Trapped in a town surrounded by madmen, Rick must find a way out or die trying. Meanwhile, back at the prison, the rest of the survivors come to grips with the fact Rick may be dead, and a major turning point in the series is reached.
This volume becomes a pivotal one in the series as Rick, Glenn, and Michonne find themselves at the mercy of the Governor and his reign of terror. After being brutally beaten and rapped repeatedly, Michonne is led into the arena where she proves to be a force to be reckoned with as she defeats and kills her opponent and the zombies surrounding her. While an outraged Governor is distracted by Michonne, Rick is approached by a few rogue Woodbury residents who are offering to help him and his friends escape.
However, as they try to leave, Michonne breaks away from the group and promises to catch up. As if Michonne hasn’t proven her badassery (yes, I’m coining the term, get over it) enough already. Hiding within the governor’s apartment, they have a confrontation and she knocks him out. Here’s the moment he first wakes up:
That’s right. She not only tied him up, she nailed his pecker to the floor. But she’s far from done. She routinely does a series of torturous acts, such as removing his eye and cutting off his arm, all of which are geared towards giving him severe pain and yet, keeping him alive. When some of his men bust in, Michonne escapes and makes her way back to the group.
Even though they finally make it back to the prison and find everyone is safe, Rick and the others don’t have much time to relax as he realizes Martinez has manipulated them all. The escape was a ruse, in order for the group to lead Martinez straight to the prison. As he runs, Rick literally hunts him down and runs over him. But he doesn’t bother hiding the body and it will choose to be a decision that will forever change his life.
Great volume and I have to say, I really admire Kirkman’s willingness to go all out with Michonne’s revenge. She’s more than in her right after all the Governor has done to her. Ironically, it’s sometimes the darker moments in this series that really make it such a great read.
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