WARNING – SPOILERS!!!
To whet the appetite prior to its release later this week – a 5 page preview of The Walking Dead #65! Here is the link;
and here is what I think, based on those few pages……
Eugene gets centre stage for the first time in ages, and proves he has some knowledge, which is great, as Kirkman shows him to be more than a fantasist (regardless of his agenda on getting to Washington DC).
Andrea, showing some real, believable emotion – nice scene.
Rick, showing increasing maturity by not going all guns blazing after the Hunters attack.
We get the rest of (what promises to be) a brilliant installment of The Walking Dead later this week. I CAN NOT WAIT!
Is this how Rick & co enter the ‘safe zone’? Does it all kick off with issue 68? Also, this covers suggests / confirms (as does #67) that Rick, Abe & Eugene survived the Hunters. Rick & Abe looks really grungey in comparison to the clean cut dude, in shadow compared to the light of the new character. Great cover – in fact, one of the best (amongst a pile of great cover art that Adlard has produced), and this issue signals interesting times ahead, and probably a change of pace, as the ‘safe zone’ promises to be a whole different world for Rick, Abe and the other survivors. Kirkman looks like he is driving this story forward again with vigour.
As an aside, it has been about a year now since Abraham Fords introduction, and it is further evidence of the strength of this series, that Kirkman can wait until over 5 years into the title until he brings on a character that rivals Rick for the starring role in this tale (and that is without taking into account the slow and inexorable rise of Carl as a major player in this drama).
Another aside – with this week seeing issue 66 of The Walking Dead released, Kirkman has kept true to his word so far on ‘in time on 09’. Bravo.