ENDED ON: Tuesday, 08/28/2018 2:45 PM
COMMENTS: Pg. 22; Charlie Adlard pencils and signed; image size 9" x 13.5"
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Pg. 22; Charlie Adlard pencils and signed; image size 9" x 13.5"This splash by Charlie Adlard shows the final encounter between Rick and Negan and the shocking conclusion to their conflict. Negan thinks Rick is dead and is surprised to find him still alive when he visits the Hilltop community. Speaking after all they have been through in bitter opposition to one another, Negan begins to come around and see that his protection methods were too extreme. Despite Negan's change of heart, Rick whips out a knife and slashes his throat.
The image captures the dynamic moment, with Negan bleeding and falling back from Rick's attack, dropping Lucille with a shocked expression in contrast to Rick's furious mien. It's a vivid depiction of the final confrontation between long-time adversaries and a surprising moment indicating that Negan brought out a mean streak in the ordinarily level-headed protagonist of The Walking Dead.