Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
The Walking Dead #149
Kirkman, Adlard, Gaudiano & Rathburn
"The Walking Dead" brings Negan back into the fold with the current issue. On the one hand you can make the case that he's a fan favorite and his absence has been a cloud over the series for over a year. The cynic might say that he's brought back into the forefront simply because the television show has cast the character and started bringing the character and his gang into the plots. The issue is a good read because of Negan but has some subpar subplots that don't add much to the comic. Generally, this is an average issue.
Rick goes to Negan looking for some leadership advice. The interaction is a welcome one because the pair really haven't interacted much and they have been rivals for over fifty issues now. The idea that Rick would seek council from Negan is kind of an odd one, but it allows Rick to not show weakness among the general population because Negan is in jail. However, Rick does show weakness to his primary adversary which can't be a good thing. The dialogue is very entertaining.
Andrea, Carl and Lydia arrive at Maggie's community to hide Lydia. This is an odd sequence because Andrea tells the guard that if anyone asks if they are there he is to say no and then alert Andrea. However, this alone would bring suspicion to the guard she spoke with, but more than that there are other characters in the frame. Surely they would also see Andrea, as well as countless others. What's to keep them from telling others about them being there?
There are other snippets of characters complaining amongst each other about Rick and there is a scene with someone fumbling with radio, only to tell Rick in another scene that he was fumbling with the radio. These scenes didn't add much to the comic book and made the entire issue sag in between the scenes with Rick and Negan.
The art is very good. Adlard has a knack for capturing facial expressions that convene sarcasm and mood very well. He definitely knows how to squeeze the maximum effect from Negan and that helps the story move along. This is a very good artistic story.
"The Walking Dead" finally brings Negan to the center of attention in this issue. Rick seeks some advice from everyone's favorite inmate and the pair doesn't disappoint with some heated and tense dialogue. The rest of the issue has some tame subplots and some odd decision making from the characters to bring the read down to Earth. Overall, the comic is a solid, but average read. It will be interesting to see what the anniversary issue has in store for the readers next month.
3.5 out of 5 Geek Goggles