Review – The Walking Dead #99 – Something to FEAR Part 3

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

For those following, Something to FEAR has been on a streak lately, taking Rick through the new challenges of being not just a leader or guy helping them survive but instead as a visionary as well. Given all the death and trauma they’ve seen it takes more than just a guy good with a pistol to get things done and this time the group is relying on him not only to help keep them safe but to give them a place to really setup at.

Issue 99 paints the image we saw Rick talk about, settling in and forming bonds, a life and looking at a larger picture of something more in this world than just endless zombies across the land. Characters like Glenn reveal huge changes coming not only to the story but their own lives and each hit that comes in chips away at the foundation that we once knew for the group. Characters falling in love was a thing of the moment before, now it’s something they feel grounded in with a community at their fingertips, I doubt TWD team has such hope and unicorns planned for their fate though but for a moment you see everyone taking up a change of pace.

Where we go to issue 100, well it’s a bit of a given to say that Negan’s forces are mad at the recent stonewalling they’ve gotten to their efforts to breach the Hilltop and it’s about time for the payback to hit. The current issue sets up a huge pitfall for the group and it might send Rick spiraling out of control given his recent bonding as part of this community. Time will tell but it’s certainly looking like a bloodbath is coming and the happy days of sunshine and skull smashing are about to come to an abrupt stop. Lets just hope that Rick and the others can secure enough weapons and ammo for the storm given their supply issues could put them on the run if they’re caught short.

It was fun riding out the Something to FEAR story to this point although I did get derailed from the reality that this is The Walking Dead and 100 is likely to take a sledgehammer to everything we’ve seen built up over the past few issues. Also for those wondering, the art team continues to hum along with great expressions, gestures and characters through the book, the consistency seems to rarely shift in this series which is always a pleasure.

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

Review – The Walking Dead #98 – Something to FEAR Part 2

Creator / Writer: Robert Kirkman
Pencils: Charlie Adlard
Letters: Rus Wooton
Inks: Charlie Adlard
Gray tones & Cover Color: Cliff Rathburn
Editor: Sina Grace
Cover: Charlie Adlard

The stage is set and the fight is on, Rick and the group are making their stance against Negan leaving a trail of bodies anytime they collide against them. Eugene and Abraham are off hoping to secure a facility to produce more bullets for the group but it’s not all as it seems, with so much tension going on there is danger around every corner for this group.

Issue 98 takes us into the heat around this secret mission from the duo, off to prove they’re onto a new development we see Eugene and Abraham venture out. Unfortunately Negan hasn’t taken the recent decimation of one of their patrols that well and they’re out not only for payback but for the Hilltop and its occupants as well for retribution. As with anything in this series, casualties are always high and with them right at the gates to the Hilltop there’s an extra threat to the security of the compound for the people. Rick’s party is faced with not only Negan’s forces gearing up for a hostile clash but with low ammunition and the undead gathering around the gates for even greater problems. Add onto this a hostage situation and the passing of one of the Hilltop members by the violent actions of the Negan forces.

Rick took up the mantle of leader when they came to the Hilltop, promising a future for all of those who have endured with him so far. After reading through the latest issue it’s hard to say what future they might have, walking among the dead until they’re put out of their misery or fighting Negan’s forces to the death as they struggle to hold on. It’s certainly not a happy outlook right now but it never really is in the world of The Walking Dead.

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

Review – The Walking Dead #97 – Something to FEAR Part 1

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

The future is coming, at least in Rick’s eyes in The Walking Dead 96. After making a deal as new protectors of the Hilltop the group has a new task, taking on the community from Negan and putting a stop to their current shakedowns and abuse on the Hilltop for supplies. It’s a tall task for such a small group, Rick and company will have to make their way through a group built on violence and intimidation before they can really embrace the dream of starting to live again.

Issue 97 takes off with the group already moving into action, making dangerous trips into the wild to recover supplies for the community. Of course tension is always alive in the story and Carl presents his own twist to the problems going on for the folks on the Hilltop, fortunately for fans of Carl there aren’t any life altering experiences to be had in this issue. Rick showcases himself as a leader figure and starts growing from a survivalist to a dedicated strategist who moves to establish dominion and power to those who oppose or threaten the group. It’s a welcome shift given how wild the organization of the team had gotten, Rick stands tall even in the face of large numbers and doesn’t flinch even for a moment, the question of course remains to wonder how this will all pan out with Negan’s forces.

There are also side stories building within the issue, the split with the community members of the Hilltop continues behind closed doors as those eager to accept Rick into the bunch are picked at by those still at odds with the choice. Carl brings new developments to the story as well, while still recovering he’s able to note the lost memories are starting to return and the vivid descriptions shock the entire pack. As a final touch Glenn and Maggie hit their own news that has hints sprinkled in throughout the issue, Glenn has a lot to think about now and the survival of the community will become a critical focus for him. It’s a packed issue for story and there’s a healthy spread of story for everyone to enjoy no matter who your favorite is.

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