Really not sure about these new style covers. This one in particular looks wrong, with Holly sort of plonked in the middle there. Glad to say that the art inside, with the inks of Stefano Gaudiano giving Charlie Adlards art a bit more polish and a vibrancy, really stands out. It’s like Adlards art has gone from SD to HD.
The art is the highlight of the issue as things begin to heat up in the ‘all out war’. Lots of battles, lots of zombies, and characters being moved to the forefront of the action (Holly, Dwight) who seem to have important parts to play in issue #117.
It zips along, there is nothing to really bog it down, its part 2 of a 12 issue series so its hard to give much more of a review than to say its shaping up to be interesting, but the new art is the highlight here, I really hope this continues beyond ‘All Out War’.
Needless to say – Spoilers…
As this is the one before ‘All Out War’, you would be supremely optimistic, and no doubt prone to disappointment, if you expected earth shattering events in this issue. This issue simply wrapped up the foreplay before we head out into all out combat.
Good things –
Jesus getting the upper hand on Negan. That was a very sweet moment.
Adlard’s art at times was superb. The way he staged the attack on Negan and The Saviors was very cool.
Bad things –
the cavalry arrived in the form of Jesus, but I think the arrival of an attack Tiger really pushes this story into the realms of parody.
Another bloody scene where someone tells Rick he is the Messiah / the one true God / the man who will save mankind. Please, change the record.
All in all this was relatively entertaining fare. it had to tread water to an extent because (hopefully) there will be lots of twists and turns in the forthcoming ‘All Out War’ arc.