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Issue 145 is the one-hundred and forty-fifth issue of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and the first part of Volume 25: No Turning Back. It was published on August 12, 2015.

Plot

The group is in shock. Michonne is distraught at the sight of Ezekiel's undead head and pulls out a knife to put down Ezekiel's severed head. Rick stops her and offers to do it instead. Michonne angrily refuses and pushes Rick back before turning back around in tears and hugging Rick tight while apologizing. As they console one another, Andrea takes Michonne's knife from her hand and puts Ezekiel down. She directs the others to help her get the rest of the reanimated heads. Michonne laments the chance with Ezekiel that she's thrown away, and tells Rick there's something wrong with her, to which Rick replies, "there's something wrong with all of us."

The group, except for Michonne and Rick, start putting down the reanimated heads, with Rick comforting her. Suddenly, Michonne tackles Lydia to the ground and demands to know if she knew Alpha would do this, and whether the Whisperers have done this before. Carl pulls his gun on her as Dante tells Michonne not to do this.

Placing her knife to Michonne's neck, Lydia calmly tells Michonne that she knew nothing about it, and that her old group have never met survivors that outnumbered them like this. She adds that they usually meet smaller groups and that they either join them or go their separate ways. She warns Michonne if she doesn't get off her, she will have the knife halfway through her neck before she can do anything about it. Michonne, realizing she is being unreasonable, gets off, helping Lydia up. Lydia tells the group that she thinks Alpha is scared of them. Carl, with his gun still aimed at Michonne is told to holster his gun by Michonne, to which he does.

Carl inquires what happened to their bodies to which Lydia replies that they were probably skinned. Rick asks if they should take the heads back with them to bury. Michonne says that they will bury them by the pikes. Rick tells Michonne that's fine, but they leave the poles exactly where they are as that's the territories boundary. Michonne is not happy that Rick seems to not want to cross the line and kill the people for murdering their friends, saying it would be a different story if it had been Carl or Andrea. Rick agrees with her and asks her to be stronger than he could be.

Michonne storms off to the woods to think. Rick asks Andrea what they should do. She tells him that if it was up to her, they would ride back and kill them all, stupid as it might be. Rick confides in her that this may not be possible, but it's understandable that their people will want revenge for these murders. Rick tells her that the situation with the Whisperers could ruin everything. Andrea hugs Rick and tells him she won't let that happen and Rick tells her they will get through this.

Down the line, Lydia sees Carl crying as he has found Josh's head. He explains that he was a good friend and that it's been a while since he lost one of those. Lydia hugs him and apologises. Dante walks over to check on Michonne and she reacts angrily, then tells him to come help her dig graves.

Back at Alexandria, Eugene is fixing the radio excitedly. Maggie, Jesus and Harlan knock on the door and enter. They are relieved to see him and explain that they thought he had gone missing like several others have, including Rosita. Hearing this, he rushes outside quickly calling her name. Jesus comforts Harlan and tells him they will find his missing brother.

Later, at the fair, Rick and Andrea address the crowd that has gathered regarding the twelve missing people. Rick takes a moment before telling them, "I'm afraid I have terrible news.".

Credits

Deaths

Trivia

  • This Issue begins the Fourth Compendium of the series
  • Last appearance of Rosita Espinosa. (Zombified)
  • Last appearance of Josh. (Zombified)
  • Last appearance of Olivia. (Zombified)
  • Last appearance of Carson. (Zombified)
  • Last appearance of Amber. (Zombified)
  • Last appearance of Erin. (Zombified)
  • Last appearance of Ezekiel. (Zombified)
  • Last appearance of Oscar. (Zombified)
  • Last appearance of Luke. (Zombified)
  • Last appearance of Ken. (Zombified)
  • Last appearance of Larry. (Zombified)
  • Last appearance of Tammy Rose. (Zombified)
  • As of this issue, the comic has a completely new introduction page design for the first time.
  • This is the first cover to have no people, zombies, animals or body parts.
  • It is teased that it'll be eventually revealed how punishment works in Alexandria Safe-Zone, and that the survivor that was imprisoned along with Negan will be introduced.
  • It is also said that more of The Sanctuary will be seen soon.
  • It is teased in Issue 144's Letter Hacks that there's "some heavy shit ahead" in this issue.
    • Robert Kirkman adds that this issue might be "a whole Compendium's worth".

Goofs/Errors

  • Although it showed the heads in order before this issue, the heads in this issue were changing position throughout.

References

Comic Issues
Volume 1: Days Gone Bye Issue 1Issue 2Issue 3Issue 4Issue 5Issue 6
Volume 2: Miles Behind Us Issue 7Issue 8Issue 9Issue 10Issue 11Issue 12
Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars Issue 13Issue 14Issue 15Issue 16Issue 17Issue 18
Volume 4: The Heart's Desire Issue 19Issue 20Issue 21Issue 22Issue 23Issue 24
Volume 5: The Best Defense Issue 25Issue 26Issue 27Issue 28Issue 29Issue 30
Volume 6: This Sorrowful Life Issue 31Issue 32Issue 33Issue 34Issue 35Issue 36
Volume 7: The Calm Before Issue 37Issue 38Issue 39Issue 40Issue 41Issue 42
Volume 8: Made To Suffer Issue 43Issue 44Issue 45Issue 46Issue 47Issue 48
Volume 9: Here We Remain Issue 49Issue 50Issue 51Issue 52Issue 53Issue 54
Volume 10: What We Become Issue 55Issue 56Issue 57Issue 58Issue 59Issue 60
Volume 11: Fear The Hunters Issue 61Issue 62Issue 63Issue 64Issue 65Issue 66
Volume 12: Life Among Them Issue 67Issue 68Issue 69Issue 70Issue 71Issue 72
Volume 13: Too Far Gone Issue 73Issue 74Issue 75Issue 76Issue 77Issue 78
Volume 14: No Way Out Issue 79Issue 80Issue 81Issue 82Issue 83Issue 84
Volume 15: We Find Ourselves Issue 85Issue 86Issue 87Issue 88Issue 89Issue 90
Volume 16: A Larger World Issue 91Issue 92Issue 93Issue 94Issue 95Issue 96
Volume 17: Something To Fear Issue 97Issue 98Issue 99Issue 100Issue 101Issue 102
Volume 18: What Comes After Issue 103Issue 104Issue 105Issue 106Issue 107Issue 108
Volume 19: March To War Issue 109Issue 110Issue 111Issue 112Issue 113Issue 114
Volume 20: All Out War - Part One Issue 115Issue 116Issue 117Issue 118Issue 119Issue 120
Volume 21: All Out War - Part Two Issue 121Issue 122Issue 123Issue 124Issue 125Issue 126
Volume 22: A New Beginning Issue 127Issue 128Issue 129Issue 130Issue 131Issue 132
Volume 23: Whispers Into Screams Issue 133Issue 134Issue 135Issue 136Issue 137Issue 138
Volume 24: Life And Death Issue 139Issue 140Issue 141Issue 142Issue 143Issue 144
Volume 25: No Turning Back Issue 145Issue 146Issue 147Issue 148Issue 149Issue 150
Volume 26: Call To Arms Issue 151Issue 152Issue 153Issue 154Issue 155Issue 156
Volume 27: The Whisperer War Issue 157Issue 158Issue 159Issue 160Issue 161Issue 162

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