The war continues on and we are in the midst of heated battle. Robert Kirkman’s latest epic story line continues in its path of greatness. If you’re a fan of the series and have read each issue in the series up to now, you know that the scale of what we are seeing now is bigger than anything we have seen before.
This time around we bear witness to a complete change of pace to what we are used to seeing in the series so far. Instead of reading the issue in the present, we are treated to Ezekiel rehashing battles that have transpired as Rick and Jesus continue to attack Negan’s outposts while Negan is trapped in his encampment surrounded by the zombies Rick led to his doorstep. Ezekiel, leading an attacking party of his own, isn’t as lucky as Rick has been and suffers the ultimate loss.What transpired is heart wrenching for Ezekiel and is portrayed wonderfully in the book.
Meanwhile, Charlie Adlard continues to prove that he is a brilliant artist and the fact that he is not inking leads me to believe that the art is benefitting from his more focused effort on pencils.
Billed as the fourth chapter in this epic, we have quite a ways to go still and I can’t wait to read more. If I have any gripes about this issue, it’s the fact that there seems to be a few unnecessary splash pages and large panels that make me think they are there to pad out the book. When faced with the fact that this story is billed as a 12 issue arc, you can’t help but think that there will be some fluff here or there.
Still, this is a wonderful addition to All Out War that reads differently than what we are used to in the series. And that’s not a bad thing.