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Issue 19 is the nineteenth issue of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and the first part of Volume 4: The Heart's Desire. It was originally published on June 1, 2005. The deluxe colored version was released on July 21, 2021.

Plot Synopsis

The issue begins with a new character, Michonne Hawthorne, walking through a field full of roamers, dragging behind her two shackled, armless, jawless zombies, Mike and Terry. She is alerted by Otis riding down the road in a carriage, yelling and shooting zombies on his way to the prison. A roamer notices her and starts closing in but Michonne cuts its head off with a katana. The other roamers don't seem to notice her as she proceeds to follow the carriage.

Meanwhile, at the prison, Dexter is holding Rick at gunpoint. Patricia protests, but Dexter ignores her. Rick tells Lori to take the kids inside but Dexter forbids her from doing so. He wants everyone in Rick's group to leave the prison. Axel tries to diffuse the situation, but this only prompts Dexter to banish him as well. After repeatedly asking Dexter where he got the guns, Rick finally gets an answer. Dexter says he got them from the armory in A-block, purposefully keeping it off the tour so Rick didn't know about it. Rick says he thought as much, confusing Dexter as zombies begin pouring out of the A-Block. Rick orders Lori, Allen and Carol to go inside, while everyone else prepares for the shootout, with Tyreese tossing Rick a gun. Dexter protests, but Rick asks him if he'd rater shoot them or the roamers trying to kill him, causing him to relent. Hershel, Billy, Andrea, Glenn and Dale arrive to assist, while Allen decides to stay to help. A massive shootout ensues.

Otis arrives to the sound of gunfire, wondering what's going on. He begins to kill the walkers gathered at the fence with a shovel, yelling to be let in, when he witnesses the survivors embroiled in a shootout. Otis realizes too late that he's being surrounded. He tries to fight the roamers off, but there are too many. Just as he's about to be devoured, he is rescued by Michonne.

The walkers are closing in as the survivors attempt to fight them off. A roamer almost bites Dexter, but Rick saves him. Dexter coldly states this doesn't change the situation, and that a smart man would have let the walker get him. As the last of the roamers are being eliminated, Dexter is shot in the head by Rick discreetly. Tyreese notices but doesn't say anything. Andrew despairs, and Rick claims Dexter must have caught a stray bullet. He advises Andrew to surrender and Andrew takes his advice.

Michonne gives a grateful Otis his shovel back. She asks if Otis can get her inside the prison, with Otis confirming he knows the people inside. He notices the chained walkers Michonne is dragging behind her, and Michonne explains they're her boyfriend and his best friend, and that she uses them to camouflage herself from other walkers. Together, they head towards the prison.

Otis meets Rick at the gates, and tells him how Michonne saved him. Otis asks if Patricia is okay, and Rick replies that she's fine, promising to fill him in on the rest later. Rick then talks to Michonne, and tells her she can stay at the prison if she surrenders her weapons and is willing to be locked in a cell during the night, but forbids her from bringing her pet walkers inside. With that, Michonne immediately decapitates Mike and Terry, claiming she doesn't need them anymore. Rick says that she can help with the burning when they are interrupted by Andrew, who runs outside unarmed. Dale asks if they should go after him, but Rick says Andrew is on his own. Rick asks Michonne if she still wants in, and Michonne is certain that she does.

At night, Tyreese meets up with Rick, who is standing by himself on a walkway. He talks about Rick killing Dexter and, while he agrees, he points out that Rick went against his own law of "you kill, you die." Rick simply acknowledges this fact, possibly thinking about a new rule.




  • First appearance of Michonne Hawthorne.
  • First appearance of Mike. (Zombified)
  • First appearance of Terry. (Zombified)
  • Last appearance of Dexter.
  • Last appearance of Andrew.
  • This is the first issue to feature a character that hasn't appeared in previous issue on the cover (excluding Issue 1)

Cutting Room Floor

  • The issue was originally going to be devoted to Rick reeling over the fact that Lori wanted a divorce and Michonne's introduction.
  • Rick and Tyreese's conversation at the end of the issue was going to be different.


  • When Michonne decapitates Mike and Terry, they have arms, when they were supposed to have been cut off.
  • During the zombie shootout, Rick's hand is unwrapped. This happens again later when he points to Michonne at their first meeting. His hand is wrapped during all other panels.
  • During the shootout, Dale tosses Andrea his gun after she runs out of bullets. After Rick shoots Dexter, however, Dale still has his gun and can be seen shooting zombies.


  1. June 2005 Comic Book Sales Figures - Ranked #139 Overall
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
Volume 31: The Rotten Core Issue 181Issue 182Issue 183Issue 184Issue 185Issue 186
Volume 32: Rest In Peace Issue 187Issue 188Issue 189Issue 190Issue 191Issue 192Issue 193