Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artists: Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
Review by: Bill Jones
The Walking Dead is finally back firing on all cylinders for the first time since the Compendium. Trade #11, “Fear the Hunters” first introduces a new character, a loner preacher who has some secrets to reveal, but also a church to offer the group sanctuary, if they’re willing to trust him. The bigger conundrum, though, is a group dubbed “The Hunters,” who have been staying in the shadows and watching the group, for a gruesome purpose that Dale learns of first hand. Carl begins to cop an attitude in the new arc, and by the end of the first issue, we learn just how far he has come since the onset of the zombie apocalypse. This all follows the big revelation of Dale’s and Andrea’s children, which is one of the few things in the series that has felt a little forced, and not totally true to the characters involved. We also learn how much everyone else has changed in the way they deal with the Hunters. A solid story all around, with a great conclusion, but not without its glaring flaws.
Pros: Great arc, with an interesting new character, new villainous threat and big revelations. Action packed, and the art is handling these sequences fantastically. No more of Rick’s mental nonsense.
Cons: The children get crazy, a little too fast to be believed. A few really cheesy panels bringing it to B-movie territory.
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