This latest Compendium for the graphic series contains Chapters 17-24 [Issues #97-144]. As the television show catches up with the end of Compendium #2, this latest edition extends the plotline and scope of the world yet more. It must be stressed that the graphic series and the television series are not the same. Each has unique characters and sub-plots reassigned to different characters. Both are excellent and recommended.
Rick Grimes [former cop and now post-apocalyptic leader], son Carl, Glenn, Andrea and Michonne have made contact with Hilltop, with its wussy leader Gregory and bad-ass recruiter Jesus, at the opening of this collection. Hilltop and trading partner The Kingdom, under the leadership of King Ezekiel with his pet tiger, are in a trade network with the Santuary under Negan’s leadership and bullying. His bully-tactics weigh on the other communities in the network in ways that would make the governor blush.
Meanwhile, Glenn’s wife Maggie is pregnant, and their adopted daughter Sophia has adjustment issues. Abraham and Rosita are on the outs with the latter crashing at Eugene’s, while Eugene is figuring out how to start manufacturing ammunition as pre-apocalyptic supplies are getting scarce. The core survivors are melding well with the natives of Alexandria now that Rick is the leader there.
The trading communities are rebuilding civilization. The final 2 chapters add yet a new group into the world by showing territories beyond the trading network. The Whisperers, with leader Alpha, live a very different return-to-nature lifestyle that sees them wearing zombies skins to blend in with zombie herds . . .
Needless to say, major characters die as new ones are added to the cast. No less than 5 aforementioned characters don’t survive to the end of the compendium.
The continued exploration of the human condition and basics of civilization is astounding in this series. It is highly recommended. I have also reviewed The Walking Dead, Compendium 1 and The Walking Dead, Compendium 2.
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