Review: The Walking Dead #100 from @RobertKirkman Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn, and @ImageComics – Still shambling after all these years
Short Version: Kirkman could have taken the easy way out and made The Walking Dead #100 an ending. The sort of viciousness we’ve seen before. But he didn’t. The Walking Dead #100 introduces us to a new set of viciousness for our favorite group of survivors. A new set of rules. It’s revitalizing and fascinating.
Score: 9 out of 10.
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Charlie Adler
Greytones: Cliff Rathburn
It’s hard to write a review about something without spoiling some part of it. With most things, you can just say ‘well, I can tell you the tone, or a sense of what happens or whatever’ and it won’t spoil the comic for you. I can tell you this without spoiling anything: You should read The Walking Dead #100. If you keep reading, I’m not going to go into plot specifics, but I’m going to say some things that might take away some amount of surprise from your reading. You have been warned.
A lot of writers would have been interested in making The Walking Dead #100, arguably the most important comic book on the market today, into an ending. If you read The Walking Dead #99 (Spoilers) you know that The Saviors were planning to attack the Alexandria Safe Zone crew. Instead, Robert Kirkman chooses to point out in no uncertain terms that The Walking Dead #100 is a beginning, not an end. The rules have changed. The goals have changed. The obstacles and the stakes are higher. Over the past 100 issues the walkers have become less and less of a threat to Rick’s crew and The Walking Dead #100 fixes that problem handily. It’s a great issue, all under-statement and emotional resonance. It’s violent, to be sure, but likely not in the way you expect. It’s violent in a dark, quiet way that is actually, for me, more discomforting than the fast, flashy kind. This is also Negan’s coming out party. The only, very minor, quibble I have is that there is a point where I felt like it was a little ‘on the nose’ with the whole new beginning thing. The symbolism was great, it was clear, and it felt like it took something small away to point it out so clearly. It probably won’t bother you, but it stuck out to me.
This arc was called ‘Something to Fear’, well, the survivors have that again to be sure. I’ll be honest and say that The Walking Dead #100 is not what I expected and that points out the beauty of the book: Kirkman is still trying to find new ways to challenge Rick and his crew. Different ways to bend these people (especially Rick) to see if they break. When they break. Things are going to get worse before they get better again. I almost wonder if they will get better again.
Score: 9 out of 10.