““ALL OUT WAR,” Part Eight. Negan has a plan.”
Last time on The Walking Dead, Eugene and his group of bullet manufacturers were rescued/captured by Negan and the Saviors. Rick woke up from his concussion in the infirmary, but things were pretty grim outside for the Alexandria Safe-Zone. Rick decided to evacuate the ASZ and move all of the groups back to The Hilltop. Before they left, Denise died, and a funeral was held for all that died in the attack. The issue ended with Negan threatening Eugene to make bullets for him or else…
This time on The Walking Dead, Eugene questions Dwight’s intentions. Maggie comes to term with her new position of authority. Now that everyone is living at The Hilltop, people from all three groups take a moment to rest and reflect. Negan implements a diabolic and grisly new plan. Ricks draws up some new war plans of his own.
With the three groups united in one base now, it’s basically Rick’s group vs. Negan’s group. I guess it simplifies things for the war. They’re stronger united, but I think it’s a bad sign that they have been forced into one last refuge. Things could get pretty ugly if Negan attacks The Hilltop. Negan continues to be more than a match for Rick. Besides a couple of minor victories, it’s been all Negan, and continues to be all Negan. I really hope that Rick has something up his sleeve, because he’s on a pretty bad streak right now. Negan is so ruthless and I don’t know how they’re going to defeat him. His new plan is especially messed up, but not surprising coming from him.
I think that Eugene read my last review, because when Dwight reveals to him that he’s working undercover for Rick in this issue, he has his doubts. If he is against Negan, why not just take him out already? I pondered that in my last review and Eugene pondered it in this issue. His reply still leaves me with doubts, but I’m still more inclined to think that he’s genuine. He’s just scared to take Negan on by himself. I guess you can’t blame him for that. Taking him out would have to be a perfect execution or else you’d likely get Lucille to the face. Repeatedly.
There are some good moments between characters in this issue, especially between Rick and Andrea. It seems like things are going so well with their relationship that something bad is doomed to separate them. I hope I’m wrong, but this IS The Walking Dead. If something looks like it’s too good to be true, it usually is…
The Bottom Line
The war sort of slows down in The Walking Dead #122, but it’s still going full speed at the same time. There isn’t a battle in this issue, the good guys get to rest, but events are still very much moving forward. Bad guys never rest. They should know this by now. I wasn’t bored with the plot, through the slower moments, but it sure did do a good job of making me feel ever the more anxious for the last four issues. I have got a BAD feeling about this.
The Rhodes Rating: 86/100
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