Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Walking Dead #148
Kirkman, Adlard, Gaudiano & Rathburn
The latest issue of the "Walking Dead" brings tensions in Rick's camp to a boil as he basically announces that no action will be taken against Alpha for killing their friends and loved ones. The issue is a fairly average read, but the tease at the end will surely get reader's attentions. As always, this is a great series.
Rick tells his people that they will set up a watch along the roads and some other security measures. People go nuts. They want Alpha's head on a stick. This starts a brawl that seemed to play out rather comically whether intended or not. Rick breaks it up with a shot in the air. This begs the question: Rick carries a fire arm but no one else does?
The battle scene is not as dramatic as it could have been. Perhaps this is because so many of the characters seem to be generic or that the small panels with people in head locks just look too much like a wrestling battle royale. Despite the weak execution of the fight, the anger that the townspeople were throwing at Rick immediately before, provided some very heated moments.
The rest of the issue has some of Alpha and her reaction to letting her daughter go. This is the first attempt at letting the reader get to know this character a little bit and she definitely is a character to be reckoned with. Also, the comic quickly resolves the cliffhanger from the previous issue where Lydia pulls a gun on Andrea and Carl. The scene had some drama but not nearly as much as the previous issue seemed to build up. Perhaps this issue's cliffhanger is also a red herring.
The artwork is good but it also fails in the battle royale scene. Too many of the panels had some moments that made me chuckle and I don't believe that was the point. Additionally, the details in the artwork are less clear in the fight and that left the characters involved to be more generic. The artwork had some great pages though. Such as the ending. It was very chilling.
"Walking Dead" provides another engaging, but fairly tame read. This comic has a big fight as Rick communicates his non-action plan for dealing with Alpha. The book does a good job at putting Rick's feet to the fire, but doesn't execute the fight all that well as it resembled an old school wrestling battle royale. The artwork does a pretty good job at keeping the pace up. Overall, this is a decent read.
3.5 out of 5 Geek Goggles