Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Charlie Adlard
The time is finally upon us! The Walking Dead’s eagerly anticipated ‘All Out War’ 12-issue event kicks off today, and I have to say, its off to a terrific start. While the preceding few issues have been very much defined by their action and ‘heat of the moment’ drama, this is a far more thoughtful, restrained, character-driven issue that helps sell the enormity of the battle ahead, and the emotional – not to mention physical – toll it’s likely to take on the participants.
In fact, I’d go so far as to say that this issue is entirely devoid of action. But on this occasion, that’s definitely no bad thing. One of the main selling points of the Walking Dead series – for me, at least – is seeing the all-too-human reactions of its protagonists. And, well, this issue has that in spades, whether it’s the quiet exchanges between Rick and Angela, Michonne and Ezekiel, or Rick, Angela and Carl, Kirkman is definitely at his best here as he hammers home the pressure of their situation.
Charlie Aldard rises to the occasion too, showing the emotion on each character’s face perfectly, and really coming into his own with the poster-worthy ‘showdown’ splash page near the end. Whatever way you slice it, ‘All Out War’ is off to a fantastic start, and the shocking cliffhanger at the end only makes me more desperate to find out what happens next, and – in a morbid kind of way – what sort of casualties we could potentially be seeing on both sides of the divide.
Thankfully though, I’ll only have to wait two weeks to find out.
The writer of this piece was: Craig Neilson (aka Ceej)
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