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Issue 154 dropped today! Lets discuss!

 

A heavy read and I was about pissing my pants laughing when Negan met the Whisperers. His dialogue was choice. Beta McTwoKnives. Fucking LOL. And that guy is even bigger than Negan... pretty intimidating for sure. Glad that Rick & Andrea are reunited. I wasn't expecting her reaction against the propaganda. Hoping to see her and Rick discuss recent events more. Next up, Eugene! We finally get a name to the mystery person on the radio. I had the feeling it was a woman for a little while. Stephanie eh? I guess we'll see where that leads. If she's not BSing it seems she might not be a future enemy and instead a future Ally, which the communities desperately need right now, though she could be hundreds of miles away. Carl staying at Hilltop was pretty predictable, I'm sure Rick will worry, but he honestly might be safer there than Alexandria or Kingdom. Speaking of Kingdom, I wonder if Michonne will ever make it there if she makes it out alive from pursuing Negan. Also, many of you called it, RIP Aaron. Though, he's not quite dead yet, just stabbed in the gut, but he's as good as dead as far as I'm concerned. Overall good issue! Negan's in love with Alpha... things are going to get really interesting!


Edited by theblackboxlies, 04 May 2016 - 03:29 PM.

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I was worried for Maggie's safety for a second there. They weren't showing Andrea's face for a few panels while she rode up to Maggie. Totally felt like it was going to be a Whisperer in a Andrea skin suit.

Damn, even though I think most of us thought Aaron wasn't going to be around much longer...it still sucked seeing him get stabbed. They didn't show him die, but in the letter hacks they said he's dead...but we can't trust the letter hacks...? 

 

HOLY SHIT! Beta McTwoKnives is huge!


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I bet Negan is just buying his time for a complete take over of the whisperers and back to full power.

 

Negan loves nothing but power imo.

 

Was Andrea`s face blacked out ? If so this has foreshadowed death before in this comic.


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Negan's dialog is getting a bit much

sometimes it just comes off as way too goofy


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I bet Negan is just buying his time for a complete take over of the whisperers and back to full power.

 

Negan loves nothing but power imo.

 

Was Andrea`s face blacked out ? If so this has foreshadowed death before in this comic.

Yeah kinda. The shadow of her hat was covering most of her face.  A lot of the panels she was in were like this...

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Just gave me some bad vibes...

 


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Yeah kinda. The shadow of her hat was covering most of her face.  A lot of the panels she was in were like this...

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Just gave me some bad vibes...

 

Not like the others......but close.


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More than that panel making me nervous about Andrea is her and Maggie talking about how less than half of the original group survived.... Usually the blackout face is the whole face too isn't it? 


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More than that panel making me nervous about Andrea is her and Maggie talking about how less than half of the original group survived.... Usually the blackout face is the whole face too isn't it? 

Yes they black the entire face out.

 

Andrea dies.......I riot..........say I am quitting the book...........continue to read.


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Yes they black the entire face out.

Andrea dies.......I riot..........say I am quitting the book...........continue to read.


HA! i quit the show but the Comic has been pretty good lately.
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didn't they shadow Ricks face a while back and we thought he was going to die?
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didn't they shadow Ricks face a while back and we thought he was going to die?

Yes I did not sure about anyone else.

 

Glen was a for sure on the blacked out face foreshadow.


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I don't take the blacked out face as a guarantee that a character is going to die. But I'll be devastated if Andrea does die.

I look forward to Michonne's decision to leave Brandon's body for later proving to be a big mistake.

I don't see how he could be saved, but I'm not sold on this being the end of Aaron. I figure we would've seen his final breath, and not just him getting stabbed by Beta. The fact that the Letter Hacks didn't outright confirm his death (unlike Brandon) gives me a sliver of hope.

Speaking of Beta, holy fucking shit, that dude is a fucking monster! Dude's gotta be what, eight feet? I really wanna see what prevents him from overtaking Alpha, because that dude totally has the physical power to do it.

I really enjoyed Aaron and Michonne talking about Jesus' physique and why Aaron finds him unsuitable.

The tease of the possibility of Carl and Sophia hooking up was fun.

Anybody think Stephanie may be lying about her name? Lying doesn't really serve any purpose, but I still have a bit of a bad vibe.

Kirkman says in the Letter Hacks that he was at point trying to have Negan force Rick to kill Glenn. I've never heard that one before. I really like the idea, and I hope it's something Kirkman's able to repurpose at some point.

Talk of Oceanside and other, small communities within the network. I honestly forgot those existed.


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Literally not foreshadowing (Adlard, The artist who draws faces and head using alot of black ink sometimes blacks it all out? Shieeeet, that dude is a goner. Makes sense), but whatever you say, guys.

 

Beta looks fucking cool though.

 

Will we finally get a cool right hand man to the big bad?

 

If so, then he's a large step up from guys like Gabe.


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Literally not foreshadowing (Adlard, The artist who draws faces and head using alot of black ink sometimes blacks it all out? Shieeeet, that dude is a goner. Makes sense), but whatever you say, guys.

 

Beta looks fucking cool though.

 

Will we finally get a cool right hand man to the big bad?

 

If so, then he's a large step up from guys like Gabe.

It sure was a thing for Glen they blacked out his face when he was talking about going to live at the hilltop to live in safety then the very next issue DEAD but whatever you say man.....................its called a theory so take it as you will. 

 

Just like whenever anyone in this book starts talking about feeling normal again or feeling happy guess what they die very soon after that.

 

Andrea`s face is not completely blacked out as i said before so NO i dont think it is this time.


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wait it just hit me. beta is the Mountain.....haha RK always gonna be behind GOT.
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Mixed feelings on this issue.

 

What I didn't like:

 

-How did Andrea get back to Alexandria right as the Hilltop was arriving back home? I get the Hilltop was traveling with a large group, but Andrea got to Alexandria awfully fast.

 

-That the Whisperers couldn't make any connection that Negan was with the communities. Like he's clean shaven, clean, and not road weary. Shouldn't it be clear he wasn't alone?

 

-Negan's dialogue while funny, is getting too clunky. I had to reread a few of his sentences more than a few times.

 

-A continuation of my last point, I read "Beta Mc Two Knives" as "beta mc wok knives" because it wasn't spaced out. That's on me but I found it humorous

 

 

What I did like:

 

-The ongoing chat over the radio with Eugene and Stephanie. 

 

-Beta Mc Two Knives made his debut by killing Aaron. I've seen talk that only one of the original Alexandrians is left. But doesn't that make sense since they were generally sheltered and weak?

 

-The current story with Negan. Either he ends up with a new wife and they rule together, or he kills Alpha and takes over. Either way, he is going to convince them to stop living among the dead and to go live like normal ass people in houses by taking over the communities.

 

-Teasing Sophia into a love triangle. While Carl is going full boner for Lydia, he still has a soft spot for Sophia and will start seeing why Negan wanted several wives. But I see Carl turning on Lydia if Lydia tries to harm Sophia out of crazy bitch jealousy.

 

- Showing Brandon dead again, because fuck that cocksucker. I predict right now that Michonne not taking care of him leads to a death in Dwight's militia. Either Laura or Gabriel.

 

- That Michonne is in legit serious danger with Aaron dead as the issue ended. Either we may see a main character bite the dust, or Dwight's civilian soldiers come to save the day


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wait it just hit me. beta is the Mountain.....haha RK always gonna be behind GOT.

 

Can't wait to see who Kirkman gives the Jon Snow treatment to in the form of being bitten but not turning.


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Yeah how can there only be one Alexandrian left ?

 

There was over 60 plus people when Rick showed up they all have died ? If so when the fuck did this happen ?


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Can't wait to see who Kirkman gives the Jon Snow treatment to in the form of being bitten but not turning.


Carl. or baby Herschel.
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Well you had the Monroe family with Douglas, the wife, and Spencer

 

Jessi and her family

 

Denise, Olivia, Holly, Nick, the muffin bitch

 

Actually, now that I think about it just Paula and Mikey come to mind. I was only thinking one legged Heath was the sole survivor


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Yeah how can there only be one Alexandrian left ?

There was over 60 plus people when Rick showed up they all have died ? If so when the fuck did this happen ?


around the time Rick showed up.
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around the time Rick showed up.

 

No they didn't.  All Out War had some people killed but nowhere near 60 plus Alexandrians.

 

That made me soft.........have to thumb it in.


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So it looks like it's gonna be All Out War #II. Not sure I'm really down with that.
Negan's dialogue was trully hysterical. A little over the top, but he's making up for lost time.
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No they didn't. All Out War had some people killed but nowhere near 60 plus Alexandrians.

That made me soft.........have to thumb it in.


i was actually poking fun at the show.....lol. that's basically what happened.
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Well you had the Monroe family with Douglas, the wife, and Spencer

 

Jessi and her family

 

Denise, Olivia, Holly, Nick, the muffin bitch

 

Actually, now that I think about it just Paula and Mikey come to mind. I was only thinking one legged Heath was the sole survivor

Isn't Barbara still around, too? And despite having only just recently been introduced to the audience, Vincent and Julia were a part of the original settlement in Alexandria.

I get what you're saying, though, we're pretty much all out of established Alexandrians. All we got now are newish tertiary characters, and total redshirts.

Anyway, if Aaron truly is dead (which I'm not 100% sold on), I'm really disappointed in the build-up to his death. It was written as predictably as the secondary deaths on the show. Kirkman isn't usually quite that obvious.


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