Walking Dead Spoiler Alert – Do not read if you only watch the television show.
The Walking Dead #126 “ALL OUT WAR,” Conclusion This changes everything.
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 20-years you’ve might have miss that Robert Kirkman is a really great comic book writer. The Walking Dead is a never ending boxing match and Kirkman continues to land knockout blows with gut wrenching storyline after storyline.
In “All Out War” Kirkman knocks the audience out with the rope-a-dope. Since issue 100 and the death of Glenn the only thing any fan of The Walking Dead has wanted is for someone to kill Negan. Does Kirkman heed to the blood-thirsty fans? (I’m not going to tell you.) Kirkman lands so many left hooks (more boxing metaphors), that you never see the right hand put you on the floor. When the resolution of the arch comes to fruition it makes sense and it feels right.
What propels “All Out War” to next level status is that it took The Walking Dead into a new direction. The book had transitioned from a survival story to a war drama, there was strategy, loss and sacrifice.
Kirkman puts himself into the great category of writers because the audience has become so invested in Rick and the other characters of the series. So when a character like Negan comes along we are actual afraid, sad, angry, focused and eventually scarred by the pasted 26 issues, but like the characters we move on and can’t wait for The Walking Dead #127 and the eventual introduction of Daryl Dixon.
As a fan of the comic book and the television show, I can’t wait to see how this story is told in film.
The Walking Dead “All Out War”
Story: 9.5/10 • Artwork: 8/10 • Overall 9/10