Dead Inside: If You Haven’t Been Reading The Walking Dead Comics, Now is the Time to Start
“Dead Inside” is a new featurette from That Geek Show, written by contributor Ken Fair. In each article, Ken will delve deep into the world of The Walking Dead, bringing new insights and perspectives to the uber-popular TV show and comic series.
Issue #163 Recap/Review: Conquered
If you have wanted to read The Walking Dead, but have resisted due to the fact that you did not want to go back and read the previous 162 issues to catch up and did not want to try to jump in mid-story arc, now would be a good time to jump in and start reading.
Not only is #163 an in-between point between story arcs, but this month’s issue celebrates the 25th year anniversary of Image Comics by offering the issue at 25¢! (My local comic book store was actually giving the comic away for free). You can’t go wrong for 25¢!
The Story So Far
For those of you planning on reading the previous issues to catch up, be forewarned, spoilers ahead. For the rest, I will try to catch you up as succinctly as possible (assuming you have some basic TWD background information from the TV series.)
As I mentioned, we are at a mid-way point in story arcs. The last story arc began with a time of peace. The Saviors had been defeated, Negan was safely jailed, and the communities were celebrating a time of prosperity and trade. Then in the midst of this, a new group emerged known as the Whisperers. This somewhat nomadic group lived by a very primal, animalistic code and existed among the dead by drying and wearing the skins of the dead (think Leatherface) and never speaking above a “whisper” (hence their namesake).
Led by a woman known as Alpha, the Whisperers warned Rick Grimes and his group to stay out of the Whisperers’ territory or they would unleash an army of the dead (which numbers in the thousands) upon them. To punctuate her point, Alpha had killed several members of the communities and placed their heads on stakes around what she denoted as a border of her territory.
Over the next 6 months, the issues were sub-titled “The Whisper War” where the communities (with the exception of the new Saviors-led by Negan –and Dwight’s- former wife Sherry, who decide to sit out the battle and see if they can gain some opportunity from the outcome) successfully defeated the Whisperers.
Alpha is killed by Negan, who is hoping to regain a spot in society and earn Rick’s trust; the Hilltop community is burned to the ground, but without much loss of life; Beta, the Whisperer’s second in command is injured, but escapes.
Of course, there were some notable casualties . . .
Ultimately, Dwight, the commander of the army for the communities reports back to Rick that they were victorious. Rick knows however that there is still an army of the dead looming out there.
At first glance, the title echoes Dwight’s sentiment that the Whisperer’s have been conquered. However, the cover rather ominously shows Rick’s prosthetic rand raised among those of the dead (See above). I will not go into what happens in the comic itself, because I really hope to encourage new readers. I will say that the episode is exciting and sets up new story lines that will change the course of The Walking Dead.
If you have yet to read the comic, now is your time to give it a shot! At the worse it will only cost you 25¢! But my bet is you will enjoy the issue and begin to look forward, as I do, to the first Wednesday of each month when the next issue of TWD hits the stands.