-Originally posted on goodreads
-AVOID READING THIS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK YET
I knew coming into this that The Fall of the Governor 1 & 2 was going to be a retelling of the comics from Woodbury's point of view. Even though I had already read the issues on which the final two books of the series were based, I took to the idea in a heartbeat. How interesting that would be, right? It turns out it isn't what I expected it to be.
The beginning part of the book before it catches up to the comics is really useless, except that it introduces Lilly's new love interest, Austin. This is what Lilly is preoccupied with during the entire novel, as expected because she isn't a major player in the comics until later on (meaning, the next book). But, I've got to admit that learning of her pregnancy was a shocker--especially because us comic book readers knows what happens in the end. But this is Lilly the entire book in a nutshell: "I loved Josh but I also like Austin and whoops! Baby! Now what are we gonna do?" I still like Lilly as a character, but her departure from the main events proves that her inclusion in the first of two parts was only intended as a setup for the next installment of the series.
So, as a fan of the comic books, is it worth it? I'd say yes. Because it focuses on the characters of Woodbury, we get into the heads of Lilly, the Governor, Austin and Bruce, but that's not all--Michonne and Rick have their own POVs as well, and as we spent years as an outsider watching their story unfold, we finally get to know what they're thinking. These moments are brief, but they provide much insight into the characters. Getting inside the Governor's head especially really points things into perspective, and I'm glad that we are able to delve more into his psychosis, especially since things are obviously going to get worst for him as the story unfolds.
But even though we get to see the Woodbury side of things, I just don't think it really adds anything to the story already told in the comics. I should have expected it since Rick, Michonne, and Glenn arrived, but this is simply a retelling of the comics with insight into a few Woodbury residents and a few extra scenes. I was kind of hoping that we'd get more insight as to why Woodbury--especially Gabe and Bruce, who know of all the terrible things that the Governor does--would follow behind such a man. But no, the answer we get is exactly the answer that the comics provided. I'm a little disappointed in that, but since this is part 1 of 2, and Rick, Michonne and Glenn are out of Woodbury, I'm holding my breath for the next installment.