By Robert Kirkman (Writer), Charlie Adlard (Pencils & Inks), and Cliff Rathburn (Grey Tones)

Some Thoughts Before The Review: If I decided to judge The Walking Dead #61 just based on the cover alone, it would probably earn an “A” or “A+”. It features quite the striking image. Can the issue earn the “A” the cover deserves?

The Story: The group of survivors can’t believe their luck when they come across a van that runs and has a few mattresses in it. But joy turns to dismay when Andrea makes a very grim discovery that quickly changes the entire dynamic of the group. Add a mysterious priest into the equation and you have one issue of The Walking Dead that won’t soon be forgotten…

What’s Good: HOLY CRAP!! Seriously…While I won’t give anything away, I will say that the latest issue of The Walking Dead manages to disturb, shock, and intrigue just like some of its more previous issues have before. As for the visuals, Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn are at the top of their game for most of the book. They do a great job of capturing the drama, darkness, and tension that grips the cast. A few of the images are absolutely terrific-looking (though quite unsettling). As for Robert Kirkman, he delivers the chaos in a way that is both realistic and suitably emotional. In short, it’s an all around impressive outing for the entire creative team.

What’s Not So Good: A few panels look pretty weak, though the good to great definitely outweighs the bad. The very simple, rushed panels stick out like a sore thumb though, so they warrant a mention. As for the story it’s too early to tell if the shocks are there just for thrills or if they will truly lead the series in new and interesting directions. At least there’s no B.S. final page cliffhanger.

Conclusion: The Walking Dead #61 will probably stick with me for a long time. This is definitely something that should be read first on your list. Be sure to check it out!

Grade: A-

-Kyle Posluszny