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Issue 27 is the twenty-seventh issue of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and the third part of Volume 5: The Best Defense. It was originally published on April 15, 2006. The deluxe colored version is set to be released on November 17, 2021.

Plot Synopsis

Rick, Michonne, and Glenn have found the crashed helicopter. They also examine shoe prints on the ground and question how many people there are and which direction they went.

Meanwhile, at the prison, Carol has just asked Lori if she and Rick would like to marry her. Lori is stunned, and doesn't know what to say. Carol explains to her that the idea is not as crazy as it sounds, and that the old rules don't apply anymore. Carol assures her they would be very happy together. Lori says that they're just good friends. Carol doesn't understand, and Lori explains that she doesn't even know even her favorite food, let alone things like where she was in school and how many siblings she had. Lori asks how it would possibly work if they got married. Lastly, she asks Carol if she even cares for Sophia anymore. Carol is offended and leaves. Outside, Tyreese and Axel are guarding the fences and waiting for Rick, Michonne, and Glenn to arrive back at The Prison. Axel asks why they have to, and Tyreese responds that they might come back at any moment. Axel moves two chairs closer to the fence so that Axel and Tyreese could sit down.

In the forest, Glenn has caught up to Rick and Michonne, when they accidentally left him behind. He reminds them that it's getting late, and he would like to get back home. They agree, but, they found a clue on the ground to where the helicopter survivors might have left. Rick recommends following the marks, in case the people have cars, gas, and other supplies. Glenn and Michonne agree, and they continue their trip. They find a mile marker sign, which says "Woodbury" in one mile. Rick says his money's on there, and he thinks that helicopter survivors might be holed up in a store or something. Michonne says that they have to find out for themselves.

At The Prison, Lori tells Carl that he'll have his own cell when Rick gets back. Carl is happy about it,and asks if Lori is worried about him. Lori says that she isn't, but, Carl states that he notices she's always upset when he leaves, but, says there's nothing to worry about. Lori agrees, but, she is still nervous when she tries to go to sleep. Outside, Tyreese and Axel are still waiting in front of the fences. Tyreese says they'll be there all night because he doesn't want to leave them trapped outside the Prison. Tyreese asks Axel if he is able to stay awake, and he affirms. Axel asks if Tyreese is worried about them, but, he says he isn't; Rick and Glenn are fine, and Michonne has been out there for months on her own. Lastly, Axel asks Tyreese if he's moving to A-block, and he says yes. Axel says that he likes this world better, and everyone gets to sleep.

Rick, Glenn, and Michonne arrive at Woodbury. Suddenly, voices tell them to get down on the ground, and somebody begins to shoot the zombies. Rick gets up and asks what's going on, and a survivor named Wes Strunk drags Rick and others into Woodbury, "the last town on earth". Wes takes all their weapons, and a survivor, introduced as Caesar Martínez, tells them that its their way to make sure it's safe. He says he can lead them to the town, where a man, introduced as The Governor, awaits. He then takes them to the stadium and they see an arena filled with zombies. This issue ends with The Governor telling them he feeds strangers to zombies.



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  • First appearance of Brian Blake.
  • First appearance of Bruce Cooper.
  • First appearance of Gabriel Harris.
  • First appearance of Caesar Martínez.
  • First appearance of Wes Strunk.
  • This issue marks Carl Grimes's 25th appearance.
  • This issue marks Glenn's 25th appearance.
  • Issue 27 appears in the 2019 film Zombieland: Double Tap. The main character, Columbus, finishes reading the issue and, quite ironically, comments on how scary but unrealistic the concept is.
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