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Issue 159 is the one-hundred and fifty-ninth issue of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and the third part of Volume 27: The Whisperer War. It was published on October 5th, 2016.


Beta tells Negan that he is the one that Beta wants. Negan tells him he is flattered before attacking him with his gun. They fight and Beta begins to gain the upper hand. Dwight is on the ground struggling to fight off a roamer and calls out to Negan before throwing Lucille to him.

While the rest of the Militia fight off the Whisperers and the roamers, Negan proceeds to beat Beta with Lucille. He beats Beta repeatedly in the back until Lucille suddenly breaks in Negan's hands. He furiously blames Beta. Negan is then attacked by roamers and the Whisperers, as two of them drag Beta to safety.

The Militia continues to battle until all of the remaining Whisperers and roamers have been killed or retreated. Dwight tells Negan to pull himself together as he reels over Lucille. Michonne points out that there are more in the woods, and a large army of Whisperers and roamers emerge.

In the woods, the two Whisperers who saved Beta stop to rest. Seeing Beta seemingly unconscious, they begin to discuss that nobody has ever seen his face. One of them goes to remove Beta's mask, but Beta stabs him in the head, saying "No one… sees my…" before passing out.

As the new herd continues to advance towards the Militia, Dwight, Laura, and Negan argue about how to proceed. Michonne asks Dwight what his plan is. He suggests the Militia divide and conquer by splitting up and luring parts of the herd in different directions, keeping their distance and picking off as many roamers and Whisperers as they can. The groups led by Michonne - going west, Jesus - going east, and Magna - going north, will take the long way back to the fallback point. Dwight will take the remainder and head directly there. He says that once the group has divided, he has "an idea."

At the Hilltop, Carl and Lydia are discussing the Whisperers. Carl accuses her of trying to scare him, and Lydia tells him that he should be scared. She says the Whisperers have no purpose other than to exist and that they will not hesitate to kill or die for Alpha; that they're not living, so they have nothing to lose. Lydia says she's seen what they've done to other groups and that "it won't be pretty." Carl tells her that no group is as large, organized, or strong as theirs. She counters by telling him they have the same weakness that the other groups did: they care. She tells Carl she appreciates everything he has done but that he is too young for her and she doesn't love him. Carl says she is just saying that so he won't get upset if something bad happens to her, but she tells him it's the truth and apologizes as she leaves him at the lookout post alone.

Vincent is on his way back from the Sanctuary. Eugene helps the ammo team with production as Maggie runs into Aaron and asks why he isn't on bed rest. He tells her his stitches are holding and he feels better, plus he knows what's going on and doesn't want to be comfortable in bed. He asks her not to tell Doctor Carson, and she promises to keep it between them.

At Alexandria, Andrea finds Rick looking over some maps. He explains he is trying to find an advantage they can use against the Whisperers and wants to be of some use. Andrea tells him he will feel silly when Dwight returns and tells him it is all over, but he tells her he will be thrilled.

At the Sanctuary, Tara is about to climb on a horse when John asks her what she is doing. She explains that Sherry is worried they are turning Rick against them, and John thinks that's what they wanted. Tara reasons that Sherry is just being smart.

Dante asks Brianna if she has seen Maggie. She tells him he should tell Maggie how he feels. Sophia is watching Carl at the lookout post when another boy asks her if she is coming for dinner. She tells him she is right behind him, while continuing to watch Carl.

At the Kingdom, Zachary is eating when his chair is pulled backwards, and William holds a knife to his throat. He tells Zachary the reason they sent their men out is because if Rick's group fails, the Whisperers will come for them next. He tells Zachary that he will do anything for the Kingdom, including killing him. He concludes by warning Zachary to never threaten him again.

Back on the front lines, the Whisperers have noticed that the Militia has split them up. They decide to stick to the plan, and as one of them makes his way towards the edge, he is shot through the head with an arrow. Dwight drags his body into the woods and removes his skin mask before putting it over his own face.




  • Gabriel Stokes appears on this cover, even though he was killed in Issue 158. This is the third time a character was shown on a cover despite being killed off in the previous issue(s).
  • Last appearance of Negan's signature weapon: Lucille.


  • The Whisperer that Dwight killed, the arrow hole disappears when Dwight puts the mask on.
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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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