175 dropped today and there is a lot of really interesting shit that happened. Spoilers ahead if you haven't read it yet!
We get to see first hand how organized and how carefully the commonwealth soldiers and their representative, Lance Hornsby are in dealing with The Euge, Michonne and co. Especially having a staging area away from their community for safety precautions. Reminded me of the Douglas interviews back in the day when they first arrived at Alexandria, but these folks are serious, like if anybody moves/does anything weird, even if they don't agree to travel with them to the actual Commonwealth, they'll be shot on site. That's some serious business, yet these people don't seem evil like Woodbury, or like how Negan & The Saviors were initially portrayed.
The first big interesting thing was Lance's mention of the most recent person they brought in who was always covered in blood to mask his aliveness from the dead. Could this be Nick from FEAR? Probably not, but more likely an homage to that I'm thinking. Could be interesting if it turned out to be him though. (I'm also not caught up on all of season 3 of fear yet, so I'm not sure of whats developed since like S03E04)
I'm Interested to see how they will handle interviewing Princess separately, since it was revealed to them that she was picked up en route and not an actual member of the greater D.C. community.
Seeing the "Stormtroopers" handle a swarm of zombies methodically and without fear was pretty cool. Their armor pretty much guarantees they would at least survive most encounters with a zombie. And having weapons for short and long range (guns/bayonets etc) is pretty smart and further shows how organized this community is.
Then as they are just about to get there they see a large stadium. Like Michonne, I'm thinking they might have just turned the stadium itself into their main fortification and everyone lives there. Nope, turns out theres 50,000 fucking people that live in this community and they have concerts/sports games. Crazy! This is way more built up and secured than the D.C. Community by leaps and bounds.
And then came the wall of missing persons. I was totally not expecting that ending. It looks like Michonne's daughter that she was looking for during the 2 year time skip is living at The Commonwealth. That was a pretty big bomb to drop and I was not expecting it. Of course, because of the time skip I don't have an emotional connection to Michonne skipping town and spending two years traveling up the East Coast to search for her daughter, but that's still a pretty big revelation. I wonder what it will do for Michonne's character, if her daughter, Elodie is actually still alive and present in The Commonwealth.
Definitely can't wait to see what comes next, how this community operates, what it's citizens are like and what it means for the future of the story and for Rick & Co.
I'd give this issue a 7.5/10.
Edited by theblackboxlies, 03 January 2018 - 04:47 PM.