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The Walking Dead #193 Heads Back to Print

Image Comics and Skybound have announced that The Walking Dead #193 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard—which concluded the long-running comic book series—is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand as the news of the book’s contents goes viral. 

This final chapter in the bestselling zombie saga was hinted at by the events of issue The Walking Dead #192—but kept secret and surprise-dropped with fans today. 

The Walking Dead #193 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAY198901) will hit stores on Wednesday, July 31. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers to get their orders in to restock this 80-page issue is Monday, July 8.

The Walking Dead #193 2nd printing

Review: The Walking Dead #193

The Walking Dead #193

It’s near impossible to review The Walking Dead #193 without spoiling it. So, you’ve been warned.

*Spoiler Warning*

This is it, the end of this series. An unexpected finale sprung upon us much like the walker-filled world was sprung upon Rick Grimes.

With Rick murdered, there was a question looming over the series future and the direction it might go. We have that answer, and it’s on in our imaginations.

Writer Robert Kirkman delivers a finale that sticks the message and point he’s been building to throughout these years. The Walking Dead isn’t about the scares, it’s about building a future, a new society, from the ashes of the old one.

The Walking Dead #193 skips ahead with Carl Grimes now married with a child and a society rebuilt. It’s more Western than modern but “the trials” are now over. There’s law and order and protection. With that though comes forgetting of what was. And that’s the focus of the issue.

Walkers are now a traveling road show to be used to scare individuals. They’re a carnival act, not the dangerous things they once were. And that’s what the issue revolves around. Should the past be celebrated, forgotten, or is there a mix of that.

Rick Grimes helped forge this world and the issue celebrates that while also questioning the end impact. The world has forgotten its struggles. Carl still remembers it and does so to protect his family and so his daughter has a future.

And that’s where Kirkman soars. His story is about heart. It’s about family. And as a fairly new father, the scenes presented between Carl and his daughter got me right in the heart. They’re touching and the absolutely perfect end note. Carl reminds his daughter things are better though there are still dangers in the world. It’s a message that reflects in our every day lives. It’s a reminder of what we should be imparting on the next generation. We experience that complacency with our own walkers right around the corner. The underlying message Kirkman presents is one that we can take away with us today. It challenges the reader to do better and be better. It also focuses in on the point of the whole series from the beginning.

The art by Charlie Adlard with gray tones from Cliff Rathburn is fantastic. Along with lettering by Rus Wooton, we’re presented with an emotional issue. It’s not one full of scares or death and destruction. It’s all about human nature and feelings. And with the time jump, the art becomes key. It tells as much about where society is as to where it was. There’s a limited amount of pages to deliver the full story so the art details become a messenger for the reader to figure everything out. The art goes out on a high note matching an optimistic tone.

Fans of The Walking Dead might be both sad and happy with how things have wrapped. We’re not totally without future stories. From television shows to books, there’s much more life into this world yet to come and experience. And we can go into that with the knowledge that there’s hope for a future that’s a little better. A series whose message is that through trials and tribulations we can all make a better future. For a world built off of a bleak premise, its gift is one of a brighter future we can all make together.

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard
Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn Letters: Rus Wooton
Story: 9.5 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

The Walking Dead #192 Gets a Second Printing with a Commemorative Cover

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment has announced that The Walking Dead #192 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard is immediately being rushed back to print in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand for this event issue and will get a commemorative cover treatment. 

The Walking Dead #192 commemorative cover will feature imagery showcasing the latest twist to the series and will be on shelves the same day as The Walking Dead #193 hits stores.

The Walking Dead #192 (Diamond Code APR198094) will be available on Wednesday, July 3. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, June 10. 

SPOILER AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE WALKING DEAD #191 & #192!

Review: The Walking Dead #192

The Walking Dead #192

*Spoiler Warning*

Major events in comics are often left for big numbers like 25, 50, or 100. Writer Robert Kirkman shakes things up in The Walking Dead #192 delivering an emotional issue that’ll leave you in tears.

I have no shame in admitting the issue hit me emotionally. Like a ton of bricks. I choked up. Multiple times. I fought back tears.

For 191 issues, I’ve gotten to know Rick Grimes and his son Carl. They’re characters I’ve followed their ups and downs. And in this issue I, and we, say good-bye to Rick. We get to see Carl deal with the emotional pain of losing his father. We get to feel that sadness ourselves.

The Walking Dead #192 nails it in saying good-bye.

As Carl prepares to bury his father the realization of what Rick has done. What Rick has helped bring to the world hits you. And you realize the comic is truly about hope and the world we can create, together. It’s also about the wisdom parents pass to their kids. And as a father, I can hope I’m just a sliver of Rick was. The good he’s done. The positive outlook on the world he’s passed down. Civility. Justice. These are the lessons of The Walking Dead.

Even though this comic is a tear filled emotional ride, I know there’s more to go and come. This isn’t the true good-bye.

Charlie Adlard continues to amaze bouncing between the zombie gore and the human emotion. Brought to life with the inks of Stefano Gaudiano and gray tones of Cliff Rathburn, the issue’s visuals show the emotion when words can not do. Simple looks are all you need to see. Rus Wooton‘s lettering drives home the emotion of Kirkman’s words. The anger and sadness drip from the page.

The Walking Dead #192 is an issue I dreaded to read. I knew what was likely to come. I’ll be on the couch now curled up in a ball working through some stuff.

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard
Ink: Stefano Gaudiano Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

The Walking Dead #191 Heads Back for a Second Printing

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment has fast-tracked The Walking Dead #191 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard for a second printing in order to keep up with customer demand for this game-changing installment of the long-running series. 

The Walking Dead #191 hit stores on Wednesday and took fans by surprise with a shocking cliffhanger that’s had everyone talking. In this issue, alliances are broken and all the trouble that’s been brewing in the Commonwealth finally comes to a head.

The Walking Dead #191 second printing (Diamond Code MAR198752) will hit stores on Wednesday, May 29. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, May 6.

The Walking Dead #191 2nd printing

Charlie Adlard Posts a First Look at The Walking Dead #187

The Walking Dead #187 is in stores January 2, 2019 to kick off a new year of comics and artist Charlie Adlard has posted a teaser of some of what we can expect.

In “The Road Back” can Rick Grimes bring peace to the Commonwealth – or will he tear it apart?

The Walking Dead #187 is written by Robert Kirkman, art by Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn, and a cover by Adlard and Dave Stewart.

The Walking Dead #187

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

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