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Walking Dead #100 Gets 2nd Printing

A Sell Out

By Robert T. Trate     July 18, 2011
Source: Image Comics

Coming off a whirlwind release day the week of Comic-Con International and supported by special events at comic book stores around the country, THE WALKING DEAD #100 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard will receive a second printing after selling out of its record-setting first printing. At 383,612 copies, the sales of THE WALKING DEAD #100 were the best initial orders for a single issue of a comic book since 1997.

A harrowing and heart-wrenching event in the lives of Rick Grimes and his band of survivors, THE WALKING DEAD #100 has been critically acclaimed for its examination of violence and mortality.

At
The Comics Journal, Sean T. Collins considered the depiction of brutality: "It's hugely graphic and gory, but more importantly it's predicated on anguish and agony, on a character begging for their life and slowly losing it anyway, in view of other characters, including children, made to watch as punishment," he wrote. "A 'bad guy' is committing the violence, but its horribleness is quite of a piece with the series' presentation of human-on-human violence overall."

Augie De Blieck, Jr. at
Comic Book Resources wrote, "[T]his issue delivers. It is not, however, the massive rampage of blood and guts I expected it to be. Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard deliver something much smaller, but just as effective, creepy, tense and sad."

The issue inspired Bleeding Cool's Adi Tantimedh to ponder the function of tragic fiction in society. "I wonder if the popularity of THE WALKING DEAD and the zombie apocalypse genre is a kind of atavistic ritual that the culture is partaking in to magickally ward off the worst that could happen, which is societal collapse into full horror," Tantimedh wrote. "...[T]he proxy of fiction allows the audience to mentally put themselves through the horror to find catharsis and feel more secure after the experience."


The second printing of the milestone issue will feature a new cover with art by Adlard. It is available for order now with the Diamond code JUN128066. 

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jedibanner 7/18/2012 12:17:07 PM

I expected more gore and more deaths than what happened in the book but, it was fun.

invisioner 7/18/2012 12:57:53 PM

that is the beauty of it Jedi, the unexpected, and the total focus on that one act of brutality.

Tevii 7/18/2012 1:04:38 PM

Have they started coloring the book yet?

InnerSanctum 7/18/2012 3:08:00 PM

 I dropped off right after the events that followed the prison.  Now that the TV show is around, I haven't been very motivated to pick up a graphic novel of this series.  I probably could do catch up.  I heard it slowed down at a point.  Where is the best place to pick back up?  

calhob 7/18/2012 4:33:35 PM

 Inner- Most people say it slowed down while at the prison. I disagree. The events after the prison are great, out on the road again, then it gets a little slow again....and then its crazy. The same formula Kirkman has used the whole time and it is all a great payoff. Get back in! Some of my favorite events happen in the 10 issues or so after the prison arc.

HudsonTaco 7/18/2012 7:25:15 PM

 Loved it, best way to read this though is in a Trade when I read single issues it can be months where nothing happens. I wii probably wait a few more months before I read anymore. This issue was fantastic though, I had to stop reading at spots I felt so uneasy.

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