Friday, February 26, 2010

The Walking Dead #70

Written by Robert Kirkman
Art by Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn

The gang has made it into the promised safe zone of the last couple of issues, and things are looking pretty positive. In this issue, Rick meets with Douglas, a former Congressman and unofficial leader of the new community where they are going to be staying. The conversation takes up most of the book, and makes everything appear to be on the level. Douglas wants Rick to become the settlement's police constable, and is finding other suitable jobs for the rest of his crew.

Throughout the book, there is a palpable sense of relief. It seems like this might finally be a place of safety and comfort, although it becomes clear towards the end that these people have something to hide, and that it all relates to a man named Davidson, who was mentioned last issue, and who we learn was the founder of the community.

The Walking Dead is always a compelling read, although its pace does tend to vary over time. The last time our protagonists found a safe zone, it was the prison they stayed in for many issues. During that time, the book slowed down quite a bit, and Kirkman shifted his focus to character building and depicting the relationships among the group. I'm not sure where things are going now, but I am very excited to sit back and watch what happens.

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