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Review Group Week #272: Walking Dead #84

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BlueStreak

The Red Stands for Irony

Postby BlueStreak » Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:03 am

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Walking Dead #84
as selected by Daringd

NO WAY OUT concludes. Could this be the end?

Story by Robert Kirkman
Art by Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
Cover by Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn

Format: Comic
Pages: 32
Price: $2.99
Diamond Code: FEB110475
UPC: 70985300073008411


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Ameobas has next week's pick.

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If you would like to join the group, it's easy. Just post a review and I'll add you to the member's list. As long as you stay active, eventually it will be your turn to make a pick.

With $4 comics becoming the norm, the economy being what it is and the growing popularity of mail order services the Review Group recognizes that it's becoming harder and harder to commit to participating each and every week. As long as you can post one review per calendar month you will stay in the member's list. It doesn't matter if you post your review the week of it's release or if you post it later. There is no such thing as a "late" review.

The only request I make is that if you don't plan on posting a review or if you're going to be posting late is that you drop a note in the thread so that I can keep track of who is active and who isn't. The Spreadsheet of Doom is thorough, but it can't read your mind.


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Comics are to be scored on a scale from 1-10. 1 being suck, 10 being a damn good comic. Beyond that, there's no right or wrong.

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If it's your week, you must announce your selection by 5pm EST the day Diamond releases it's shipping list. If you do not announce your pick at that time, I will add a poll to the thread that will remain open until 12pm EST so that the group can make the selection for that week. (If you're seriously MIA, I'll probably put the poll up sooner) To ensure that you know it's your week, I will PM you when Midtown's list goes live on Thursdays. Also you'd better keep in mind the Amber Atoms rule, if your pick isn't reviewed by 2 or more people you will be exiled from the Group for 1 year. Our definition of a single issue comic is limited to comics listed at $3.99 or lower, anything above that is off limits. Also, to prevent utter filth being chosen deliberately, the Weird Worlds Rule has also gone into affect. Any book scoring a new all-time low (2.12 as of today) will not count as a miss if people wisely choose not to purchase it. Any poor soul who did review the book will earn a free pass on a book of their choice.

Daringd
Ameobas
SilverPhoenix
Doombug
Always Right
AMS
Mammon, Fool Breaker
john lewis hawk
Zero
Royal Nonesuch
Kerny
Victorian Squid
Agent Panic
Stephen Day
GHERU
Jude Terror
GLX
Punchy
BlueStreak
guitarsmashley
starlord
John Snow
Sweet James Jones

BLUE indicates explanation given for not posting a review.
RED indicate that no review or explanation has been posted in two weeks.
RED and BOLD will be deleted at the end of the week unless a review or explanation is posted.

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Eventually, I (or amlah) will putting together all of our reviews and we will have our very own article on the front page of The Outhouse! If you would like for your review to be included, please try to have it posted by the end of day on Monday.
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Tintin Quarantino

Rain Partier

Postby Tintin Quarantino » Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:04 am

That doesn't LOOK like "Thunderbolts #156 as selected by Sweet James Jones". :wink:
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BlueStreak

The Red Stands for Irony

Postby BlueStreak » Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:06 am

These OPs are works in progress.
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Tintin Quarantino

Rain Partier

Postby Tintin Quarantino » Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:26 am

Just doing my part. :wink:

I have a feeling it's pretty much going to be you and me in this thread this week anyway.

Have there been any other 1 page RG threads?
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Zero

Zombie Guard

Postby Zero » Wed Apr 27, 2011 1:08 pm

I'm reviewing it! I have the comic ready to read now.
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Zero

Zombie Guard

Postby Zero » Wed Apr 27, 2011 1:29 pm

This review will contain spoilers. Don't read it if you trade wait.

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.

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48THRiLLS

Review Grouper

Postby 48THRiLLS » Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:04 pm

Wow TWD? How many trade waiters are pissed about this one?
I miss the group, maybe I'll review this since it is one of the few comics I still am buying.
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Tintin Quarantino

Rain Partier

Postby Tintin Quarantino » Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:43 pm

48THRiLLS wrote:Wow TWD? How many trade waiters are pissed about this one?
I miss the group, maybe I'll review this since it is one of the few comics I still am buying.


Sweet James Jones
Daringd
Ameobas
SilverPhoenix
Doombug
Always Right X
AMS X
Mammon, Fool Breaker
john lewis hawk
Zero -Review
Royal Nonesuch X
Kerny
Victorian Squid
Agent Panic
Stephen Day X
GHERU
Jude Terror X
GLX
Punchy X
BlueStreak
guitarsmashley X
starlord X
John Snow X

Royal Nonesuch

Staff Writer

Postby Royal Nonesuch » Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:45 pm

Victorian Squid wrote:
SNIP

Royal Nonesuch X


I'm still going to post a review, when I buy the issue. I'm not a trade waiter, I've never read the book at all before this.
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Zero

Zombie Guard

Postby Zero » Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:48 pm

I don't think it's a great issue for new readers, even ones who've watched the TV show, but it's certainly a great issue.
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Tintin Quarantino

Rain Partier

Postby Tintin Quarantino » Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:56 pm

Royal Nonesuch wrote:
I'm still going to post a review, when I buy the issue. I'm not a trade waiter, I've never read the book at all before this.


That seems like such a bad idea that I assumed you would be out.

I'm going to post spoilers in giant red letters all throughout this thread.
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Tintin Quarantino

Rain Partier

Postby Tintin Quarantino » Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:58 pm

Sophia pregnant with Carl's unborn child!

Royal Nonesuch

Staff Writer

Postby Royal Nonesuch » Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:02 pm

Victorian Squid wrote:
That seems like such a bad idea that I assumed you would be out.

I'm going to post spoilers in giant red letters all throughout this thread.


Really? It's that hard to get anything from any random issue of this comic?
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LobsterJ

Expert Post Whore

Postby LobsterJ » Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:05 pm

so did the brat die?
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Tintin Quarantino

Rain Partier

Postby Tintin Quarantino » Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:08 pm

MICHONNE REVEALS HERSELF AS TRANSGENDERED!

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