By: Robert Kirkman (writer), Charlie Adlard (artist), Cliff Rathburn (gray tones), Rus Wooton (letters)
The Story: Rick goes to meet the leader of another enclave of people.
The Review (SPOILER ALERT): 1. A bigger view of the world. - Even most fans of TWD have wanted a bigger worldview of the landscape that the zombies and survivors have created. While Kirkman isn’t showing us other parts of the world, we ARE getting the more wide-angle view of the world with all these enclaves around Washington, DC. Counting Ezekiel’s “Kingdom,” that makes FOUR little human settlements (with Arlington, Hilltop and Negan-ville being the others) and you get the sense that there could be more communities in the vicinity. Suddenly we have room in the series for “extra” characters. That’s a very different thing for a series that made its bones as a story where all the characters could sleep inside Dale’s RV.
It also allows us to draw some conclusions about the rest of the world. Wouldn’t it make sense that other large cities would have similar networks of survivors? So, we’re talking about a world that still has a decent number of people remaining. Why has nobody gotten a ham radio running yet? And why do the zombies still have clothes?
2. Ezekiel is just strange. - What a weird set-up Ezekiel has! I mean, he calls himself “King,” he holds court on an old theatre stage, he requires his milita scouts to speak like old fashioned knights and he has a pet tiger. Ezekiel seems like a pretty placid dude, but I’m not sure that anyone can rise to a leadership position in TWD without having a hard edge about them. Tigers eat ~50 pounds of meat per day according to wiki.answers.com. What is he feeding that thing? Does he let it loose to hunt? Does he feed small children to it?
While I think Ezekiel is interesting, I find him a little implausible. I tend to think that a TWD-like scenario where every community has the same basic engineering constraints in terms of keeping zombies out, worrying about bandits, feeding the populace, etc… would tend to produce very similar types of communities and leaders. The communities that tried weird things would quickly fail and all development would bottleneck towards what works.
3. Revolution? - It sounds like things could go badly for Negan. It’s funny how different Negan looked in this issue. He’s still kinda captivating when he’s on the page, but this time he looked like the bully that doesn’t know his own days are numbered. I mean, he’s playing ping-pong with people who let him win and having sex with other men’s wives as everyone stares daggers at him. Meanwhile all the little people are discussing how to team-up and take him down. Negan is going to get murdered.
I really like Negan as a character, and part of that is because he seems pretty realistic to me. I think you’d get a LOT of Negans in the zombie apocalypse, but that they’d have a pretty short lifespan once people realized they could gang-up on the bully. Is Negan going to be something more? Will he fall only for Rick to realize that Ezekiel isn’t as friendly as he seemed? Will Negan have a secret plan up his sleeve? I’m curious to see how it all turns out, but also a little nervous because I’m starting to think about the real-life likelihood of these events; which is always dangerous for enjoyment of a story.
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