Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Charlie Adlard
Publisher: Image Comics
After being captured by the local residents Rick, Glenn and Michonne are violently questioned about where they came from, ending in blood lost for both parties. Rick, unfortunately suffering a horrific wound from the townshipís Governor, is taken to the doctor who appears to have his own reservations about the refuge. After watching the captureD zombies feed, the Governor again justifies his decisions as ruler and is left seemingly about to commit another horrible act. Finally, Rick wakes up and realises exactly what he has lost.
Another great issue from what I believe to be the greatest of Kirkmanís core books. Time and again, he continues to push the limits and take his characters (and therefore us) further into the oblivion that is the human race's true nature, and this latest story does not disappoint. Violence, horror, desperation, rage and madness all feature in this latest issue in copious amounts giving it a hard, realistic feel.
After learning more about the nature of the complex, we are assaulted with a shocking act of violence from the Governor directed towards Rick and equally frenzied outburst from Michonne. Itís these sporadic and sudden scenes that give The Walking Dead and indeed most zombies tales their punch, and it's great to see how well Kirkman translates from what is traditionally on film to the comic medium.
Obviously, the best aspect of any story of this nature is the display of the downfall and failing of the human race. Zombie stories are really character stories, but with lots of blood. In this of course the book is successful and with such a vast cast, Kirkman has given us many different stories each with their own message and point about ourselves. Again, we see in the Governor another take on humanity claiming that a lot can be learned from simply watching the Zombies and that many parallels can be drawn between the living and the dead. Itís this justification that allows him to run the township the way he does and in some aspects you simply have to agree with him.
Almost as strong a selling point as Kirkmanís writing is the consistency in Charlie Adlardís pencils. After Tony Mooreís work in the first few books, we have seen each character given the unique professional touch that is required in a book that has so many characters. I especially love it when we get to see some Zombie violence and all the bits and pieces go everywhere in lavish detail. Great work.
Trust Kirkman to give us more reasons to hate the human race in this latest issue of The Walking Dead. This series has obviously been meticulously planned, and this latest issue is not an exception. If you have not been reading this series, pick it up because the trades are cheap. Otherwise the regular fans will be pleased to know that this latest still maintains the quality we have become used to in this brilliant run. Buy it.
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