By: Robert Kirkman (writer), Charlie Adlard (art), Cliff Rathburn (gray tones), Rus Wooton (letters) & Sina Grace (editor)
The Story: After the shocking events of the last issue, the survivors need to man-up.
What’s Good: [SPOILER WARNING]
If you thought that this issue would continue the bloodbath we got last month, you would be wrong. After issue #83 (where Jesse and Ron got gobbled up by zombies, and where Rick chopped Jessie’s wrist with an axe to get her to let go of Carl, and where Carl got shot in the head due to some very unsafe gun handling by Douglas), I really expected this to be the issue where Kirkman thinned the herd again and distilled our core group back down to a few members before moving TWD on to the next set piece. And Kirkman probably could have written that story as a pretty good issue even if he’s already shown us THAT story (in issue #48)… But, what we get instead is something completely awesome!
Rick and company decide that they’re taking a stand. It starts organically with one-handed Rick fighting the zombies to give the doctor time to work on Carl, but just as things look bleak for Rick, Michonne comes flying in with her katana, leading her and Rick to fight back-to-back against a whole herd of zombies. Of course we all expect Michonne to be the first of the survivors to suck it up and get down to business, but what happens next is truly incredible. One by one, the survivors peek out of the houses where they have been hiding and go running out into the fray. It isn’t too surprising that Abraham springs into action; he’s a military man after all. But some of the coddled survivors from the settlement, the fat science teacher and even Gabriel the priest come running wielding blunt instruments.
The fat science teacher even has the best couple of lines of the issue. First, as he opens the door to the church to go to the rescue, he tells the priest, “C’mon Gabriel. You can’t sit this one out” and later, when Abraham suggests that he take a breather in the turmoil he says, “This is a story people are going to tell. I’m a part of this — I’m not giving up.”
And that’s this issue in a nutshell… It’s all about a group of survivors who have been running for their lives from zombies and they are SICK of it; and by running this gauntlet they are born again. In the end, they kill every single zombie that came into the compound and have retaken control of their destiny.
If you’ve ever recommended The Walking Dead, you’ve probably used the phrase, “It’s actually not about zombies.” Well, maybe it wasn’t about zombies for the reader, but until this issue it was about the zombies for Rick and the other characters. By the end of this issue, the zombies are, as Rick says, “a manageable problem.”
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