UPDATED: “The Walking Dead” comic comes to a surprise conclusion with today’s issue #193, heads back for a second printing

UPDATED: “The Walking Dead” comic comes to a surprise conclusion with today’s issue #193, heads back for a second printing

While the announcement that The Walking Dead comic would be ending today was certainly a surprise, the fact that it’s already been rushed back to print sure isn’t. Check out the release from Image, followed by the original post below:

TODAY’S SHOCKING THE WALKING DEAD #193 ISSUE IMMEDIATELY RUSHED BACK TO PRINT

PORTLAND, Ore. 07/03/2019 — Image/Skybound is pleased to announce that THE WALKING DEAD #193 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard—which hit shelves today and concluded the long-running comic book series—is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand as the news of the book’s contents goes viral. 

This final chapter in the bestselling zombie saga was hinted at by the events of issue THE WALKING DEAD #192—but kept secret and surprise-dropped with fans today. 

The Walking Dead #193 second printing will be available July 31.

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Rumors had been swirling over the last few days, and now we have confirmation: The Walking Dead comic has come to an end.

This is surprising for several reasons: issues had already been solicited for August and September, for one, and the book is one of the most popular properties in the world. After the shocking death of a major character in the previous issue, though, it would have been curious to see where the story could have gone, but leave it to writer Robert Kirkman to shock everyone by simply wrapping the story up. After all, this is the same guy who released a comic the day after it was announced, so he knows a thing or two about keeping things close to the chest.

Check out the details below, and let us know what this book has meant to you in the comments as well.

Per Image:

TODAY’S CONCLUSION TO LONG-RUNNING COMIC BOOK SERIES THE WALKING DEAD OFFERS READERS ONE FINAL, JAW-DROPPING CHAPTER

PORTLAND, Ore. 07/03/2019 — Image/Skybound’s long-running series THE WALKING DEAD by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard has come to its conclusion with today’s #193 issue. 

This final chapter in the pop culture phenomenon was hinted at by the events of issue THE WALKING DEAD #192 and, according to Kirkman’s farewell letter at the end of the issue, has been planned and a longtime coming. 

“I’ll say it again, I love (loved… oh, god, I’m not ready for past tense) writing this series. I really don’t want it to end. In fact, I’ve been… kind of unsettled since I wrote the script for this issue. The whole thing just feels… weird,” Kirkman wrote in the letter. “In a way, killing this series has been a lot like killing a major character. Much, much harder… but the same feeling. I don’t WANT to do it. I’d rather keep going… but the story is telling me what it wants and what it needs. This needs to happen. Whether I want it or not.” 

Eric Stephenson, Publisher and Chief Creative Officer at Image Comics, added: "THE WALKING DEAD has always been full of twists, but one thing that has never been surprising is Robert Kirkman’s absolute commitment to telling the best story he could on his own terms. Other comic books traffic in the illusion of change, but Robert and his collaborators embraced actual change, so it’s only fitting that THE WALKING DEAD end by confronting the biggest change of all—a resolution to the story Robert began over 15 years ago. It’s testament not only to Robert’s and Charlie’s abilities that THE WALKING DEAD #193 is such a fitting farewell, but also to the possibilities available to anyone in the creative community when they are allowed to tell stories the way they want."

The Walking Dead #193 is out today.

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