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Mad Katana swinging, fencing in her younger days, combat, a vast knowledge of law, an art aficionado, and the ability to leave her emotions at the door.
Oddly enough, Michonne’s history is a bit of a mystery. In addition, Michonne’s history in the comic books is much different than it is in the TV Series of The Walking Dead. In the comics, Michonne pre-zombie outbreak was a lawyer. She had two daughters and a husband. At some point she left her husband and got with Mike. When the outbreak happened, she was not home. She ran to the home she shared with Mike. Mike’s friend Terry was there for protection. Later, she goes out to scavenge for supplies and in her neighbors home finds the Katana. The Katana. What a lucky find! Anyway, when she goes back home, she finds Mike and Terry have turned and she is forced to use them as a barrier between her and the other zombies. She cuts off their arms and jaws and uses them for protection. During the outbreak, her daughters were with a nanny and she has never seen them again. Since finding Rick Grimes and his group, Michonne has become Rick’s number 2. And I don’t mean girlfriend, I mean she is his warrior. Michonne the Warrior… I like the ring of that.
Why is she important?:
Not only is Michonne the strongest female in both versions of The Walking Dead, she is also just the strongest character. And that is straight from the source. Creator Robert Kirkman has been quoted as such in his Letter Hacks. For Michonne, her “stats” are kinda irrelevant, and this could be because The Walking Dead takes place in a time where gender and race don’t matter anymore. But it does seem that whether Michonne was a man or a woman, black or white, is really a mute point. What matters is that she is the baddest, ahem, man in the whole damn town.
In addition, she is important because of her relationship to The Governor. TV viewers may be asking… what??? Well let me tell you, but not in great detail because this website is still rated PG-13. Yes in the TV show, Michonne and The Governor do have a connection, and not the good kind. Fans cheered when she poked out his eye, murdered his daughter and then skewered him outside the prison. Oh have you not seen TWD through the end of season 4A? Spoiler alert…. Anyhow, in the comics, it is beyond all those things. Like, Be. Yond. The Governor is much worse. And for Michonne, her hatred of him is deeply rooted. At one point in the books, she is kidnapped by him, kept in Woodbury and kept as his rape slave. It’s true. Does this make her important? Very much so. Because when she is rescued by Rick and Glenn, she could have just left. Instead, she fulfills everyone’s revenge fantasy and she doesn’t even blink. Not only does she scoop out The Governor’s eye with a spoon, she chops off a few of his appendages. I’ll let you imagine what those may be.
Most importantly, she gets out alive. Is her psyche totally damaged? It seems as though hers is an ebb and flow of really crazy and not so crazy. When we meet her, she talks to her boyfriend. Keep in mind her boyfriend is one of her zombie pets that she ended up killing when she met Rick and gang. After her ordeal with The Governor, she is broken. But she has always found a way to deal with her trauma. And she can still kick some serious ass.
What she means to me:
To me, Michonne means we can all survive. We make the choice of how we live in this world, no matter if it is with other people, or zombies, or both. She has made some tough choices. She lives with them and then she just keeps going. She is strong physically and emotionally, but can show her vulnerability, too. One of my favorite Michonne moments in the TV Series was in “Claimed” when she found the bloody pink room. It would have pushed anyone to break down. She shed a tear for the family in the room and the family she once had (a son in the show), but was still able to protect Carl, Rick’s son, from seeing the horrific scene. Michonne says to world, men and women, that it is OK to be strong, logical and a woman. Thank you, Michonne!
photos belong to Image Comics and AMC
written by Adrian Puryear