Wow. This review will be hard to write—and shorter than I’d like—because thinking back on this issue, I’m really just speechless. There’s a lot I’d like to say about what happens here but at the same time I’m committed to not releasing spoilers—other than, yeah, something big happens here—and I’m still not sure how to process the latest chapter that writer Robert Kirkman has given us here.
With this series, practically from its inception, Robert Kirkman has become the king of the “game-changer,” that one plot-point that leaves you both shocked and excited for whatever bold new direction it will lead the series into. Honestly, I’m surprised that after reading 83 issues of this title that these game-changing moments are still so effective and shocking. So much for desensitization.
If you’ve been following along, Rick Grimes and his band of refugees have been living in a walled community outside of Washington D.C., having assimilated themselves nicely and taken on important jobs and roles with their new compatriots. Of course the zombie threat has always hovered overhead, even in this seemingly ideal encampment, and in the last few issues things have spiraled out of control as a herd of the ‘walkers’ have found themselves outside the walls, trying desperately to get inside.
This issue deals with the recent breach of the walls by the walking dead, and mainly focuses on the quick—and often horrific—decisions Rick has to make to protect those he’s been with the longest. And well, that’s about all I can say. Where this series will go from here is anybody’s guess. Highly recommended.
My Best of 2012 Playlist by Eric Garneau
After being inspired by some friends, for the past few years I’ve been really into documenting my musical exploration with year-end mixes. I realize this is not a particularly novel thing to do, but hey, who has original ideas any more? Anyway, this has gotten even easier to do thanks to new technology like Spotify. read more