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Issue 21 is the twenty-first issue of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and the third part of Volume 4: The Heart's Desire. It was originally published on August 15, 2005. The deluxe colored version was released on August 18, 2021.

Plot Synopsis

Dale and Tyreese are naturally excited about their discovery, when they gear Allen scream once more. This time, they rush to investigate.

Allen is panicking while Rick tries to calm him down. Allen tells Rick to take care of his boys, but Rick tells him not to talk like that, as they'll think of something. Rick asks Axel to help him carry Allen out of the block. Soon enough, Dale and Tyreese arrive to help. Allen continues to panic, saying that he can feel the infection spreading up his leg. Rick tells him that's not how it works, before getting an idea. Once outside, they set Allen down on the floor, as the wounded man passes out. Rick wants to cut off his leg, as he thinks it's the only chance they got at stopping the infection from spreading. Tyreese protests, thinking that Rick will just torture a dying man. Despite this, Rick cuts Allen's leg off at the knee to save him from infection. Hershel then saves Allen's life by cutting a piece of Axel's hair and tying it to Allen's arteries to stop him from bleeding to death. Allen passes out once more and is carried into an empty cell to rest.

Carl and Sophia look at the walkers at the fence while holding hands. Carl asks if Sophia is scared of them, but she claims she isn't anymore, and now just feels sorry for them because they look sad. They are interrupted by Allen being rushed into the cell block.

Otis is praying in his cell before he too is interrupted by Allen being rushed in. Tyreese orders him to get some towels as well as soap and water, much to Otis' annoyance.

Lori and Carol are talking when they Rick arrives and informs them that Allen was hurt. While Carol rushes to see him, Lori doesn't bother, as it's nothing she hasn't seen before.

Carol arrives to see Allen weak form blood loss. He asks Andrea to take care of Ben and Billy, but she assures him he'll be fine. Andrea explains that Rick cut off Allen's foot because Allen was bit, shocking Carol. Carol asks where Tyreese is, and Dale informs her he went to the gym to "blow off some steam".

Meanwhile, Tyreese is playing basketball when he is greeted by Michonne, who is impressed he plays so many sports. Ty reminds her he was terrible at football, but Michonne flirtatiously says she's sure he's good at a lot of things. Tyreese is stressed about the events that occurred that day, specifically about Rick and the look in his eyes when he cut off Allen's foot. Michonne stops him by seductively putting her finger on his lips, and tells him she knows what he needs. She proceeds to give him oral sex, which Carol witnesses through the gym window.

After having sex in the security room, Maggie is ready for more, but Glenn asks her to snuggle instead, as they've been at it for hours, and Maggie obliges. After flirting for a bit, Glenn wonders if they should check in with the group, but Maggie rejects this idea.

Later in the prison, Michonne is having a conversation with someone. Andrea greets Michonne and asks who she's talking to, as there's no one in her cell.



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  • This marks the first time the survivors try to save a bitten person by amputating their limb.
  • This is the fourth issue to show nudity, after Issue 1, Issue 14, and Issue 16. Namely, Maggie's breast is seen during her scene with Glenn.


  • Rick tells Axel to grab Allen's legs and help carry him outside. Axel, however, grabs Allen's shoulders instead, with Rick grabbing the legs.


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