By: Robert Kirkman (writer), Charlie Adlard (pencils), Stefano Gaudiano (inks), Cliff Rathburn (gray tones) and Rus Wooton (letters)
The Story: Negan attacks!
The Review (with SPOILERS): Pretty big event on the final page, huh? Robert Kirkman has either done something very brave OR very eye-rolling.
The topic for discussion is – of course – the fact that Rick Grimes was shot with a bolt from a crossbow on the final page. Negan’s plan of attack has been to smear all of his Saviors’ weapons with zombie gunk, so this would imply that Rick is infected with zombie goo and is going to die. He isn’t shot anywhere that can be amputated either – right through the abdomen.
If Kirkman really and truly is killing Rick, that is a very brave decision. He is the main character and it is his story that we’ve followed since issue #1 back in 2003. Rick is also the central character of the highest rated drama on cable television. Can you imagine telling your friends who watch TV, but don’t read the comic that, Rick is dead in the comics? The thought of that might actually sell some comics…
However, it would make a lot of sense to kill Rick. I personally think his story has been used up for some time. It isn’t that we can’t keep having stories with Rick in them, but wouldn’t it be interesting to see how a survivors group of Michonne, Maggie, Andrea and Carl managed after Rick was gone? We’ve never seen that dynamic. It would be new and fresh and The Walking Dead could use a little freshening. It isn’t so much that I want to see the group do any particular thing, it’s just that I feel like I’ve seen the story with Rick in charge. I’d like to try something new. Let’s see what ELSE this group of humans can do.