The Walking Dead #103

The Walking Dead #103

Writer: Robert Kirkman Artist: Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 17, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 13
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It is a new beginning for THE WALKING DEAD. Rick Grimes is no longer in charge, and nothing will ever be the same again. It's such a perfect jumping on point, it could easily have been a new first issue - but instead, the world's best selling creator-owned comic just keeps moving forward, with #103 and counting!

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Oct 22, 2012

    The day he finally gets Negan will be one that is long remembered and I want front row seats when it all goes down. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Oct 17, 2012

    I want to see so much more of this arc already. This issue was definitely more of a tease of this arc, but I want to know how much trouble Rick is in. I want to know who's going to make a bone head play to fight back against Negan. I want to know what will become of Rick after this is over. Is he going to regain the trust of his people or will he be cast out for how he's playing everything? I already can't wait for #104! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Fanboy Ramblings - Fanboy Ramblings Oct 19, 2012

    This issue is all about how Rick plans to deal with post-apocalyptic mobster Negan and his gang of scumbags. Negan makes his first appearance in person to the survivors compound. He proves to be even more ruthless and scummy than we've seen him up unto this point. Kirkman is doing a good job of really making me hate this guy. This was a great issue that focuses more on drama than combat and violence. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Oct 23, 2012

    This was another great issue in the series, and I am sure it will go along way to help convince some people that Negan really is a terrifying threat. Put it this way, I think he may be more of a threat than "The Governor" was, and that really is saying something. Once again I really can not wait until the next issue. It always feels so far away! Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 17, 2012

    Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn's visuals aren't as strong as they have been in recent issues. The figure work is often hindered by overly thick and heavy lines that rob the book of some its usual detail. The emotion in the art is as strong as it ever is, but the precision is lessened. No doubt the return of the TV series necessitates a timely release schedule for the comic. Still, I would really prefer slower shipping on this book if it meant Adlard and Rathburn had the time to deliver work on par with issue #100. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - ReadComicBooks Oct 17, 2012

    The solicit recommends that this is a great jumping on point for new readers and I might have to disagree. There is so much that has happened that has edified these characters that I feel it's doing them a disservice by not reading the previous issues, but I also wouldn't want to dissuade any one from picking up this issue and jumping on. My recommendation is to check this title out, and start reading the back issues whichever way you can. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 17, 2012

    The game of survival in the zombie-infested post apocalyptic world is going in a different direction as Rick and the survivors are faced with a cruel and deadly human threat. It may seem as if Rick and the others are stuck lying down and taking their abuse but we know it's all building up to something big. Regardless, sitting back and watch everything unfold will leave you with a sick feeling in your stomach. It's hard to watch this sort of violation. It also means a little less action than what we're used to. It's more on a psychological level. It's a great change of pace but you'll be eagerly waiting for the action to be unleashed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Oct 18, 2012

    A lot of good character work, but “not a lot happens”. Not a particularly happy issue either. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jason Bowles Oct 18, 2012

    Another great issue, but it's infuriatingly slow and obviously part of the larger storyline. Robert Kirkman is agonizingly teasing the readers, who are all thirsty for revenge… bloody, bloody revenge… but rather than delivering that satisfaction, he piles on more and more reasons to WANT that revenge. It sucks, but at the same time, it's brilliant. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Oct 19, 2012

    This issues cover also deserves a mention as it features a scene not present in the book in a literal sense but does capture the position Rick finds himself in when dealing with Negan. The cover with Negan standing over Rick and about to bring the bat down is an amazing figurative representation of the seemingly hopelessness of the Ricks position, at least from one of the characters point of view. It is very well done and is the best Walking Dead cover of the year. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Oct 20, 2012

    Walking Dead is at its best when the drama is built up over several issues and then everything falls apart at some point. This is in the beginning stages of the build up. It's a good read, a fast read, but the script isn't on par with many of the issues immediately preceding it. Negan is going to be a great villain and it looks like he will have more depth than I originally thought. It also appears he has some level of charisma to him. This was a good but far from great read. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comicville - Chris Blackwell Oct 17, 2012

    Nothing to write home about this month, and we will have to just have faith in Rick's plan to same the group from Negan. If you are looking for excitement from the Walking Dead, best to look at the TV show instead. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Oct 18, 2012

    At this point, Kirkman would be better to wind down Walking Dead as opposed to spending two hundred more issues with Rick and the gang meeting people who are assholes and fighting them. The Negan storyline may end with some "shocking twist" but at this point, who cares? Read Full Review

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