Playboy and Robert Kirkman have announced that an exclusive Michonne origin story will appear in the April issue of Playboy. Continue reading for the official press release and a preview panel:

Playboy and Robert Kirkman, writer of both the comic and TV show The Walking Dead, have teamed up to exclusively introduce the origins of comic book fan favorite Michonne, in the April issue of Playboy (on newsstands and on Friday, March 16). Illustrated by Charlie Adlard, artist for Skybound/Image’s The Walking Dead, the story features brilliant art to accompany the never-before-seen mystery that explores how the iconic and sexy Michonne discovered her impressive skills as a master swordswoman and became the most admired and beloved survivor.

“It's an honor to be a part of a historic publication like Playboy,” said Kirkman, “I'm thrilled to share The Walking Dead with the magazine’s readers, especially such an important story like the origin of Michonne.”

The Walking Dead television show is basic cable’s highest-rated original drama of all time. The season two finale airs Sunday, March 18 at 9:00 PM ET on AMC. The character of Michonne is the most highly anticipated addition to the series in the future.

“I pitched The Walking Dead as the zombie movie that never ends, the sequel to virtually every zombie movie ever made, because I never liked the endings,” Kirkman explained. “I always wondered, ‘What do those people do next?’ I wanted to see them foraging for food, building a house and keeping their children safe. Basically, I came up with a survival drama about what happens to people in an extreme situation. A good survival story is applicable to practically anything. It could be a natural disaster or a nuclear war. It just so happens that in this case, it’s a world overrun by zombies.”

Robert Kirkman's success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company's inception twenty years ago. Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011, taking four of the top spots. is the destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.

Source: Skybound