Written by Robert Kirkman
Art by Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn
The last issue of The Walking Dead ended with a vague threat to Carl, the almost-teenage son of Rick Grimes, and the easiest way for writer Robert Kirkman to leave me ill at ease for the month between issues.
Thankfully, Kirkman doesn't do anything too terrible in this issue, which leads to an interesting examination of the character Negan, leader of the Saviors, and currently the biggest threat to Rick and his Community. Negan's been portrayed as a complete psycho, but apparently he has a code that he follows pretty rigorously, and he demonstrates this issue that he is very good at keeping control of his emotions in stressful situations, such as during the beating that Rick puts on him this issue.
In addition to the Saviors stuff, there is a lot more going on in this issue. Michonne comes on to one of the other members of the Community in a scene that is both well-written and kind of awkward. Eugene, who has been looking to find equipment to help cast bullets, hits pay-dirt, and Rick and Jesus begin making plans to take Negan down.
This series has moved into some new territory lately (there's not a single walker in this issue), but it continues to be a fascinating read.