The comic book series of The Walking Dead has come to an end many months ago and it was sad to see it end out of nowhere. As a reader since 2004, this hit me the hardest. But with that out of the way, there are a number of issues that were released that leads up to the final issue and those issue had very important moments that needs to be discussed. Here are my top 10 moments of 2019 of The Walking Dead comic book series. Here is also my list for 2018 and 2017.
10. Time Skip (#193: The Farm House)
After Rick Grimes’ death on Issue #192, we did not know where the story would go next. But after a few pages in the next issue, We see that Carl Grimes aged about twenty years. This made my jaw drop and not only we see him, but we see most of the other characters aged too and are currently living at The Commonwealth. However, the person that made this all happen to begin with Stephanie, did not make it as Eugene mentioned that she has died. Speaking of Eugene, he and the repair unit finally got the train to run. There are many great things that we have seen in this issue after the time jump.
9. The Breakout (#189: Lines Are Drawn)
The cover of this issue had to be looked at twice because I initinally did not realize that the explosion was from the cell Mercer was stationed at. Laura came up with a plan to use explosives to break Mercer out. She did exactly that and everyone heard it. This of course lead to Mercer and The Commonwealth soldiers staging an uprising to dethrow Pamela once in for all, but that did not work……yet.
8. Taking out Walkers with a Fire Extinguisher (#189: Lines Are Drawn)
The end of issue #188 shows us that there is a horde approaching while Eugene and Stephanie are fixing the train. On this issue, they not only take out the walkers, but they use a fire extinguisher to help take out the walkers too. This was a cool moment as Eugene thought what could be the quickest way to take them out on the spot. He is very resourceful and he proved it there at that moment.
7. The Standoff (#190: Storm The Gates)
After Rick and members of his group help clear walkers that were inside an area of The Commonwealth, Rick and Maggie talk for a second and then, Pamela and her soldiers arrive on the opposite side. Pamela thinks that Rick is lying about taking over The Commonwealth and Rick assured her that he did not know that Maggie and the rest were coming and that he was not going to try to take over. So what does Pamela do after hearing enough of Rick Grimes? She orders an attach on Rick Grimes and his entire group. Fun fact, the ending of this issue is similar to the ending of issue #119 where Negan calls for an attack after the zombified Holly was revealed.
6. Rick and Michonne (#187: The Road Back)
After Rick had to kill Dwight for attempting to kills Pamela, She congradulates him at the gathering at The Commonwealth. Michonne apologized to Rick for having him do that but Rick would not accept her apology (at first). Michonne said that it was her fault for creating that bad situation but Rick told her that he was going to die no matter what since he is a lose cannon. What they both agreed on is that they both do not want to bring chaos to The Commonwealth at all as they both want to change things over there for the better.
5. “We are NOT The Walking Dead” (#191: The Last Stand)
This is one of the best callbacks I have seen in the comic book series in quite some time and this time, this line is far better executed than in issue #24. Rick says this line due to the fact that he believes in The Commonwealth and that he would fight and kill for it since he sees the potential that they have. He also believes that the place has a gift to bring back how things were before the apoclapse and that they do not have to go back to the brutal beginnings of the apoclapse of how they survive and how the old ways of The Comonwealth were used for everyone that is not in the same ranking as the higher ups. He wants everyone to be equal and this lead to her soldiers turning on her and putting her in jail temporary. The words of Rick Grimes can affect everyone he is surrounded by.
4. The Princess’ Backstory (#187: The Road Back)
Since her debut issue at #171, little is known about The Princess. Here on this issue, we finally get a backstory to who she is. While her and Mercer were talking, this is where her baackstory begins. Her parents divorced and her mom married someone else. Also, she was abused by her stepfather and stepbrother when she was younger and would also be tied up and being put in a closet. It was these events that made her believe that men are monsters which affected her until her and Mercer meet.
3. Sabastain Shoots Rick Grimes (#191: The Last Stand)
By the end of this shocking issue, Sebastain is very angry at Rick for having Pamela getting arrested for attempting to attacking his entire group. So what does Sebastain do, He points his gun at Rick, and shoots him at his chest. I thought that he would survive, but this lead to…..
2. Rick Grimes’ Death (#192: Aftermath)
That is right, Rick’s death. I know this may be unpopular, but I like how his death was handled. No character was safe ever since the series started and every year before this issue, we envisioned how Rick would die in the comic book series. It is very realistic for this to happen as I compare Sebastain to Joffrey of Game of Thrones and they both wanted to rule over a large establishment. So after Sebastain continues to shoot Rick, he dies on the bed and in the morning, it was Carl that found Rick who is now a walker as he put him down.
1.The Trials (#193: The Farm House)
The final issue of the series comes with a happy ending and that is, Carl telling his daughter Andrea “The Trials” of what the world was like at the beginning of the apoclapse to right now. Those stories included what Rick Grimes would do to protect everyone and how he is seen as a leader. As Carl was telling her the tsory from the book, we have a page montage of almost every character in different locations of The Commonwealth enjoying life at the current timeline while Sebastain is still in jail for killing Rick. Side note, we finally seen Negan again for the first time since issue #174 and he is at The Commonwealth near Lucille’s grave. This was a great ending to the series.