Issue 20 is the twentieth issue of Image ComicsThe Walking Dead and the second part of Volume 4: The Heart's Desire. It was originally published July 13, 2005.

Plot Synopsis

The Issue begins with a roamer tripping on Thomas Richards's corpse. A knife is then seen going through another nearby walkers head, it is revealed that it is Glenn and Maggie testing Glenn's new idea of how to clear the roamers from the fence. 

Then Andrea holds a meeting for the survivors in the cafeteria, giving them all brand new orange jumpsuits she found in the prison. She promises to sew some new clothes for everyone for the future seasons, possibly even making shorts for everyone in the summer. No one is particularly excited for this news, but they all take and wear the jumpsuits.

After the meeting, Otis notices Patricia alone. They have a short conversation and Otis horribly tells Patricia that he is not talking to her, like the rest of the group. As he says she sided against them with a couple of niggers (Dexter and Andrew). Otis then leaves her alone again, before Patricia burst into tears. 

Later, Tyreese and Carol are in the gym when Michonne comes in to lift weights. Michonne recognizes Tyreese as a football player, and they begin talking, making Carol visibly upset. Meanwhile, Glenn moves in to the same cell as Maggie.

Rick, Tyreese, Dale, Allen, and Axel all go into A-Block, hoping to clear out the remaining zombies that they didn't kill in the shootout. After finding a library, the group splits up. Rick, Axel and Allen go one way, and while Allen is taking a break to catch his breath, he is bitten on the ankle by a lurker. He shoots it, and Rick and Axel simply stare on. The other group, Tyreese and Dale, hear the scream and gunshot, but they figure it is taken care of and do not go investigating. They open a door to find an enormous generator.



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  • Last appearance of Thomas Richards. (Corpse)
  • Allen's death wasn't planned until the issue came out; Kirkman stated he loved the character. The same thing happens in Issue 98, where Abraham getting pierced with an arrow wasn't planned until the very issue.
  • This issue, unofficially, marks the start of Tyreese and Michonne's relationship.


  • Thomas Richard's corpse is seen with glasses however he wasn't wearing them when his body was eaten.


  1. July 2005 Comic Book Sales Figures - Ranked #117 Overall
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