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IGN: The Walking Dead #162 Review

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This issue wraps up the massive "The Whisperer War" storyline. At least, that's what the cover proclaims. The truth is that the odd pacing and structure result in a comic that's partly an epilogue to the recent battle and partly a transition into the next major conflict. That results in a disappointingly anticlimactic conclusion, but one that nonetheless sets the stage for compelling drama to come.

Negan has very much been the MVP of this storyline, and that's still the case in this finale. The "death" of Lucille has brought out a vulnerable, sentimental side to Negan that he managed to keep successfully buried until now. This issue opens with a surprisingly sweet little scene as Negan holds a funeral for his shattered bat and gives it the burial he couldn't for its namesake. Usually, Negan is compelling because he's so darned sadistic and charismatic. Here, he becomes a wholly sympathetic character, one painfully aware of his misdeeds both before and after the zombie apocalypse.

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