Review – Walking Dead #77 (Image 2010)

The cover is a bit strange, and having read the issue through. I do not really see how it relates to what is going on in the ‘safe zone’, but apart from that, this issue is ON FIRE. It is absolutely brilliant, from Rick’s initial confrontation with Carl (see the 7 page preview post from a couple of days back on TWLB), through to a budding romance between Andrea and Spencer, the death of Scott, and the storm-is-approaching that is Peter Anderson. It is the last 2 of these events, that meet head-on in a believable, explosive confrontation, that provides the fuel for an amazing finale. I will not spoil it, because to read it is to appreciate the bloody genius of Kirkman, Adlard and Rathburn (but especially Kirkman’s knack of producing tremendous final pages in TWD). So, as I often say, go read it. I will say though, that a chain of events have been brilliantly constructed, with plot threads being pulled in from over the last few issues, and they are conspiring to create the perfect storm. That perfect storm is called ‘No Way Out’ and we are 2 more issues away from when it all kicks off at #80.

Mild spoilers;

3 deaths in this issue. But that is probably just the start of it (re: ‘No Way Out’)

Rick is a set in stone, cold-eyed killer, his descent into a world where there is only black and white is pretty much complete. His single-minded determination to keep surviving is now just ruthless.

Douglas’ relationship with Rick is fascinating. I wonder – Is his political past serving him well in manipulating Rick to do is dirty work?

The last page is pure Adlard greatness, with an ensemble poised for action. We even get to see a zombie attacked! Hurrah!

Finally, there is a wonderful opening letter in ‘Letter Hacks’, that brought a tear to my eye. it may well do the same to you. No shame in that.

Cannot wait for issue 78!

Rick Springfield ‘Jessies Girl’ (1981)

With feeling, sing along;

“You know, I feel so dirty when they start talking cute,
I wanna tell that I love her but the point is probably moot”

(It probably sounded like a good idea at the time….)

A fantastic powerpop tune from a guy who I thought was a bit like Bruce Springsteen in 1984. I was wrong, of course, but I was a mere slip of a lad back then, and I thought all Springsteen had done was ‘Born in the USA’. I soon found out different.