By: Robert Kirkman (writer), Charlie Adlard (pencils), Stefano Gaudiano (inks), Cliff Rathburn (grey tones) and Rus Wooton (letters)
This was a pretty interesting issue. The Walking Dead delights in being a “slow burn” and that can be frustrating while readers are waiting for the story to coalesce (like a kid waiting for the Jello to harden), but once it does turn the corner and develop a sense of direction, TWD is able to instill more of a sense of anticipation that just about any other comic that I read.
This issue seems like it might be turning the corner to doing something real. I say that mostly because of the sheer number of players in motion right now. You’ve got the newcomers getting settled, we’ve seen them find Negan and resist his charisma, Rick is out visiting Maggie at Hilltop, Carl is having employment challenges, and maybe the zombies are changing.
Probably my favorite part of this issue dealt with Negan. I liked how quickly he saw that his “HELP ME!!!” charade wasn’t working on the newcomers and we even saw him revert back to vintage Negan. I really do wonder what Kirkman is going to do with Negan in the long term. He’s too interesting to kill, and Kirkman probably could have killed him at the end of All Out War, but he’s such a fun character that Kirkman kept him around. It was probably like when you were a kid and your parents told you that you were too old for some of your toys and they were right, but you kept one stuffed animal anyway because it was awesome. I’m looking forward to what becomes of Negan. I also enjoyed that the possibility of the newcomers naively letting him go didn’t come to pass. That could have been a good story, but it would have been a little too fast. I mean, surely anyone who has survived the zombie apocalypse this long isn’t a dummy. Continue reading