Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Walking Dead #68

Written by Robert Kirkman
Art by Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn

This title has been excellent lately. When I first started reading The Walking Dead (around issue 8), it was the suspense that kept me coming back issue after issue. While this is still a suspenseful comic, it is the strength of the characters, and Kirkman's heavily character-based writing that continues to make it one of my favourite comics.

In this issue, our group meets Aaron, a really nice guy (somewhat in the manner of a smiling Mormon or Jehovah's Witness at the door), who wants to invite them into his community - a town or neighbourhood on the other side of Washington DC. Remembering everything that went down with the Governor and Woodbury, Rick and the others are, understandably, skeptical. In the end, hunger wins out, and after a zombie attack (when was the last time that happened?) in which Aaron demonstrated trustworthiness, the group heads out towards this new, supposedly safe place.

As always, the characterizations are bang on. We have Rick being the responsible one, worrying about everyone's safety, while the biggest voice of dissent comes from Michonne, which was unexpected. The best scene in the comic though features Andrea and Rick having a talk, and Andrea sharing her reactions to her different recent tragedies.

The Walking Dead managed to meet its 'On Time in '09' goals, and the creators should be applauded for this. It was quite a treat to get regular, monthly doses of this comic all year, and I look forward to seeing them keep it up for '10.

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