I loved, loved, loved, loved this issue. 10/10 for me. This is easily one of my top 10 favorite issues of the series
Actually, maybe that's an overexaggeration. But this is definitely my favorite issue in a loooooong time. I'll admit it was a little bit of a slow start with the Dwight stuff but the rest...oh man
"You know the real reason I'm here. I'm here because after everything you did...everything you lived through...I'm the only one you can use to convince yourself you're a good person. After everything I did, you fucking let me live. ME! Only the greatest person on Earth would do that. Rick Grimes! The greatest man who ever lived!"
^This is hands-down one of my favorite quotes in the entire series. It's close to "We are the Walking Dead." You can tell Negan's been rehearsing it for a long time. And hell, I don't even mind that they spelled out Rick's character motivation for us because every single reader missed it. And you know what? I don't feel cheated. This fits with the Rick Grimes we know. It kind of fixes the ending to All Out War. This issue was just...great. The interaction between Negan and Rick was great because you can tell Rick's going to be constantly wondering, "Why didn't he escape?"
Also, Andrea said that Rick visits Negan every time he returns. Constant reminder to himself of how "good" of a person he is? (Though, how awkward would it have been if the guy who walked downstairs first wasn't Rick and Negan was just lounging around? Hopefully Negan didn't open the door until he heard a cane on the stairs)
Also, that ending was a gut-punch. Rick is essentially lying to Andrea about his motivations, but there is truth to what he's saying and the immediate jump cut to Gregory being hung from a tree was so...savage. I loved it. I loved that we didn't have to wait so long for the resolution to this Hilltop arc and instead Kirkman tied the two arcs together thematically. I've missed that with this series
I also LOVE TGFNY's interpretation of Rick
Where you're never really sure if he's doing the right thing for the wrong reasons or if he's even really doing the 'right' thing AT ALL or what that really means. It's very interesting that his motivations come from so many different elemnts in the character.
I have very little complaints. We checked in with the Saviors, Negan and Rick had a great interaction that was also hilarious, Negan has left Rick with something to question, we're left with something to question about Rick, and I think this is the beginning of the end for Maggie. My one complaint is that maybe Heath was too much of a dick? I guess it's hard to feel compassion for the people who helped murder your girlfriend, though
I'll leave this off with one prediction: Negan's going to put Rick in a position where Rick HAS to kill him
Man, I'm so happy. I just need to say it one more time. LOVED the issue
Imagine a group of a hundred motorcycles driving down a freeway. Eventually, they hit a junction. One road goes northwest and the other goes northeast. So one guy, we'll call him S, says, "Let's go northwest!" A mile past the intersection, a semi careens into the group and kills ninety of them. Ten are wounded, but they survive and keep going. Eventually, they hit 10,000 miles. S suddenly has his consciousness thrown into his past body right before the junction. Now, he says, "Let's go northeast!" All 100 bikers survive. Happily ever after, right? But what about the ten, no nine, who went northwest and survived? What happens to the reality they were living? Does it just disappear now that S has changed the past? It's not like only bad things happened on that 10,000 mile journey. Maybe one of them fell in love with a gas station attendant and got her pregnant or maybe one adopted a homeless kid that joined the adventure. That 10,000 mile journey would be full of stories. Romances, farewells, friendships...the loss of those ninety lives is horrible and unfortunate, but what would rewriting their history mean? The nine who survived lived full lives and did the best they could with the hand they were dealt. How could it be right to just erase all that? Isn't that worth something? Is there a point to a world where everything is happy? Are people who struggle for a better life just idiots? Being human is about fighting even when it seems hopeless and finding happiness in a world that hates it. Are you saying that's worthless?