Fresh off of Robert Kirkman’s exciting Walking Dead New York Comic Con 2017 announcement, we’re happy to show you the cover to THE WALKING DEAD #175 and reveal NEW WORLD ORDER Part 1 of 6!
THE WALKING DEAD #175
STORY: ROBERT KIRKMAN
ART: CHARLIE ADLARD, STEFANO GAUDIANO & CLIFF RATHBURN
COVER: CHARLIE ADLARD & DAVE STEWART
32 PAGES | Black & White | Mature | $3.99
“NEW WORLD ORDER PART ONE OF SIX”
Who are these armored soldiers? And what sort of shake-up will our Survivors be facing? That armor sure looks fresh and clean, huh? Who recognizes the cover we’re making an homage to here?
This issue will hit stores January 3rd, 2018!
Either Ohio is well protected and built up or the annual hunger games are set to begin.
Either way, I hope TWD isn’t jumping the shark.
That cover has me excited!!!…..Something to look forward to as the last couple issues have been underwhelming…
Looks like another obstacle to overcome, join, run or die…Can’t wait to see what happens next year!!
Can’t wait for the stormtroopers to arrive.
Just when I think The Walking Dead comic has been on the downshift for a little while now, losing its pizazz…
it goes and totally UNREDEEMS itself.
And at a price increase.
Lol looks like Kirkman won’t be able to brag about the book being one of the cheapest comics out there anymore.. letter hacks #177 is gonna be WHINEEEEYYYY!!!
Are these the guys the culprits who engineered the virus? Unless they got in touch with a/some politician(s) or members of NASA who were able to save blueprints for armored hazmat suits then I can’t see how they would have access to such advanced looking technology in a world where not even clothe are being manufactured… unless there was prior knowledge “from before” as to what would happen to the world.
Are these guys*
$3.99??? WTF…..And stormtroopers? Lemme guess, their “leader” dresses up like Darth Vader too, right? Pffffttt….. They’ve officially jumped the shark so hard they are now in orbit around Mars
Uhh, what the hell? So the life hasn’t ceased completely and they still have resources and technology to produce such gear?
Nice, the aliens FINALLY show up!
I’m sure the price increase is just because it’s a milestone issue, plus, it should still be cheap because the comic is in black and white, that helps drop the cost significantly. Plus if you’re a true fan, you’re still going to buy it. No way you’d just give up on the story like that.
Maybe the price increase is because when the New World Order is introduced, the comic will magically be in color like when the Wizard of Oz goes from black and white to color…
Whoa. Lots of people mad in this comment section, eh? :v
I don’t know how long everyone here has been reading the comics (I started around 100, and began to collect the single issues around 113) but the prices of 75 and 100 were $3.99 too, so I don’t see the fuss about 175.
Issue 100’s price increase was definitely because it has 8 extra pages of story making it 30 in total, and I’ll get to 75’s reason soon. The next two milestones issues, 125 and 150, were $2.99 like every other issue, though the latter was 30 pages. Issues 127 and 167 were DOUBLE-SIZED and still the regular cover price. Even 163 had 6 extra pages, and it was a quarter!
I think $3.99 for 1 issue since 100 is fine, especially when we had 58 extra pages (Issue 127 had 22 extra pages, 150 with 8, 163 with 6, and 167 with 22). That’s an extra 2 issues and more than half another issue. I think it’s fine if one issue is a dollar extra to “make up” for those extra pages and quarter-dollar issue.
Issue 75 was $3.99 but had 22 pages, so why was it $3.99?! Its reason for the extra dollar was because of its “alternate ending” after the Letter Hacks, which is 6 pages long and fully coloured by an extra set of artists (Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn and FCO Plascencia). Early on in the book, the talk about “an alien invasion” and aliens creating the zombies and Kirkman stating aliens would begin appearing in Issue 75 was thought to be a joke, but the story at the end of 75 was to make his statement somewhat “true”. My assumption is that because this is Issue 175, it will be more or less a sequel to 75’s alternate ending, or involve something with what’s currently going on in the story.
Personally, I am more put off by this cover than the price increase. Haven’t been as enthused with the story for a little while & now this… whatever this is. Get me excited about reading again, $3.99 is fine… I already read more than one title at that price. But THIS added to the way things have been going is not gonna do it & the price just adds a little prick to the wound.
Admittedly, the whole “white armor” deal is kinda tacky. It’s weird. Like. Body armor is something we should absolutely see more of. But who the fuck makes it in white? It looks so plastic and fake that way. I mean, it’s a drawing but you get what I mean.
Internal patrol in a very large & efficiently ran community?
Either way, I can’t get Stormtroopers & wrestling’s old N.W.O. out of my head.
Can’t wait, I’m really excited and I’m sure the price hike is justified. Love all the hard work that goes into creating this every single month. Think a lot of people forget that. Keep up the fantastic work and I’ll be awaiting this issue with bated breath ❤️
Anybody ever hear the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover”? Literally. Can’t freakin wait. I look forward every month, and this is definitely no exception. I’m more than happy to pay an extra buck considering all the years of awesome storytelling these folks have put out. No biggie. Being that this is new world order part one of six, I’m guessing some major shit is bout to go down.
I’m jazzed for it. I’ve always felt that after the whisperers being an anti-civilisation group, we’d need to see the next big evolution in civilisation next. But what has me most unsettled is the choice to have the three characters appear almost identical – same eyes, same shadows, possibly very slightly different skin colour. I kinda hope they turn out to be triplets as it does feel a bit “send in the clones!” I’m impressed by how Kirkman keeps it fresh by turning the world on its head so often.
That said, I hope we can avoid another cycle of “bigger community… horrible trauma… war… community emerges stronger”. We’ve had that with Negan and the Whisperers. Before, we had it with the Governor. I’d be interested if it tacks closer to the #75 arc where Rick himself was the threat. Although Rick is our hero, his community is still a kind of wild west frontier lifestyle. There’s propaganda on the walls, he only recently killed a woman while letting a murderer go free without a trial. From the outside, this popular maverick leader could look like a real danger to the sanctity of a well-ordered, stable (but perhaps less free) military-run group.
Anyway, it’s going to be a fascinating new year.
So maybe it is not a scene that will actually happen but something that is implied. The covers that were used when the Negan/Rick power struggle storyline did that. Could be the new world order is regimented and militaristic, but really, wearing white storm trooper armor? Nah. Or maybe they are dressed up for halloween, JK.
Okay okay okay, I guess I can say this new cover image has me excited. And the armor thing sorta makes sense and shouldn’t necessarily imply they are Storm Troopers, as what was originally what came to mind upon first glance. Though I wonder what the reasoning was behind using what appears to be 3 human clones for the cover, as their eyes and expression appear to be exact copies. What’s up with that? Did someone actually raise a clone army? Or are we just looking at triplets? hahaha….. But seriously, after many years since the Turn, I suppose someone would eventually develop a standardized protocol for dealing with the undead and protecting themselves. Sure, Rick got pretty far as establishing a network of colonies and raising a rag-tag army, but whoever is in charge of these armored troopers must be one organized individual, probably former military. What is he or she like? Is that person loved or feared by their people? Both? What was their story from the Turn until now? Are they good people? Do they force an ultimatum to whomever they come across to assimilate or die? Lots of questions! Mr. Kirkman, you always leave me guessing!
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What if our survivors have run into a group from one of those Trumpian billionaire doomsday bunkers that rich people have been building. Would explain the wanky ‘look at all my wealth’ white armor suits and perception of resources.
How does New World Order not trigger any Illuminati confirmed discussion? Heck these are probably the guys that engineered the apocalypse and are crawling out to rebuild in their own image (maybe its to soon to be at that point). Is this the beginning of the fight against a new super powered oppression?
Now back to the cover to look for triangles and eyes.
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Honestly, I think its a ruse. The “storm troopers” could just be guys in plastic storm trooper armor. Think about it.
1) Plastic is durable, light weight and will protect from bites and scratches which are the primary danger when your enemy is a zombie. (Gnaw on an old aquafina bottle and tell me how far you get) Old costume stores are going to be virtually untouched since they have nothing of value to a survivor except poorly made clothing.
2) Look at their weapons. They appear to be automatic. Automatic weapons are effective against humans, but zombies not so much. Semi-automatic, lower caliber, low recoil rifles would be the thing for zombies. You take calm precise aim at the heads and keep going until you give ground or they are all on the ground. High powered weapons are tough to feed (big concern when ammo is hard to come by) and the recoil from a high powered rifle would wear out your shooters very quickly. Those guns look like automatic howitzers. Not exactly indicative of a advanced society which has adapted to thrive in a new world.
3) Guys, there’s a new star wars movie out. It’s not unreasonable to think that Kirkman is a fan and wanted to pay tribute to one of his lifelong favorites.
So, yeah, Kirkman is yanking our chains as he is apt to do from time to time.
These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.