The Walking Dead ended with issue #193 and fans are still surprised that Image Comics didn't announce the series was in its final arc until the very end. It was a huge surprise but was in line with how writer Robert Kirkman handles his finales since Invincible almost ended in a similar way. However, since comic book stores are struggling after the wake of COVID-19, Kirkman is teaming up with Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard for a special one-shot simply called Negan Lives.
According to Newsarama, this special one-shot is exclusive to comic book stores and will never get a digital release. Kirkman also revealed that 100% of the proceeds will be going to retailers, which is a huge plus since they have been struggling these past few months. It's a genuinely good move and the fact that so many comic book readers love Negan means that this could end up selling really well.
"I've been inspired by Steve Geppi and Diamond's efforts to shine a light on how essential the Direct Market is to our beloved industry with their #backthecomeback campaign. While Charlie Adlard and I had laid the series to rest, this felt like something special we could do for the store owners who made our series a success to begin with."
Negan Lives #1, which is surprisingly not called The Walking Dead: Negan Lives #1, will be coming out on July 1 for $4.99. Image Comics also plans to sell extremely rare gold and silver variant covers of the comic. This is something that fans of The Walking Dead should pick up. If nothing else, it will help out your favorite comic retailer.
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