Review – The Walking Dead #101 – Something to Fear

Creator, Writer: Robert Kirkman
Pencils, Inks: Charlie Adlard
Letters: Rus Wooton
Editor: Sina Grace
Gray Tones, Cover Color: Cliff Rathburn
Cover Art: Charlie Adlard
Published by: Image Comics

Walking Dead #101 is here, I really don’t know how to open this given the ending we saw in 100. It was basically one of the highest selling books of 2012 and honestly it was also probably one of the most brutal  events in a comic at the same time. If you’ve been skirting around reading the issues and just getting by on reviews I can’t really stress how hard of a hit 100 is and that if you’re interested just get it and take it in.

That said, 101 is here,  everyone is pissed, Maggie, Carl, Sophia. There’s no way to get past what happened to Glenn and how absolutely screwed they all were the minute Negan’s men showed up to surround them. Given the ammo shortage and everything else going on and the kids in the van, it was impossible to even attempt a last stand in such a case. Now comes mourning, continued rage and of course revenge. The group makes the last leg of their original journey ensure Maggie and Sophia make it safe in their trip. The rest of the concerns fall to the wayside though and it’s an emotional punch for all of them, even Carl.

All isn’t lost in 101, while the group is mentally beaten at this point, they’re still in the fight and a recent  capture makes the possibility of their survival that much stronger. When they said it was a whole new world they forgot to take into account the issue of new threats and greater foes, it’s doubtful that Rick will make the same mistake twice after this incident. The series got violent but it’s about to get much uglier as they buckle down for some large confrontations between Negan and the camps. If only they could also tackle that small issue of ammunition, given they only have a week to prep their shipment for Negan they really don’t have that much time available to them for any new plans.

Compared to 100, The Walking Dead #101 is a shorter trip but the possibilities seem endless for how this battle is going to go forward. Kirkman takes the speed of the issue to a slower pace to let people catch up with the recent trauma while setting the groundwork for the next battle, Adlard continues to deliver on emotion and gestures and as a whole it’s a well-rounded issue that tries to address the immediate fallout that strikes Rick’s group.

Release Date: August 15, 2012

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

The Walking Dead #100 Sells Out, Issue Was Best-selling First Print in 15 Years

Coming off a whirlwind release day the week of Comic-Con International and supported by special events at comic book stores around the country, THE WALKING DEAD #100 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard will receive a second printing after selling out of its record-setting first printing. At 383,612 copies, the sales of THE WALKING DEAD #100 were the best initial orders for a single issue of a comic book since 1997.

A harrowing and heart-wrenching event in the lives of Rick Grimes and his band of survivors, THE WALKING DEAD #100 has been critically acclaimed for its examination of violence and mortality.

At The Comics Journal, Sean T. Collins considered the depiction of brutality: “It’s hugely graphic and gory, but more importantly it’s predicated on anguish and agony, on a character begging for their life and slowly losing it anyway, in view of other characters, including children, made to watch as punishment,” he wrote. “A ‘bad guy’ is committing the violence, but its horribleness is quite of a piece with the series’ presentation of human-on-human violence overall.”

Augie De Blieck, Jr. at Comic Book Resources wrote, “[T]his issue delivers. It is not, however, the massive rampage of blood and guts I expected it to be. Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard deliver something much smaller, but just as effective, creepy, tense and sad.”

The issue inspired Bleeding Cool‘s Adi Tantimedh to ponder the function of tragic fiction in society. “I wonder if the popularity of THE WALKING DEAD and the zombie apocalypse genre is a kind of atavistic ritual that the culture is partaking in to magickally ward off the worst that could happen, which is societal collapse into full horror,” Tantimedh wrote. “…[T]he proxy of fiction allows the audience to mentally put themselves through the horror to find catharsis and feel more secure after the experience.”

The second printing of the milestone issue will feature a new cover with art by Adlard. It is available for order now with the Diamond code JUN128066.

Skybound unveils The Walking Dead issue 100 cover

Skybound and USA Today teamed up to talk about the cover for the milestone 100th issue of The Walking Dead today, while it will not be coming to shelves right now the wrap-around cover is still something to admire and start pre-ordering for. The interview has some gems talking about the art though, if you’re a TV show watcher or behind on your issues in the series and don’t want spoilers I suggest you escape now while you still can.

From the interview:

“You can’t see it, but (hero cop) Rick is actually holding a birthday cake in his hand. Or, I guess, his only hand,” creator Robert Kirkman says of the cover to Walking Dead issue 100, out July 11 from Skybound/Image Comics.

Issue 100 falls right in the “dead center” of what he calls the “craziest” story arc so far in the comic series, a bloody affair that finds Rick and his group of survivors thriving in a (seemingly) safe community, much like they did at the prison — a place of refuge that was hinted at during the second season finale of the Walking Dead TV series.

The cover will have bodies littered across it, showing prominent figures from the comic series as the landscape, it’s not inspiring but in the wake of all they’ve faced it would be hard to expect Rick to ever be able to see the upside to all of this. The article mentions even The Governor makes a reappearance in the corpses and Lori as well.

The Walking Dead hits #100 soon and according to Kirkman there’s no sign of this story losing steam anytime soon.