Comic book review: The Walking Dead issue 167 ‘A Certain Doom’

Dwight - The Walking Dead 167, Image Comics and Skybound
Dwight - The Walking Dead 167, Image Comics and Skybound /

Was issue 167 of The Walking Dead comic book series any good? Here are the positives and negatives from the May issue titled ‘A Certain Doom’.

In the comic book world of The Walking Dead, there is a lot going on. That’s why when the May issue was released, it was one of the most powerful and emotional installments in the franchise in a long, long time.

But was the issue titled ‘A Certain Doom’ a good issue? What where the great things and which things fell a little flat? Let’s discuss the events of issue 167. Of course, it is HIGHLY recommended that you be caught up before continuing to read. Check out our RECAP HERE.


The biggest takeaway from issue 167 is an obvious one. The death of Andrea is one of the most emotional moments fans of the comics have experienced in a long time. In the past, there have been plenty of places to kill off major characters in less emotional ways, but to say goodbye to one of the originals in this way made it even more special.

Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead 167, Image Comics and Skybound
Rick Grimes – The Walking Dead 167, Image Comics and Skybound /

As a big positive, this also gives more clout to the threat of The Whisperers. Their assault on Alexandria resulted in the deaths of Gabriel, Paula, and Andrea, which is pretty impressive considering their past kills including the heads on pikes in the body count.

It is difficult to watch a character that is so beloved die, but the dialogue between Andrea and Rick on her deathbed was powerful and thought-provoking. Losing Andrea put him in a really dark place, but she was able to pull him back with inspirational and heartfelt statements.

There were only two negatives from this issue. First, the people continually showing up one after another in the doorway to say farewell to Andrea felt very forced and unnatural. It’s great that the comics wanted to include moments for several characters with her as well as show the impact she made on other survivors, but it was a bit over the top.

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Also, the entire situation with The Saviors outside who were ready to kill everyone to take over Alexandria was pushed to the back burner and completely erased. Why did all these characters lose their desire to fight when their leader was killed?

If that story is not tackled, as well as the emotions that Dwight is feeling, it will be a big opportunity missed on a story that could use some big development.

Overall, this was an emotionally powerful issue for Rick, Carl, Andrea, and Michonne, but everyone else felt like bit players. Everything was put on hold to tell this story, which might not be the best thing for the community…but giving time for the impact of Andrea’s death was important.

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Issue 168 of The Walking Dead is titled ‘The Road’s End’ and will be released on June 7, 2017 and hopefully explore the situation with The Saviors as well as the cleanup of Alexandria and the fallout from Andrea’s death.