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
It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get? What’d you enjoy? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
The Comichron – Action 1000 hardcover, Thanos lead comic shop advance reorders as February begins – For those following the horse race.
CBR – 2000 AD To Publish First All-Women Creators Issue – Good.
IGN – Amazing Spider-Man #795
IGN – Batman #40
Talking Comics – Hungry Ghosts #1
Comic Book – Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman
Seattle PI – Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman
Comic Attack – Is’Nana The Were-Spider Vol. 2 #1
The Outhousers – Spider-Man #237
IGN – Star Wars #43
IGN – The Walking Dead #176
IGN – X-Men: Red #1
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
The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.
ICv2 – Diamond Hires Jim Kuhoric as Purchasing Director – Congrats!
Comicbook – AMC Responds to ‘The Walking Dead’ Lawsuit – Well this should be interesting.
Comicbook – FX CEO Says They Are Pretty Optimistic About ‘Y: The Last Man’ – Duh?
The Outhouse – Amazon’s The Boys Sets Five Of The Seven – Who’s looking forward to this series?
Comics Bulletin – Ice Cream Man #1
While we don’t focus on wrestling here, it’s fun to see how comics infiltrate other entertainment. Case in point, this wrestling match which took place at Paradise City Comic Con on Sunday.
In the wrestling match, wrestlers dressed as April O’Neil and Casey Jones took on Negan and the legendary Mick Foley and Mr. Socko got involved too!
Paradise City Comic Con 2018 was January 12-14 at the Miami Airport Convention Center.
Check out the match below.
(via Pro Wrestling Sheet)
It’s a new week and we’re recovering from DC in D.C. which we’ll have lots of news out of coming in the next few days. While you wait, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
The Comichron – Weak December puts 2017 comic shop orders down 10%; big drop, but from a lofty perch – The chances of another up year were slim.
iO9 – Bruce Timm Wants To Make a Superman: Red Son Animated Adaptation – Yes please!
IGN – The Walking Dead Gets Season 9 Renewal and New Showrunner – Not too surprising.
Talking Comics – Atlas and Axis #1
The Guardian – Blankets
Geek Dad – Deadman #3
Comic Attack – Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories
Nothing But Comics – Sleepless #2
Comic Attack – Splatoon Vol. 1
Comics Bulletin – Taarna #1
It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.
Kotaku – IGN Fires Editor-In-Chief For ‘Alleged Misconduct’ – Good to see folks cleaning house.
ICv2 – Five Trends to Watch in the Comics Business in 2018 – Think these will happen?
Newsarama – Jim Baikie Passes Away At 77 – Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
The Comichron – Kirkman’s Oblivion Song again leads advance reorders; Hawkman Found tops reorders – For those that dig the horse race.
IGN – Batman #38
IGN – Batman and the Signal #1
Comic Book – Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepus Chronicles #1
IGN – Guardians of the Galaxy #150
AiPT! – Iceman #9
Geek Dad – Nightwing #36
IGN – Phoenix Resurrection #2
IGN – 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
Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!
Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!
Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.
Top Pick: Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 (DC Comics) – I’ve read it and it’s amazing. Writer Mark Russell and artist Mike Feehan deliver what might be the best series of 2018 already. Yes, it’s that good. Russell has taken the classic cartoon character and reimagined him as an in the closet gay Southern playwright with a backdrop of the McCarthy hearings. It sets an amazingly high bar for the rest of the year.
Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny #1 (IDW Publishing) – The popular toy line comes to comics and it’ll be interesting to see what IDW does with it.
Transformers vs. The Visionaries #1 (IDW Publishing) – Speaking of toys, the end of the last Hasbro even had the Visionaries come to the Hasbro comic universe and I can’t wait to see where things go from here. It was an unexpected shocking twist of an end.
The Walking Dead #175 (Skybound/Image Comics) – A new group has been made contact with and this issue kicks off a whole new arc. Can’t wait!
X-Men: Grand Design #2 (Marvel) – Ed Piskor knocked it out of the park with the first issue and what was one of the best releases by Marvel in 2017.
Top Pick: Secret Weapons #0 (Valiant) – When your favourite miniseries of 2017 has a bonus issue released, then you’re a little excited for it to arrive.
Last week’s comics – Due to a problem with the courier service, the entirety of Eastern Canada didn’t get their comics last week. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to getting my hands on those as well this week.
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.