By: Robert Kirkman (writer), Charlie Adlard (pencils), Stefano Gaudiano (inks), Cliff Rathburn (gray tones), and Rus Wooton (letters)
The Story: The good guys finally team up to attack Negan!
The Review (with SPOILERS): Let me know when this comic is ready to do something… Not much really happens in this issue. It looks like something could happen for a second, but then we get another unlikely event (producing the mayor of Hilltop) that prevents anything serious from going down.
At this rate, would anyone be surprised if in the next issue someone comes up behind Rick and says, “I think you may have left the toaster on at your house.” And Rick will have to shout to Negan, “YOU STAY RIGHT THERE YOU SUNNOVABITCH!!!!! I HAVE TO GO BACK HOME TO CHECK ON SOMETHING!!!!! SO WE CAN’T FIGHT UNTIL NEXT ISSUE!!!”
There are several BIG problems creeping into The Walking Dead. One of the problems are these delayed payoffs to big storylines. TWD has always been a slow burn, but I don’t recall prior arcs actively trolling the readership in the same way as this Negan storyline. I mean, we’ve been hovering on the brink of war for over a year now. There have been several instances where it looked like a premature climax would surprise us, but nope! That was just a tease for one more issue. I guess that’s the problem… This doesn’t feel like a story slowly developing.