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Review: The Walking Dead #173

Jesus is confronted on the road…

When the last issue ended it didn’t look good for Jesus and Aaron as the two were confronted, preyed upon might be a better way to say it, by Beta, the remaining leader of the Whisperers. The Walking Dead #173 kicks off with some action as Jesus and Aaron have to take on Beta and a few followers, fighting for their lives. Writer Robert Kirkman feels like he’s wrapping up this last chapter of the series with this issue. It closes the Whisperers’ chapter in a way as we not only get a solid fight but also a reveal of Beta’s face, and a background in some way.

It’s an interesting choice as it does close a chapter, possibly, but is smart in that it takes care of open ended threads as the series heads into the next announced storyline “New World Order” which looks to be laid out here in this issue. Michonne and her crew have made it to their destination in Ohio and after a few slightly tense issues… well, we’ll leave you to read and find out for yourself.

Charlie Adlard provides the pencils along with Stefano Gaudiano on inks and Cliff Rathburn on gray tones. As always, the art is solid in its depictions and stands out in making every character unique and stand out (even zombies all have their own personalities). This issue in particular uses space and black/darkness to set a tone for both halves of the main story (and the other plots that are touched upon). Space use is an interesting one and emphasizes some of the aspects of each scene. Rick mourning Andrea with lots of space invokes his emptiness and loneliness.

The issue is a decent one and helps wraps some things up but it does so in a way that feels a little rushed and forced in. It’s almost like a “oh crap I need to end this story before we get to the next.” Things easily could have been left open for fans to ponder and never answered, and things would have been satisfying in their own way. With this route a chapter closes and maybe a new one opens through it. It’s an epilogue that’s unexpected and doesn’t feel necessary.

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard Ink: Stefano Gaudiano
Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn 
Cover: Dave Stewart, Charlie Adlard
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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