The Walking Dead #126: A New Beginning?
Wow! I will use the word a lot when talking about The Walking Dead. Because that’s usually the only thing I can say when reading it. Some ‘wow’, with a little bit of ‘holy shit!’ thrown in there for good measure.
That’s how I felt again after this latest mini-series, All Out War, wrapped up. Seeing Negan finally beaten has been bitter-sweet for me. He was a great villain. Greater than the Governor for sure, in my opinion. But, it was time for him to go. Such nastiness can only last so long. With the war over, and a new leader evidently taking command in the ‘Saviors’ camp, I hope Rick’s new initiative doesn’t come back to bite him to soon. A few good characters were lost, and one great one. (R.I.P. Glenn) But the ranks of Rick Grimes camp have swelled, and the roster of badasses is (I feel) at a breaking point. So, it’s only a matter of time before the sadist that Kirkman is, prepares for another wave of hate mail because he killed another character we all loved. (Mr. Kirkman, if you read this, please don’t kill Michonne or Andrea!) Looks can be deceiving, but it appears as if Negan has been dealt with, and now the communities can begin to rebuild and establish a little bit of civilization again. Hopefully with the ‘Saviors’ help this time, as Dwight finally has begun asserting himself. I really liked the speech Rick gives at the end of this issue. It was very presidential, and inspiring.
With ‘All Out War’ at an end, and the promise of a bright new world on the horizon, one has to wonder where Kirkman is going to take our merry band of ass kickers next. They’ve been through it all; friends turned against them, a sanctuary destroyed, a psychotic & homicidal neighbor (The Governor), a sea of walkers, a band of cannibals, the loss of many in their group, and a warlord named Negan. You’d think these folk deserve a bit of respite, but that’s not going to happen with Kirkman being the sadist he is. So, where does that leave us? I’m not sure. And for the first time, in the ten years of reading this series, that uneasiness scares me.