Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Walking Dead #74

Written by Robert Kirkman
Art by Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn

Just like with Scalped, it's hard to find new ways to praise this title, but each issue makes me want to sing its praises far and wide.

This is a terrific 'character' issue, as the different members of the usual crew continue to settle into the community they've found themselves in.  Abraham has basically taken over the construction crew after his bravery wins the respect of the other workers, and Glen goes off on his first foraging run to Washington DC, and Michonne begins to ease herself into her new role as deputy.

Of more concern is Gabriel's reawakened faith after the latest expansion gives him a church to worship in, and Andrea's refusal to take a pistol from Rick.  It's clear that the old group is breaking up a little, as each person has a different experience in and understanding of their new positions.  This is what I love about Kirkman's writing in this series - his understanding of group dynamics and his ability to construct these characters into individuals.

I can't wait for the big 75th anniversary issue next month, just like I can never wait for the next issue of this book.

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