Was issue 162 of The Walking Dead any good? Here is a review of ‘The Whisperer War Part 6 of 6’ released on January 4, 2017 by Image Comics and Skybound.
The final installment in the war against The Whisperers in The Walking Dead comic book series was released in January, and while it didn’t put a big bow on the troubles between the groups, it definitely kept the story going in a major way.
One of the major downfalls of this storyline is that the situation doesn’t seem to be over. Beta is still alive and the army of walkers that The Whisperers have been leading toward Alexandria appear to be ready to wreak havoc on the community.
It is strange that Beta would say that the war is over, especially after how hard he was pushing himself to get those walkers moving. He should want some kind of revenge on Negan for the beating he took as well as the survivors for killing nearly all The Whisperers, but ‘The Whisperer War Part 6 of 6’ made it feel like he would just disappear into the night, never to return.
But, as we have learned from The Walking Dead, never count any character as gone. While Beta may be giving up for now, it’s likely not the last comic book fans have seen of this brute of a villain and his unique methods of survival.
Otherwise, the issue had some great moments of hope. Maggie talking about rebuilding The Hilltop is inspirational. That truly is her home and her people love her. When things calm down, they should be able to start this massive project.
Also, Carl being able to comfort Lydia was a fantastic scene and just shows how great this couple has the potential to be moving forward, even if both of them aren’t always the most stable of individuals separately.
Negan got say farewell to his wife in several ways. Not only did he do so through Lucille, but he directly acknowledged her, which is a nice nod for fans keeping track of Negan’s origin story in the Here’s Negan miniseries.
In addition, Eugene getting told about his value to the community was something he desperately needed to hear. Although he’s not a great fighter, what he does for Alexandria is very important and he deserves credit for the things he has done for the survivors.
The big takeaway from this issue is the huge number of walkers coming at Alexandria. With no members of The Whisperers to lead the horde, Rick and the gang could probably just hide silently inside the walls of the community and let the zombies pass them by.
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However, since all the ammunition has been delivered, odds are that those walls will come down and there will be some casualties in next month’s issue.
Overall, this was a decent issue, but ‘The Whisperer War Part 6 of 6’ failed to deliver that big punch fans were likely expecting from the conflict. It is understandable that not every skirmish can have the same intensity as the All Out War, but it’s hard to imagine such big battles claiming so few relevant lives.
Despite some minor disappointment with the issue, it will be interesting to see how the group moves on from the destruction of The Hilltop and what they do with that huge group of walkers headed right for Alexandria.
Issue 163 of The Walking Dead is titled ‘Conquered’ and will be released on February 1, 2017. The cover is kind of scary, with Rick’s hand replacement being shown up in the air and surrounded by walker hands. That’s a big tease, but one that could be huge when the comic is released digitally and wherever comics are sold.