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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

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.

Around the Tubes

The weekend’s almost here and we’re heading to Baltimore Comic Con! What are folks doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for work to end and weekend begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Kotaku – Here’s A $900 Batman: Arkham Knight Statue – Let us check our couch cushions.

Polygon – Spider-Man #1, X-Men #1 stolen from friendly neighborhood doorstep, say cops – Grrrrr.

Capeless Crusaders – Riverdale Star KJ Apa in Late Night Car Crash Leaving Set – Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.

ICv2 – ‘Watchmen’ Greenlit for Pilot – Anyone excited for this?

The Outhouser – AMC Visionaries: Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics Will Debut In November – Actually looking forward to seeing what this is about.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Batman: The Red Death #1

Comic Attack – Catalyst Prime: The Incidentals #1

Skybound Signs a First Look Deal with Amazon

Skybound Entertainment has announced that Robert Kirkman has signed an “overall deal” with Amazon Studios and a first-look deal as well.

Kirkman and Skybound will be working closely with Amazon to adapt and develop new and existing properties that’ll debut exclusively on Prime Video.

Bryan and Sean Furst, Skybound’s TV & Film co-presidents, will oversee development, along with Robert Kirkman and co-founder David Alpert.

(via Skybound)

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.

Marvel Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Mosaic, Black Widow, Captain America: Marvel Knights

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got three new volumes from Marvel featuring Mosaic, Black Widow, and Captain America

Captain America: Marvel Knights Vol. 2 featuring issues Captain America (2002) #1-32 and Captain America: Red, White & Blue by Dave Gibbons, Robert Morales, Robert Kirkman, Lee Weeks, Chris Bachalo, Eddie Campbell, Scot Eaton, and more.

Mosaic Vol. 1 King of the World featuring issues #1-5 by Geoffrey Thorne, Khary Randolph, Emilio Lopez, and Andres Mossa.

Black Widow Vol. 2 No More Secrets featuring issues #7-12 by Chris Samnee, Mark Waid, and Matthew Wilson.

Find out about the trade and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores April 26 and bookstores May 9.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Captain America: Marvel Knights Vol. 2
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Mosaic Vol. 1 King of the World
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Black Widow Vol. 2 No More Secrets
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

 

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Image Comics Founders Reunite at ECCC 2017 to Celebrate 25 years

Image Comics and ReedPOP have announced that original Image Comics company founders Todd McFarlane, Jim Valentino, Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Marc Silvestri, and Whilce Portacio will reunite at Emerald City Comicon 2017 to celebrate the company’s milestone 25th anniversary. The panel will be moderated by Walking Dead creator and Image Comics partner, Robert Kirkman.

The Image Comics founders will come together for a very special ECCC panel on Friday, March 3rd from 1:00–2:30 PM. The panel will focus on the origin story of the company when, 25 years ago, a group of comics artists looked at the difference between what they were capable of and what they were being given, and left the promise of steady work for new pastures. The result was Image Comics, which has grown from an upstart group to a comics publisher that has changed the course of the industry. Image’s 25th anniversary year begins with this special event, a rare gathering that is not to be missed.

Following the panel, there will be an exclusive signing with the Image Comics founders in the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel located next door to the Washington State Convention Center from 3:00–4:30 PM. ECCC will coordinate a ‘lottery system’ where badge-holding fans will submit their names and a lucky 300 fans will win a limited edition poster and admission to have it signed by the founders. Lottery applications are open on the Emerald City Comicon website until February 21st.

On February 1, 1992 seven comics superstars Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino came together to form their own company that would change the landscape of comics forever. Current partners McFarlane, Valentino, Kirkman, Larsen, and Silvestri collectively have brought creator-owned comics to the forefront of industry change and, after 25 years of amazing storytelling freedom, Image Comics celebrates the milestone anniversary all year long with ongoing promotions, events, and festivities.

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The Final Four Image Variants

Image Comics has revealed the final 4 of 15 tribute variants planned for February’s 25th anniversary theme month to round out the full list of “tribute covers” celebrating the legendary cover images from throughout the Image’s history.

The newly revealed tribute variants include: Sean Lewis & Hayden Sherman’s The Few #2 commemorating Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta’s East of West #1Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts, Owen Gieni’s Manifest Destiny #26 commemorating Jonathan Layman & Rob Guillory’s Chew #1, Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s Monstress #10 commemorating Todd McFarlane’s Spawn #1, and Outcast by Robert Kirkman & Paul Azaceta #25 commemorating Rob Liefeld’s Brigade #1.

Each month of Image’s 25th year will announce a list of special themed anniversary variants, which will begin to hit shelves on Wednesday, February 1st—the exact date of Image Comics’ founding in 1992, and the date of this year’s “Image Comics Day.”

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