The Walking Dead issue 152: United In Fear comic review

The Walking Dead 152 cover - Image Comics and Skybound
The Walking Dead 152 cover - Image Comics and Skybound /

An explosive new installment of The Walking Dead’s comic book series hit shelves in March of 2016 with issue 152 of the series, titled “United In Fear.”

Now this was a very unexpected issue of The Walking Dead. The expectation of many fans is that issue 152 of the series would focus on finding a leader for The Saviors and continuing to prepare for war with The Whisperers. However, there was a HUGE left turn in this book which could change everything going forward.

The biggest takeaway from “United In Fear” was the escape of Negan from Alexandria. This does not bode well for anyone in Alexandria, The Hilltop, The Kingdom, or even Negan’s former group, The Saviors. The underhanded Brandon doesn’t understand what he has done by letting one of the most unpredictable people in The Walking Dead‘s universe loose onto the world, but fans will find out soon.

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It’s easy to look back on this issue and say that Rick should have killed Brandon right there on the path during their scuffle. Sadly, Rick took the high road and spared his life, but that decision would come back to haunt him. Showing that kind of mercy has a tendency to be a mistake in this comic book series, proving that sometimes people don’t deserve another chance.

Eugene Porter - The Walking Dead, Skybound and Image Comics
Eugene Porter – The Walking Dead, Skybound and Image Comics /

Another thing to note in this issue is the radio transmission. Who is this voice? Where are they from? How many people do they have? And are their intentions honorable? We got absolutely zero answers to those questions while Eugene spilled the beans about nearly everything during his conversation. Then, to make matters worse, he isn’t going to tell the community about it until he deems the information to be important. For a smart guy, Eugene sure can be a dumb-dumb.

The thing I find most interesting about this issue of The Walking Dead is the religious implications of Father Gabriel killing walkers. He wants forgiveness from his God for doing it, but knows killing, even the undead, may not be the right thing. Dwight’s worry that Gabriel will be unable to pull the trigger when it comes to a human target seems valid, as Gabe’s convictions may not allow him to do that.

Overall, “United In Fear” changed everything going forward and raised many interesting questions. Will the attack on The Whisperers will be met with resistance if Brandon’s plan comes to fruition? With Negan part of the mix now, will he actually stick to Brandon’s plan? Will Rick alter the plans of attack? Will we find out who is on the radio? And we’re still wondering who will be the new leader of The Saviors.

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Hopefully, those questions will get some answers in The Walking Dead issue 153, titled “Heavy Hangs The Head” which is slated to hit newsstands on April 6th, 2016. Of course, the title of the book is a Shakespeare reference, from the line “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown”from Henry IV, Part II. This gives the impression that something will happen involving Rick Grimes that will NOT be good for the future of him or the community. Sadly, fans will have to wait until April to find out more.