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The Walking Dead #98 - Something To Fear, Part Two Review

5

We've been expecting some big things to happen in the 100th issue but there is plenty of action and suspense crammed into this issue.

The Good

Man oh man. I've loved THE WALKING DEAD ever since I started catching up on the series. Robert Kirkman has never really let us down. With the new development of other survivors in the bigger world, we've been in suspense each month wondering what bad event would occur next. The last couple issues have been compelling but there's been a feeling that Kirkman has been holding back for the 100th issue.

It turns out, that's not quite the case.

It's always difficult to talk about WALKING DEAD comics since many readers are not caught up. But if you're reading this and are way behind, I'm not sure what you're thinking. I won't go into specific spoilers but we do see the death of a major character. The community that Rick has been part of for a while now is on the verge of facing a war with other survivors. When they were confronted last issue, Rick took the actions you would expect and let them know where he stood on the matter. Now we're seeing the repercussions of that. This adds to the 'anything goes' atmosphere that is constantly hanging over the title.

There is action. There is death. There is suspense compounded the feeling of hopelessness and you have to wonder if the survivors will ever find a peaceful existence. But all this is what keeps us reading the series month after month.

The Bad

When a certain character meets his/her demise, I was a little confused with the way the scene played out. The character was having a conversation and you see what will result in death but the character kept talking. I couldn't quite follow how the two pages went together.

The Verdict

While I have been immensely enjoying the series, I've been a little let down lately over the lack of anything really major happening. We get the feeling that something big is going to go down, especially with the shadowed figures on the cover and the approach of issue #100. Kirkman cranks things up here. There is a death and it isn't expected, in typical Kirkman fashion. A lot does happen here. We get to see plenty of action and you have to wonder how things will (most likely) get worse next issue. This issue elevated my excitement for the series once again and I can't wait to see how this all plays out.

17 Comments
Posted by longbowhunter

Oh Man things are about to get bad. I'm always surprised how surprised I am every time a character dies. You think I'd be used to it by now. I finished this issue in no time flat after so and so got arrowed.

Posted by G-Man

@longbowhunter: It did feel like it amped up the speed. I actually read it in a cab from the comic shop to the office. I zipped through it to see what was going to happen next.

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Posted by Mancotron

@longbowhunter: Ditto, I was sitting down all relaxed reading through the opening pages. All of a sudden I'm sitting upright, my mouth agape, and thinking "damn, so much for...".

Posted by Nuec_Sol

Awesome issue, things are really heating up fast.

Posted by Mr_riddler

Goodbye Abraham Ford. Hello new possible characters, i hope see one day to Daryl Dixon in the Rick's group.

Posted by Mucklefluga

I knew someone would spoil it in the comments without warning :/ haha

Posted by zodac

Walking Dead is really at its best when members of the main cast are dying.

Posted by CommanderShiro

Deserved a better death. Can't wait for the next issue.

Posted by Rdhg

@CommanderShiro: agreed, because for me his character was sort of a replacement for Tyresse (is that how u spell that?) and Tyresse had great send off.

Posted by Mancotron

@Rdhg: Tyreese's death seemed somewhat humiliating though. That was the tragedy of it for me. It's bad enough he dies, but to die so ignominiously. I'll say this though, it would make for a bitchin' scene if they do it on the t.v show.

Posted by Redberry

As long as Glenn and Michonne are alive, I don't care who die in the comic.

Posted by master_wright

@Redberry said:

As long as Glenn and Michonne are alive, I don't care who die in the comic.

Second that, just let walk into the sunset PLEASE!!!!!!!!

Posted by longbowhunter

I agree with you about Tyrese's death. It only added insult to injury. Or in this case death not injury. Up to that point Tyrese was my favorite character. He seemed to be the only member of the group who wasn't damaged. I really rooted for Tyrese.

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

I was expecting Tyrese's death actually. It wasn't a big suprise. He had to die eventually. Almost every character dies.

Posted by Gordo789

@CommanderShiro said:

Deserved a better death. Can't wait for the next issue.

Ditto. One of my favorite characters. I just hope Andrea doesn't die :-(

Posted by SavageDragon

This issue was Amazing.

Posted by volucris

*SPOILERS*

I too was slightly confused at Abraham somehow continuing talking clearly after the bolt had pierced his skull and out through his right eye. What I envisioned is that it was such a severe brain injury that he didn't "feel" it and maintained lucidity before falling into shock and eventually the torment of the walkers' hunger. Depending on physiology of an individual and the mode of injury, some people who have been shot or stabbed in the head are still able to talk. Gabriel Giffords herself continued a conversation with one of her aids after being shot through the cranium with a close-range 9mm Luger from a handgun and has since made a 'decent' recovery. If this were not a story about the zombie apocalypse I would have expected Abraham to be alive whether in a coma or stupor, but the ensuing shock from the injury and Eugene being indisposed with Negan made Abraham a sure causality of their continuing survival. RIP Abraham.