I’m going to have to do this review different than I’ve been. Usually I go heavy on the spoilers for you, lazy non-reading bums fair readers, but this issue was MAJOR so this time I’ll keep my spoilers minor or non-existent if I can. Often we get promised or it’s speculated that a particular issue is going to be a key issue but usually, from my vantage, it’s mostly bullshit claims. Good issues, sure. Great? Hell yeah. Key… not so much and not in a while. I’m going to go on record now and say there was probably only 2 key issues since #100. 125 when All Out War ended and 144 when Alpha (or her people) took out a good number of fan favorites off page and then stuck their heads on pikes to mark the border of her land.

156 was speculated to be key and whoever said that was clearly in the know. This issue is not to be missed. A MUST READ for all fans of the series. MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR Stuff and Thangs go down in this one and for me, it was completely from left field. Sure we’ve pondered the possibility of this issue’s twist but IT REALLY HAPPENED. There’s no going back now. No, Rick’s not dead and Kirkman has said many times this is Carl’s story so breath easy, it’s not that kind of twist (though I can definitely see the events of this issue as the first step toward the former). The issue mainly revolves around Negan and it 100% ties into things we’ve been learning in the currently running Image+ side-story, “Here’s Negan” but that’s about all I can tell you. That and HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT!!!! Avoid synopsis’ of this issue, avoid the wikias, AVOID ALL THE THINGS… except Geeks of the Round, of course, cuz we know how ta be respectful.

In the aftermath of 156 expect another six issues or more of gripping reading. If this issue doesn’t set off the biggest series of events in Walking Dead history, if the bodies do not pile up as a result… well, I may have to give up reading because that would mean Kirkman and Co. have no clue what they are doing. Lucky for us, they do. Get ready for some serious shit in the months to come.