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At a time when it seems like most landmark comic book issues are merely designed to get to as many printings as is humanly possible, Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Image Comics seem to have actually found a way to justify the term with The Walking Dead #100.

Warning! Spoilers and Graphic Cartoon Violence Ahead! I’m not messing around, don’t keep going unless you’ve read the book.

Picking up the day after Abraham died, we immediately see a group of Nagan’s foot soldiers watching Rick lead a small group away from the compound toward the Hilltop in an effort to get re-enforcements. With him is Carl, Heath, Maggie, Glenn, Michonne, and Sophia, leaving Andrea and the others exposed to an attack that Rick thinks is unlikely. Obviously, Rick’s estimation of Negan’s forces is inaccurate and we find out later exactly how true that really is.

The trip to hilltop is supposed to take less than a full day but on the way it seems like Rick and company have gotten lost and will have  to camp out overnight in the van. Michonne takes first watch, followed by Rick, who seems to nod off and is then lassoed and pulled off the roof of the van by one of Nagen’s supporters while Nagen hangs back.

Here we get to the meat of issue 100. Ever since our survivors left the prison and aimlessly roamed until they finally found refuge in Alexandria the book has been missing something. Sure this band of survivors has struggled with a return to something approaching normality and that has served as a sort of a villain — their uneasiness and their paranoia wearing on them — but it isn’t nearly as frightening as someone like The Governor was and with Nagen, we have a return to that kind of terror.

Introduced with swagger and with unbelievable, almost unrivaled violence, Nagen rounds up the small group that has accompanied Rick on his mission. There they rest, on their knees by the side of the van while Nagen begins to speak as Rick, his group, and about 50 of Nagen’s believes listen in as Nagen explains the kind of New World Order that is about to fall down around Rick’s head. It is a Warlord’s Symphony, a speech of chilling congeniality and breathtaking threats of violence. (more…)



Michonne is one of the most popular characters in The Walking Dead comic. The first appearance of this master swords-woman usually go for a premium to collectors on eBay, and Michonne is one of the top characters that get the forum boards burning.

Michonne’s upcoming arrival on The Walking Dead TV show is a massive forum talking point by itself. Her origin, when told, was expected to be a big seller, with trade paperback waiters expected to stop waiting and pick up the monthly comic issue when it happens.

???Could anyone have expected this???

The origin of Michonne will be told by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard in six pages in next week’s issue of Playboy.

This is an incredible marketing coup for Playboy. This won’t just sell to regular readers of Playboy. Just imagine the number of comics fans, comic speculators, television show fans, and others that should increase sales making this issue of Playboy easily outsell the Lohan issue.

!!!But Mom, I want it for the comics . . . really!!!