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The Walking Dead #87 - We Find Ourselves, Pt. 3 Review

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Things get a little calm after the chaos of "No Way Out." That doesn't mean it will be an easy time for the survivors. Plus, what is going to happen to little Carl?

In the aftermath of "No Way Out," how long will the peace among the survivors last? And what will be the fate of Carl?

The Good

I've said it many times, The Walking Dead is more than just a comic about zombies. The zombies are just the background scenery. This series has always been about the survivors. After the shocking discovery that their new sanctuary was far from secure, the survivors manage to get a little down time. That doesn't mean they can just sit around and relax. Steps need to be taken to ensure a catastrophe doesn't happen again.

Of course our main concern is Rick. How will he handle everything that has happened. He's already lost his wife and newborn daughter. Carl's life hangs in the balance and losing him could be enough to finally push Rick over the edge. Rick's always had to make decisions at the spur of the moment. Seeing him reflect on the fact that he made a tactical error makes him more human. Rick may soon need the support of those closest to him, whether it's Andrea, Michonne, Glen or even that phone he brought with him. As for Carl...let's just say that there is progress towards the discovery of what his fate will be...

The Bad

It's great seeing the characters get a chance to catch their breathe. The comic can't always be non-stop action and fighting for survival against zombies. We do see some more development with supporting characters but realistically, the action is what we crave. Gaining more insight into the characters is good but I simply wanted just a little bit more.

Part of the excitement and suspense in the series is never knowing what will happen next. I thought Rick and his crew would leave their sanctuary as it just seemed too safe. While the last arc showed it wasn't exactly safe, the community can easily turn things around and turn it into an even better place. Being this many issues in, I know I should have complete faith in what Kirkman has in store for everyone but I can't help but wonder where this direction will take the series.

The Verdict

I can't really recall many issues of The Walking Dead that I didn't enjoy. There is always the feeling of not knowing what to expect and that nobody is safe. With the main characters surviving the recent zombie attack, we're left seeing everyone pick up the pieces. It's great to see what happens in the aftermath but that also means less in terms of action. There is some progression in side plots and we do find out a little more about the fate of Carl. Whether this is the calm before another storm remains to be seen.

12 Comments
Posted by inferi22

I wish it would go weekly again.. so bad

Posted by jws

I think you meant newborn daughter not unborn daughter Tony. I would like to see Kirkman pick things up a bit. I honestly thought that what happened to Carl a couple of issues ago was a signal that Kirkman was working towards the end of the series. It would have been cool to see things progressively go downhill from that issue to an ultimate final issue at 100. Now that Kirkman has success with the TV series and is clearly going in some different directions with the show it would be interesting if the comic series was brought to it's conclusion. This is an excellent story and I have been a fan since the beginning but it is starting to get a little tiring.

Posted by Raid3n
@inferi22: Do something to intentionally make them get behind on their schedules again and maybe it will happen lol.  
 
Back to the new issue, it wasn't bad. It wasn't surprising to see that they are still working towards the new big event so of course there will be some downtime. After reading the issue though I have to say that I think for awhile it's going to focus on Carl more than anything else however.
Posted by danhimself

3 stars???  only 3 stars???  that's horses#!t!!!!!   the last page alone makes this a 5 star book

Posted by danhimself
@takeoffyourpantsandjacket said:

I think you meant newborn daughter not unborn daughter Tony. I would like to see Kirkman pick things up a bit. I honestly thought that what happened to Carl a couple of issues ago was a signal that Kirkman was working towards the end of the series. It would have been cool to see things progressively go downhill from that issue to an ultimate final issue at 100. Now that Kirkman has success with the TV series and is clearly going in some different directions with the show it would be interesting if the comic series was brought to it's conclusion. This is an excellent story and I have been a fan since the beginning but it is starting to get a little tiring.

Kirkman has said before that he has no plans on ever ending the book
Posted by longbowhunter

I dont mind the soap opera tone the book has taken lately. As long as they dont drag it out.
Posted by WASDF

@danhimself: "OH MY GOD! CAURL DIDN'T DIE"

Complete shock!

Posted by danhimself
@take_opal:  but he lost his memory!!!  now Rick's got to tell him everything that's happened....I feel so bad for him
Posted by Feliciano2040
@danhimself: Source ?
Posted by danhimself
@Feliciano2040:  source for what?
Posted by Feliciano2040
@danhimself: For Kirkman saying the series won't end.
 
To my knowledge this series is supposed to end at around 120 -130ish issues.
Posted by danhimself
@Feliciano2040:  he's said a bunch of times in the letters pages of the book...what's your source?