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

Some Thoughts Before The Review: It’s very cool of Image to pair #1 issues with some of their bigger titles. This month, Walking Dead fans get a taste of the first issue of Viking. Two comics for $2.99?! That’s a good deal any way you look at it.  And how about Frank Darabont doing The Walking Dead TV series for AMC!?  Hell yeah!

The Story: Dale has a secret that he’s kept from the cannibalistic hunters. Meanwhile, everyone deals with the loss of Dale in their own way.

What’s Good & What’s Not So Good: The worst thing about The Walking Dead #64? That it seems to be over in an instant despite the fact that there’s quite a bit of dialogue to read. The best thing about The Walking Dead #64? That proves, once again, that Robert Kirkman’s series is one of the best things you can possibly pick up from the comic shop on a Wednesday.

Intense, intelligent, and full of rather powerful (slightly heavy-handed) dialogue, the latest issue of The Walking Dead really fires on all cylinders. I continue to be impressed by how Kirkman manages to juggle his large cast without ever skimping on the character moments and drama (Andrea’s scenes pack a punch) that make the series so damn compelling. And while I can’t go into story details, I’ve got to say that I love what Kirkman has set up by the end of the third chapter of “Fear the Hunters.” It’s a classic “last stand” type of scene and Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn do one hell of a job making it look as badass as the situation feels.

Speaking of Adlard and Rathburn, I have to mention how well they handle some of the more dialogue driven scenes. The range of emotion on display is downright impressive and it really adds a lot to Kirkman’s strong, realistic character moments. While a few panels seem a bit oversimplified, The Walking Dead #64 is, for the most part, a very nice looking book.

Conclusion: You’ll have to excuse me if this review is a bit short. I’ve been reviewing The Walking Dead for a long while and, quite frankly, I’m running out ways to praise the series. It rocks.

Grade: B+

-Kyle Posluszny