Image+ preview catalog’s ‘Here’s Negan’ reveals his painful origin story
‘Here’s Negan’ is the tragic and heartbreaking backstory of the Walking Dead’s iconic psychopath and why his bat is named Lucille.
When The Walking Dead returns, we will find out in the seventh season premiere the answer to the sixth-season cliffhanger: Who does Negan beat to death with his baseball bat? There are two things we can count on: It will be horrific, and Negan’s victim will be bludgeoned to death by Lucille.
What we currently know about Negan from the television series is that Negan is the leader of the Saviors, a large survivor group that feeds off other groups through the use of intimidation and violence. We also know Negan is pissed off at Rick because Rick’s group killed at lot of Saviors members. Much like the comic, there is little backstory on Negan and how he formed his group and his compound called The Sanctuary. Perhaps Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman will put some of Negan’s backstory into the seventh series, but that is yet to be seen.
So, Who is Negan? And why does he call his barbed wire wrapped wooden bat Lucille? And from where did he come and how did he form his survivor group? These questions are now being answered in ‘Here’s Negan’, a multi-part origin story presented four pages at a time (48 page total) in Image+ preview catalog as bonus content.
SPOILER. Don’t read if you don’t want to know why Negan named his bat Lucille.
So far, the backstory has covered 20 pages over five issues, giving us enough information to why his bat is named Lucille and why Negan likes the game of ping pong.
What has been revealed so far:
- He has always been an asshole and uses the F-bomb frequently
- He was a school gym teacher, who liked to challenge his students to ping pong
- He was having an affair that his wife knew about
- His wife collapsed in front of him and was taken to the hospital, where doctors discovered she had cancer
- Negan and his wife were at the hospital at the start of the zombie apocalypse
- His wife died in the hospital and “turned”
- Negan’s wife was named Lucille
If you are a fan of the Walking Dead comic’s antagonist Negan, then you’ll probably enjoy this special origin story. Though we are getting only snippets at a time of Negan’s painful past, Robert Kirkman (story) and Charlie Adlard (art) have done a good job with the story line so far, and the dialog and penciling are equal to the ongoing comic series.