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Before I share my thoughts on the 100th issue of The Walking Dead , I’d like to state that I will be continuing to buy this comic. I’m not one of those fanboys who bitches and bitches about a book, screams that he will never buy it again, and then comes crawling back sheepishly two months later because he simply can’t stand not knowing what’s going on.

Now that I have gotten that out of the way, I have to say that I am very disappointed in #100. I suppose it was silly of me to think that Kirkman might have some sort of reveal on how this Apocalypse started and why it is happening. After all, they teased a little of that on the show. I know, I know…two different stories. But still, this is a zombie comic and there are zombies everywhere so how about a little something about how this all went down?

Nope.

Instead, we get what is essentially a snuff comic combined with a recycled story line. Negan is the Governor reborn. Another bad ass who offs a beloved character so we can all get our blood up and the later feel the sweet elixir of some sort of violent death in revenge. Meh…

Don’t get me wrong. My heart was racing when I read the comic, I was devastated when Glenn was bludgeoned to death, and I am bursting with anticipation to see Rick skewer Negan’s balls on a stick. Yet right after I felt all these things, I realized how I was being incredibly manipulated. I suppose that’s a sign of a good writer and obviously I still think that Robert is the best in comics today. But still…how dare he do this again? Part of me is mad at him for making me go through all this another time and another part (the writer in me) is pissed because it’s not even original. I’m just pissed off!

Not for killing off Glenn but for tapping into that side of my emotional makeup that wants to eradicate evil. Hell, I don’t want to eradicate it. I want to torture it. And here we have yet another character (and a stock one at that) for me to heap my mock vengeance upon. Oh boy…

The lack of zombies in this issue was also troubling. I get that Rick and his people are the Walking Dead but couldn’t he have put in something? Like what if Negan was a thinking zombie? Half Walking Dead? That would have been truly terrifying and fairly original.

I won’t say that Kirkman has jumped the shark yet but if this story turns into your typical revenge jack off thrill, my disappointment will deepen.

C’mon, Robert, really? Again?!!?

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