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The Walking Dead #189 Review - Prelude to an ending

Updated: Nov 17, 2019

Robert Kirkman (Author) • Charlie Adlard (Pencils)

Stefano Gaudiano (Inker) • Cliff Rathburn (Graytones)

Image Comics (Publisher) • Get it now (Amazon)

The Walking Dead seems to have really turned it around these past few months. Hopefully, it keeps the momentum going because this issue was pretty intense.

The comic follows the cliffhanger of the last issue with Eugene and Stephanie attempting to escape a zombie horde. I haven't followed the Walking Dead comic as much as the AMC series but it's amazing to see Eugene's evolution from a coward into someone that can be counted on when the chips are down.

Following the comic's opening events the rest of the issue follows the conflict at The Commonwealth. Mercer escapes and the Coup begins. Rick is caught in the middle attempting to protect and keep the peace.

The plot is straight forward and linear but is exciting nevertheless and the character dynamics are strong. Rick is in an impossible position. Despite how The Commonwealth operates, the system works. Overthrowing makeshift government could destroy everything and probably the best evidence of hope we've seen within this setting.

What I will mention is that these covers kinda suck and it's been that way for a while. There isn't much effort to see the comic to readers and that is a problem because with the lack of effort or energy you're not gonna appeal to new readers.

I've decided to stop really mentioning art for The Walking Dead. Not because the linework is bad. Charlie Adlard is the model of consistency but none of his art really stands out. What you see is what you get. He's a solid artist. I don't want to slight him but I don't want to keep saying the same thing every review either.

The comic is a lot of fun and it's nice to see the story starting to come together. It took a long time to get to this point.

Rating B+

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