Rick is, once again, pushed BEYOND his breaking point.
The Walking Dead came back to our televisions this past Sunday and now it’s back in our hands with the release of The Walking Dead #107. Rick, with the help of Jesus, has tracked down Negan. The foul-mouthed villain has Carl, and Rick is going to do anything to get him back. Robert Kirkman writes the story and Charlie Adlard provides pencils and inks. Cliff Rathburn handles grey tones and Rus Wootan rounds out the cast with lettering. Last month’s issue ended on a huge cliffhanger, does this issue capitalize on that momentum? There are spoilers for this issue! You have been warned!
Rick has tracked down Negan, and as you remember last month he said he couldn’t wait until Rick saw what he did with his little boy. Rick goes on the offensive very quickly and gives Negan a good working over. The bat-wielding leader gives as good as he gets though. After the fight calms down, Negan rolls out Carl. To our shock and horror, we find out Negan did…absolutely nothing. The man was making a point. He was showing Rick and his crew that if they followed the rules, even though Carl killed some of his men, that he could be a reasonable guy. Among the pontificating, Negan shows just how scary he is by showing he can indeed be reasonable. Rick, Carl, and the rest of the crew head back to their home. We check in on some of the other members as we see progress made on the quest to make their own bullets. Michonne is also involved in a bit of a love triangle.
Kirkman continues to write a script showcasing how crazy Negan is. The big reveal to last month’s tease “I can’t f-ing wait until you see what I’ve done to your little boy” is a giant troll on Kirkman’s part. We didn’t expect anything major to happen, but to find out it was just Negan’s attempt at a mind game makes you give a little squawk of anger. Other than feeling let down from the exciting cliffhanger, Kirkman helps show another side to the ultra-violent and foul-mouthed Negan. The stuff back at base just feels like filler until we get to our conclusion with Rick and Jesus’s war room meeting. There’s not much you can say about Adlard, the man has been consistently great for over 100 issues.
Bottom Line: Kirkman writes a strong issue, but the conclusion from last month’s issue leaves you expecting more. How much you enjoy this issue will depend on how highly you anticipated it because of last month’s cliffhanger. I’ve liked the Negan story, which has been very polarizing among readers, so I found enough to save me from the initial letdown. We get closer and closer to Rick’s master plan. Maybe next month 3/5