The Walking Dead # Review
Perhaps the real driving question of this issue is whether Rick is the type of leader who can propel his people beyond that hurdle. Kirkman strikes a delicate balance in his portrayal of Rick in this issue. On one hand, he re-emerges as the confident, inspirational figure who can rally the troops in desperate times. On the other, there's a lingering sense of unease as the reader is forced to question whether Rick is headed down the right path and if a certain someone's influence is becoming a little too pronounced.
Kirkman's script gives Adlard plenty to work with this month. For one thing, there's a fight sequence that easily ranks among the most violent and gripping in recent memory. There's a great use of light and shadow in many scenes that further heightens the dramatic intensity. Adlard also delivers many pages focused on close-up shots of characters conversing and planning, and these sequences come alive thanks to his facial work (which doesn't suffer from the repetitive quality that's marred some recent chapters). There is one splash page whose presentation manages to make a key sequence seem goofier than it really should, but otherwise Adlard's work is impressive.
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REVIEW: The Walking Dead # is what a special/commemorative/anniversary issue should be
The Walking Dead # Regular Cover
If there is one thing you can admire with Robert Kirkman, it is his resolve to walk the talk in the comic industry. Once again, The Walking Dead # continues the creator’s appetite of expecting the unexpected storytelling tropes to sustain the readers’ attention, devotion, and naturally, hold on the never-ending struggles of Rick Grimes and the rest of humanity. True to its form, this issue has thirty-two pages of solid narrative, and with a very low price of $! Take that, Marvel and DC! Plus, long-time illustrator, Charlie Adlard, remains at top of his artistic game despite the fact that he is way older than the writer himself! Plus, there are a couple of cover variants to choose from to commemorate this special issue. Simply put, The Walking Dead # is surely a sense-shattering read!
This is where Kirkman plays his writing skills to the optimum. He loves to build-up the emotional and psychological tensions of his major characters to the point of expecting one of them or two to end up, well, dead. Indeed, there are some casualties along the way, but it is best to read this one to see how good Robert of playing our emotional investment further to the grinder. Always an observant of the real-world, the creator illuminates the perils of being a leader, particularly when things get tougher by the second. Truly, The Walking Dead is a paradox in itself for it supposedly focuses on the undead but the true focal point is the frailties of humanity. We already know the latter, but the writer loves to twist more the proverbial expect the unexpected moments to greater heights without applying grotesque or sensationalized violence for the sake of being shocking the already tense ambiance presented in the last couple of issues. Moreover, the creator likes to display his perspectives of political leadership in the persona of Rick Grimes and to some extent, the still imprisoned Negan. Basically, the clash of morality (the black-and-white), modern (read: Machiavellian type) and realist (more of the mixture of the two ideas) types are neatly highlighted here while the main protagonist confronts another life-and-death situation. As a matter of fact, the writer ends up writing one of the best political speech delivery yet that presents the synthesis of the political thinking to which our foul-mouthed antagonist displays the ominous smile only Adlard can draw. To further spice up the narrative, Robert presents us Carl in his most mature role yet (but aesthetically done without going overboard) and the coming of another beloved character to make things more interesting in the upcoming story arc. Even so, it is imperative for readers to read the letter column for clues whether or otherwise a major character would end up lifeless or so. Plus, it is really an engaging read of the creative team’s responses to the letter’s questions.
Charlie Adlard is consistently awesome! Bar none to that! There are no exaggerations here in terms of illustrating the interiors. He mostly maintains the conventional way of breaking down the script to paneling, some splashes, to a spread page. All of his splashes are minimalist but intricately done with the precision of the dedicated draftsman that highlighted the attention of details and the dynamism of the characters involve. The only messy parts are the grayish-colored blood, credited to colorist Cliff Rathburn, but interestingly, this one is executed with care and confidence to make some of the most brutal scenes here more grounded and even played a major role of fulfilling the story’s objective actually. Steffano Gaiudiano’s inks complement nicely with Adlard’s pencils to the degree of making the artist’s gritty art synchronizes more with the inker’s deft and intricate lines and some black and shadowy highlights.
Sure, there are potty words around, but Negan’s greatest literary asset is muted. In short, I miss Negan’s potty mouth. There are disturbing moments, as what to be expected in this long-running series. And, the unexpected punch is NOT what to be expected at all.
Regardless, The Walking Dead # is what a special/commemorative/anniversary issue should be: engaging, interesting, page-turner, and masterfully crafted. It is true that this one is tamed by comparisons to other commemorative issues, say issues # or #, but the storytelling writing of Robert and the clean and minimalist illustrations of Charlie simply dominate this time around. Seriously, I can’t wait what the creative team has in store for the next arc.
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The Walking Dead #
Story by: Robert Kirkman
Art and Lettering by: Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, Cliff Rathburn, Rus Wooton, and Dave Stewart
The Walking Dead has reached a significant milestone: issue For those who have stayed along for the ride, we’ve seen the story and the characters go through many changes—some good, some bad. Each character has evolved in his or her own way since being introduced, especially Rick. He was once a cunning, fearless leader (of the Ricktatorship), but he’s grown weak and scared. In this issue, he proves himself once more, regains the trust of his people, and sets forth a plan for vengeance.
Although the issue isn’t as shocking or groundbreaking as it was hyped up to be, Kirkman picks up the pace and sets the stage for what’s to come. Not only is the issue a pivotal moment for Kirkman and his team but for the story itself. This may well be the last time Rick and his people are united and safe, as the issue was all about returning to another time—a time when Rick felt like a leader. He has to venture back out into the world he’s been fighting to get away from. Since Alpha and the Whisperers savagely murdered many of his people and threatened to wipe out everyone, Rick has been hesitant to retaliate, afraid that they will lose the safety they’re all now accustomed to. Throughout issues, we’ve seen Rick evolve from an unstoppable hero capable of killing several walkers (and people, if need be) at a time to someone who can barely walk let alone take on several walkers alone. However, in this issue, Rick once again becomes the leader everyone needs.
When two fellow Alexandrians (Morton and Vincent) threaten his life, he doesn’t back down. He viciously and fatally bites Morton’s jugular, which is a nice throwback to the way Rick dealt with the Marauders in issue After passing out for several hours, he makes a speech to the townspeople while still covered in his and his attacker’s blood. As he tells Maggie, “They need to see me like this” to establish an us versus them mentality (which Negan suggested in issue ). He vows to train and form an organized military to “silence the whispers once and for all.” Also, as a good leader, he doesn’t kill his second attacker, Vincent. After Michonne hunts him down, Rick graciously spares his life in front of all of Alexandria, noting, “It’s time for us to come together before we are torn apart.” Unlike his failed speech in issue , this one has the power and impact of the classic “We are the walking dead!” speech in issue It’s brilliantly executed, and as Negan remarks from his basement cell as he hears all of Alexandria cheering for Rick Grimes, “Atta boy.” Although the cheering was a bit cheesy, it cemented the feeling of a united front that will be crucial in the story’s development from here on out. Also, in a crowd of elated faces, it showed only one displeased person: Jesus. Perhaps he knows Rick is preparing for his own demise and possibly leading his people to theirs.
Interestingly, as Rick tells Eugene his plan to form an army, Eugene states: “The formation of a military will occupy everyone’s minds while we’re building exactly what we need to strike back. It will appease the most bloodthirsty among us . . . while also giving people something to rally behind . . . while also buying us time to figure out the best and most efficient way to strike against the Whisperers.” Is Rick’s plan to create an army a distraction? This quote from Eugene sure seems like it. Maybe Rick is taking another page out of Negan’s book—he’s manipulating his own people. What are they planning to build?
Additionally, in the issues to come we’ll find out whether the Hilltop, Sanctuary, and Kingdom will be on board. Maggie is all smiles during Rick’s speech, so the Hilltop’s involvement seems like a sure thing. However, where will Carl’s loyalties lie? Will Lydia try to protect the people who stole her childhood and innocence? Will Carl follow his dad or Lydia? In past issues, the Sanctuary saw Rick as an ineffective leader and wanted Dwight to stage a coup, but instead he (and Lucille) and Laura left and made their way to Alexandria. Dwight, walking in during the middle of Rick’s speech, is just as smitten with him as the rest of the group. He’ll likely be a leading force in the military with Lucille in hand and be able to convince the Sanctuary to enlist as well. Lastly, the Kingdom will want revenge on the people who murdered their leader, Ezekiel. It’ll be interesting to see how the coming issues play out and who will remain allegiant.
Kirkman’s writing isn’t the only aspect to excel in the issue. As always, Charlie Adlard’s art is masterful. His use of close-up, wide-angle, and point-of-view shots give the pages much-needed variety, especially when a scene goes on for several pages. Working in black and white, the detail he uses, especially in very dark panels, is great. Even when a character’s face is shrouded in darkness, you can sense the emotion the character is conveying. Adlard’s ability to establish the passage of time (morning, night, daybreak, and so on) is impressive—using purposefully placed shadows and different gradients for the sky to inform the reader. The issue features several full-page panels that are some of his best yet—Dwight making his way to Alexandria, Rick biting Morton’s neck, Michonne chasing down Vincent on horseback, and, of course, the people of Alexandria cheering for Rick. These pages without much dialogue are some of the strongest, as the art speaks for itself.
Additionally, there are six amazing variant covers for the monumental th issue. Charlie Adlard and Dave Stewart’s main cover looks quite epic with Rick standing front and center drenched in blood from head to toe while a giant lurks in the background. A black-and-white version of this cover is also available but rare. Retailers are to only be supplied one. (My local comic book store didn’t receive any.) Last from Adlard is a blank, White Album-esque, variant cover.
Tony Moore’s cover is an adaptation of the very first issue’s. (Moore was the cover and interior artist in issues 1 through 6 and remained the cover artist through issue He also illustrated the covers for the first four volumes.) On his cover for issue , the world looks a bit more dilapidated than the first time around. Vegetation is rampant (now growing through the car and building), as many years have passed. Rick stands tall as he did in the first issue, reloading a shotgun with a look of determination on his face. However, as we know, Rick has changed. A prosthetic arm now replaces his right hand, and his cane, which he can barely get around without these days, rests against the aging car. He certainly looks older (and more bearded). Gone is the clean-shaven, good-guy sheriff we were introduced to in issue 1. The Rick who follows the rules and plays by the book is no more. He’s been through a lot, and it shows. Gone also are the walkers in the store windows behind Rick; they’ve been replaced with the faces of people he’s lost. This is my favorite cover in the group, as it symbolically and beautifully conveys Rick’s evolution as a character throughout the issues.
Jason Latour’s (Southern Bastards) cover features Michonne wielding her katana and slicing off a zombie’s head and fingers. It’s the most cartoon-y and fun with the zombie sticking its tongue out as the head flies across the page. The sharp green and red colors are a nice contrast to the black background.
In the most graphic cover of the bunch, Ryan Ottley (Invincible) draws Rick shooting a gun into a walker’s maggoty eye socket as shell casings fly across the page. Ottley’s placement of Rick at the top facing the walker at the bottom is smartly executed. It tricks the eye into believing that Rick is almost falling onto the walker with a forceful momentum. Rick’s screaming face juxtapositioned across from the walker’s is an interesting and strong parallel. The use of white for the background is also smart choice. It allows the intricate detail of the images and colors to pop right off the page.
Although this issue was a bit overhyped, it is still a great one that prepares readers for the next story arc. Some of the scenes tend to last a bit too long, which weighs down the story at times, but Adlard beautifully executes each one. At forty pages, the issue was marketed as the biggest issue yet, which seems to be more literal than figurative. If readers are expecting a ginormous bloodbath with favorite characters dying left and right, they’ll be disappointed. However, this issue finally set that epic event in motion.
Rick Grimes finds himself BETRAYED.
Here it is, the big th issue of The Walking Dead, arguably, the most successful indie comic ever. Writer Robert Kirkman has been building up to something, lets face it he has a pattern in his storytelling.
For some time now, the series has had Rick dealing with their new nemesis the Whisperers, a group of individuals who wear walker skin and walk among them. Theres still unrest over Ricks wavering and taking time as to what he wants to do in response. Some want war. Some want something smarter.
Last issue had Rick seeking out the advice of his rival Negan who of course is rather Machiavellian in his advice. What is Rick to do?
We have our answer here, as a decision is made, but not before he can be betrayed by some of his own people.
Saying that isnt a spoiler at all, but what happens is pretty brutal and feels realistic. Rick has been a bit of a pacifist post Negan, and theres absolutely been valid questions if hes lost his edge and willingness to fight. Here we see classic Rick, badass, and a leader.
The comic isnt as shock and awe as I expected, a much more muted experience from issue But, what it does do is set up the next phase of The Walking Dead. The next phase too is new in many ways, and Im sure will up the philosophical debate that has been occurring for some time in the series.
The art by Charlie Adlard with inks by Stefano Gaudiano, and gray tones by Cliff Rathburn is the usual solid visuals. The brutality of the fight Rick goes through, and the act he commits is captured fantastically. Its black and white, but in your mind you can see the blood hes drenched in.
This issue has a lot more going for it, but its really about the next phase of Ricks leadership, and Im convinced things wont go smoothly. Im expecting there to be debates about dictatorships, and possibly fascist leadership, we can see some of that already. Kirkman dioesnt really gives us as many shocks as he has in the past, but he has set the series on a more mature adult path for at least a little while.
Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard Ink: Stefano Gaudiano Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn
Story: Art: Overall: Recommendation: Buy
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The Walking Dead # Betrayed recap and review
Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment released issue # of The Walking Dead titled Betrayed and some really weird stuff went down on the pages.
With things really heating up on the pages of The Walking Deads comic book recently, the release of issue #, titled Betrayed was expected to be a game-changer of sorts. The double-sized issue released with six different covers and seemed to be one of those issues where fans should be going absolutely crazy for the content.
The community of Alexandria was rocked by the actions of Alpha and The Whisperers and nothing seems to be able to pull the people back together. There is conflict everywhere, especially between the individuals trying to decide what the next step is that Rick Grimes should be taking as a leader.
With all that going on, lets start with by talking about what happened in issue # of The Walking Dead:
THE WALKING DEAD ISSUE # RECAP
Rick Grimes and Eugene begin to talk about forming a military for Alexandria while it is discovered that Dwight is leaving the Sanctuary with Laura following behind him.
The next day, Rick is walking around the community when he is confronted by two hooded men who administer a beatdown. During the scuffle, one of the hoods fall down and it is revealed that the two men are Morton and Vincent. Vincent tells Morton to stop with the beatdown, and eventually tackles him to the ground. Morton reaches for Ricks cane, and that is when Rick takes a big bite of his neck, killing Morton before losing consciousness.
The Walking Dead comic, Issue # Skybound Entertainment and Image Comics
Back at the Grimes house, Andrea goes to check on Carl and sees him having sex with Lydia through the crack in the door. Lydia seems to be very interested in Carls eye socket during their lovemaking, which is unsettling. Andrea decides not to disrupt them and slowly and quietly backs away.
Maggie finds Rick and takes him to Dr. Carson. Rick tells them, along with Michonne and Jesus to go find Vincent. Meanwhile, Rick gathers his strength and walks outside, saying that the people of Alexandria need to see me like this.
During his talk with the townsfolk, he lets them know that he was attacked by two of our own and that hes scared of things going back to the way they were and wants to Move forward. Dont go back. Dwight and Laura enter Alexandria as Rick is talking about how the people the community are attacking themselves in frustration about what Alpha has done. Rick tells the people that an army must be formed to wipe the Whisperers off the face of the Earth.
Vincent is then brought up to Rick, and Rick tells him that he forgives him for what he did earlier. The entire town is chanting Ricks name in support while Negan is shown from his cell saying atta boy and having great pleasure from what is going on.
THE WALKING DEAD # REVIEW
Im not sure what the shocking and groundbreaking part of this issue was. We all assumed that Rick and Alexandria would be getting revenge on Alpha and The Whisperers for what she had done building the fence made of human heads.
It also cant be that surprising that Carl and Lydia are having a physical relationship. Honestly, I assumed that had been going on for a while now considering how close the two were and how emotionally connected they are.
Perhaps the one thing out of this comic that could be a shock is the very end. The fact that Negan was pleased with what was going on leads readers to believe that Mr. Grimes has taken some of his advice on how to be a leader. Was the attack on Rick a staged attempt to unite Alexandria against The Whisperers? If so, would Rick really use the life of one of his own to bring everyone together? And why would any of this please Negan at all?
However, this does set the stage for a massive clash between the two communities. Strangely, this didnt feel like any major issue in the series despite being super-sized or a milestone issue. Instead, we were given a solid addition to the story and setting up what could be a very interesting situation for Carl Grimes trying to decide where his allegiance lays.
Well find out more when Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment release The Walking Dead # on February 3,
The Walking Dead #
Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard bring the physical threat home to Alexandria with "The Walking Dead" #, and that's not even the creepiest part
Every time a big issue of "The Walking Dead" comes up, anticipation builds for a giant zombie blood bath. Time after time, Robert Kirkman has resisted this temptation and he continues that pattern with issue #, creating a dramatic and life-changing comic at a relatively small scale.
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Simmering resentments and conflicts have only grown since Alpha killed a series of Rick Grimes' people as a warning. However, the initial death toll isn't the highest cost to be paid; it's the reactions to that event that expose people's most mistrusting and vengeful responses. We've seen that build up in recent issues, right up to the town meeting brawl, and it continues to pay off here.
In this issue, Rick Grimes is attacked by Vincent, who lost his son to Alpha, and Morton, whose bullying son was attacked by Carl in defense of Sophia. It's an interesting parallel where two people from two different angles blame Rick for the same failing of a lack of action and fairness. Morton leads the vicious attack, and is only thwarted when Vincent gets cold feet and Rick kills Morton by taking a bite out of his neck -- a gross, but effective end to the scene.
Credit must go to Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano and Cliff Rathburn, who tell the story of that fight so strongly, alternating between silhouettes and detailed blows, from close-ups to wide shots, from larger images to smaller ones. There's a rhythm to the scene that is carried through the art in a stunning away. Adlard's perspective moves through the scene with the precision of a top movie director, and Rathburn's tones add a lot of depth and dimension.
This leads to another town hall meeting, where Rick -- still covered in blood and bruises -- tells the townsfolk of Alexandria he's prepared to take action now and ironically gives his attacker exactly what he wants. His speech -- a classic Kirkman monologue -- is enthralling for both the reader and the townsfolk. The latter end up cheering his name, excited to be forming a military organization that can fight back and "wipe the Whisperers off the face of the earth" -- which Negan hears from his cell, causing him to smile and resulting in the creepiest part of the issue.
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This issue raises a lot of fascinating questions. While I hope Kirkman avoids taking the easy solutions with them and doesn't dodge with all-too-clever plot mechanics, there are still a lot of players on the board who can change everything. "The Walking Dead" is still a series with loads of opportunities and plenty of examples of events that aren't afraid to change things in a major way. The large cast and evolving plot line that builds on itself so easily are the strengths of the series, and this issue is a prime example of that in motion. The larger events will still come, but Kirkman continues to play up to it to ensure its dramatic importance. "The Walking Dead" # is a great value as well as a great issue.
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TITLE: The Walking Dead #
AUTHOR: Robert Kirkman
PENCILLER: Charlie Adlard
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASED: January 13,
***WARNING: Spoilers for The Walking Dead # lay ahead.***
By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder
The Walking Dead# was a let-down for yours truly. But Im not sure I have any right to it a let-down.
In this milestone issue, Rick continues to ponder the communitys next move after the Whisperers killed so many of their people. But after he is attacked by two of his own people, Rick announces that his community will not stand by and be helpless. The time has come to form a military. The world of The Walking Dead may never be the same.
Ive made it sound more epic than the issue actually is. But this seems like a story were meant to look back on later and say: Thats where they started in that direction.
I came into this issue thinking about the books previous landmark issues. In The Walking Dead #, Negan made his debut and promptly bashed Glenns head in with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire. In issue #, Rick had a big confrontation with Negan that ultimately led to his victory over the sadistic potty-mouth. The Walking Dead #, a bloody fight notwithstanding, doesnt give us anything like that. There arent any of the books trademark heart-wrenching moments or daring escapes. There isnt a major triumph for anyone. This isnt a bad thing, per se. But it does leave you saying: Thats it?
The notion of Rick being some kind of military leader indicates hes going down a path once walked by the likes of The Governor and Negan. As we see in this issue, Rick has more compassion than either of them. But how exactly does one run an virtuous, humane military in a world where virtues and humanity are often lost to carnage and brutality? What does a post-apocalyptic military even look like? How does it work? It seems these are the questions well be examining going forward. The concept is intriguing to be certain, particularly with Negan in the wings.
We dont see much of Negan (shown right in issue #) here, but hes cast very well in this devil-on-your-shoulder type role. The scenes in previous issues where hes talking to Rick from his cage bring The Silence of the Lambs to mind. Theres a moment in this issue where Rick is talking to Eugene about artillery, and he says: The Whisperers wont know what f***cking hit them. This subtle nod to Negans influence on Rick hints at one of the dangers hell face going forward. How does he keep his community from crossing too many lines, and becoming a new version of the Saviors?
As for the fight scene, it definitely fills the gore quotient. Rick sinks his teeth into his attackers neck, showing us he hasnt lost any of the savagery that helped him survive in the old days. Thats where all the blood we see on the cover comes from, and Rick uses it to help rally the community behind him.
On that subject, near the end of the issue many of the community members actually chant Ricks name (shown right). This is one of the rare Walking Dead moments I would classify as lame.
Charlie Adlard is Charlie Adlard. At times it feels like thats the only way to describe the art in this series. The man has made himself into a legend. Hes been with these characters so long, and has been so consistent with his work that he brings a familiarity to every issue. Every movement or expression from Rick or one of his cohorts feels natural, because no one knows them like Adlard. Thats one of the reasons these characters feel so real.
The Walking Dead# isnt a thrilling read, but Kirkman and Adlard are continuing to lay groundwork for thrills to come. That might not make for overly compelling content now, but given whats come before, Id wager the future still looks bright for The Walking Dead.
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