In the year+ since that issue, it has been a slow march to All Out War and the ensuing bi-weekly release schedule for this title. Kirkman is often praised for his pacing, but the last year or so of The Walking Dead has been a rather poorly paced, crawl to this point. While I always enjoy this title, I would count the previous year as possibly my least favorite, not that that has kept it from being on the top of my pile every week it is released, mind you.
This issue was another slow issue, expounding on what we already knew the set up was going to look like for All Out War, but necessary for any potential new readers who might just be jumping on to this series in comic book form prior to the start of season four of The Walking Dead on AMC tonight.
The lines have been drawn, and we know that Rick's group will be allying with Ezekiel's group to take on Negan and his Saviors. What we don't know now, thanks to the final page of this issue,
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is where Jesus stands in light of The Hilltop's defection to Negan's side.
We know that Jesus looks up to Rick as the potential leader of the new world, post zombie apocalypse and all, but it is now unclear what his role will be going forward. Will he remain loyal to Rick, or will his long-time allegiance to the people of The Hilltop take precedence?
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Either way, we know that it is about to get crazy here in the pages of The Walking Dead through April, as All Out War takes this title bi-weekly, and knowing Kirkman's history with this book, nothing will be the same again once this is all over.
Anyone want to start a pool on what the big shock will be at the end of all of this? Here are a few of my guesses.
Andrea dies (easiest one to guess, I think)
Ezekiel double-crosses Rick and Rick, Carl, Michonne and Andrea escape and hit the road again