The Walking Dead Deluxe #12 Review

The Greene Family Farm was supposed to be the start of something new, or at least a place to end the survivors’ petty squabbles. But no. It’s never that simple. Now Rick has a gun to his head.

This deluxe presentation in STUNNING FULL COLOR also features another installment of Cutting Room Floor and creator commentary.”

As a fan who started off with the AMC show I can tell you The Walking Dead as a comic is just better. The stories so far are tightly packed and move with a purpose as the latest Deluxe edition proves. Scribe Robert Kirkman pens the script and he takes us right to the heart of Hershel plus his problems on the farm. In the aftermath of the barn incident Rick and his crew are left picking up the pieces and figuring out just what to do next. Threats are made but what I loved most about this issue was how relatable each character was and I absolutely dug the budding romance between Maggie and Glenn. It’s what we need in an apocalypse!

On the visual side of things Charlie Adlard absolutely kills it whether it’s a heart to heart with a struggling father who lost his wife or another man who just accepted the facts of his bad decisions. What the written word gives the penciler is room to do his thing, case and point a quiet moment where the camera zooms in panel by panel towards Rick; as the weight of decision hangs on him. Now in the original release this entire comic was black and white so thanks to the colors by Dave McCaig the new edition just pops! Filling in negative space and adding to the atmosphere so much so that I have zero complaints.

The Walking Dead Deluxe #12 is what it promises and that’s all it should be. It’s a welcome re-release that shows why this franchise mattered then and still matters today. If you’re like me and you never had the chance to read the Image original: pick this up! Recommended.

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