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The Walking Dead Teases the Whisperers and Its Return in February

The Walking Dead returns to AMC February 10 and with it the communities will face a new enemy in the Whisperers. This new threat debuted in the comics in issue #130 and was a group of individuals who lived within the herds of walkers by wearing the skin of the dead. Led by the leaders Alpha and Beta, they were unlike anything that’s been dealt with before.

The show has teased this enemy for a bit of time and we’ve seen them in a few episodes already, though they haven’t been explained.

Today, AMC released a teaser of what we’ll be seeing in about a month’s time.

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What are folks excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below.

Cynthia Naugle – X, my experience with my abuser – We respect Cynthia’s decision to not name the individual and have not done so ourselves due to that but there’s enough clues here (Tuscon Comic Con 2018 guest, from Tuscon, recent Vertigo series) to figure out the individual.

The Comichron – November 2018 comics sales estimates online: Uncanny X-Men tops 176,000 copies in U.S., Canada – For those that enjoy the horse race.

CBR – The Walking Dead: Frank Darabont’s AMC Lawsuit Heading to Trial – This should be interesting.

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Comic Book Bin – Ao Haru Ride Vol. 2
Talking Comics – Shazam! #1

Rick Grimes’ Story Will Continue in Walking Dead Movies

The Walking Dead Rick GrimesYou didn’t think Rick Grimes‘ story was over, did you? Though this Sunday’s episode, “What Comes After,” was Andrew Lincoln‘s last as the character on the show, we’re still getting more of hist story.

Chief content officer Scott M. Gimple has said we’ll get to see more of his story in original films most likely to air on AMC.

SPOILERS

In the episode, Rick is injured and taken away in a mysterious helicopter. The films will be what happens after.

Gimple told Entertainment Weekly:

It is really important for the audience to know that we are going to be continuing to tell the story of Rick Grimes in these AMC Studios original films. We don’t want this thing to be like, “Oh, well, he’ll be back on the show any moment now.” We are telling Rick’s story in another medium, and it’s going to be these AMC Studios original films. They’re going to be on AMC, most probably. They’re centered around Rick Grimes.

We’re going to tell the story of what happens after that helicopter flight, and these are going to be big, epic entertainments. Each are quality films. That’s what’s been happening in the industry. We’ve seen Netflix make these, basically, studio films for people to watch in their homes, and we’re going to be doing the same sort of thing here.

Gimple added more details:

I am extremely hard at work on the first one right now, and most likely filming next year, though I’m freaking out about deadlines right now, so I’m not going to tell you exactly when because it will only make me pass out. But it really is going to be sooner than later. On the flip side, these are not going to be made on television schedules. This is going to be on feature schedules, and they’re going to be big, so they’re going to take a minute to make.

TV Review: The Walking Dead S9E5 What Comes After

Rick is forced to face the past as he struggles to maintain the safety of the communities and protect the future he and Carl envisioned.

The Walking Dead wraps up an era as Rick Grimes exits the show after 9 seasons. But, can the episode live up to the expectations that it brings? The answer is yes and no.

Injured in the last episode with a bar through his side, Rick limps his way away from the zombie horde wounded and bleeding. Through his injury and journey he fades in and out of reality revisiting friends from the past and reflecting on his life and the state of the world.

It’s an interesting episode that doesn’t quite deliver the emotional impact one would hope until the very end with the last ten minutes redeeming an otherwise eye rolling script. But, it’s the details of the episode that really stand out and when examined, the show is deeper than would seem on the initial glance.

The episode is a book end in many ways reflecting the first episode and our introduction to Rick. Much like that episode, he’s injured limping along and taking in the world around him. In each, the injury is to the same side as he slides along trying to figure out what to do and where to go.

Through his struggle he fades in and out of reality visiting by friends of the past with a hint towards the Wizard of Oz. Shane delivers a pep talk focused on courage, Hershel talks about heart, and Sasha wisdom. All while trying to get home. There’s also a bit of A Christmas Carol too with Rick visited by three ghosts to give him advice.

And all of that leads to that ending, how does it end for Rick?

I could easily ruin it and spoil the situation but there’s something about finding out for yourself. That final 10 minutes is where the emotion sits delivering “holy shit” moments one after another and an emotional punch at numerous times. The moments you hope for with characters coming together is there with each delivering their own. And the show does Rick right in the end and… well, you’ll have to watch and see.

While it’s not a perfect episode it does set up an interesting future, especially the teases toward the very end of the episode of where things are going. It’s the closing of a chapter of a book which has many chapters to go.

The episode could easily have gone for the cheap emotional punches but instead delivers something more for long time fans who will notice the subtle winks and nods. It shows the writers want to deliver viewers something a bit more than just surface entertainment and for those that can appreciate that, it absolutely pays off.

Overall Rating: 8.0

TV Review: The Walking Dead S9E3 Warning Signs

Rick’s vision for the future is threatened by a mysterious disappearance that divides the work camp where the communities are building a bridge.

The Walking Dead has a focus this season. That focus is to see how you actually build a community. For eight seasons, the series has delivered a series about how one survives in a zombie apocalypse. But, with not threat seen beyond zombie hordes, and multiple communities, were do you go? How do you rebuild society? And, as is emphasized in this episode, will your closest friends believe in it?

Murder is afoot as a body turns up and everyone is a suspect. It’s an interesting direction for the series and it’s resolved in one episode. The murder isn’t so much the interesting part, it’s what it leads to and what actions certain characters take. The season could have easily played that out with a few individuals dying in every episode but things are resolved here and it leads to a final few moments that’ll see that are original group is truly split in their beliefs.

Rick has a vision and Michonne is doing her best to work on making it happen. They see a community working together and living under a set of codified rules. Their belief is that the issues they’re seeing is because too much is left up to the moment. There’s too many inconsistencies. No one knows what’s expected. With a constitution of some sort, folks will understand and law and order will prevail.

Others see the issue as one of not rooting out the bad influences. They see that justice hasn’t been handed out and due to that folks think it’s ok to do what they want. That is the cause of the division and conflict.

Which is right? There’s no real answer here and the show looks to explore that concept for a bit.

There’s also this weird reveal about Jadis/Anne who it turns out is talking to a mysterious individual. That people are in two groups “A” and “B” and we don’t know what that means. It’s something that’s been teased out for some time and we’re seeing it happen. It involves folks in the helicopter but that’s about as far as we know. We’ll find out as it’s clear there’s more insidious things at hand.

But really, this season is about Rick’s exit. Instead of shocking viewers, they’ve let it be known and there’s only two more episodes left with him. Where will things go that sees his good-bye? We’re seeing hints of that here as to the possibilities and we’ll know soon enough. The season has been an interesting one for folks who enjoy the concept of building a society. It’s focused on the drama and human interaction even more so and is giving us a show set in an apocalyptic world more so than a zombie world that we’ve seen.

But, more importantly, it’s deviating more and more from the comics and giving us a different experience for once. An experience that is taking the themes we’ve seen and diving into them even more so. Is it for the better? It’s hard to say but these early episodes are setting something things up for what should be a season that challenges us philosophically as much as it does emotionally.

Overall Rating: 7.5

TV Review: The Walking Dead S9E2 The Bridge

The communities join forces to restore a bridge that will facilitate communication and trade; someone is gravely injured at the construction site.

The Walking Dead has a focus this season. That focus is to see how you actually build a community. For eight seasons, the series has delivered a series about how one survives in a zombie apocalypse. But, with not threat seen beyond zombie hordes, and multiple communities, were do you go? How do you rebuild society?

This episode touches upon that in multiple ways. There’s further discussions about putting together a compact to codify the rights of individuals and rules for the communities. There’s also a focus on building infrastructure like a bridge. That bridge is also the not too thinly veiled metaphor of building a bridge between so many things, communities, individuals, the past and future.

But, through all of that positive, there’s tension underneath. There’s order but people are restless as can be expected. That leads to mistakes and fighting and individuals getting a hurt. That includes one long loved character losing an arm. There’s also couples coming together in various ways. But, what’s interesting is how much of the focus is still on the individuals of this world and how they’re dealing with it all. This is a drama first and zombie/horror story second.

But, even with that focus, we get some action. There’s some solid moments with a zombie horde attack that ups the action and gives us some gruesome moments that should make fans of gore happy. There’s some tense moments and those moments lead to the individual’s injury mentioned above. It’s decent but some of the action, the zombies felt a bit sparse and thus the danger not as present. Add in the amount of force shown, it doesn’t quite have the same feel as before.

The Walking Dead has a very different focus and that’s community building. I’m sure many will dislike this but the show has always been about what comes next after society’s collapse. We’ve gotten to the point where we get to see how you put society back together and not just survive. It’s a fascinating exploration for me though your mileage will vary.

Overall Rating: 7.5

TV Review: The Walking Dead S9E1 A New Beginning

Rick and his group make a risky run into Washington, D.C. to search for artifacts they will need to build the civilization he and Carl envisioned.

The Walking Dead has returned and we’ve been promised that everything has changed. And while much has, much feels the same, and that’s not a bad thing.

The war is over and the work to build the peace has begun. Dubbed “A New Beginning,” the episode is focused more on where everyone is in their lives and the politics running behind the scenes. The show again reminds us it’s not about scares and the dead, it’s about the living and attempts to rebuild the world.

Split between multiple locations now, the episode bounces around showing us where everyone is and the new order. Hilltop, Sanctuary, the Kingdom, Oceanside, and Alexandria are all covered and we get an idea as to how things are running. The answer is, pretty good but could be better. The scares of the episode focus on the group’s attempt to get materials to help build their society. This takes them into Washington, D.C. and the treasure hidden in the museums within. But, that’s not the only hurdle, there’s also issues with mother nature who’s not cooperating. But, unhappiness runs throughout so many as leadership is questioned and some don’t want their current roles.

What’s interesting is the discussion of rules and the law. Time has passed and there’s order but there’s still not a formal order. Does society need a charter or constitution? Is there a better way? We get some sense of that with the episode’s finale which focuses on the rule of law in an emotional and shocking (if you haven’t read the comics) way.

The episode is an interesting one packing in a lot and doing so in ways where things aren’t always clear or smooth. There’s a goal here and it’s generally met. We know the villains, we know where things stand, and we know some of the hurdles that are coming. We also know the relationships between the characters and how that’s evolved since the last season ended.

But, beyond the battles of the previous season the pacing and feel of the show hasn’t changed all that much. There’s still a focus on the relationships. The pace is rather slow. It’s a drama based in the world of zombies not a zombie show with zombies. There’s a focus here and the episode does a good job of setting things up for the season but this isn’t a fast paced hour (really almost an hour and thirty minutes). The show might claim it’s a new beginning but in reality, it’s a lot of what we’ve seen before just with some new dynamics.

Overall Rating: 7.0

The Walking Dead’s Negan is Coming to Tekken 7

If you thought a fighting Panda wasn’t the weirdest thing in the Tekken it has been revealed that Negan from The Walking Dead will be joining the cast of characters as part of a new season for the game.

The teaser video just shows a silhouete of Negan with a look that’s more in line with AMC’s version of the character on the television played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan who you can hear recite a line. The design is similar with some differences compared to the comic book version.

Joining Negan are veteran fighters Anna Williams and Lei Wulong.

The announcement was made after the game’s grand finals wrapped at Evo 2018.

There’s six new characters coming to the new season with the three remaining yet to be announced. Could it be more The Walking Dead characters?

The Season 2 pass is “coming soon” to Playstation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Mondo Reveals Statues for Preacher’s Jesse Custer and Cassidy

Based on characters from AMC‘s hit series Preacher, we’re thrilled to release two statues based on Jesse Custer and Cassidy! Both statues are inspired by original artwork by the incredibly talented Rory Kurtz, and the Mondo Exclusive versions of each statue includes an 18″x24″ screen print.

Jesse Custer Statue

Approx. 10” in height  Material: Polystone. Artists: Matthew Black, Mara Ancheta, Jason Wires Productions, Rory Kurtz. Expected to Ship 1st Quarter of 2019.
Regular Version – $240 (Payment Plan Available)
Mondo Exclusive Version – $250 (Payment Plan Available)

Jesse Custer is a small town preacher with a criminal past and a newly discovered superpower to command others to do as he says. When Jesse learns God is missing, he makes it his personal mission to find Him. He hits the road with his badass girlfriend, Tulip, and best friend Cassidy on a crazy search to either help God if He’s in trouble or to kick His ass. The Jesse Custer statue is based on a painting by artist Rory Kurtz, capturing not only the physical details of the character but painted to feature the dramatic lighting in the artwork as well. The statue depicts Jesse in repose, enjoying a smoke while brushing up on The Word, with a special coffee can hiding out behind him…

Cassidy Statue

Approx. 12” in height  Material: Polystone. Artists: Matthew Black, Mara Ancheta, Jason Wires Productions, Rory Kurtz. Expected to Ship 1st Quarter of 2019. 
Regular Version – $240 (Payment Plan Available)
Mondo Exclusive Version – $250 (Payment Plan Available)

Cassidy is a vice-loving vampire who’s proud to join his best friend, Jesse, on his search for God. The Cassidy statue is based on a painting by artist Rory Kurtz, capturing not only the physical details of the character, but painted to feature the dramatic lighting in the original artwork as well. The statue depicts Cassidy taking a breather from one nighttime activity and getting warmed up for another.

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