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The Walking Dead, Vol. 30: New World Order

(The Walking Dead (Collected Editions) #30)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,565 ratings  ·  323 reviews
New friends. New enemies. New threats. It's a whole new world. Collects THE WALKING DEAD #175-180. ...more
Comics, 136 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Image Comics
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Sam Quixote
Rick and his jolly band come across a new group: the Commonwealth! And so begins the same old story – can they trust them or is they nutballs?

What a boring book! The Commonwealth aren’t that bad a bunch despite having Stormtroopers and a Joffrey-esque shithead second-in-line to power, so the characters spend the entire volume looking about this large (by Walking Dead standards) town and bugger-all else! Princess is still hanging around, up in Hilltop Sophia’s having some pointless drama with Mag
Let the allegory of Capitalism vs. Socialism begin!

Not a whole lot of zombie action in this volume. Mostly just a lot of introductions that have a strong resemblance to the many other times we have met new people in this series. Getting a bit repetitive, perhaps?

At this point, I cannot tell if there are truly bad guys, or if the next step in the series will just be political debates and arguments over whose post zombie apocalypse ideas are the best. There are a few edgy characters and some palpa
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2018, graphic-novels
I enjoyed this volume. There wasn’t a lot of zombie action but quite a bit happened for a few different characters. Kirkman also introduced a few new characters and I’m glad he’s actually fleshing new characters out because in the past, new characters were coming and going and none of them were standing out to me. I’m really interested to see what happens next with the new story that was introduced. It’s something quite different and I’m impressed that the TWD team are still coming up with new a ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Well, we meet the new group in Ohio called the Commonwealth. Kirkman seems to be going out of his way to make everyone we meet a huge a-hole. This whole class system thing they've set up is set up really poorly, where they just set you up with what you were in the past. It almost feels like they are talking to people from another planet where they can't even understand how people live without a ladder to climb. Yes, class systems would probably naturally develop as the size of their city increas ...more
Gianfranco Mancini

Rick & company's communist community meets the Commonwealth's network of capitalist communities building back the world as a caste system: we all know this is not going to end well, new sub-plots and despicable characters are introduced as usual in another Kirkmam's filler volume using the downtime to build up the stage for following action/major characters deaths following ones as usual.

Nothing new at all if you are a veteran reader of these series, but the Michonne's storyline was really well
Michael Finocchiaro
Great story. Love the Michonne subplot and the new intrigue. Can’t wait for 31!
Jim C
Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This is another collection in this long running series and if you have made it this far you pretty much know what you are going to get. This is the start of a new story arc but we have seen this before. A new group enters the picture and chances are that our group will have some kind of conflict with this new group.

As you can tell by my opening paragraph that I might be a little tired of the proceedings of this series. But I am so close to the end that I will see it through. This time we meet a
Ben Brown
The Walking Dead, Vol. 30: 180 issues in, and “The Walking Dead,” somehow, is still trucking along as strong as ever. With this latest arc, Robert Kirkman introduces an entirely new element into the series - the return, more or less, of a fully functioning, “modern” civilization – and then proceeds to set our favorite characters loose into this all new playground let them react to it. The result is, for my money, one of the series’ best arcs in a while, simultaneously tension-filled while also n ...more
Ryan Buckby
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
First Read: December 2nd 2018
Re-read: June 11th 2020

A whole new world is opening up and this issue we see a group travel to Ohio which is the biggest distance anyone has traveled to in this world this far.

Plot: Robert Kirkman has once again expanded on this world and i'm happy that we are now moving into another part of the country and with a whole new group thats the biggest one to ever be introduced in the walking dead world. The Commonwealth is the new massive community that we are fin
Rod Brown
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
On a page by page basis, this is a strong volume in a long-running series. My only reservation is that Walking Dead story cycles are sort of turning into Star Trek episodes with our core group constantly seeking out new life and new civilizations, and when first contact is made we discover new problems or flawed leaders that cause conflict with our heroes. This time the flaw seems to be a creepy/timely class system with privileged elites. I'm sure the story arc will play out well, but I'm sort o ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: image
Yes, I'm still reading this. I have given up on the show, though I'm carrying on with the comic for a bit longer. Though it does feel a bit repetitive now... ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
The first thing my husband says when he sees this: "Why are there Stormtroopers?" Hah! That was great. But why ARE there Stormtroopers? This volume picks up right where the previous one left off: an encounter with a new community that Eugene had been communicating with. The majority of this novel focuses on the Commonwealth, a community of over fifty thousand people. They basically have their own army, hence the armored outfits, and people live life similar to the way things were before. The gov ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Eugene and Michonne's group finally arrives in Ohio to meet the woman Stephanie that Eugene has been communicating by ham radio with. Instead they are met by a large group of soldiers, decked out in Stormtrooper type of gear, and taken to meet Lance who wishes to interrogate the group. Turns out they are on the outskirts of The Commonwealth, a group of survivors 50K strong. We then meet Pamela, the governor, and find out this large group has based their new society on a class system built upon w ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
As many people have noted, Walking Dead is very cyclical. But it's an additive cycle - each time the survivors run into another group, it seems the newcomers are another step up the ladder of civilization. That's very true with this volume, as Michonne and Eugene lead a group to meet Stephanie. The initial interactions feel very realistic, as neither group is willing to trust the other, but eventually the interactions reach friendlier terms. It seems the new group is going to raise a number of c ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This story arc allows the survivors to meet a new civilization, a large scale civilization run on the idea that whatever class system existed before should be reconstituted with exams allowing people to move up. Instead of another desperate cannibalistic society, this is one advanced beyond where Rick and company are and so large that if it comes to a battle -and it usually does - Rick simply can't compete in the numbers game. ...more
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
4, maybe a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Red flags should be shooting up all over as Rick's group visits another Governor in a town that might as well be called This-Ain't-Gonna-End-Well.

I actually found this one pretty interesting: lots of possibly juicy storylines begin, there's a delicious sense of foreboding, and then . . . there's the Governor's asshole son.

Who's gonna do him in, and when's it gonna happen?

Hey, what else do you have to look forward to with this series?
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels

So the new villains have arrived and it has a very meh moment. I am starting to debate if I should continue this series, if the arc fails to deliver it might be bye bye. The long running series is looping storylines and I must admit the ambigious reason for the plague should be engaged soon. The arcs are just war after war and it would be nice to have the characters finding purpose other than living.

Robert Kirkman delivers a new setting and answers a question for one of the characters, I was
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not quite up to the same level as some of the previous, recent volumes, but still this promises a nice, new direction for the series. I really appreciate that we've gotten to the point where the focus is more on the rebuilding of civilization than it is on fighting/killing zombies and there's more of that in this collection, as Eugene and his group meet the Commonwealth. At first, things look a bit menacing--the soldiers are all dressed in Stormtrooper-like gear and there's a bit of sizing each ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
2,5/5. Not sure I care much for those characters and that story anymore. It feel so stretch and some parts of it are really repetitive. The only good point in this one is the beginning of a new «complex» civilization and that's intriguing. I will probably continue until I reach issue #200, to see if sometimes happen at this point, and it will also be easier to remember when I quit, but it would probably be the end of it for ma after that! ...more
Alondra Miller
4 Stars

We meet a new "group"; Michonne meets someone from her past, and New World Order.
We are in COMPLETELY uncharted territory now, people. COMPLETELY UNCHARTED! Let's crank this up to eleven and rip the knob off.

If you don't want spoilers, stop reading now.



Eugene and Michonne's group meet soldiers and a representative from Radio Stephanie's settlement (called The Commonwealth). Tense at first, they're eventually dazzled by the sheer size and advancement of the settlement. Michonne finds a herself on a picture board of missing people, complete with a note to b
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
New groups, new possibilities, and new potentials for trouble.... to be continued
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not much takes place in this volume in terms of action. It mostly acts as a pivot and beginning into a new arc that’s looking to be interesting.

One thing I think the comics do better than the show (which has lost the plot for the third year in a row) is that they are constantly evolving the story of rebuilding society. That’s the interesting part in this type of ongoing concept. Here we see the seeds planted of opposing ideologies over how societies should be rebuilt. Is Ricks ideal society of “
Quentin Wallace
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's amazing to me how a zombie comic with very little action can still be so compelling. This volume is short on the fighting but very deep on the human interaction. Rick's group has found a group that truly seems to be recreating society, but as is always the case there are still problems. In this case it's nothing as sinister as cannibalism, but more a case of civilization going back to the haves and have-nots. Also there's a pretty huge revelation regarding Michonne.

I suppose my investment i
Drew The Reviewer
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm intrigued. But at the same time, I would like to see this series venture out of its comfort zone of having colony feuds and get back into the apocalypse being the antagonist. Dare I say I miss when everyone was homeless and constantly on the run across the country. Nonetheless, this is one of the most consistent series I've read which says a lot for 30 volumes of a comic book. ...more
Michael Sorbello
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a review of the entire series.

Rick Grimes is a strong-willed deputy who missed the end of the world because he was in a coma for a month after getting shot in the line of duty. Shaken, starving and confused, Rick escapes the horror of the abandoned hospital only to be met with something far more terrible. Not only has the world ended, but the dead have learned to walk and to kill without mercy. After learning that his wife and son have fled to Atlanta from a single survivor and his son,
Judah Radd
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: image-comics
I didn’t review each volume separately. This is the full review I promised upon series completion.


Well God Damn

It’s been a ride. The thing that stands out to me the most about this series is how quickly it flew by. I’ve never flipped pages as frantically as I did with this title. The intrigue was as relentless as the violence and emotional peaks.

This really isn’t a series about zombies. It’s about everything around the zombies. The main focus is the nature of humanity
David Quijano
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one was kind of boring, but it could be setting up an interesting story. It's good to see a group that is actually competent. I always thought The Walking Dead's take on humanity was overly cynical. Society would be preserved in some form. All these little psycho cults are entertaining, but ridiculous and incomprehensible.

At the same time, despite finally meeting a competent group, the economics of this are absurd. Capitalism doesn't work because there is some strictly defined and static c
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Robert Kirkman is an American comic book writer best known for his work on The Walking Dead, Invincible for Image Comics, as well as Ultimate X-Men and Marvel Zombies for Marvel Comics. He has also collaborated with Image Comics co-founder Todd McFarlane on the series Haunt. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics, and the only one of the five who was not one of the original co-founders of ...more

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