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Walking Dead #84
Having got out big cliffhanger last month, the conclusion for No Way Out brings us something we don't get a whole lot of in TWD: an issue that's more action than talking. Sure the ending has Kirkman setting up a new era within the safe haven the group managed to save (Much like the ending to issue #24) but most of the pages feature our heroes hacking apart a horde of zombies. All of the book's major characters get a look in and those who haven't had half their face shot off all get a moment to sever the head or destroy the brain. It's not at the expense of some characterisation, particularly for Abraham, Eugene and Gabriel (who is as much of a dick as ever), and is easily the strongest issue of the title I've read in a while. Perhaps it does tread familiar ground in terms of the plot beats but the way Kirkman manages to keep zombies fresh after eighty-four issues of running, hiding, and running is nothing short of astounding.
Charlie Adlard is a super nice guy and I have nothing bad to say about his art either. He has a huge cast to juggle and yet I manage to recognise every character every time. Throw in his gift for depicting huge piles of guts, swarms of zombies and montages of slaughter without ever sacrificing quality and you couldn't ask for a better artist on the book.