getting his soul back will not in fact be a good thing or let on that their crusade is not for the cause the Devil has told him it is? Why does he gradually turn into a Walker without his soul when he only becomes one by getting it back? Is there really so little good in mankind that in our entire history no single person has been able to make the sacrifice David does? And what is it exactly that enables him to succeed where all others have failed? I like the story for the most part, but that late stage plot twist is really very badly patched on.
11:29:46 AM Jul 30th 2012
Both Laurel and Satan are bound by very strict rules. It may be that Satan's goal is different in this case. The other Walkers did not have it within them to self-sacrifice the way David Grey did, although some are at least very close, like the Walker who violated Satan's rules in order to give his struggling wife access to the assets he left behind. Also it may very well be that both Satan and Laurel are themselves not getting the complete picture despite their greater awareness.
11:45:07 AM Aug 26th 2010
I bought the Midnight Nation trade-paperback yesterday and read it today, and it was quite a good graphic novel. Well written and interesting, much as I have come to expect from JMS. However, almost the very second I started reading it, as soon as it broke into David "falling through the cracks," I realized that it is essentially Neverwhere without the Marquis de Carabas. Okay, there are actually quite a few other differences, both in characters and setting, but the underlying concept and basic plot are almost identical, including almost word-for-word descriptions of how you fall in London Bel—er, the shadow realms of L.A. I am in no way accusing JMS of copying Neil Gaiman, the original TV series was a small affair on the BBC back in 1996, and there is every chance that he never even heard of Neverwhere, but I can't help but notice the similarities, It became almost ludicrous in the one-shot published in Wizard, which actually seems to take place in Dream's Library. Should this be mentioned on this page> Should we go over how the concepts are similar? is this a Spiritual Successor, a follow-up, or something else?