Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Walking Dead #110
Kirkman, Adlard & Rathburn
Walking Dead trucks on as the impending war seems to draw closer and closer. This issue moves more of the players around but the issue only excels when it deals with Michonne and Ezekiel as the pair grow as characters while interacting with each other. Beyond that the comic is very average.
The comic book opens as Jesus hunts down the man who is apparently going to warn Negan about the comic battle. After some bickering, some of Negan's crew shows up and more of the usual happens. They rough up Jesus and there is a lot of tough guy talk from Negan's men while Jesus sort of plays opossum. The tension in the beginning of the book proves to be short lived and doesn't seem to provide anything we haven't seen several times over.
Then, Rick and company go to meet Ezekiel. Obviously, everyone except Rick has the same reactions that Rick had when he first met the character. Shock, awe, eye-rolling and head shaking are the general reactions the cast gives upon seeing Ezekiel for the first time. There is a lot of sizing up and mistrust and eventually Michonne and Ezekiel find themselves alone.
Over the final five pages Kirkman shows his strength: character depth. Unlike so many books I've read, Kirkman has the ability to get the reader to connect with the characters. He does this to perfection with Ezekiel as he tells his story to Michonne. Each panel brings more of the humanizing story home to the reader. It's wonderfully done. If Kirkman could achieve this for a bunch of other characters I think the overall series would be better served.
Adlard doesn't have a lot to work with in terms of action in this comic book. His best work occurs over the final pages as he visually shows the transformation as Ezekiel lets down his guard and peels away his king persona. Adlard always brings his A game and this is no different.
Walking Dead is consistently one of the best books each and every month. This issue is no different. There is tension and there is a lot drama, even if short lived. The book doesn't provide anything particularly memorable but it does entertain. There simply aren't enough comics that entertain month after month.
3 out of 5 Geek Goggles