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5 Things We Do and Don’t Know After #127

SPOILERS FOR ISSUE #127 in this great article by The Intern, Mr. Stephan. Now we’re gonna let him take it away…

The Walking Dead #127 was the first issue of the new arc, A New Beginning, and it sure is the start of a new era in The Walking Dead universe! It picks up 2 years after All Out War, and we see the progress Rick Grimes has made building a peaceful society. His community isn’t just surviving, it’s thriving in the conditions that once posed a deadly threat.

#127 is definitely a milestone for the series. Here are five important things we learned in the issue, and five unanswered questions the issue left us with:

Five Things We Learned:

1. The Survivors are still alive and well: Rick, Andrea, Carl, Rosita, Eugene and Maggie are living in safety. In fact, they have grown really quickly! Rick is looking like a version of Douglas Monroe, Carl has hit his Weezer-loving teen years, and Andrea…well, she looks the same. Maybe more badass? Definitely more badass.

2. Three Communities are still in existence: the Hilltop, the Kingdom and Alexandria. They’re still working together to better themselves and, even more importantly, they’re having a Fair!

3. Rick is in charge, and doing it well: Rick might look like Monroe, but he sure is running Alexandria a whole lot better! People seem generally happy and content, unlike his predecessor. To be fair, though, Paul set the bar pretty low with sexual harassment and protection.

4. Zombies are a manageable threat: I have to say, since Eugene first said he could manufacture bullets, I was impressed, but now, as Rick stated, he is invaluable! Not only does he have a full-fledged factory working on ammunition, he also has a bread mill running. And, of course, he has perfect a system that they use now to maneuver herds away from the communities!

5. Public Enemy #1 is still alive: Negan! This is surprising in many different ways and is actually maybe the most interesting point of issue 127. We know he’s alive and that he didn’t escape, but most importantly we find out he’s talking to Carl about girl problems! And Rick is none the wiser about these candle-lit pow-wows. It was an unexpected direction, and will likely set up a lot of interesting conflict in the future.

Five Things We Don’t Know:

1. Where is Michonne? And where is Ezekiel? We see Jesus with what looks like her sword, but why would he have Michonne’s katana? Has she given up fighting to start a life with Ezekiel? And are they off at the Kingdom, or somewhere else?

2. Are the Saviors still around? Last we heard, Dwight was taking charge and going to make a treaty with the other communities. It’s possible the group may have disbanded or perhaps killed each other. Though, since Dwight had murderers for followers, maybe we should lean toward number 2.

3. Is Maggie and Glenn’s child alive? Their child should be at least a toddler by now. That is, if the child survived. After all, children in The Walking Dead universe don’t have the best track record when it comes to survival.

4. What does Rosita need to talk to Eugene about? Andrea asks Rosita if she has spoken to Eugene after dealing with the herd, and suggests she should before it’s “too late.” Is Eugene getting married? Was there more to Rick wanting to keep Eugene close? Smells like a scandal…

5. Who is this new group, led by Magna? Something The Walking Dead has always proven is nothing is exactly as it seems. Though this new group seems friendly enough, alternative motives may be lurking beneath the surface. What does Magna really want for her group, and how will they get along with the Survivors?

We have so many questions, and The Walking Dead #128 seems so far away! At least that leaves plenty of time to discuss #127. What do you think about the new leap forward and the new relationships that have been built between characters? What do you think will happen next? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Bastet May 15, 2014 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Nice, Mr. Stephan! Take a break from washing cars, you’ve earned it.

    Something in the Letter Hacks about going back to bi-weekly….can we just get that again…. really soon? Pretty Please?

  2. Justin Teeter May 15, 2014 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    I really hated the fact Magna-after maybe 4 years-didn’t get fazed by a friends death. If Maggie died, Rick, Andrea, Carl, Eugene and Rosita would be devastated. Rick and Andrea and Carl have know her from the get-go. I truly hope Michonne is alive, and Dwight too, and, a good guy. All in all, I’m exited to see what’s going to happen. And, with Negan of course. He isn’t going to quietly sit in a cell for thirty years, he probably ask’s Carl that every time, waiting for the answer to change.

  3. froknight May 15, 2014 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    I am thinking there are 3 options for the baby’s name. 1. Glenn Junior. 2. Someone related to Glenn in his family, that was never mentioned in the comics, but that Maggie and Glenn talked about at some point. 3. Something completely random, kinda like Steven, cough cough.

  4. Tom Whaley May 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    The time-jump/progress kind of reminded me of the Season Four premiere. Obviously the show and the comics are in two completely different places when it comes to both the timeline and the story, but still, and interesting comparison. I’m excited to see what will happen next! However, I was pretty sad at seeing the sight of an older and less mobile Rick.

  5. c_gariepy May 15, 2014 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    I don’t think Kirkman would kill Michonne off without actually letting us see it happen. After everything we have seen her go through, if the time ever comes where she needs to be killed off, I assume it will be pretty epic. On another note…Magna seems like a huge bitch.

  6. froknight May 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    As for Eugene and Rosita, I think that Rosita is going to tell him that she is either pregnant, or that she can’t get pregnant.

  7. Stuart O May 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Rosita is pregnant with Eugenes baby and Rick knows and is trying to keep him safe, is my guess, but hell I have never got one right yet so dont count on it.

  8. Kaydan Howison May 15, 2014 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I loved this new issue probably helped a lot of people who didn’t like the ending of 126 see that Rick indeed so far has kept his promise. As for what i think will happen next i think Carl will learn the black smith trade so he can break Negan out of jail and murder him.

  9. 2YourScatteredBodies . May 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    I don’t think its Michonne’s sword, doesn’t appear to be a katana. Michonne’s sword had a circular guard on the hilt, this one has a short cross guard.

  10. AJ Leslie May 15, 2014 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    The one thing that is sort of weird is that all of our favorites, Glenn, Tyreese, Hersh, Lori, Judy are all forgotten about now since its been two years.

  11. Jason Thomas May 15, 2014 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Michonne and Ezekiel sitting in a tree k-i-s-s-i-n-g . First comes the apocalypse then comes war then comes Jesus knocking at the door ….

    • Bastet May 15, 2014 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      Then comes Heath and Kelly, too.
      Everybody wants a go.
      How ’bout you?

    • Chris Bigger May 18, 2014 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      OK stop
      I’m just sayin
      Zeeke and Michonne
      they aint misbehavin
      Jus killin zomB’S
      Like a couple of kids
      Bustin some skulls
      see what I jus did
      They got a handful of fingertips
      They toss em up like confetti
      They B runnin over walkers
      Drivin crazy like Andretti
      They gonna rock the Kingdom
      Like never before
      Gotta watch they back
      Zomibes be knockin at the door
      Me,Bastet.Stuart and Jason
      The original Z-crew
      Yall know what I’m sayin
      PEACE……….

      • Jason Thomas May 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm - Reply
      • Jason Thomas May 18, 2014 at 5:35 pm - Reply

        My rhymes obese , sitting here eating chips in my fleece, Michonne with her sword doing karaoke when she’s bored , zombies can’t be ignored, because they smell like feet , can’t trust the governor because he lives in deceit, happiness is hard to explore , when you have dead folks tearing down the door , but that’s what the zcrew came here for ….

        • Chris Bigger May 18, 2014 at 7:33 pm - Reply

          Busted heads broken legs
          Body parts on the concrete
          Negan sittin in a cell
          Feelin so incomplete
          Negan hidin in the dark
          Like a boogeyman beast
          Got his throat cut
          Blood fallin to his feet
          Zeeke got a kingdom
          He’s the pimp of the dead
          Make a false move
          Michonne put a sword in ya head
          Got walkers all around
          The nightmares come quick
          Negan led by fear
          Got took out by Rick

      • Jason Thomas May 18, 2014 at 7:32 pm - Reply

        I penetrate the mind with elevated designs, seize the moment never stop my grind , take my machete to scull of a stinker for full contact sports never coming up short …

        • Chris Bigger May 19, 2014 at 7:04 pm - Reply

          Bustin skulls
          I’m a stalker
          Gonna chin check
          A nasty AZZ walker
          I’m like Ludacris Bigger
          Man go figure
          If a walkers around
          Got my finger on the trigger
          Jason T got my back
          Cuttin walkers no slack
          We will curb stomp they face
          Best get outta our space
          If a walker could talk
          They call for god almighty
          Mess with the Z-crew
          You see the bottom of a nike

          • Jason Thomas May 20, 2014 at 6:21 am

            Yo .. Yo… Remember when people used to rock socks with sandals yeaaaahhh that was a trip … Yo .. Check it … The scenery is immaculate, my pistol is accurate, fuck being a pacifist, I’m a ventriloquist, pulling strings and killing shit ….

          • Chris Bigger May 20, 2014 at 8:38 pm

            I can’t stop
            I won’t stop
            pop pop popin em
            Gonna buss this rhyme
            From miles away
            It’s like I’m channeling
            My inner NWA
            It;s coming straight
            From the DirtySouth
            No time chill
            Got walkers all around
            I’m straight up ill
            Gonna bust some heads
            Those bodies will roll
            I’m straight up south
            ROLL TIDE ROLL

          • Jason Thomas May 21, 2014 at 10:19 am

            Lol you are so silly dude …

          • Jason Thomas May 21, 2014 at 10:31 am

            She was a lipstick lesbian , inspiring thespian, when the outbreak happened she was smoking with some friends, she couldn’t find her car keys to get away , so she had to use her feet that trying day , Sally is trying to find her brother even though they’ve had their differences, he thinks she is living wrong , she thinks he is on some incoherent shit , now they need each other more than ever , Timmy knows he’s fucking wrong and has to tell her , jumping over zombies can’t call their mommy , she passed from cancer last year , daddy died soon after from drinking too many beers …

          • Jason Thomas May 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm

            I’m at work will fix and finish later

          • Bastet May 21, 2014 at 12:38 pm

            “Little Ditty About Jack & Diane”

          • Jason Thomas May 21, 2014 at 5:12 pm

            It’s a story about Sally with her first day dealing with the apocalypse with added soap opera dramatics for extra effects.

          • Chris Bigger May 23, 2014 at 7:21 pm

            Man we have been tearin it up I’ve been slackin but I’ll be back

          • Jason Thomas May 23, 2014 at 7:24 pm

            lol I was wondering where you went .

          • Chris Bigger May 24, 2014 at 5:45 pm

            Gavin is just a kid
            Livin like he should
            He never got in trouble
            Man it’s all good
            He left for school that day
            Not a care in the world
            His whole life jacked up
            His young mind just twirled
            As he walked down the street
            He can’t believe what he sees
            People eating people
            He just stops and he freeze
            Poor boy just got scared
            He can’t even run
            Walkers coming close
            Bang goes a gun
            Little man need some help
            Gavin hears from a voice
            Tears fill his eyes
            He cries with rejoice
            My names Jason Thomas
            I just want you to know
            I’m friends with your dad
            Come on lets go
            These streets are not safe
            Let us get outta here
            We need to make like a ghost
            We need to disappear
            Gavin says look
            Take a look around
            Walkers are coming
            We better get outta town………..
            To be continued………

          • Jason Thomas May 24, 2014 at 6:15 pm

            Dude that was awesome… Raising the bar I like it ..

          • Jason Thomas May 24, 2014 at 6:17 pm

            Btw … My next rhyme… Coming soon..

          • Jason Thomas May 26, 2014 at 2:13 pm

            I have the medicine, I feel like Edward Cullen when he met Bella , Rihanna dropped her umbrella, I’m that fella , I can cure the outbreak and still make hearts break , similar to Daryl Dixon, I got the trimmings and all the fixings, with a comic addiction, here is your subscription all services and wires required, I’m that guy on fire , killing zombies is my desire, If I said it wasn’t I’d be a liar , radio transmissions broken , about to save a damsel that is soft spoken , a plethora of promises left in the open …..

          • Jason Thomas May 26, 2014 at 2:32 pm

            I don’t feel human, but how does a human feel, why is everybody scared me , why am I still here , I smell rotting flesh , but I bet I’m still fresh to death , why did I get bit , what kind of life is this , not really a life at all , losing strength in my legs feel like I’m about fall, those people smell so good all I want is a taste , I wonder if this is what detoxification feels like , why am I always awake , I wish I would of kissed that girl , maybe finished school , now my favorite shirt is covered with some drool , this my life now living as a ghoul …

          • Chris Bigger May 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm

            Heads burnin up
            Gettin hard to see
            Lost track of thought
            Everyones runnin from me
            Please help come back
            Don’t leave me all alone
            I try to speak up
            All I do is moan
            Legs not workin right
            It’s hard to move my feet
            I hunger so so bad
            All I want is meat
            No no this aint me
            I try to fight this pain
            If I just get a bite
            It may just cure my brain
            I see that boy and man
            Don’t think they notice me
            A taste I need a taste
            Wait is that Jason T
            He is trying to save that boy
            I try to scream his name
            He looks me in the eyse
            His gun he just takes aim
            I run at him with blood lust
            He knows I’m just insane
            Somehow I know it’s going to be over
            A bullet to my brain.

          • Bastet May 21, 2014 at 10:45 am

            Make ’em say, “Uhhhh! Na na na na!!”

    • Bastet May 20, 2014 at 5:44 am - Reply

      I love The Walking Dead
      It’s all I know
      It’s gone straight to my head
      I’ve accepted it so
      My social life’s nil
      Because of my addiction
      My family says I’m ill
      I got a mental affliction
      But what they don’t see
      Is that I’m not alone
      I got friends with me
      Where we call home
      It’s on this site
      Where I can be myself
      It’s alright
      We don’t need no help
      Jason rocks “Oh snap!”
      Stuart’s by the book
      When you need a laugh
      Bigger’s got the hook
      We ARE the walking dead
      ‘Nuf said!

  12. Guest May 15, 2014 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    First thought when i read ”Rick doesn’t bite”

  13. Banana '43 May 15, 2014 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    First thought when i read Rick doesn’t bite

  14. J. Moore May 15, 2014 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Hey rookie… It was Douglas Monroe that set the bar low, not Paul Monroe. lol I’m messing as if I don’t make mistakes.

    But nice write-up. Look forward to more!

  15. Heavy Metal Un1c0rn May 15, 2014 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    I seriously hope that the saviors remained part of the community. They’re pretty cool, and if Dwight is their leader, they could totally become an important part of the trade group.

  16. ThatEpicBeast U Know May 16, 2014 at 4:26 am - Reply

    Woo! Another Asian soon to die too! (Related my letter in #125)

  17. Raul Rivera May 16, 2014 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Two thing I’m curious about is Michonne (I think she’s pregnant) and the Saviors because they are part of the network now and I’d like to see how Dwight is handling things.

  18. Lee J. Yi May 16, 2014 at 9:52 am - Reply

    You think he looks like Douglas Monroe? I thought he looked more like Hershel and was behaving like the Hershel from the TV show (i.e., in the prison)

  19. Ollie Whittall May 16, 2014 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Five things we know: Number 2, should that say Douglas, and not Paul? I don’t know of Paul sexually harassing anyone…

  20. Murph Dixon May 16, 2014 at 11:14 am - Reply

    One BIG I want to know that I think was missed. HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN since the end of the war!

  21. hobbs May 16, 2014 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Yeah, I was kinda lookin forward to seeing ricks new prosthetic arm. I was hopin for somethin more badass lookin. Like Merle’s I guess.

  22. mokie May 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    1. Where is Michonne? And where is Ezekiel? We see Jesus with what looks like her sword, but why would he have Michonne’s katana? Has she given up fighting to start a life with Ezekiel? And are they off at the Kingdom, or somewhere else?

    – She probably has a kid now.

    2. Are the Saviors still around? Last we heard, Dwight was taking charge and going to make a treaty with the other communities. It’s possible the group may have disbanded or perhaps killed each other. Though, since Dwight had murderers for followers, maybe we should lean toward number 2.

    – I’d really hope we haven’t seen the last of Dwight he was one of the best characters since Jesus was introduced.

    3. Is Maggie and Glenn’s child alive? Their child should be at least a toddler by now. That is, if the child survived. After all, children in The Walking Dead universe don’t have the best track record when it comes to survival.

    – I’m sure it is and Sophia and is a full-time baby-sitter while Maggie leads Hilltop

    4. What does Rosita need to talk to Eugene about? Andrea asks Rosita if she has spoken to Eugene after dealing with the herd, and suggests she should before it’s “too late.” Is Eugene getting married? Was there more to Rick wanting to keep Eugene close? Smells like a scandal…

    – Shes probably pregnant

    5. Who is this new group, led by Magna? Something The Walking Dead has always proven is nothing is exactly as it seems….

    – The twist is Magnas is one of negans ex wives! ;D
    #poopballs

    • Raul Rivera May 17, 2014 at 1:00 am - Reply

      I can tell you that Paul wasn’t using Michonnes katana if you look at the crossguard it doesn’t match with Michonnes katana. I definitely want to see what the Saviors are doing.

      • mokie May 21, 2014 at 12:51 pm - Reply

        I mean that is their words not mine, The kingdom horse-riders in #108 had swords
        and I’m sure there are more than one left in the universe besides Michonnes….. That’s not really a concern to me or not it’s obvious she has been over the use of it for a long time and is sick of being Rick’s “constable” aka right hand woman when he has andrea, i think she’s been rubbed the wrong way somewhat by Rick and is probably just chilling with Zeke.

        • Raul Rivera May 21, 2014 at 4:27 pm - Reply

          Keeping Negan alive would rub me the wrong way too. He gleefully and brutally murders people and has personally changed the lives of Dwight and Maggie; two community leaders. Rick is taking a half measure and his reasoning isn’t really sound and bit selfish if you ask me. All very out of character of Rick for me. I bet Michonnes pregnant. I’m glad Michonne found a relationship, but Zeke is a weak, whiny, arrogant, leader. He’s no Tyresse.

  23. Jason Thomas May 16, 2014 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    I’m just wondering when Lilly decided to start calling herself Magna .

  24. ThatEpicBeast U Know May 17, 2014 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Another thing we know is that the electricity from the solar panels are gone and possibly the water, too!

  25. jack pittorino May 18, 2014 at 5:03 am - Reply

    What about Sophia and Carls relationship


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