By Robert Kirkman (writer), Charlie Adlard (art), Cliff Rathburn (colors)
This is, hands down, the best and most emotional issue of The Walking Dead yet. Everything is spot on perfect: The pacing, the art, the dialogue, the pay-offs, and the drastic direction this book takes. Robert Kirkman deserves accolades for delivering on his “No one if safe” promise. This issue will shake you to the core and leave you an emotional train wreck.
I can’t and won’t go into the details of the story because of the sweeping changes that take place, but I will say that if you’ve been a reader since the first issue, prepare to be traumatized. Everything has been building towards this, and to be honest, I thought we’d get this conclusion at issue #50. Instead, we get a rousing ending to the war at the prison, the governor, and the fate of the survivors.
There’s a few threads left unresolved, but you know how you read a typical issue of Walking Dead and it’s over way too quickly and you have to wait maybe a month or two to see what happens next? Well, this issue completely satisfies, doesn’t leave you hanging (to a degree), and is paced out perfectly. This is what makes picking up the single issues rewarding to me. A lot of credit also has to go to Charlie Adlard who does some brilliant panel work – not to mention a very ominous double page splash. His interpretations of Kirkman’s script are spot on and hard hitting.
I have no idea what Kirkman has planned from here on out. It takes a lot of guts to shake things up on the level he did here. But the future is now completely wide open. (Grade: A+)
– J. Montes