Thursday, April 9, 2020

Review of "The Walking Dead Volume 31: The Rotten Core," by Robert Kirkman et. al.

Review of

The Walking Dead Volume 31: The Rotten Core, by Robert Kirkman et. al. ISBN 9781534310520

Five out of five stars

 With significant interaction between the settlement led by Rick Grimes and the Commonwealth, it is becoming clear to Rick and the people from his settlements that all is not fine and good in the Commonwealth. It has many of the features of a feudal society and others that resemble a police state. There is even dissension in the army/police forces of the Commonwealth, the society is ready to explode. That is clear to Rick and he struggles to decide what to do.

 After going on a tour with the leader of the Commonwealth and encountering a large swarm of the undead, Rick and the band arrive back in the Commonwealth that is in the midst of a riot. The leader of the army of the Commonwealth ends it quickly by having his men fire their weapons into the air. This only caps the boiling pot; it does not turn the fire down.

 There is a major confrontation between one of Rick’s people and a Commonwealth leader, it is diffused when Rick once again demonstrates that he is a tough man willing to make life and death decisions. At the end, Rick is pondering which direction he will go in what is rapidly escalating into a civil war in the Commonwealth.

 The writers have done an excellent job in setting up the story to appear in the last volume. Rick has been established as the person that the people of the Commonwealth would accept as leader rather than their current one. In the last volume we will learn if humans will once again self-destruct by turning on each other.

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