The Walking Dead, Vol. 28: A Certain Doom by Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead, Vol. 28: A Certain Doom

In the aftermath of The Whisperer War--ALL IS LOST as Rick and all of Alexandria fight for survival against the largest horde of walkers they've ever faced. Collects THE WALKING DEAD #163-168. ...

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The Walking Dead, Vol. 28: A Certain Doom Reviews

  • FanboyBen

    So remember how “The Whisperer War” was supposed to be the next big event in “The Walking Dead?” Remember how everyone said it was going to be the spiritual successor to “All Out War?”

    Yeah. Well. Robert Kirkman done pulled a fast one on all of us.

    Because the REAL “big event”? The real “spiritual successor” to “All Out War?” Turns out, it wasn’t “Vol. 27: The Whisperer War.” It was “Vol. 28: A Certain Doom.” And for my money, it might even take the mantle from “All Out War” as the single most “H

    So remember how “The Whisperer War” was supposed to be the next big event in “The Walking Dead?” Remember how everyone said it was going to be the spiritual successor to “All Out War?”

    Yeah. Well. Robert Kirkman done pulled a fast one on all of us.

    Because the REAL “big event”? The real “spiritual successor” to “All Out War?” Turns out, it wasn’t “Vol. 27: The Whisperer War.” It was “Vol. 28: A Certain Doom.” And for my money, it might even take the mantle from “All Out War” as the single most “HOLY CRAP DID THAT REALLY JUST HAPPEN” arc of the entire series.

    Not to drown you in my enthusiasm, but seriously: this is why I read comics. For great art (it’s official: Charlie Adlard is a god), for long-term development of character arcs that pay off oh-so-beautifully (or heartbreakingly. Or both), for crazy cliffhangers that make the 30-day wait for the next issue absolutely interminable. The fact that I’m saying all of this about a series that is now nearing its 170th issue and over 10 years as an ongoing series is absolutely mindboggling. In fact, it’s such an impressive feat, it feels almost criminal, like Kirkman and Adlard and all of the amazing people that bring this story to life month after month are breaking some sort of rule in turning out such high quality work so consistently, for so long. Like, is this really allowed?

    Thankfully, issues #163-168 prove that it IS allowed. And I couldn’t be happier about it. Here’s to another 168 zombie-stuffed, gore-happy, tear-soaked issues.

  • Sarah

    MY GOD, MAN. This volume broke my heart. It was a great volume and definitely one of my favourite volumes but I'm so sad about how things ended. It's hard to write a review without giving anything away so I'm going to leave it at that. I would 100% recommend this series.

  • Artemy

    This was a pretty average, run-of-the-mill volume of TWD... Right until it wasn't. A major death happens in this volume, and for the first time in this entire series Robert Kirkman manages to make it a meaningful and emotional moment, which is something I was never expecting from him. Kudos to him for handling it in such a way.

  • Brendan Nicholls

    I have lost interest in the tv show but this long series has kept me hooked for the majority of the story. There have been dull plots and the chapters repeat a lot of the stories over and over but the series is very consistent. This chapter really stepped up the action and like great storylines, it has a consequence for the good guys. I have those moments when I think the walking dead is on the way out, the plots are boring or its the same arc, but I have started to understand why this is done.

    I have lost interest in the tv show but this long series has kept me hooked for the majority of the story. There have been dull plots and the chapters repeat a lot of the stories over and over but the series is very consistent. This chapter really stepped up the action and like great storylines, it has a consequence for the good guys. I have those moments when I think the walking dead is on the way out, the plots are boring or its the same arc, but I have started to understand why this is done. The series does the basics really well, character is genuinely first and the arcs grow from these plotlines. The final panel will leave you gut punched and I can't even contemplate where the storyline will go next, this chapter has expanded the world into something unpredictable. This chapter proves Kirkman is still at the top of the authors and I really hope the team continue with dark series.

  • Shadowdenizen

    Warning- Rant ahead. Also, a confession: I finished Invincible Vol 24, and it started bringing to a close 13 years of continuity in a super satisfying manner, and it undercut the strength of this volume of TWD.

    If you read my prior reviews, you'll realize this title is super frustrating to me. The quality (IMO) seems to dip up and down seemingly at random, and title itself seems to lack a clear long-term focus, lately focusing on mini-arcs (which isn't inherently a bad thing, but I just want an i

    Warning- Rant ahead. Also, a confession: I finished Invincible Vol 24, and it started bringing to a close 13 years of continuity in a super satisfying manner, and it undercut the strength of this volume of TWD.

    If you read my prior reviews, you'll realize this title is super frustrating to me. The quality (IMO) seems to dip up and down seemingly at random, and title itself seems to lack a clear long-term focus, lately focusing on mini-arcs (which isn't inherently a bad thing, but I just want an indicator that there's an ultimate goal, as this book's been running for over 10 years.)

    We're 28 volumes in: where is the series GOING? It feels like this title is just meandering with no direction, and the title is beginning to have TOO mich of a reliance on Negan (the same way that "Heroes" began to suffer from an overreliance on Sylar.)

    That said, Kirkman does have a knack for creating "Holy Shit" moments, and there's at least one of these in this volume, that brought this rating up to a (reluctant) four stars.

  • Sam Quixote

    I never know what to expect with The Walking Dead because the quality ebbs and flows - two books in a row might stink but the next will be great, and so on like that. So I’m delighted to say that Volume 28: A Certain Doom is not just one of the good ones but also one of the best additions to the series yet!

    The biggest challenge Rick’s group has ever faced is upon them: a thousands-strong herd of zombies sent their way by the Whisperers. Even if they survive, some are bound to fall - but who?

    Fr

    I never know what to expect with The Walking Dead because the quality ebbs and flows - two books in a row might stink but the next will be great, and so on like that. So I’m delighted to say that Volume 28: A Certain Doom is not just one of the good ones but also one of the best additions to the series yet!

    The biggest challenge Rick’s group has ever faced is upon them: a thousands-strong herd of zombies sent their way by the Whisperers. Even if they survive, some are bound to fall - but who?

    From the first page to the last, Robert Kirkman keeps up the tension and suspense fantastically. Right away it’s all hands on deck as Rick and co. battle against an almost impossible number of zombies and it’s really exciting to see the various splinter groups trying different tactics to deal with them.

    Negan in particular has a lot of great scenes. The conversation he has with Rick after they’re penned into a house by the herd revealed a lot about his worldview and gave his character more depth. I think I like him so much because he’s still such a wildcard. Even though he seems to be a good guy now, given that he’s done such fucked up shit in the past, I keep expecting him to turn back into the psycho villain he was when we first met him. He gives a brilliant speech at the end too but I also wouldn’t have been surprised if he had turned to Rick, sucker-punched him and walked off with a new group to raise hell once again.

    But definitely the most memorable part was the death of a longtime major character. Of course I won’t spoil who it was here but I will say that Kirkman had me guessing the whole time as to who it was gonna be. You think it’s this one and then, nope, they’re safe, it’s gonna be someone else, nuh-uh, and then… The storytelling is absolutely gripping and surprising.

    And full credit to Kirkman for his writing here. The plotting is perfect and so is the execution. Looking back to earlier clunkers in the series like the “WE are the walking dead” line (and he’s still dropping the occasional eye-roller here - “I’m too scared to be scared”), Kirkman’s clearly grown as a writer and realised that sometimes the most powerful thing a character can say is nothing at all. He handled the death scene masterfully, letting Charlie Adlard’s visuals say what his words can’t (and Adlard also does some of his best work in this book) making for an unexpectedly emotional but beautiful farewell for this character.

    There’s more in this volume than just the herd and the death but I won’t give anything away here. Suffice it to say there’s a helluva lot going on in this one and the drama never lets up at any time. I loved it.

    28 volumes in and, like its own unstoppable zombie herd, The Walking Dead still shows no sign of letting up. “There is still so much to do” says Rick. I may have a love/hate relationship with this title but so long as we continue to get books of this quality every so often I’m gonna keep reading to see what these characters do next!

  • Ryan Buckby

    This volume and in a long time has left me so emotional and sad after reading it, Robert kirkman did something that i haven't seen in this entire series is make a death so impactful and so meaningful that you feel so sad that it's happened.

    The comic picks up straight up after the events of volume 27 where a huge is herd headed towards Alexandria so the residents inside those walls have to gear up and take out the looming threat of a thousand walkers. I can h

    This volume and in a long time has left me so emotional and sad after reading it, Robert kirkman did something that i haven't seen in this entire series is make a death so impactful and so meaningful that you feel so sad that it's happened.

    The comic picks up straight up after the events of volume 27 where a huge is herd headed towards Alexandria so the residents inside those walls have to gear up and take out the looming threat of a thousand walkers. I can honestly say that Andrea's death was meaningful and so impactful i feel as though that this was the first death in the entire series that i was sad about. She is one of the four remaining original characters to die and this comic shows that any character in this series is not immortal to death anymore and i have a feeling that we can expect this in the future.

    So what now? what happens next and how does Rick move forward and cope with the lose of Andrea, will he crumble or will he step up and be the strong leader that everybody needs because he has done so much for so many people that they would be lost without him.

    I loved the little hint of Carl becoming a leader and how far he has come in this series and i feel like we will see him take more of the leader role and will probably will take over from his father because the way the story is headed its highly likely that this will happen soon.

    I don't know where this series is headed and i'm not sure how much more story you could tell honestly, a lot of it has been covered but i'm sure Robert will find some storyline to keep this series going.

    Volume 28 was a very strong and emotional volume and one of my favourites of the entire series but i don't want this series to keep going much longer because all these wars and deaths will start to become boring.

  • Matthew

    Not much going on here - while there are a couple of big revelations in the end, this was basically just a good ol' fashioned zombie cattle drive. Seemed like more of a transitional volume. Not much more to say, I guess.

    So, for those of you who stop by for my Pulitzer Prize winning reviews, sorry that this is all you get!

    Also, it appears like I might be in the minority with this opinion . . .

  • Koen

    An ocean of walkers... not bad, quite some drama in there besides this herd..!

    Don't think it was the best story in the series, but it still packed quite a punch.. emotionally..

    <3 TWD <3

  • Nadine

    :( :(


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