Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews

Walking Dead #98Walking Dead #98
Image Comics
Kirkman, Adlard & Rathburn

Walking Dead is at its best when there is mayhem and shockers and, especially, when a main character dies. Sure, death is done all the time in comics in the super-hero realm, but characters rarely stay dead. As a result, the entire concept of death is a gimmick that provides a little bit of drama in the moment and perhaps in the character's return. However, in this comic book, death comes to characters that are beloved or are fan favorites and there is no coming back (except potentially as a zombie). While, this can still be labeled as being done for shock value, it does make for a suspenseful and highly entertaining read. This particular book is memorable, entertaining, shocking and spellbinding. It should not be missed. These are the issues that make this book worth reading first whenever it ships.

I will attempt to be as spoiler-free as possible in this review beyond the obvious plot points. All you need to know is that the main group is confronted and an excellent battle ensues. The book shows how Rick and company are composed in the face of the attack, but they are also ill-prepared to an extent that some seasoned readers might not believe. The aspect of this story's direction that is the toughest to swallow is how much Rick seems to discount the threat that is very obvious with this new group. Time will tell, but someone that has followed this book from the beginning may not be sold on this character development.

This issue contains a key character's death. It occurs in the very beginning of the book and I was completely surprised by the events that unfolded. The issue doesn't let up after that. The attackers confront Rick and friends with a hostage and Rick doesn't waiver one bit. A battle ensues and one side takes more hits than the other. Oddly, Rick runs out blindly from protection ignoring all the aspects of him playing things safe that we have seen all along in this series. It seems like he was basically running directly into a trap that any reader could potentially see. Why doesn't he see it that way? More importantly, what is to come as an outcome of this battle? Either way it would seem Rick is just not taking this threat at all seriously when Rick seems to be at a clear disadvantage. This new group knows where to find Rick.

Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle ReviewsAdlard brings every issue to life. The writing for the book is good but doesn't really bring this story into motion. It's Adlard's art. He makes this book live with emotions. He has a couple of unforgettable visuals in this issue and the death is only one of them. This is Adlard at the top of his game and he is churning out issues every three weeks. Simply amazing.

Walking Dead is heading into a dark direction. Rick is slowly becoming ever bit of over confident as the Governor was. It's amazing to see his descent really. The side story about the new invaders is also excellent because so little is known about these characters or how many there are. The one guy is covered in what looks like injury patches and appears to have half of face burned off. Who doesn't want to know that guy's story? The book's future has never looked brighter.

5 out of 5 Geek Goggles