Dwight makes the necessary moves to set himself against Negan. Rick and his forces regroup into a unified force, and Negan revolutionizes his attack method in what he believes to be a sure fire way to win. Once again “The Walking Dead” is in motion for a monumental conflict that promises enormous casualties, but such has been the promise for almost half a year, this month you’ll be asking yourself when?, begging Kirkman just to get it over with.
Chaos reigns above all else in “The Walking Dead.” Even the most calculated plan will come apart at the seams thanks to the lumbering legions of undead lurking in the open country. No matter how threatening another band of humans become, it always seems to be the zombies who have the last laugh.
Kirkman spends a lot of his time rebuilding from the aftermath of his last exchange. This issue is dialogue heavy. Characters announce their plans, and give their buy ins. We know who’s motivated to win, and who has just about given up. What remains unclear is just how everything will go down.
Rick seems blinded by his lust for victory. His plan doesn’t seem very sound, and if things actually go down the way he planned we’re looking at complete anarchy leading into the next issue. Things will be blown completely wide open and no one is safe. You’ll call his leadership into question, and may have some logistical questions about timing between the camps.
Adlard gives his traditional performance. His art is strong without being particularly noteworthy. He does have one stunning panel of Negan explaining his newfound weaponry which actually had me gasp, but its all around standard fare this month.
In any event the stage is set for the final conflict and the it looks like all of the talking of All Out War will finally come to a conclusion. While this arc has been interesting for the most part it feels like an excuse to drag out an event over a year when very little has happened between battles. Small character moments aside, this book prides itself on insanity, and pitched this arc as the most action pack ordeal the book has ever seen
So far I’m not convinced. Luckily we have four more chapters to prove just what All Out War is all about. If we go through the motions of attack for one issue and reel for three then I’ll be heartily disappointed.
Rating: 3/5 Skulls.