Walking Dead #176 cover a,
VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
BONUS REVIEW by Kevin Healy
(W) Robert Kirkman
(A) Charlie Adlard & Various
(CA) Charlie Adlard, Dave Stewart
'NEW WORLD ORDER,' Part Two An audience with a different kind of Governor.
Date Available: 02/07/2018
Even with some good news, there's nothing by my read but menace in this issue of the Walking Dead. Lance Hornsby was the impressive introduction to The Commonwealth last issue. He talks quite a bit, is full of himself, and seemingly bored with the idea that he has to start from scratch with each new group the Commonwealth comes in contact with. He was awesome.
Now, we're inside the walls of the Commonwealth, and a few things are coming into focus. Normally, I'd be vague or try to be clever here. Not this time. The Commonwealth looks to be a class based society. The powerful are easily identified because you get their first and last name when you meet them. The middle ground have first names, but are dismissed out of hand when interacting with the upper echelon. They are threatened with punishment and retribution. The bottom tier appears to be their army, who are simply referred to as Brutes. Brutes, who know their place is to BE controlled, according to the governor of the Commonwealth.
Her name is Pamela Milton. If you know your 'Paradise Lost', locations associated with the name Milton have a tendency to not be the most inviting. There are other not so subtle clues about how things are run- who they choose to speak with out of our group, who they reject, and why. The clothes on the top tier have a lot to say as well.
I'm calling it now. Whether or not Michonne finds her daughter, there's no WAY Rick and company are going to be interested in any of what the Commonwealth has to offer. For many of them, it would be tantamount to indentured servitude. I'd look for a story line along the lines of Civil War in the next year. I don't see the Commonwealth as something that will allow a challenge to their way of life.
I give it 9 out of 10 Grahams