This comic is based on a true story of a time that I endured refrigerator-less. I did subsist on protein powder and Chinese food for quite some time. I found protein shakes to be a reasonably healthy alternative to breakfast, and occasionally lunch. Even having obtained a refrigerator, I still consume mostly Chinese food, but that is an entirely different story. I’ve had concern from a few people about drinking protein shakes, a past time I used to associate with meat-headed muscle junkies myself, but the stuff is actually somewhat healthy and helpful.

Anyway, I’m not here to preach health tips to you. I want to talk about The Walking Dead.

The third episode of Telltale’s The Walking Dead adventure game came out last week. It only took a few hours to push through it, and while I wish these things were longer, it packed enough story and action for my five dollars. I spent much of the rest of my weekend reading through the backlog of issues from the comic, so I am now familiar with all three pillars of The Walking Dead canon.

The comic differs greatly from the show, even for following the same characters. It’s definitely worth following both. It’s difficult to nitpick comparisons, since so much has been changed. The game follows an entirely different set of characters, with some early cameos by Glenn and Hershel Walker providing a bit of insight into their histories. The conflict between the characters in the game seems far more urgent, since you have to make the hard decisions and live with the consequences of choosing sides.

The choices made in the game are purported to effect every character within its story and its overall outcome. I am planning to play through only once to start, so that I can have my complete version of the events before going back and seeing how things could be different. Some of the results are immediate and obvious, but with others the effects appear to be long term (such as teaching a little girl to shoot). I might try a few different tactics once the final two episodes of the season are complete, but at the moment it is not clear how my actions will affect the future of the survivors. I will have to wait and see.

A pervading theme across the entire The Walking Dead universe is the protection of children. Rick Grimes holds onto the narrow focus of protecting his son in both comic and television show, and Lee Everett take charge of an orphan 8 year old girl named Clementine. Now I don’t know about you, but that little girl did far more to endear herself to me when I first encountered her than Carl Grimes did in his entire run. You understand Rick’s need to protect his son, but he just doesn’t have the same indomitable kind spirit and adorable factor that Clementine does.