REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead,’ Issue #186

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The Walking Dead is an ongoing series from Image Comics that was created and written by Robert Kirkman. Issue #186 was released earlier this week. We’ve seen Rick and the rest of his group undergo many difficulties since the start of the series, including the fight against the Governor and the separate wars against The Saviors and The Whisperers. These arcs will undoubtedly go down in comic book history as some of the most iconic arcs of all time.

In the last few issues, we’ve been introduced to a new community known as The Commonwealth. They’re the kind of community that focuses the worth of the individuals based on what sort of jobs they had before the apocalypse. The community is divided between an upper and lower class. The governor of the community, Pamela, is very protective of what she has and makes sure that her leadership is never questioned. Rick and several survivors from his groups travel to the community to check it out, but as soon as they arrive they see that the people are rioting. Clearly, people aren’t happy with how the community is run.

This issue deals with the aftermath of those riots and with members of the main group seeing how the community is really run. Dwight and Michone are arguing on what they’re going to do about the community. Dwight, who was previously a member of The Saviors and Negan’s right-hand man, says that he knows from experience that all of this will eventually lead to another war. Michone wants to cooperate with the community and see if they can all live together, while Rick is stuck in the middle of their argument. Unfortunately, this argument takes a dark turn, leading Rick to make a decision that will surely have deadly repercussions in the future.

From “The Walking Dead” Issue #186 – Robert Kirkman (Writer), Charlie Adlard (Penciler), Stefano Gaudiano (Inker), Cliff Rathburn (Gray Tones), Rus Wooton (Letterer)

It’s been a while since I picked up an issue of The Walking Dead. The last issue that I read was the one where Andrea met her unfortunate death. I definitely did not see that coming and it was upsetting to read. I managed to check in time to time through reviews, but couldn’t really find a reason to pick the series back up. Many fans of the series have found the last few issues very boring and the consensus I gathered was that the story wasn’t really going anywhere. That’s usually the case after a big arc in the series. And with the introduction of a new community, I feared that it would lead to yet another big conflict.

The big decision that Rick makes in this issue ruined an otherwise okay issue. I didn’t care much for the “let’s check in with what other people in the communities are doing” segment. Once Dwight and Michone started their argument, I was hooked. But Michone made the wrong choice, leading to Rick doing something that could have clearly been avoided. That’s one of the main issues I have with the show, characters making ridiculous decisions that usually lead to deadly consequences. I’d expect for these decisions to lead to something great, but they’re usually huge letdowns.

It’ll be interesting to see how the conflict is handled in later issues. I hope it doesn’t lead to another war. At this point, I think the comic has overstayed its welcome. It would be interesting to see more communities coming together and rebuilding society a bit more. There could still be conflict and even wars, but the fact that every new community they meet seems to be evil is getting old. The series suffers from having been around since 2003. I’m just not sure how much more story there’s left to tell.

The Walking Dead  Issue #186 is on sale now wherever comic books  are sold.

 

The Walking Dead #186
2.5

TL;DR

It’ll be interesting to see how the conflict is handled in later issues. I hope it doesn’t lead to another war. At this point, I think the comic has overstayed its welcome. It would be interesting to see more communities coming together and rebuilding society a bit more. There could still be conflict and even wars, but the fact that every new community they meet seems to be evil is getting old. The series suffers from having been around since 2003. I’m just not sure how much more story there’s left to tell.