Wednesday, 29 January 2014

The Walking Dead #120 Review

Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Charlie Adlard

What will happen now that Negan has brought the war to Rick's doorstep? Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

This war has taken a toll.

We reach the half way stage in All Out War and we finally the story reaches a higher gear. I personally feel that All Out War has tried to do too much, and that due to it committing to a twelve issue length that it's stretching it's material too thin, and that it could've possibly have been even better at a shorter length.

Robert Kirkman did however give us some really exciting moments throughout this issue, with the continuation from last issues cliffhanger being nothing short of epic. The way that Kirkman showed the frantic nature of Rick's group along with the sadistic joy of Negan was simply wonderful, with there being some brilliant dialogue as well. Despite the action and excitement Kirkman also managed to add a lot of drama and suspense to this issue, giving a dynamic tone to the issue. The cliffhanger on the other hand wasn't one of the best that I've seen, but nonetheless it still has me excited for the next issue.

As usual Charlie Adlard did an outstanding job on the artwork, with it having a very dramatic and explosive feel to it. His layouts as always were brilliant, flowing smoothly from one page to the next, adding a lot of energy to Kirkman's lively script. Adlard also handled the action perfectly, with the intensity being easily noticeable. On top of all this Adlard also manages to show the panic and determination of the characters perfectly, adding a lot of realism at the same time. Added to this the terrific inks from Stefano Gaudiano and the spectacular grey tones from Cliff Rathburn and you get a visually stunning issue that matches the powerful script perfectly.

All Out War finally kicks it up a notch, having some intense and explosive developments, as well as some very interesting ones as well. Highly recommended.

Rating: 9/10