Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Walking Dead #112
Kirkman, Adlard & Rathburn
Walking Dead continues to tease the coming invasion of Negan with a very strong issue that brings the intensity to an even heavier boil than ever before. This particular issue highlights two aspects of this book that have been the norm for some time now: Rick doesn't think things through anymore and Negan is completely unpredictable. The issue is one of the better ones in a while and the reaction coming out of this issue will be interesting next month. This is a good read.
Rick returns home to find Negan and his buddies are hanging out on a porch in his neighborhood. Rick explodes when he finds out that Negan gutted Spencer like a fish. What's interesting is that Negan doesn't really explain why he killed Spencer. He sort of gave a half explanation and Rick never even bothered to question it. Rick never got out of his rage over the fact that Negan killed someone in his group. This blind hatred is clearly messing up his usually sound reasoning skills.
After a lot of arguing Negan eventually departs and Rick does something extremely aggressive that sets off a chain of events that was fantastic to watch unfold. Rick clearly didn't think through his actions, which we've seen a lot of lately and Negan calls him out on it. Rick's actions also puts Rick and friends in a great deal of jeopardy. It's interesting to see just how much Rick can get any with before Negan starts punishing Rick or someone he care about.
Adlard excels in his art at the end of the comic when it's needed most. The details are fantastic when Rick and Negan have their final round of words. The book is heavy on the yelling and Adlard is up to the task for the most part in selling the drama. The artwork in one of splash pages leaves something to be desired as the entire spread appears from an eagle eye view which leaves out a lot detail. Overall, the art is the usual high quality you expect from Adlard.
Negan steals the show yet again. He's got the personality that is completely unpredictable and it fits this book perfectly. Rick looks like he's met his match. The coming issues will be very interesting as Kirkman brings this book towards war. I highly recommend picking this up.
4 out of 5 Geek Goggles