Review – The Walking Dead #68 (Image, 2009)

Warning – Spoilers!!

A fine way to end the ‘on time in ’09‘ initiative. Kirkman, Adlard, Rathburn & Wooton have all collaborated to bring 12 issues on the promised solicitation date, and the quality has always been high (sometimes more so), with Adlard especially excelling himself over the year. This issue is a lead in to the new storyline that will see Rick and the others begin a new start in a ‘safe’ community in Washington DC. Their first encounter with one of the community, a guy called Aaron, is tense even though Aaron is at all times relaxed, trusting and keen to get them on board. Not surprisingly, following Woodbury and the recent encounters with the ‘Hunters’ and Eugene’s revelations, Rick, Andrea & Abraham are much less trusting. However, common sense prevails and by the end of the issue we have a consensus among the group that this community idea could give a purpose to their lives. Doubts about the trustworthiness of Aaron, and his partner Eric, remain, however.

This issue gave a few more characters a chance to step up to the centre of a few panels – Michonne, for instance, talked a lot of sense and even got to wield her Katana. Glenn was in the thick of the action, and showed his natural trust in people. Andrea had a brief scene with Rick that made sense but the pay-off felt a bit scripted (“I’d follow you people straight into hell” just seemed a bit awkward and melodramatic…)

We get some zombies! Quite a few of them, and we get to see who can handle themselves when the undead lurch out. Michonne, Carl, Glenn, Rick, Abraham, Andrea, Carl and (is this a hint?) Aaron all show themselves to be more than able. Morgan however, really needs some practice.

We get a very real sense that the likes of Rick, Andrea and Abraham are like coiled springs, just waiting for one false move from Aaron and Eric. We are being shown that the community they will soon join is going to have to handle a bunch of desperate people who are suspicious of everyone and willing to main and kill to protect themselves. This should be very interesting indeed….

2 thoughts on “Review – The Walking Dead #68 (Image, 2009)”

  1. on-the-spot prediction:rick ends up operating in a law-enforcement capacity within the community —> one of the twitchier members of the group (Morgan, Andrea, maybe Abe) responds violently to a percieved threat from the said group —> rick is put on the spot, and has to choose between the 'old' team and the new one.reet good issue. a really good, subtle primer for a major sea-change, and arguably one of the more rich character-centric arcs so far.the final juxtaposition of aaron's statement to eric that he trusts Team Grimes against rick's 'shoot them in the head' to abe suggests – to me at least – that the threat here is with our team, not this new one.

  2. Hello NickLike the prediction – it is exactly the sort of thing Kirkman would throw into the mix. If that does happen, that is going to be one almighty cliffhanger heading our way.I think we are thinking along the same lines with the general mood of this issue – it was great to see some of the other characters get a chance to step up (especially Glenn & Michonne).As usual, you picked up something I had not – the fact that Aaron, relatively naive and trusting, ensconsed in an unnaturally 'safe' environment, is not appreciating how dangerous Rick and some of the others are. I think some will settle in well – Glenn, Maggie, Euegene, Rosita, Michonne – but others will have a tougher time. my bet on the first one to crack? It has to be Morgan.Thanks, as ever, for your thoughts Nick. See you next time!TWLB

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