Issue 135 is the one-hundred and thirty-fifth issue of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and the third part of Volume 23: Whispers Into Screams. It was published on December 10, 2014.

Plot

Sophia passes out after revealing what happened. Maggie carries her out to the hospital, leaving Jesus alone to deal with the prisoner. He is notices lacing on the back of her head, finally realizing the Whisperers are humans that disguise themselves as zombies.

Sophia is being treated by Alex. Carl worries but Maggie reassures him. Soon enough, the outraged parents of the boys, who Carl beat up, arrive with their beaten sons and claim Carl tried to kill them. Carl stands up for himself and claims self defense, explaining that the boys attacked Sophia, but the parents do not agree, claiming that Sophia attacked them. Carl protests, but one of the parents claims Carl is dangerous.

Elsewhere, Jesus questions the Whisperer, who is revealed to be a 16-year-old girl named Lydia. Jesus asks her about the roamer skin she was wearing, and she reveals that her group uses the skin to camouflage themselves from the dead, adding that they travel together for protection. When Jesus asks why, she explains that they need to live together with the dead, or not at all. Lydia assures him that his group will learn as well, or they will die, citing the first lesson the Whisperers are taught.

As the bullies are being treated by Dr. Carson, their parents are still upset. Maggie assures him that Carl will be punished in some way, but points out that the beating their sons sustained wasn't that much worse than the one Sophia received from them. The mother of one of the boys, Tammy, again claims Sophia attacked them two days ago, causing Maggie to lose her temper and tell the parents to go home. The mother's husband, Morton, stands up to Maggie, demanding to be compensated for the boys' "pain and suffering". He demands time-off from patrols, extra rations, improved living quarters and, lastly, for Carl to be locked away, but not before apologizing to them. Carl steps in and explains that their sons hurt Sophia and would have hurt her worse if he hadn't intervened. Outraged that they want him to apologize for saving his friend, he tells them: "You fucking fuckwads can go fuck yourselves". Morton attacks Carl, but Maggie breaks them up. She tells the parents to go home, threatening to have the arrested if they don't comply, while she takes Carl away.

Paul is surprised to learn that Lydia is so young. He deduces that there can't be that many Whisperers if they are sending children on the front lines. She corrects him by stating that childhood is a myth and that there are no "children" anymore. She asks why Jesus spared her life,but he answers that he's the one asking the questions. He asks why their group attacked them, but Lydia doesn't answer. Maggie escorts Carl to a cell and passes Paul interrogating Lydia, she ushers him into the cell next to them, as Carl wonders aloud why he is being punished for saving a life to which Maggie explains that he almost killed the boys and they won't kill anymore as Rick figured out after the war. She locks him in and goes to the cell next door to inform Jesus that Darius will survive. She asks about Lydia and the mask, so Jesus tells her about the Whisperers and how, when they first encountered them they thought the dead were talking. Maggie remembers what Ken told her and hurriedly drags Jesus away, leaving Lydia in her cell. Lydia starts a conversation with Carl through the adjoining wall, asking him if he did something bad and introducing herself. When Carl does the same, she smiles.

In their mobile home, the parents of the two boys are fed up with the way Maggie is running things and begin discussing how to handle Carl. In the corner, Gregory that they simply kill Maggie.

Credits

Deaths

  • None

Trivia

  • First appearance of Tammy Rose.
  • First appearance of Morton Rose.
  • First appearance of Mr. Harlan.
  • First appearance of Mrs. Harlan.
  • Sean Mackiewicz teases this issue in previous issue's Letter Hacks by saying "it's all about children", and "where he [Sean] invents new reasons not to talk to Kirkman".
Comic Issues
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
Volume 28: A Certain Doom Issue 163Issue 164Issue 165Issue 166Issue 167Issue 168
Volume 29: Lines We Cross Issue 169Issue 170Issue 171Issue 172Issue 173Issue 174
Volume 30: New World Order Issue 175Issue 176Issue 177Issue 178Issue 179Issue 180
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Start a Discussion Discussions about Issue 135

  • Lydia (Whisperer) and Lizzie (TV Series)

    15 messages
    • EricHolySword wrote:Isn't lizzie, bens counter part? yes she is.. even killing her sister like ben killed his brother
    • CharlesIII wrote:EricHolySword wrote:Isn't lizzie, bens counter part?yes she is.. even killing her sister like ben killed his brother ...