Thursday, 16 January 2014

The Walking Dead #119 Review

Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Charlie Adlard

The war between Rick’s gang and the Saviors continues, but who will get the upper hand in this issue? Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

"ALL OUT WAR," PART 5

The war comes home.

Every issue of All Out War has been brilliant in it’s own right, but as a story so far it has fell a little overall, having too much build-up with nothing major to show for it. This issue does however start to change this a little, as despite still being more of a teaser issue, it definitely looks like things will be shaping up from now on.

Robert Kirkman does a great job of bringing the characters home in this issue, also showing the shock of some of the news they learn perfectly. There was however some developments that although shocking could have been prolonged slightly, with there being some questions left unanswered. In saying this Kirkman could very well be planning to answer these questions in a later issue, wanting to drive on the story with some shock and excitement. On top of this Kirkman also once again leaves us with a brilliant cliffhanger and I’m sure that the next issue will see a vast improvement in the overall quality of the story.

The artwork from Charlie Adlard was as usual superb, being very gritty and realistic. As usual it is the amazing layouts and the way that Adlard shows the characters emotions that impress me the most, with it really adding a lot to the overall tone of the story. Adlard also worked off Kirkman’s script brilliantly, creating some fantastic suspense throughout, with the little bits of action also adding excitement. On top of this inker Stefano Gaudiano continues to add great texture to Adlard’s art, with Cliff Rathburn as usual doing a stellar job of the grey tones.

All Out War continues to progress slowly, but the suspense and excitement that Kirkman creates keeps it very interesting. This issue also showed some outstanding developments and I for one can’t wait for the next issue. Highly recommended.

Rating: 8/10