The Walking Dead #116

The Walking Dead #116

Writer: Robert Kirkman Artist: Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, Cliff Rathburn Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: November 13, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 5
8.0Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

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"ALL OUT WAR" continues!
The first battle of the war rages on!

  • 9.6
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Nov 19, 2013

    Yet another great read from the popular series. The only issue I found is that it went by so quickly, the dialogue is kept short and sweet with an abundance of brilliant, detailed imagery. You will fly through this issue and when it gets good you will turn the page to find out you have already reached the letters section. So be glad that this title is releasing a week earlier, as this story arc is proving to be one of the strongest ones Kirkman has offered to date. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Florida Geek Scene - ThemightyDarmick Nov 20, 2013

    The short and skinny is that this is a fine return to some good action in the series, and I can't wait to see where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Rhodes Review - Stephen W Rhodes Nov 13, 2013

    Issues that focus on plot and character development are great, but sometimes you just want some action, especially when a war is promised. This issue starts delivering on that promise. It's basically non-stop action and I really liked it. More than anything, it has me excited for what comes next, and the next comes really soon. This time we only have to wait two weeks for the next issue! I'm expecting some epic things as all out war really starts to heat up. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Nov 14, 2013

    Starting this issue we haveStefano Gaudiano in addition to the art team. Guadiano's ink work brings an extra sharpness and clarity to Charlie Adlard's pencil work. The addition is to lighten up the new bi-weekly schedule The Walking Dead is going to have until April, but I'm hoping this will become something permanent. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GoCollect - @mikebiyad Nov 15, 2013

    This is the issue that we have been waiting for. With tensions rising between Rick and Negan All Out War was inevitable. This issue is full of action and excitement, and it immediately had me wanting more. With this only being the second chapter of All Out War, Im excited to see what else Kirkman has in store for The Walking Dead. Im giving this issue a 4.5/5 Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Nov 14, 2013

    Just enjoy the action and go with the flow! There are a few glaring story problems and theywillbother you if you slow down to think about them. But you could do that, or you can just enjoy Negan's plight. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Nando Acosta Nov 14, 2013

    As a final point, the war has began and get ready because this will be the biggest war yet to come to the Walking Dead. It's a great start, because from now until the end of the "All-out war" series would be bi-weekly. And Kirkman, Adlard and Stefano Gaudiano did a fantastic job in making sure we the readers get ready in two weeks. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    We The Nerdy - Oscar Russell Nov 15, 2013

    A main concern for this new epic story arc is that it will get dragged out. A 12 issue story arc is long for the Walking Dead, and if the build up to All Out War is any indication there may be some slack issues in it. However, it they keep it up with fast paced action issues like this and less of Rick moping around, then this one is going to fly by and be a truly memorable experience. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The MacGuffin - Matt LeMaire Nov 12, 2013

    THE WALKING DEAD‘s “All Out War” is off to a great start, with part 2 building on what has come before and upping the intensity tenfold. If this is only the beginning, I truly can't wait to see what Kirkman has in store for the rest of the arc. So shamble on over to your nearest comic book store and pick this book up. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 13, 2013

    This issue definitely benefits from the addition of Stefano Gaudiano to the art team. Gaudiano's inks bring a newfound level of sharpness and clarity to Charlie Adlard's pencils. The action hits harder and the storytelling flows better as a result. While Gaudiano's presence is a necessity in order to maintain a biweekly shipping schedule on this arc, I'm crossing my fingers that this arrangement will become permanent. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Fuentes Nov 14, 2013

    The Walking Dead #116 was a refreshing change of pace for the series that has been crawling about to set the stage for war. I honestly have no idea how this is going to end so I'll refrain from making predictions. As it stands, Rick and Negan have both made mistakes; underestimated each other. The cards do seem to be in Rick's favor, but Kirkman has been secretive about Negan and his capabilities. The only way to find out what happens is to keep reading. The biggest event since the prison continues next month in The Walking Dead #117. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Nov 16, 2013

    Really if you were someone who had to drop The Walking Dead because of its pacing, or worry of its direction, I'd say The Walking Dead #116 is where you should pick it back up. There's a clear sign of getting some of that excitement back which made the book worthy of its praise. Rick is now back into a position of leadership that he's a lot more comfortable with, Negan is far from willing to back down considering both his superiority complex and ego, you just know that something will go wrong for either and it's a given. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jimbus_Christ Nov 13, 2013

    So far this arc is truly unlike anything Kirkman has done before. Which is no easy feat after writing the same series for ten years. With any luck the fantastic pacing will keep up and we'll be treated to a new gold standard of zombie story by years end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Augie De Blieck Jr. Nov 13, 2013

    So far, this bi-weekly event is living up to its name and expectations. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 16, 2013

    The war has started and Kirkman makes sure to not disappoint. There is no slow burn to this story. Nothing too bloody happens in this book but the cliffhanger certainly makes for an interesting setup for the next issue. The question is how high the body count is going to go. Great read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Nov 30, 2013

    All Out War is starting to get even more exciting as although the issue is still very much setting things up, it would still have some very intense and suspenseful moments throughout. It would also have some brilliant dialogue and as usual a interesting ending and I for one can't wait for the next issue. Due to this I'd highly recommend this issue as well as the opening issue of All Out War and any Walking Dead comics or trade paperbacks that you can find. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Nov 17, 2013

    Hang onto your seats, because this is one of the best Walking Dead issues that we've seen in a long time. And as Rick says, "It's only just begun." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Nov 12, 2013

    While I was still hoping for something just a bit more grandiose overall I was not disappointed. This is a return to the grit, horror and grim that the Walking Dead is well known for and I can't wait to see what Kirkman and Adlard have in store. It was also great to see Rick shed his submissive role he has been wearing since Negan's arrival and a return to the tough, aggressive leader he has always been. Walking Dead #116 feels like the return of a long lost undead friend and fans should strap in for what's sure to be an exciting ride during "All Out War." Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Nov 12, 2013

    However, in spite of this, what we have here is another extremely enjoyable slice of the episodic storytelling that this series has become so famous for. And while the latest event hasn't quite lived up to its lofty expectations – at least not just yet – to use the words of Rick himself, “the war has only just begun.” Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Nov 15, 2013

    Wow, that was fast. Reading issue #116 of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead takes less time than ordering from a McDonald's drive-thru window, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Considering the amount of suspense built up to this point in Kirkman's latest arc, "All out War," the book is due for some quickly-paced action and less dialogue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - J.C. Macek III Dec 4, 2013

    Kirkman and Adlard are both greatly talented in their storytelling abilities, but here they seem to almost be distracting the audience's logic detectors with what could be easily described as "balls out action". However, they do this very well. Is it possible for all of these dominos to fall exactly as planned and the good guys to come out smelling like peaches while the bad guys stand in line for their dunce caps? Sure. Is it likely? Or, is the better question "Does it matter?" Closing Walking Dead #116 is a satisfying experience, at least as much so as watching a great episode or action film. Nitpicking the "logic" in a horror comic about reanimated deceased people bringing about the end of the world may be an exercise in futility (or, at least, missing the point), but with Kirkman's track record as a logical and capable storyteller, logic leaps of this kind do tend to stand out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Jason Motes Nov 17, 2013

    This issue ramps things up a bit. It definitely feels like the book is drifting back to its old self, the book we all fell in love with. It's not quite there yet, but it's getting there. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Nov 13, 2013

    I guess with Kirkman's focus on the show, logic and story fly right out the window. Walking Dead has been limping along for nearly fifty issues now. It needs to end. It won't affect the show, which is simply using the characters to create new storylines. Kirkman either needs to step down as writer and give fresh eyes to the series, or pack it in. The brilliance of those first few years are in jeopardy of falling to the lame, repetitive, and uninteresting series Walking Dead has become. Read Full Review

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