Writer: Robert Kirkman
Pencils: Charlie Adlard
Publisher: Image Comics
Of all the books that I’ve missed out on the past couple of months, The Walking Dead was the one I missed the most. No book has ever chewed me up and spit me out quite like TWD has. After reading Abraham’s back story I stopped trusting friends and neighbors for a bit. Yeah, it’s that heavy.
Well I left off as All Out War was coming, and after missing what seemed like three months of issues we’re at AOW issue 9 of 12 and…All Out War is finally here? Damn Kirkman, way to slow roll that war. This issue starts us off on the dawn of Negan’s attack on New Alexandria. Weapons are ready, plans are finalized and here we go. The opening salvo was played beautifully in true Negan fashion as he decimates some poor schmuck who thought he could speak in Rick’s stead. Last mistake he ever made. Bullets fly, cover is taken, walls are destroyed and bodies are a dropping. We are at war.
I’m kind of surprised that it took this long for shots to be fired. It makes me wonder if I missed anything important leading up to this. Judging by this issue, probably not, but you never know with Kirkman. I’m sure Rick had some big plan that ended a previous issue, probably with a splash page of Rick saying something cool like, “We’ll show these MFers that they chose the wrong MFers.” Plus seeing characters reunite with Maggie would’ve been nice.
Overall not a whole lot happened here. Judging from the fact that it’s issue 9 out of 12 for this arc and the battle has just begun tells me not a whole lot has been happening either. Hopefully as we move down the home stretch Kirkman will find that way to dazzle us. This issue does leave us with a small mystery. It was played up a bit beforehand. Now after reading it, it seemed a bit trivial to me. I hope that 1) We don’t get jerked around over something that seemed so trivial and 2) There is real consequence for somebody on the other side of it. Plot and story arc need to really benefit from it or else it’s a waste of time. Not a bad issue, but I wasn’t bowled over or anything.
3.5 out of 5 nerds