This issue picks up with Rick finishing up his route between the communities and heading back to Alexandria to some unwarranted news. Let’s check out what happened in our favorite zombie themed comic.
So right off the bat, Rick has a surprise meeting with Dwight who’s been having concerns regarding his role as leader. He doesn’t want the position anymore as head honcho of the Sanctuary. This interaction between Rick and Dwight already creates a major difference in the characters. While Dwight assumed power following Negan and now wanted Rick to choose the next leader, Rick thought what most good leaders would, and proposed an election. This whole issue focused a lot on how Rick has to be better or as he puts it, more capable than the rest. He has to make the higher decisions. The tough ones that may not be the popular opinion but the overall right thing to do to keep society going. We also go to see that the people of the Sanctuary are still not liked. I suppose it makes sense but you’d think the time and changes would affect their incorporation into society.
The highlight of this issue however was the payoff of for the big reveal of last issue: Negan was free from his cell. What would he do? How many would he murder in Rick’s absence? Would he try to escape or take a hostage? Short answer is no, none of the above. When Rick finds Negan calmly waiting in his unlocked cell, he immediately assumes the worst and this is where we get to see Negan at his finest. You can’t help but love Negan’s style and attitude. While he explains he did nothing to begin building trust between the two, Rick still destroys any hope Negan has of establishing that and the age old question arises once again. Why is Negan alive?
Of course Rick gives Olivia, who was responsible, a tongue lashing and is entirely upset with the situation but why not kill Negan so this can never happen? His conversation with Andrea, which was very soap boxy, explains how he has to be more capable than others to keep things together essentially. While Andrea sees and understands that for Rick’s just reasoning, Negan thinks otherwise, describing Rick’s decision as a means to justify that he is not the monster he may believe himself to be. I thought those to contrasts were great points and both just as valid when looking back throughout the series.
While Rick is taking the high road to keep the community from destroying itself from the inside out, Maggie does quite the opposite. I’m sure her decision to execute her inept assassin will have lasting consequences at the Hilltop. People are already starting to distrust her and her actions and this will only cause more chaos as the story unfolds.
Look for Issue #142 to continue following the events of Rick and company and of course, updates from Negan’s Cock Fan Club.
After significantly weakening the Sinestro Corps., Batman and the Resistance look to push the ground assault into full effect.
The Green Lanterns had a great plan to draw out the Sinestro Corps and Superman’s forces to meet on the outskirts of Earth. It served a great attack and distract as the ground forces moved into position. Commissioner Gordon’s team quickly gets into position to execute the next part of their plan. Harley Quinn really serves as a wild card who could make or break the operation. Luckily her actions didn’t foil their plans.
I like that Luthor is always helping out the resistance. If it wasn’t for him, the resistance would have been defeated from the start. He secretly tries to manipulate Cyborg and influence the league members throughout the story and I love seeing Luthor doing something good for humanity’s sake.
There was a great interaction between Robin and Catwoman as the two are finally reunited after Nightwing’s death. Robin tries to get into Catwoman’s head after she takes out the Flash but she responds well. Damian never truly was a good complimentary partner for Batman.
After Luthor surrenders, He speaks with Gordon and reveals that he is the inside man along with his knowledge of Oracle’s identity. Gordon prepares for the Air Assault as he pretends to hold Luthor hostage to get aboard the watchtower. I’m really going to enjoy what happens next as Gordon looks to push the fight onto their home territory.
- Nice consistent artwork
- Luthor being the good guy!
- Catwoman punishing Robin
8/10 Super Pills
Chapter 5 entitled Confrontation first displays Superman’s backstory as the first half of the chapter focuses on Krypton’s impending doom. I wasn’t a fan of the artwork but you can really see the emotions of Jor-El and Lara-El before Krypton is destroyed.
The latter half of the issue focused on the confrontation foreshadowed up until this point. Although the Guardians seek to advise Superman to cease his reign, it’s clear he is well beyond stopping voluntarily. Superman is no longer the beacon of light and morality of his previous years. I like how Superman notes that the Guardians choose to intervene some times while letting things run their course other times. The Guardians could have intervened and possibly saved Krypton but let their leaders do what they thought best. While that could happen on Earth eventually, that is up to the people of Earth to decide. Without Superman.
Sinestro’s alliance with Superman is clever since he also decided to rule his own planet but was hindered by the Guardians. Sinestro is obviously seeks to display the Guardians in utter most negative light and it works when Superman realizes his planet could have lived. Although Superman mistrusts the Yellow Lantern, he will need him and Superman and Sinestro could be rid of the Guardians in the forthcoming conflict.
This arc is greatly centered around the heroes outside of Earth with Batman out of commission and will mostly likely lead to a battle between the Guardians/Green Lanterns and Superman. But where will Hal Jordan side? In Issue Four, Jordan lectures Congress on doing their duty and notes how he does his but his allegiance to the Guardians may be diminishing. At the end of the issue, he does leave with the Guardians but I’m not convinced he’s siding against Superman. While sympathizing with former teammates and allies, he’s been leaning with Superman in the end. We’ll see where his allegiance is in the next issue as the GL’s head back to Oa to discuss their course of action.
- (+) Ganthet being Bad Ass
- (+) Superman noting flawed logic of the Guardians
- (-) Decent artwork
Following the events of issue 122, we find Negan’s camp preparing for their assault on Hilltop. I just want to take note of the cover. Dwight may betray Rick?Let’s find out.
The issue opens with Eugene being freed along with all those captured with him. They make their escape just as Negan is about to attack and a couple of Negan’s followers join them. They aren’t discussed in the rest of the issue at all and I’m curious as to where they went. Considering the impending battle, they could have made for zombie infested Alexandria but other than that, I don’t know where they could go. On the other side of the wall, the camp is eating dinner and we get a glimpse of how this war has changed some people. While conversing with Andrea, Maggie reveals how depressed and lonely she is (and will be). She feels there won’t be anyone else for her but I believe she is really still healing from the loss of Glenn. Time heals most wounds. We also see that Carl is in a sort of in between zone. He is neither child nor adult in this zombie apocalypse since he isn’t allowed to “be a kid” and he doesn’t gain the responsibility of the actual adults. He can’t even converse with Sophia, although she was always… loopy.
Rick also gives us a bit of his optimistic side which is abruptly interrupted by Negan’s assault. His strategy conserves bullets and results in a definite kill. As Negan’s men enter the camp, chaos takes over as Rick’s group is not completely prepared for such a sudden attack. Once again, Negan’s strategy to not let up or give them time to recover gives them an upper hand. He really is a smart militant character.
Amidst the chaos, Negan and Dwight flank Rick and have an open shot to take out the hero. Negan knows without Rick, the rest of the group can’t win this war and charges Dwight with taking out Rick with a mucked bolt.The cover really foreshadowed this event and we see where Dwight’s loyalty lies.
Now Dwight takes the shot but I’m having a hard time believing he used an altered bolt. Earlier in the issue he did make note of how they shouldn’t be altering the weight of the bolts and Negan had his back turned so there’s no way he could have known. If Dwight did take out Rick, there would be no way for him to be free of Negan as things would eventually go back to the way they were. We’ll see next issue.
A lot of action in this issue following the slower pace of #122. Rick suffers a potentially fatal wound in the battle at Hilltop which could shift the tide in Negan’s favor. With Negan’s men causing havoc in Hilltop, it’ll be interesting to see where Kirkman takes this war from here. Only three more issues until the arc is over and we’ll need some type of major change at the end of it.
Negan: “What-the-Fuck-Ever. Christ”
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The Walking Dead issue 122 picks up with Eugene being held at the Saviors camp. In the previous issue, Eugene and all those working at the ammunition station were captured by Negan. Inside man Dwight talks with Eugene to make sure he doesn’t try anything to get himself killed. It’s been hard to tell whose side Dwight is really on. He’s been trying to help when he can but his alliance is shaky at best. Dwight ends up being overheard by another member who to his surprise wants to help. That goes to show that Negan scares his people and they would rather have someone else in the leadership position.
Back at the Hilltop, the people of Alexandria are just getting settled in, while Maggie adjusts to her leadership position. It’s obvious that Maggie’s seen what is required of the leader having been with Rick for so long. It’s no wonder why she isn’t sure she wants to be known as the leader but she is one of the best choices for the position. Ezekiel’s camp, the Kingdom, also move to consolidate all of their forces in one central place. Basically, there was a lot of downtime at Hilltop as the large group was adjusting to the changes and planning their next move.
We get to see how the characters are adjusting to the changes caused by the war. Heath deals with Denise’s death but I don’t feel like her character was that significant. She was a doctor but there have been countless losses and hers was not a heart wrenching moment. (I do understand how in the apocalypse, your love options are that much slimmer though.) Ezekiel is finally out of the dumps and decides he’s going to protect those still around him. It’s about damn time. It was annoying seeing him so weak.
Rick also tells the group he plans on eventually moving back to Alexandria once the war is over. In the last issue while packing to leave for Hilltop, Rick leaves the iconic telephone he used to “talk” to Lori. We thought it was a sign that he was leaving that chapter behind him but maybe it was temporary since he’ll be returning later on. Now over at Negan’s camp, he has a new strategy utilizing the fact that everyone is infected to his advantage. By taking the blood/”muck” from the dead and putting it on their weapons, even the slightest scrape or cut will eventually turn his adversaries into the Dead. It’s a pretty smart move that uses what resources they have considering ammunition will always be limited. His character is so unpredictable and sick you can’t help but love him.
Rick’s new plan requires at least a day to prepare for Negan’s next attack but we know they won’t have that time. It’ll be interesting to see how the crew deals with Negan in their unprepared state.
Although the issue wasn’t horrible, it wasn’t very action driven. A lot of down time and a slight build up to the next issue.
All Out War looks to gain some momentum with Issue 120 as Rick’s camp is put on the defensive against Negan’s surprise attack.
The issue continues directly from 119 after the release of Holly, who immediately bites Denise. I’m sure this will have serious repercussions for the group since she is the town doctor. After Negan’s attack began, many grenades started flying into the houses causing chaos everywhere. Heath loses a leg to one of said grenades and a lot of the houses surrounding the perimeter are aflame. I like that the Saviors are on the offensive but blindly tossing grenades over a big wall won’t commit damage to people really.
As Ezekiel and Michonne flee a burning house, we still see that he is still a shell of himself. The men he lost at one of the Savior’s outposts really hit deep and he still wants to just roll over. Hopefully Michonne can get him to snap out of it or someone kills him. This version of his character can only cause harm in a war zone environment.Although Rick & Crew are trying to save their own and wait out the grenades, there is help outside the wall. Inside man Dwight is still showing signs of loyalty to Rick and takes out some of the Saviors. Side note: Jesus continues to show how bad ass he is by tossing a grenade back over the wall!
On the opposite of the wall, Negan is gives us some of his best dialogue BY FAR. This guy is really twisted. He legitimately enjoys what he does. He’s definitely my favorite villain thus far because of his dialogue and complex relationship with Rick.
When all hope is lost and many injured, a surprise hero emerges to aid the cause. Maggie returns with much of the Hilltop squad to force the Saviors to retreat. While I was happy the new leader Maggie is returning to help Rick, I was also annoyed that Rick gets bailed out. Side note: Rick passes out for some reason shortly after the coast is clear. What was the plan if Maggie didn’t show up? What were they going to do besides wait out the grenades and hope that not every building burned down. I understand there was chaos and confusion but hiding and not being the least bit proactive isn’t going to stop the fight.
Negan’s Attack on Rick’s camps intensified the war and will bring Walkers because of the explosions, smoke, and burning buildings. The attack was actually very similar to Rick’s attack against the Saviors; take out some of the enemy and cause a lot of noise to attack Walkers. The issue is definitely filled with action and continues to gain momentum for the arc, which by the way is 12 issues long. Hopefully the length doesn’t drag out the storyline. Issue 121 releases this Tuesday so be on the look out for that review.
Injustice is back! After a short break period, Injustice picks up in Year Two with a flash back. Chapter 1, entitled Third Wheel, starts with Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Green Lantern as they finish a mission. We see the trio in the past visiting a bar sometime before Superman changed. Bruno Redondo did a great job in the opening issue. The artwork was beautifully drawn and the facial expressions of the characters were humorous. Although Green Arrow was killed by Superman, we still get another chance to see his humor and interactions with other heroes. Green Arrow will definitely be missed.
The issue jumps back to the present as the heroes take time to bury the dead. Arrow’s funeral was definitely a reminder that there will be losses in the war and sides must be chosen. Green Lantern is no longer a third wheel and still sides with Superman. After a conflict with Superman, we find out that Canary is with child and working with Oracle. I like that even at Ollie’s funeral, Superman remains on guard and for a moment, he almost destroys Black Canary. The first chapter focused a lot on characterization and wasn’t very action oriented but that was fine. We saw a lot of interaction between old friends and new foes.
What is Black Canary up to now that Batman is sidelined?
The second chapter, Fear, was not as strong as the opener. Superman visits Gotham, we find out what happened to Batman, and Kyle Rayner makes his way back to Earth. Superman’s visit with Commissioner Gordon was of little substance as Superman desperately tries to locate Batman. Even in his condition, Superman realizes Batman is still a dangerous threat to his cause. Bruce is healing in Dr. Fate’s tower thanks to Zatanna. Lastly, Kyle Rayner, who was away on GL business makes his way back home but is intercepted by Sinestro. The title Fear comes into play as Sinestro’s Corps instills said emotion in Rayner, resulting in the Green Lantern’s death. I did not understand this at all. Sinestro wants to ally himself with Superman as he sees how Superman is changing but why kill Rayner? He could have sided with Superman’s cause and been an ally like, I don’t know, Hal Jordan! There’s no way of knowing which side he would have chosen after arriving on Earth. This was our first time seeing these characters in the Injustice comic and for some this will be their only stint.
All in all, the first glimpse back into the Injustice world featured a lot of character driven stories and slowly built to a bit of action. Redondo’s artwork looks great in both chapters and the facial expressions were accurate. With Batman out of commission, Black Canary assembles her own team and it looks like the eyes of those outside of Earth (the Guardians) are watching Superman closely. While some questions from the end of Year One were answered, many still remain unknown so be sure to pick up the next issue. Side note, the issues seem to be coming out monthly instead of weekly (digitally).
- Great Artwork and focus on character interactions
- More Green Arrow
- Lack of Substance/Direction in Fear