Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Walking Dead #53 Solicitation and Cover Art.

This is the most exciting thing that has happened to me all week - I stumbled across this today - - and amongst all the other Image solicitations for this July, we now know the cover art (it is very new, so it doesn't even have the title lettering on it) for The Walking Dead #53. Are you ready???? It is a beauty, and asks a lot more questions than it answers - which is great!


Written by Robert Kirkman, art and cover by Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn.

To the rescue.

32 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on July 16.

So - speculation........are we being introduced to new major characters? Are they meeting up with Rick? Are they Military? Are we about to see the beginning of the fightback against the undead???? Shades of World War Z? It seems as if we could be moving away from the interpersonal relationship dynamics and moving into a period of ACTION with a capital A. It is a really striking cover - Adlards art just gets better and better in my opinion. At least it suggests that Robert Kirkman is wasting no time in expanding his cast of characters. Hope they are the good guys, judging by the weaponry. The fact that the solicitation says 'To the rescue' suggests so. Who are they rescuing? What from? So many questions!!

Could this be the start of Kirkman detailing the lives of other communities and how they are coping with the Zombie Apocalypse? Maybe we aren't in Kentucky anymore.....

On the other hand, it could be Rick & Carl on 'The Road' encountering new people....

OR....maybe they are what's left of the Woodbury community??

Once again, the best comicbook series ANYWHERE teases and tantalises and promises - and I doubt doubt that Kirkman & co will deliver.......