Kirkman has managed to deliver on this issue with another shock. Up to now fans would be worried that the story was moving at a slow pace and getting nowhere, yet this issue shows us that even then something will come around and pull you back into it. Aside from what we know to be exciting that stood out, now we have that sense of suspense because we know something big is going to happen.
The story is very shocking because Kirkman has managed to make you like Negan again. This issue proves that he is probably the best antagonist since the Governor with the twist of being cynically funny and, in the end, likeable as a villain. Not only as someone who makes people fear him, but one who is not afraid to get his hands dirty. Not to mention being able to show even the slightest bit of humanity, even if it’s hidden under a cloud of cynicism. Overall he is just good at writing villains because in the end they are the ones who make the stories appealing.
Sure everything before Negan appeared fell a bit flat, but it’s how it all transitions which grabs you. Every character is thrown out of their comfort zone in some way, whether for the best or for the worst. Changes in emotion, sanity, reasoning, conviction, it’s all there and the most important aspect of Walking Dead is character development. Overall an exciting issue that’s building up to something worth anticipating.