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It’s The Walking Dead Day on October 13th

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment has announced that October 13th will mark The Walking Dead Day—an exciting all-day, globally celebrated event commemorating the world’s favorite, long-running, survival comic created by Robert Kirkman.

Also revealed is the first of many collectible The Walking Dead Day items for fans to keep an eye out for—The Walking Dead #1 15th Anniversary Variant—which boasts cover artwork by current series artist, Charlie Adlard, for the first time, with colors by Dave Stewart.

The Walking Dead #1 15th Anniversary Variant features a brand new cover by Adlard showcasing walkers invading comic book shops across the globe to celebrate The Walking Dead Day.

A selection of Walking Dead Day participating local comic shops will become a part of the iconic story with their own special edition of this cover which will feature the store’s logo incorporated into the cover artwork. Fans should contact their local comic shop to inquire as to retailer participation in store exclusive version and to learn more about limited Walking Dead Day promotional swag available.

The Walking Dead #1 15th Anniversary Variant (Diamond Code JUN180298) will be available on Saturday, October 13. The final order cutoff for The Walking Dead #1 15th Anniversary Variant will be Monday, July 9th.

Review: The Walking Dead #177

Meet Officer Mercer, the newest individual we’re introduced to living in the “New World Order” that is the Commonwealth. The Walking Dead #177 is broken up into a few parts and while each segment varies greatly, each emphasizes the focus on the living with the series.

Rick is with Mikey who is working through issues through poetry an interesting aspect in a world where danger is around every corner and the dead have risen. There’s a focus on addressing loss and trauma of what’s going on and with Rick involved he is of course still dealing with the loss of Andrea. It’s an interesting an important segment as it shows that things are relatively stable but there’s still emotional turmoil. A segment with Maggie as well shows this aspect of stability. After everything that has happened, this is a time when you can let your guard down and enjoy things a bit.

Emotion is the name of the game of this issue as Michonne is reunited with her daughter Elodie. We learn Elodie’s story and are reminded of the horrible things everyone has done or had done to them to survive. It’s emotional and writer Robert Kirkman as usual does a solid job of focusing on the human aspect of the story. The series isn’t about surviving the dead, it’s about living in a world of the dead.

We’re also introduced to Mercer and Governor Milton’s son. This is the first sign that things aren’t perfect in the world of the Commonwealth and indicates where the next bit of turmoil is coming from. The series has done a good job of keeping the crazy hidden but we readers know there’s no way this new community can be as good as it’s presented. The cracks are visible here and it’s hard to know who’s right and who’s wrong in this situation. Unlike with other communities, the sides are a bit grey. Kirkman gives us something familiar but changes it up just enough to keep it interesting.

The art by Charlie Adlard, with ink by Stefano Gaudiano, and gray tones by Cliff Rathburn is excellent as always. Each new character has so much personality and the emotion of the story is driven as much by the art as it is by the story itself. That’s equally impressive since the story is in black and white which changes up how we “read” the scenes a bit more. It emphasizes Adlard’s line work and the detail, or lack of, added to each scene and character. The lettering by Rus Wooton too adds to the emotion of it all making it a bit clearer how dialogue is delivered. Slight bolding helps emphasize a word.

This new arc has been a slow but solid build introducing us to this new world and letting the malice (or expected malice) build. Is it in our minds considering the series history? Or, is there something up with these new characters and community that spells trouble for our heroes. Is it all too good to be true and this is the quiet before the storm? Kirkman and team know how to build to a cathartic explosion and this latest arc feels like it’s building to something, I just don’t know what.

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard Cover: Charlie Adlard Cover Color: Dave Stewart
Ink: Stefano Gaudiano Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn Letterer: Rus Wooton Editor: Sean Mackiewicz
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: The Walking Dead #176

The “New World Order” is here as Michonne and her group has made contact with a new community and things are definitely no longer the same. The Walking Dead #176 picks up right where you’d expect with Michonne distraught over the discovery that her daughter may be alive and has been looking for her.

That emotional ride is the driver of this issue as writer Robert Kirkman plays with that moment extending the tension, fear, hope, and more of the group throughout the issue.

What Kirkman does that’s really interesting is call back to a meeting with another Governor that eventually went off the rails. Like Michonne and our protagonists, we too are weary based on what we know.

Helping Kirkman is the art by Charlie Adlard with ink by Stefano Gaudiano, gray tones by Cliff Rathburn, and lettering by Rus Wooton. There’s a cleanliness and orderly sense of it all that’s emphasized through the art, not just the words. That order ups the tension as things progresses through the story. We get glimpses of reality at times but it’s the small detail in the art that provides more clues as to the world than what’s delivered in the dialogue. The images tell as much of a story as the dialogue.

This issue, while simple, is all about that emotional journey and build up to the cathartic end. It’s an emotional roller coaster that pays off in a build up throughout the issue. Kirkman is a master of this type of storytelling and here’s a prime example of setting the mood, building tension, and letting it build to release.

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard
Ink: Stefano Gaudiano Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn
Lettering: Rus Wooton Cover Colors: Dave Stewart
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: The Walking Dead #175

New friends. New enemies. New threats. It’s a whole new world as “New World Order” kicks off with The Walking Dead #175.

175 issues and it’s kind of hard to surprise us anymore but write Robert Kirkman has managed to do exactly that with the first part to the new story arc “New Wold Order.” The Walking Dead #175 is impressive in that it not only creates some tense moments but also delivers something that generally feels new and interesting. It also leaves us with an ending that’s a bit shocking.

It’s hard to really review this issue because saying why it’s so good will ruin the fun and surprise.

The issue focuses on Michonne’s group that has been traveling to meet a mysterious individual they’ve only talked to through radio. The last issue ended with them making contact and this new community may or may not be friendly.

Kirkman uses the issue to play with that keeping the interaction tense and leaving the reader to constantly question what’s going to happen. We meet new individuals, and the glimpse of a new community and possibly way of doing things. What’s revealed is intriguing and absolutely lives up to the title of the arc. But, it’s that last few pages where your heart races and what’s revealed is game changing.

The art as always is great. Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn take Kirkman’s script and presents it in a way that enhances the tense nature of it all. New characters too are instantly recognizable with personality. The art especially helps to the story in a way beyond what’s said. Each piece of armor, how characters look, it all allows the reader to get a better idea of what might be going on.

A fantastic issue that has me excited to see what’s next.

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard Ink: Stefano Gaudiano
Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn Lettering: Rus Wooton
Story: Art: Overall: Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Sienkiewicz variant covers in celebration of The Walking Dead’s 15th anniversary

Image/Skybound Entertainment have revealed the first two in a series of monthly The Walking Dead variant covers featuring art by Bill Sienkiewicz, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the long-running series. The Sienkiewicz variants begin with Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #175 and kick-off the “New World Order” story arc and will run throughout 2018.

This new story arc will introduce all-new friends, new enemies, new threats, and a whole new order.

The Walking Dead #175 Cover A (Diamond Code NOV170604) and Cover B by Sienkiewicz (Diamond Code OCT178651) will be available in stores on Wednesday, January 3rd. The final order cutoff will be on Monday, December 11th.

The Walking Dead #176 Cover A (Diamond Code DEC170770) and Cover B by Sienkiewicz (Diamond Code OCT178652) will be available in stores on Wednesday, February 7th. The final order cutoff will be on Monday, January 15th.

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

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

New York Comic Con 2017: A New World Order Comes to Walking Dead #175

Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment have revealed the ominous cover artwork for the upcoming The Walking Dead #175 by creator/writer Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard.

Kirkman took to the stage today at New York Comic Con for his “Robert Kirkman: The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Beyond” panel and revealed the buzzworthy cover that will be featured on The Walking Dead #175. This reveal followed on the heels of Kirkman’s Wednesday announcement about his new ongoing series co-created with artist Lorenzo De Felici, Oblivion Song.

This jaw-dropping new story arc of the bestselling The Walking Dead will feature all new friends, all new enemies, all new threats, and will appropriately be called, New World Order.

The Walking Dead #175 will take 2018 by storm and hit comic stores on Wednesday, January 3rd.

Negan Gets the Spotlight in The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan!

Bestselling, award-winning pop culture phenomenon Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard spin the backstory for one of the most controversial and complex characters in The Walking Dead history in The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan! This special backstory was first serialized in Image+ magazine and will be collected in its entirety into a hardcover edition and made available through Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment this October.

Who is Negan? Since his debut in The Walking Dead #100, the charismatic psychopath has antagonized Rick Grimes, murdered his friend with a baseball bat wrapped in barb wire (which he calls “Lucille”), and led the Saviors into war against Alexandria and the neighboring communities.

The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan! hardcover (Diamond Code JUL170766, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0327-0) will be available for $19.99 in comic book retailers on Wednesday, October 4th and in bookstores on Tuesday, October 10th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, August 7th.

The Walking Dead #163 Pre-Order Exceeds 730,000

the-walking-dead-163The Walking Dead #163 is the Direct Market’s highest ordered comic in nearly 20 years. Image Comics has announced The Walking Dead #163 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard has a pre-order exceeding 730,000 copies—without the aid of subscription box numbers to bolster the overall total—making the goal of expanding readership through a promotional 25¢ price point an overwhelming success.

The Walking Dead #163’s orders overtake every other high-charting comic in print today and surpass the orders of the Batman: The 10-Cent Adventure one-shot that topped Diamond’s unit sales charts in January 2002.

Coming on the heels of the bestselling “The Whisper War” storyline, this issue marks the beginning of the “Conquered” story arc in the long-running blockbuster series and provides the perfect opportunity for discovery for new readers or fans of the hit AMC TV show to get hooked on the comic series.

Image Comics’ 25¢ initiative has a goal of encouraging consumers to visit their local comic shop and beyond a temporary boost of sales its hope is to increase the exposure of some of Image’s best-known titles. The initiative begins with The Walking Dead #163 and includes Invincible #133 and Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta #25. The company is looking for the “long-term benefits of getting more readers into stores and more of the world’s best creator-owned comics into those readers’ hands.”

This initiative is part of Image’s 25th-anniversary celebration.

The Walking Dead #163 will be available in stores on Wednesday, February 1st—just in time for fans to celebrate “Image Day”.

Invincible #133 (Diamond Code DEC160639) will be available in stores on Wednesday, February 15th. Final order cutoff is Monday, January 23rd.

Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta #25 (Diamond Code DEC160664) will be available in stores on Wednesday, February 22nd. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, January 30th.

The Walking Dead #164 (Diamond Code DEC160746) will hit stores on Wednesday, February 15th. Final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, January 23rd.

Image Comics & Skybound Entertainment Reveal a Walking Dead Variant

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment has revealed a very special limited variant cover for Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #163.

With artwork by series artist Charlie Adlard, The Walking Dead #163 Cover B will feature full colors by Dave Stewart and an image of series protagonist Rick Grimes dressed in series antagonist Negan’s characteristic leather motorcycle jacket and holding the iconic Lucille barbed bat.

The Walking Dead #163 begins an all-new story arc which will explore the aftermath of the Whisperer War.

Limited quantities of both The Walking Dead #163 Cover B by Adlard and Stewart and The Walking Dead #163 Cover C (B&W version) by Adlard will be available on Wednesday, February 1st—the official date of Image Comics’ 25th anniversary. Final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, January 9th.

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