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Issue 24 is the twenty-fourth issue of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and the sixth and final part of Volume 4: The Heart's Desire. It was originally published on November 24, 2005. The deluxe colored version was released October 6, 2021.

Plot Synopsis

Rick finally reawakens after 26 hours of being unconscious. Carol, who is sitting beside his bed, asks if he's waking up. Rick, unsure of his current state, believes he is, and asks how Carol herself is doing. Rick attempts to make a joke about the zombies to Carol, who doesn't get the joke, and is in disbelief that he actually made a joke. Suddenly, Carol kisses Rick. Rick is shocked by Carol's action and questions her why she kissed him. She tells him that she had heard how he stood up for her with Tyreese and that it meant a lot to her. Carol then assures Rick that she won't tell Lori about the kiss. Rick informs Carol that he will tell Lori about it, and that he values Carol as a friend, nothing more. Carol then leaves to go retrieve Sophia from Andrea and Dale, who had been watching after her for Carol.

After Rick finally gets up, Dale comes to see him. He lets Rick know that they've all decided that the pressure is getting to him and that he can't be their leader anymore, with which Rick agrees. Dale also tells him that they formed a committee, consisting of himself, Rick, Tyreese and Hershel. Rick is surprised there are no women on the committee, but Dale tells him they all voted for them to be in charge. Rick asks if everyone thinks he's crazy, to which Dale replies that he doesn't know, though he adds that many people are scarred of Rick's behavior.

Carol goes to inform Carl that Rick has woken up, and asks him if he was worried. "Nope. My dad's real tough. I wasn't worried at all." Carl says to Carol.

Out in the courtyard, everybody is working in Hershel's garden when Rick arrives to see them. While everyone lookes at Rick worried, Rick informs them that he had accepted Dale's proposal, and agrees that he shouldn't be making all of the decisions. He adds that he had heard some things being said about him. Tyreese tells him that, while they all appreciate everything he's done for them, he went too far when he killed Dexter. Rick is furious that the group thinks he's crazy for killing Dexter. He assures them that, while he knows what he did was technically wrong, things have changed. Tyreese argues than they can't simply abandon their humanity, and Rick agrees. He tells the group that he killed Dexter to protect them all, as the latter wanted to kick them out of the prison. He concedes that he should have come clean immediately, but he thought the group might prefer not to know how savage they'll need to be. Rick tells them that the world has changed and that they have to change with it. He asks if the survivors are still hoping to be rescued, then tells them to abandon such hopes, as things are never going back to the way they used to be. He goes on to tell them they can either come to terms with that fact, or they can continue hoping and pretending, which will eventually lead to their deaths. He proclaims that they will change and still be humane, though they have to be prepared to do whatever it takes to keep themselves safe. He goes on to denounce his old rule of "you kill-you die", as nowadays the exact opposite seems to be true. Rick goes on to acknowledge he may have gone a little crazy, but so has the world. He tells them that, while he's perfectly happy with not being the leader anymore, he will still do whatever it takes to keep them safe, as the life they have now at the prison is all they will ever have. Tyreese informs Rick that they have been trying to reestablish life as it was, but they don't want to become savages, to which Rick ironically replies that he's the only sane person in the group. Rick argues that they became savages the minute they decided to kill their first zombie. He tells the group how they're living surrounded by the dead, on borrowed time. He goes on to say that they don't live behind walls to protect them from the walking dead and concludes by saying: "WE ARE THE WALKING DEAD!".



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  • This issue's cover is the last cover drawn by Tony Moore.
  • Rick's famous 'We Are The Walking Dead' speech is given in this issue.

Cutting Room Floor

  • The issue was originally going to end with Lori revealing to someone her baby was not Rick's.

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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