Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Charlie Adlard
If you thought you knew what was going to happen in this issue after the events of All Out War – you’re wrong. The creative team promised to take the book in a new direction, but I never thought in my wildest dreams that the book would jump 5 years into the future, complete with a whole new slew of characters! I’m glad that Kirkman and Adlard lived up to their promise; they were beginning to run out of significant characters to kill. It’s great to see good development of new characters and I can’t wait to see who gets slaughtered six issues later.
This issue revolves around Rick and the gang welcoming newcomer Magna and her group of survivors to his village while he sets up the ground rules. We also see what Rick did within those five years, including putting a ring on Andrea. Don’t worry people, there’s still plenty of zombie action going on in this issue and it seems like they’re going to play a much larger role than they have been in the past couple of years. Kirkman writes Magna as if she is going to be the new main character. She introduced her whole team to Rick, giving a detailed description of each member so that we could feel bad about their deaths later.
We are also introduced to the newer characters that are now part of Rick’s camp. Rick and his group were quite busy during those 5 years, as they show the agriculture center and other new parts of the town that they have built.
Kirkman and Adlard are trying to set up the second cycle of The Walking Dead, and making this a “double” issue was good first step. It will probably take a few issues to set up this new environment. Kirkman and Adlard have been working hard – they just finished 12 issues in 6 months while also putting out this awesome double-sized issue.
Kirkman does a great job introducing all of the new characters, making the reader connect with each one. I like the new characters and I already know that I will soon be extremely upset to see some of them die. This issue makes up for the anti-climactic conclusion to the last arc. While the issue is a little slow as it works to set up the new arc, it ends with a shocking conclusion which leads me to believe that some crazy shit is on the way.
Written by: Cory Robinson
+ It’s a double issue of Kirkman-goodness.
+ Kirman flushes out all the new characters while giving them a small backstory making each one interesting.
+ It feels like a fresh start to the series rather than just a new arc.
– If you haven’t purchased the issue yet, then good luck finding it at your local comic store.