21st Feb2017

‘The Walking Dead #164’ Review

by Kevin Haldon

Written by Robert Kirkman | Art by Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn, Stefano Gaudiano | Cover by Charlie Adlard, Dave Stewart | Published by Image Comics


“A FALLEN HOUSE” sees Maggie lead the survivors from the Hilltop to Alexandria…to see it overrun with the dead.

Here it is folks, your second issue of The Walking Dead this month you lucky nerds. The same week that the second half of the new series started up again too!

With the crazy all out walkers attacking Alexandria in last weeks issue, Kirkman decided to pump the breaks a little bit and split the story, which is always nice because it means we can drop in on who is where. Andrea is still leading the charge to strip the herd away from the main compound, Carl is pretty perplexed at not really being able to get in the thick of the action. However this issue lives with Negan and Rick once again showcasing what Kirkman can do with two guys in a room merely talking.

After Rick having been saved by Negan when he could have easily just left him for dead, the pair manage to hold up in one of the houses and what ensues is some fantastic wordplay from Negan (Does anybody else hear Jeffrey Dean Morgan when they read Negan dialogue now?). I mean seriously can Kirkman find anymore creative ways for the use of the word “F*ck” for Negan. I touched on the slight glimmer of the baddest guy in comics trying to talk Rick round to trusting him and they really hammer that home this issue. I do love the thought of him changing his ways but I would love for all of this to be a power play on his behalf.

This was a good solid issue with not a massive deal going on but we got a chance to take a breath and spend some time with our favorite villain, and its always good to remind ourselves of how good Kirkman can be writing beefy dialogue.

Next up is The Walking Dead #165: Opportunity coming March 1st.


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