By: Sean McLaughlin
Robert Kirkman has insinuated, on the eve of the “All Out War” storyline launch over a year ago, that the landscape of the TWD universe will drastically change by issue 127. It remains to be seen to what extent, but at this point Mr. Kirkman continues to be a man of his word. In issue 123 of The Walking Dead, yet another in a growing list of battles between Rick’s allies and Negan’s Saviors takes place, this time at the Hilltop. But something about this battle seems different, seems….final. If we hadn’t already been told that this is chapter 9 (of 12) in All Out War, I would swear that this issue would be the penultimate in the latest saga. Kirkman brilliantly offers an abundance of hope in the beginning, followed immediately by a crushing blow of despair. It would be an honor to continually witness a master at work, if there wasn’t so much frustration along the way as well.