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Issue 20 is the twentieth issue of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and the second part of Volume 4: The Heart's Desire. It was originally published on July 13, 2005. The deluxe colored version was released on August 4, 2021.

Plot Synopsis

A roamer trips on Thomas Richards' corpse by getting its intestine tangled in his rib cage. A knife is then seen going through another nearby walker's head, it is revealed that it is Glenn and Maggie testing Glenn's new idea of how to clear the roamers from the fence, with the idea working. Maggie wants to talk to Glenn, as they haven't done so since she shot Thomas. Glenn obliges, but asks to postpone the talk, as Andrea wants everyone gathered at the cafeteria for an announcement.

Tyreese asks Rick if Lori's coming, but Rick says she has morning sickness. Then Andrea holds a meeting for the survivors in the cafeteria, giving them all brand new orange jumpsuits she found in the prison. She promises to sew some new clothes for everyone for the future seasons, possibly even making shorts for everyone in the summer. No one is particularly excited for this news, but they all take and wear the jumpsuits.

Rick asks Lori if she's feeling better, but she isn't. She's worried that any of the people in the prison could be just as big of a threat as the walkers outside. Rick reminds her that Thomas and Dexter are dead, and they're keeping a close eye on Michonne, but Lori points out that Axel is still with them and there is no telling what Patricia could do next. Rick assures her that Axel is harmless (though they are keeping and eye on him) and Patricia is just incredibly naive or stupid.

Otis goes to see Patricia, but she says she doesn't want to talk to anyone. Bitterly, Otis assures her he doesn't want to talk to her either, but tells her to shut up and listen nonetheless. He says he doesn't care anymore if Patricia wants to dump him, and thinks she's lost her mind. He doesn't understand why Patricia would release Thomas or side with "a couple n*ggers" who wanted to kick the group out. He tells her that she's dead to him, leaving her in tears.

Tyreese and Carol are lying on the floor of the gym. She lists her chores for the day and asks Tyreese what he'll be doing, to which he replies that he'll probably just play some basketball. Carol scolds him for being lazy, but Ty claims he has to be rested for the next zombie attack. They are interrupted by Michonne, who's come to lift weights. Tyreese and Carol go to talk to Michonne, with Ty asking her if she likes it at the prison. Michnne replies that she does, before recognizing Tyreese as a football player for The Falcons. They strike up a friendly conversation, much to Carol's jealousy.

Glenn goes to see Maggie in her cell. He asks if she wants him to move his stuff out, but she claims it's the opposite, and tells him to forget all the things she said to him when she was upset. She says that it would be foolish to push away a guy who she really likes and who genuinely cares about her, telling him she needs to get laid, besides.

Dale compliments his new clothes and Andrea is glad he likes them. She jokingly wishes he would get rid of the hat but he tells her that isn't happening. She asks Dale if they're staying after all, and Dale replies that they are, at least for now, as he doesn't see the point in leaving. He then leaves to meet up with Rick.

Axel greets Hershel in the yard, but Hershel only glares at him angrily. Axel says he knows Hershel doesn't like him, but assures him that he didn't know Thomas and he damn sure didn't like him. He goes on to say that he knows he's an outsider and that his fellow prisoners didn't leave the best impression of him, but claims he's just a man who made a mistake he payed for, and not a monster, so he'd prefer not to be treated like one. As Hershel continues to stare at him, Axel leaves, but not before telling Hershel "Fuck you, too" for ignoring him. Rick arrives a moment later, and recruits Axel to help him, Ty and Dale clear out the A-Block. Allen volunteers as well, wanting to do something useful.

Rick, Tyreese, Dale, Allen, and Axel all go into A-Block, hoping to clear out the remaining zombies that they didn't kill in the shootout. Rick hopes that most of the roamers got out when Dexter and Andrew left the door open, leaving only the lurkers. Allen almost shoots a lurker but is stopped by Rick, who tells him not to use his gun unless they're surrounded, as they have no idea how many walkers are left in the block and the noise would bring them all to their location. After finding a library, Allen investigates what he assumes it a corpse, but turns out to be a lurker, causing him to shoot it in panic. The group splits up. Rick, Axel and Allen go one way, and while Allen is taking a break to catch his breath, he is bitten on the ankle by a lurker. He shoots it, and Rick and Axel simply stare on. The other group, Tyreese and Dale, hear the scream and gunshot, but they figure it is taken care of and do not investigate. They open a door to find an enormous generator.



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  • Last appearance of Thomas Richards. (Corpse)
  • Allen's death wasn't planned until the issue came out; Kirkman stated he loved the character. The same thing happens in Issue 98, where Abraham getting pierced with an arrow wasn't planned until the very issue.

Cutting Room Floor

  • The first scene of the issue was going to be Glenn killing zombies.
  • After Andrea's meeting, Rick and Tyreese were going to talk.
  • There was going to be a scene featuring Lori and Carl.
  • Kirkman originally planned for the comic to adopt a Mad Max-like esthetic, with people forced to make their own clothes out of scraps, and thus had Andrea volunteer to do this during her meeting. However, he later realized that, with so few survivors, the characters would realistically never run out of fresh clothes, so they kept wearing regular clothes for the most part.


  • Thomas Richard's corpse is seen with glasses however he wasn't wearing them when his body was eaten.


  1. July 2005 Comic Book Sales Figures - Ranked #117 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