Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Walking Dead #107
Kirkman, Adlard & Rathburn
The latest issue of the Walking Dead had a very big opening but then settled back into a slow building kind of story. The issue was a good read but all the steam in the comic came out in the opening and was very tame the rest of the way. The book was well paced but just seemed to punctuate the best part in the beginning and left off with a strange, more subdued cliffhanger. You can't go wrong reading this book but this was merely a good issues and not a great one.
The cover and the tease from the previous issue was that Negan had done something to Carl and this was his opportunity to reveal it to Rick, Carl's dad. However, Rick doesn't wait and launches immediately into an attack. These opening pages are heart racing and are very well done. All the built up anger in Rick comes pouring out but Negan remains cool and dispatches Rick rather easily.
Both men end up with some cuts and bruises but this doesn't lead to a big standoff or final biting words from either of them. In fact, the fight is won by Negan and he just smiles it off. It's an odd ending to the fight and the book dials significantly down from this point on.
The oddity of this opening is that Negan and Rick fight one on one and there is no reaction from either side to join in. This seems very unlikely even if Negan or Rick shouts out, "stay back!" to their respective friends. The positive side here is that in the past the yelling would have lasted for fifteen pages and then the final few pages would have been the fight with a cliffhanger. Kirkman is clearly steering more towards collapsed storytelling rather than decompressed.
Adlard's art is good but this issue doesn't cater to his strengths. Adlard is fantastic at emotions and drawing zombies and this issue has a lot of action but it doesn't play to his strengths very well. It's a good artistic issue but not great.
Walking Dead is going into strange territory. It certainly appears that Rick and Negan will coexist for the long term with building tensions on both sides. It's not a bad thing but it certainly isn't nearly as neat and tidy as the twenty four issues that dealt with the Governor. Walking Dead continues to be one of the best books out there and this is definitely worth picking up.
3.5 out of 5 Geek Goggles