I wasn't too shocked when I first read that. I mean, it's not "tame" by any means, but by that point in the comics, some real shit had already gone down.
Really? I shat bricks when I saw that. I mean a lot of people died, but nothing like that. That two page spread was just.. intense.
After what happened with the sword right before that, I was already pretty numb to characters dying, so that didn't hit me too hard, either. Plus, as Trainer said, Kirkman was making a habit of each arch having at least one, if not two, horrible, gut-wrenching scenes in them. When you start expecting it, it becomes less shocking. You end up doing the math in your head to try and figure out who is going to die next. By contrast, the show has been much less willing to slaughter it's characters, so the deaths have had a little more weight to me. I cried hard during the episode we're referencing here. Than I got choked up, again in the one that followed it.
Well in the comics I was just really shocked at the whole thing. In my eyes everyone but Rick, Lori and Carl were just canon fodder. I also had no idea that Kirkman was capable of doing that to Judith which added onto my already shocked state. That arc wasn't all that sad to me, it was just really shocking. The following arc was the real gut wrencher for me. When Rick is aimlessly walking down the road in a catatonic state with Carl guiding him. With the phone call that Rick made with a group of survivors only to find out 5 issues later that it was Lori the entire time and then when he asks her if she is dead she simply replies with a "of course I am" and then hangs up.
I have never read anything so hopeless and depressing in my entire life since then and I guess that's why I feel more drawn to the TWD comic characters as opposed to their TV counterparts. I'm not going to lie, I think the show has gotten a lot right but they have also missed out on some really great moments during and after Lori's death that could have made the show 10 times better. The phone call in the show was just strange and seemed out of place and Rick's bloodlusted outburst just didn't feel right.