The Walking Dead #61
The Walking Dead #61 (Image Comics)
By Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard
We get both triumph and tragedy this issue — a find by the side of the road offers comfort our cast hasn’t seen in a long time, but Ben’s recent games take a horrific turn that gets even worse after the dust settles. A newcomer also arrives, a priest, but with the hell the world has turned into even a man of the cloth isn’t above suspicion. It’s hard to explain why this issue in particular is so great without spoiling some of the most shocking character moments in this series thus far. What happens here, but I’ll do my best. While the end isn’t necessarily something I expected, it isn’t terribly shocking either. Looking at the way certain characters have been developing, it’s clear that Kirkman has been building towards something like this for some time. That doesn’t make the events of this issue any less brutal or intense, however, and that in and of itself helps make this one of the best installments of this series in quite some time. The great thing about this book is that there’s almost never any way to predict where it’s going to go next, and that makes it exciting as hell.