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The Walking Dead. Vol. 17: Something to Fear by Kirkman and Adlard
on December 10, 2014
THE WALKING DEAD Vol. 17: Something to Fear (issues 97-102 of the monthly series) and all I have to say is WHAT!?!?!!?
I know main characters come and go in this book and we’ve seen the deaths of some beloved characters, and while I was shocked at the first death of a minor/major character, the second death of a MAJOR character in this book floored me.
How could he?
So Rick and company have met up with the folks at the Hilltop community and have worked out a trade agreement. The Hilltop supplies Alexandria with food to get them through the winter and in return Rick and the rest of the Alexandrians will protect the Hilltop from Negan and the Saviors, a band of survivors who’ve come together and are strong-arming the other neighboring communities by offering “protection” (from the Saviors) in return for half of everything.
But when Negan’s goons stop Rick and Co. on the road back home and make the same threat, Rick and Co. don’t bow down so quickly. They do allow one of Negan’s men to escape, though, and relay the message: “I’m told Negan is running some kind of protection racket. Well, clearly--we don’t need any protection. Effective immediately we’re taking over the protection of the Hilltop. You get NOTHING. Understand? Pass that along to Negan. Also, while you’re at it, we’ll offer you the same deal you offered the Hilltop. Half of your supplies…and we’ll protect you.”
It’s one of Rick’s biggest FK YEAH moments of the series, solidifies him as a rock solid badass, and also makes things go very very VERY bad for everyone involved. What he didn’t know was that Negan and the Saviors aren’t some fly-by-night ragtag band of street toughs. The Saviors are 100 strong, at least. And when they mount a two-pronged attack, Rick realizes just how outmatched he is.
You know, I liked this book from the beginning, but these later volumes are just addictive. Kirkman has really made leaps and bounds in the drama and characterization. It’s getting harder and harder, in fact, to stop long enough to review each volume before moving onto the next. I find myself constantly thinking, “Well, I don’t HAVE to review EVERY volume, I could move on to the next and just stop reviewing. Who’s gonna notice?”
I’d notice. And I can’t have that, so I review on. But, yeah, as good as the book has been lately, as tough as Rick has been, as cohesive as the group as a whole has been, I just want to keep reading.
However, if the TV show plays out anything like what happened in this volume, I’m going to be one very unhappy viewer!
Charlie Adlard is also making great strides here, expressing a ton of information with a simple gesture or facial expression. The confrontation with Negan and his men on the road to the Hilltop is one of the best 22-page spreads I’ve seen, probably ever.
If you haven’t been reading THE WALKING DEAD, you’re only doing yourself a disservice, not because the book will change your life or anything, but because you can’t work yourself up to these last few volumes, and they are simply outstanding lately. On to the next one!
Previously on THE WALKING DEAD:
THE WALKING DEAD 1: Days Gone Bye:
THE WALKING DEAD 2: Miles Behind Us:
THE WALKING DEAD 3: Safety Behind Bars:
THE WALKING DEAD 4: The Heart’s Desire:
THE WALKING DEAD 5: The Best Defense:
THE WALKING DEAD 6: This Sorrowful Life:
THE WALKING DEAD 7: The Calm Before:
THE WALKING DEAD 8: Made to Suffer:
THE WALKING DEAD 9: Here We Remain:
THE WALKING DEAD 10: What We Become:
THE WALKING DEAD 11: Fear the Hunters:
THE WALKING DEAD 12: Life Among Them:
THE WALKING DEAD 13: Too Far Gone:
THE WALKING DEAD 14: No Way Out:
THE WALKING DEAD 15: We Find Ourselves:
THE WALKING DEAD 16: A Larger World: