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Issue 153 is the one-hundred and fifty-third issue of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and the third part of Volume 26: Call To Arms. It was published on April 6th, 2016.


Paula rushes to the gate where Siddiq and Annie are on patrol. They both ask her what she is doing at the gate; however, she avoids the question, and tells them to wait for Rick to arrive. As they attempt to further question her, Rick and Michonne walk up to the gate and come to the conclusion that Negan most likely escaped with Maggie's group headed to the Hilltop.

Dante leads a group back to the Hilltop as Maggie and Brianna talk. Meanwhile, hidden under a cloak and walking alongside them, Brandon watches them, then ducks into the bushes.

Brandon sneaks away from the Hilltop group traveling on the road, and gives Negan his old clothes. They then start to argue about Brandon's plan, so Negan pushes Brandon, telling him to take him in the right direction, then they both walk off.

Michonne and Aaron talk with Rick about going after Negan. Aaron tells Rick if Negan was smart, he would just leave and never come back, but Rick tells him that Negan will probably try to hurt Rick, the Alexandrians, and destroy everything they have. Michonne and Aaron then leave to try and find Negan after coming to the conclusion that he was headed to the Whisperers' territory.

Eugene is talking to the radio survivor about his trip from Texas. The survivor claims that he is narrowing down Eugene's location, to which Eugene responds that he hasn't given too much away. Their conversation is cut short when Eugene hears a gun shot and runs outside to investigate.

Marco gets shot in the leg. Jesus grabs the man wielding the firearm, while Eugene grabs the gun from the man. The man claims that he thought Marco was an infiltrated Whisperer, as he had never seen him before, but Jesus explains that he is just from the Hilltop. Eugene and Jesus take Marco to the infirmary, leaving the shooter seemingly stunned about what he just did.

Dwight leads a team out in the open. Gabriel almost gets bit, but Dwight saves his life, then they all proceed to kill the roamers that attacked them.

Laura asks why Dwight has Lucille. He states that she represents a lot to him, including oppression, misery, and authority, and he wants to change what she represents to positive aspects. In addition, he believes no one at the Sanctuary should take her and start waving her around as if she was a prize.

Meanwhile, Magna's group get into an argument about whether or not they should stay in Alexandria. Magna and Yumiko state they stand with the community. Magna reminds Connie and Kelly that they are doing this for Luke and for them. Then, both Magna and Yumiko walk off.

Rick asks Paul, the man who shot Marco, about what had happened. Paul tells Rick he was scared and that he thought Marco had snuck in like Alpha had, and that he was just trying to prevent more deaths. A shocked Rick then walks away, while Paul gets worried about what will be done with him.

Michonne and Aaron continue their search for Negan and confirm that he is headed for the Whisperers' border.

Meanwhile, Negan and Brandon both arrive at the border. The latter starts thinking about his mother, Tammy, whose head was one of the ones on the pikes that made up the border. Brandon begins to sob, prompting Negan to tell him to stop being such a coward. He then feigns empathy for Brandon and gives him a hug. Brandon then admits that he just wanted Rick and Alpha to kill each other, to which Negan tells him, "that's the plan." "Or rather," Negan goes on to state, as he kills Brandon, via a fatal stab wound to the chest. Negan then finishes, "… that was your plan," as he walks alone into the Whisperers' border.




  • First appearance of Paul.
  • As of this issue, all members of the Rose family are now deceased.
  • The title of this issue is a reference to a quote by William Shakespeare, "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown," a likely a reference to Rick's leadership.
  • It is confirmed that it has been around three years since Maggie and Brianna met each other, as Johnny, the latter's son, was twelve back then and is now fifteen. Eugene also confirms "around three years" have passed since they arrived at Alexandria.
  • This issue marks the 50th appearance of Paul Monroe and the 25th of Dwight.


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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