Top 15 The Walking Dead Comic Book Moments of 2017

2017 has been an awesome year for The Walking Dead comic series and there was many great moments that came out from the issues. Today i will rank the top 15 moments of 2017 from The Walking Dead comic series. If you have not caught up to issues 162-174 or volumes 27-29, there are major spoilers below.

15. The Debut of The Princess (#171: Fear The Princess)

New character introductions in the universe of The Walking Dead can be a hit or miss but this one is obviously a mix bag. While some members were traveling to Ohio, they reached Philadelphia to see it empty but to only find this character. The Princess claimed that she has not seen a living person in one year and she comes off as very talkative and jittery. I can see why since i would most likely snap if i did not see one person for a year. I would love to see Rick’s reaction once he sees her in the future.

14. Beta’s unexpected return (#172: Hilltop Reborn)

Everyone has wondered what has happened to Beta after The Whisperer War ended earlier this year and when would he return. He returned on the end of this issue in a jump scare moment that even caught me off guard. While Jesus and Aaron were setting camp for the night, Beta sneakily approaches Jesus from behind as he is ready to attack.

13. Siddiq’s Confession (#170: On The Road)

Since Rosita was killed back in issue #144, there was speculation that Eugene’s baby was not his. By the end of this issue, Siddiq admitted that he fell in love with her before she died. This enraged Eugene as he did not think that she cheated on him before she died and this caused a rift between Siddiq and Eugene in the next issue.

12: Sherry’s Death (#166: No Surrender)

Rick and Sherry had a debate about Rick’s leadership and their state with The Saviors ever since Negan was dethroned. Things got heated during the debate and then Sherry attacked Rick. Rick then pushed her back into the table which caused her neck to be snapped as she died right after. You can tell that Dwight will not be happy about this.

11: The Saviors’ attempted uprising (#165: Opportunity)

While everyone in Alexandria were steering the megaherd away from their community, The Saviors showed up (lead by Sherry) to announce that they will no longer be part of the connection with other communities. Dwight tried to convince his ex-wife and The Saviors to stand down, but a fight between him and John happened. This was a good moment because The Saviors have been mostly out of the spotlight since All Out War Part 2 ended a few years ago.

10: Empty Pittsburg (#170: On The Road)

Eugene and a few others decided to go to Ohio to see Stephanie who they have had contact through the radio for the last 15 or so issues. Their first pit stop was at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. We have not seen another state in quite a while in the universe of The Walking Dead so this was a treat for the readers. As soon as they arrived, they noticed that there is not one person there as it was a ghost town.

9: Mega Herd invades Alexandria again (#163: Conquered)

The ending of The Whisperer War showed us that Beta and the rest of The Whisperers released the mega herd that Alpha showed Rick back in issue #143. When Dwight and the rest return to Alexandria, Rick told them that there were not hundreds, but thousands of Walkers that will approach. This made me question why Rick did not tell his group about this before the war started. The mega herd invades alexandria and it is much worse this time than it is last time. Rick, Negan and the rest fought many of them while Michonne, Dwight, Andrea and others redirected many of them out of Alexandria.

8. Beta’s Death and identity along with The Whisperers (#173: Final Fight)

Many can argue that this should have happened earlier this year but i am happy that it has happened this way. After Beta tried to stab Jesus, they have a fight and Beta is shot by Aaron. When they unmasked him, it was revealed that he used to be a famous basket ball player and actor before the outbreak happened as both Jesus and Aaron recognized him. This explains why he was very tall and very quick whenever he fought someone. Also, the last remaining Whisperers finally met their demise.

7. Andrea has a walker bite (#165: Opportunity)

This happened at the same time as The Saviors’ attempted uprising as Andrea and the rest were still getting the mega herd away from Alexandria so you can imagine how chaotic it was to see it happen. While she was saving Eugene who was about to meet his demise as he was surrounded by the undead, Andrea saves him but during the scuffle, she somehow got bitten. Nobody knew it until the end of the issue as it remains one of the most shocking moments in The Walking Dead history.

6: Rick and Negan’s conversation (#164: A Fallen House)

Right when the mega herd invaded Alexandria, Negan and Rick went into one of the houses to shelter themselves while the Walkers were flooding the community. It is there where they both decided to have a conversation about their pasts. Negan brings up his ex wife and how he left her there to die and Negan has showed Rick that he is a changed man and that locking him up in a cell for a few years really taught him a lesson.

5. Maggie and Dante’s kiss (#174: A Solitary Life)

Ever since Dante was introduced, many readers thought that him and Maggie would get together. It took a few volumes but it has finally happened. It took Maggie years to move on from Glenn and she is finally able to trust another man. Lets see how this relationship goes in the future.

4. Stopped in Ohio (#173: Final Fight)

The group has traveled all the way from Washington, D.C and now they have finally arrived in Ohio. Eugene has been in contact with Stephanie for some time and we do not know if their group (called The Commonwealth) is good or bad. They were stopped by solders in this community and we will find out more about them when issue #175 New World Order begins in January.

3. Negan Stops The Saviors (#168: The Road’s End)

Right during The Saviors’ attempted uprising and after Sherry’s death, Negan steps in to set them straight. He also asks if they would like to go back to the old ways and only mark kneeled down and when he did, Negan punched him and gave all of The Saviors a speech about why they will never go back to the old ways along with making mention that because of Rick and everyone in all of the communities, they are still alive and trade supplies. This speech made the reader think that he has fully ditched his old ways.

2. Maggie and Negan’s closure (#174: A Solitary Life)

This is the moment i have been waiting for ever since Negan killed Glenn back in issue #100 back in 2012 so this is five years in the making. While Negan is alone and trying to make another bat with barbed wire (Lucille 2.0), Maggie stops him. They have a conversation about their former lovers and Negan apologizes for what he has done and all the pain he has caused her. Negan even wanted Maggie to kill him right there but she refused to do it as she wanted him to live knowing that she will never forget what happened and that she does not want to give what he wants.

1. Andrea’s Death (#167: A Certain Doom)

This is the biggest TWD comic character death since Glenn and this entire issue was an emotional roller coaster. After Andrea revealed the bite to Rick, everyone said their goodbyes to her as everyone was heartbroken this entire issue. Even Negan said his goodbye too. Rick was the last person to see Andrea alive as they both had a conversation before she died and reanimated into a Walker. Rick also had to be the one to put her down as it was hard for him to do it. This issue was so sad that Robert Kirkman did a tribute to her character at the end of the issue instead of the normal letter hacks.

Walking Dead Minimates Series 3 Will Rise this Spring

The dead cannot be stopped, and neither can the Walking Dead Minimates! With Series 2 in Toys “R” Us, comic shops and specialty stores now, Series 3 is gearing up for production from Diamond Select Toys! And like the first two series, it includes popular lead characters, short-lived favorites and zombies straight from the comic book pages!

Coming in Spring 2013, look for the following figures to hit comic shops and specialty stores:

Rick in Riot Gear and Guard Zombie
Dexter and Dreadlock Zombie
Prison Hershel and Farmer Zombie (comic shop and specialty store exclusive)
Prison Tyreese (Battle Damaged) and Farmer Zombie (comic shop and specialty store exclusive variant set)

At the same time, Toys “R” Us will get their own exclusive assortment:

Rick in Riot Gear and Guard Zombie
Dexter and Dreadlock Zombie
Bald Glenn with Vest Zombie (Toys “R” Us exclusive)
Carol with Pole Zombie (Toys “R” Us exclusive)

Pick up Series 2 now, and pre-order Series 3 with your local comic shop or favorite online retailer!

Visit comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest comic shop, and get regular DST updates on Facebook and Twitter

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Todd, The Ugliest Kid On Earth – Ken Kristensen – M.K. Perker

People have been talking about this book for a while now. But as usual I try to stay away from all that till I get a chance to form my own opinion.

 

So what’s the verdict? Let’s take a look at what we’ve get…

Todd, he lives in the suburbs, he’s terrorized by the neighborhood troglodyte. He’d like to have friends, he doesn’t. But you know what? He’s a positive, nice kid. Oh and he has to wear a bag on his head. All the time. What? Didn’t you read the title? Ugliest Kid on Earth?

This book immediately reminded me of all the wonderful books I read in my early teens. Paul Zindel’s “The Undertaker’s Gone Bananas” and the like. Ken Kristensen has crafted a story that brings you right back to that time. As you watch Todd go through life, you feel like you know him. He’s a good kid, a kind person, but the world just keeps kicking him, even when he’s down. The bully beats him up, tells his mom it’s Todd’s fault and of course she believes the bully. Todd is getting yelled at in class, the bully makes a comment, Todd gets blamed and sent to the principal. The empathy builds as you see him get placed squarely behind the eight ball. I won’t go into spoiler territory here but it’s a great plot, one of those mysteries wrapped up in the mundane. I can’t wait to see how the mystery unravels.

The art is inspired, just as in AIR (Vertigo 2009-2010) M.K. Perker’s work still amazes. His short run on Unwritten from Vertigo (issue #31-35) was one of my favorites. In Todd he gives characters that appear exaggerated cartoony even, but who are completely believable and seem totally real.

 

Todd, The Ugliest Kid On Earth #1 (of 4)

Story by: Ken Kristensen
Art By: M.K. Perker
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: NOV120456
On Sale: January 16, 2013
Series: Todd, The Ugliest Kid On Earth

Amazon.com walking dead four pack

The first series of Walking Dead Minimates has been selling out in stores on both sides of the Atlantic, leading to a worldwide zombie shortage! In order to alleviate this shortage, Diamond Select Toys and Amazon.com have teamed up to offer an exclusive four-pack of Minimates, taken straight from the hit comic book series by Robert Kirkman. The set includes two new zombies, a Roamer and a Lurker, plus all-new versions of Michonne (with angry expression) and Rick Grimes (in prison garb, with battle damage). Each Minimate stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation, and features interchangeable and removable parts. The set also includes Rick’s shotgun and pistol and Michonne’s sword, and will be available on Amazon.com in mid-December.

Get updates about this set on Facebook and Twitter! And look for Series 2 at comic shops next week!

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Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead Releases to Critical Acclaim

Based on Robert Kirkman’s best-selling comic book series and graphic novels

Episode One – A New Day has dawned on PlayStation®Network, PC and Mac. Coming Friday, April 27th to the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., April 26, 2012 — Telltale Games and Robert Kirkman, the Eisner Award-winning creator and writer of The Walking Dead for Skybound Entertainment and Image Comics, announced today that the first episode of the game series based on the critically acclaimed comic book series, The Walking Dead, is now available for download. Players can purchase the PC and Mac versions from the Telltale Games Online Store, as well as Steam and other digital distribution services. The first episode is also available for download now on PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and will be available Friday, April 27th on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
Early critical response to Telltale’s first episode of the series has been intensely positive from gaming critics across the web. In their review, IGN.com awarded the episode an Editors’ Choice award, saying, “‘A New Day’ is one of Telltale’s finest games,” also stating, “…This is a deeply personal and emotional experience, and that’s why it feels so right as a part of this franchise.” The review praised, “…The Walking Dead Episode one has just about everything fans could want.
Other critics lauded the game, with Official Xbox Magazine awarding the game an Editors’ Choice with a score of 9 out of 10, saying the episode was, “Slam-bang entertainment,” adding that, “Everything just feels right” with its “Striking art style and cinematic presentation.” Website Shacknews said, “The Walking Dead is more than just a great adaptation of a beloved property—it is easily one of Telltale’s best games.
Gaming site Polygon gave the game an impressive 9 out of 10, stating, “With choices that matter and intensity to spare, Telltale Games delivers one of its best efforts to date.” Their accolades continued with, “…the first episode of The Walking Dead held me in as I was thrown from one story-twisting, heart-stopping conflict to another, disaster threatening if I looked away from the screen even for a moment.” The reviewer also said that the episode was, “…one of the most intense gaming experiences in my recent memory,” and that,”So many games have teased a truly “interactive” narrative, but I can think of none that have delivered this well.
The Walking Dead: Episode One – A New Day is set in the world of Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series. Lee Everett, a man convicted of a crime of passion, has been given the chance for redemption in a world devastated by the undead. Players will experience life changing events, meet new characters and familiar ones from the original comic, and also visit locations that foreshadow the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes. The Walking Dead offers a tailored game experience – player actions, choices and decisions affect how the story plays out across the entire series.
Episode One – A New Day is the first of five monthly episodes of The Walking Dead games series and will be available for 400 Microsoft®Points on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360® on April 27th; it is available now for $4.99 per episode on PlayStation®Network, and is available as the first part of a five episode season pass for $24.99 on PC and Mac from the Telltale Online Store and other digital outlets.
The Walking Dead: Episode One – A New Day is rated ‘M’ (Mature) for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence and Strong Language by the ESRB.
For more information on the game, visit the official website, Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For more information on The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman and all of his titles, visit www.skybound.com.

Peter Panzerfaust (Image Comics) – The Best Comic You’re Not Reading!

Peter Panzerfaust
Story by: Kurtis J Wiebe
Art By: Tyler Jenkins

This ongoing creator owned series from Image is an instant classic. Great writing, stellar art! It’s one of the best depictions of Peter Pan I’ve ever read. Which one of you comic book fanatics hasn’t wished you were Peter Pan? Or at the very least one of his Lost Boys? Peter Pan, Robin Hood, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn these were my first heroes in fiction. My introduction into a world of adventure where kids (and adults) didn’t just do what they were told… (continued @ whatchareading.com)

 

Witch Doctor – The Resuscitation (One Shot) (MR) SKYBOUND – Image Comics

By Chuck Suffel

The Writing Brandon Seifert, The Art Lukas Ketner, The Colors Andy Troy, The Editor Sina Grace (Skybound / Image Comics)

From the comic:
“It’s a sick world – LITERALLY. The universe is a living thing, and the monsters of legend are its parasites… but Dr. Vincent Morrow is on the case! Dr. Morrow’s on a quest to understand the supernatural using every tool at his disposal, magical and medical. It’s a sick world – He’s here to treat it.”

Hot on the heels of last years four issue mini Dr. Morrow is back with an organ swapping, dead raising mystery.

This is a horror comic, or is it? It’s definitely occult and it does get gory but that’s where the similarities end. This book is more of an occult action adventure a la Dr. House. Morrow is acerbic, obnoxious, always right and pretty damn brilliant. With his assistants / partners Eric Gast a Paramedic and Penny, Dr. Morrow’s Patient and Anesthesiologist, he investigates all manner of mystical medical maladies. This book is definitely different, I’ve read a lot of horror comics but the direction Seifert takes with this character is unique. The art is mesmerizing it’s one of the books I reread just because the imagery is so intense.

This book is a great starting point for new readers, Dr. Morrow is gross, interesting, good fun.

Check it out at your local comic shop this week!

 

Follow Chuck on Twitter @Chuck_Suffel

Review – Fatale

By Bill Liston

Fatale is the eagerly awaited new series from Eisner Award winning author Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips and brought to you by Image Comics.  Fatale is a crime noir story with hints of cults, monsters which spans from modern times to the 30’s.

The prologue starts off with Nicolas Lash attending the funeral of Dominic Raines a successful writer who just passed away.  During the funeral we are introduced to a mysterious lady named Jo, who’s grandmother had a relationship with the departed Mr. Raines.  After, Nicolas is going through his inheritance when he discovers Dominic’s first unpublished novel.

After that, all hell breaks loose with shootouts, car chases, corrupt cops and a murder scene that is truly horrific. All of this has to be connected somehow but only the groundwork is laid out if the first issue. Nothing is really given away in the first issue, but you will end the issue speculating on what will happen next.   My biggest speculation is that Jo is not who she seems and how they are going to connect her to the 1956 story that is introduced in the first issue.  Can’t wait to see if they address it more in the February Issue.

This is the first title I have read from Ed Brubaker or Sean Phillips as I am very new to comics. Safe to say it won’t be my last.  From what I have heard this team delivers high quality.   The art is good, but nothing that jumps off the page and wows you.  That said,  the visual style definitely “sets the mood” for the story is yet to come.  I have heard excellent things about Brubaker and was more or less “sold” on reading this when I saw the trailer at New York Comic Con.  Brubaker’s writing is spot on providing believable dialogue and the thoughts that are going through the main characters heads.

At the end of the book Brubaker tells explains how he came up with Fatale and comments that if this is your first look at the team to look at the back page to discover more of their work.  Looking at the covers or Sleeper, Criminal & Incognito it looks like I have a lot of catching up to do.

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Review – Morning Glories – Not your average prep-school

By Bill Liston

Morning Glories made its debut in August 2010 and quickly became one of my favorite reads of 2011.  Written by Nick Spencer and drawn by Joe Eisma it was described as “Runaways” meets “Lost”.    I haven’t read “Runaways” and never got into “Lost” but Morning Glories is an excellent book with awesome characters and a story that is sure to be a complete mind trip.

It revolves around six students who are forced to attend the prestigious “Morning Glories Academy”.  MGA is a prep school like no other.   It has a lot of things going on among them a cult, a mysterious generator in the basement, a supernatural being (that appears to have a connection to at least one of the new students) and a staff that is truly demented and at times psychotic.

The students are of varying ethnicities, economic status and personalities but appear to be chosen because they have the same birthday.  They are made up of Casey (a smart, strong willed blond girl), Jade (a depressed, over emotional red head), Hunter (the nerd who likes Casey), Jun (the Japanese kid who is quiet, but is quite a fighter), Zoe (the girl who uses her personality and beauty to manipulate men) & Ike (the rich prick from a NYC wealthy family).  All these characters are very well written and have back stories that will make you love and hate them.

The faculty consists primarily of Miss Daramount and Mr. Gribbs and the mysterious Headmaster.  But we were just introduced to Miss Hobbes the guidance counselor who is attempting to help the students from the devious Daramount & Gribbs.  With her introduction it will be very interesting to see where this is going.

Morning Glories is up to issue 14 and is expected to run for 100 issues.  I could write about what has happened (and what I “think” is happening) but wouldn’t be able to do the series justice.  Much like I have heard about Lost, it is so complex that I think I need a roadmap to understand all the characters (and sub characters), plots (and sub plots).  If Spencer is able to keep up be pace of this story for the full 100 issues, it might be one of those classic series that could keep people talking for years about.

If you haven’t read Morning Glories yet, it has two trades that are out now and a deluxe hardcover that was out (I believe it was recalled) but hopefully we back out soon.  Either way, reading these trades will bring you up to Issue 12 and should be a series you should be reading for the New Year.