For those of you in doubt “The Walking Dead” #127 provides an excellent return to form for the series. It encapsulates the dread of the previous arcs and redefines it in a way I didn’t think Robert Kirkman was capable of. This is the best issue of “The Walking Dead” in years.
Now that the dust has settled, Kirkman has done something beautiful. He has eased into a wholly new chapter for his world and shown us something we’ve never seen before. To say any more would do this story a grand disservice, but it has restored my faith in a series I’ve recently grown tired of.
There is a great deal to be discussed in this issue. It literally redefines every major character in an new and interesting way, and brings on a new status quo for the series. With Negan gone, we’re not living in the same horrible world any more. We’re very far from it, and that’s an excellent thing.
For once the pages of this comic are lined in hope. They are filled with optimism and they show progress instead of destruction. It’s a bold move that I hope carries forward. So much has been done that to remove it all in another act of destruction will lose me as a reader. This feels earned and marketed different than before.
Adlard actually steps up his game here. His character work in this issue will blow you away with the minor exception of Carl with one half sunglasses. I don’t know who thought that was a good idea, but man does it make me hate that kid. Someone needs to sock him in his eye hole and set him straight. I digress. Adlard manages one of the biggest displays of zombie power he’s put to page and it feels terrifying.
It’s hard to say too much about this book without giving everything away. Save for I recommend it whole-heartedly. I wasn’t the biggest fan of “All Out War.” I was ready to drop the book, and this has completely changed my mind. Bravo Kirkman, you’ve done it again.