Advanced Review: The Walking Dead #101
After the shockingly horrific events taking place in issue #100, Robert Kirkman gives us a somewhat cathartic issue this week to let us recover.
Although the characters, and we the readers, are still reeling from what happened to Glenn, there is no rest for the wicked. The pace is one of adrenaline fueled panic, which is exactly what the characters are feeling, but it rushes directly into a mediocre story. There is no time to flush out what these characters are going through, no contemplation regarding what to do and forgiveness given too freely to each other. The fleshing out of characters and their emotional distress is what The Walking Dead is known for, but these aspects seemed to be glazed over in this issue in order to make room for the next big surprise waiting around the corner.
Don't get me wrong, the issue has merit and some well done scenes, but the pace is just way too fast. The connections between characters and the "little" moments seemed to loose their pull on the heartstrings the way they usually do — and it was sorely missed. The "Something To Fear" storyline has been one of the best overall arcs to this tremendous book, issue #101 is just the weakest link.