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Issue 57 is the fifty-seventh issue of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and the third part of Volume 10: What We Become. It was originally published on January 7, 2009.

Plot Synopsis

In Issue 56, after saving Rick, Abraham walks away from the group, and Rosita finds him shaking and crying. Abraham tells her he pointed a gun at Rick before he even saw any zombie. Abraham pleads with Rosita to not let him kill again. After this discussion, Abraham and Rosita kiss.

At the opening of Issue 57, Rosita assures Abraham that the people he killed in the past left him no choice and it was not his fault that he killed those people.

The group is stopped by a wreck that's blocking the road. Abraham pushes it out of the way with his truck while Rick assists him. Rick tries to speak to Abraham afterwards, but the latter drives off.

The group stop at a gas station and try to decide what the best route to Washington, D.C. is. Rick tells Abraham that he wants to take the interstate to his hometown, to get extra supplies from the police station and to check on some "old friends." Abraham agrees, and the group decides to wait while they go. Rick, his son Carl Grimes, and Abraham get ready to leave. As he is preparing to leave, Rick is approached by Michonne. She says that she should go with them. Rick tells her that the group needs protection, and that her being there would assure Rick that they were safe so he would have nothing to worry about. Michonne reluctantly agrees and states that if they are not back in 3 days, she will set off to find them. Rick also says that having her as a backup plan would also help keep him calm.

On the first night of their trip, while Abraham is on watch, Rick, Abraham, and Carl are surprised and held at knife point by three bandits who want to take their supplies. Rick tries to fight them off, but he is overpowered and beaten. The bandits then say they are going to rape Carl because Rick tried to fight them. The third bandit starts to take Carl's pants off and hits him in the face for struggling. Rick bites the neck of the bandit holding him back, killing him. The bandit holding Abraham hostage is distracted by this and Abraham shoots the bandit in the head. The third bandit tries to run away, pleading for mercy, but Rick chases him down and stabs him repeatedly with the bandit's knife until he is content.

The next morning, Abraham tells Rick that no one is the same after doing something like that. Rick replies saying that you can fake being back to normal. He explains to Abraham that the incident the night before wasn't the first thing he did that made him wonder if he's still human. He adds that it probably won't be the last.

Abraham begins to weep. Rick says "Abraham?" Abraham then says that he thinks it's time he told Rick how he lost his family.




"This was a tough one. No two ways about it... sometimes writing this comic is hard. Just the panel where Carl's pants are being pulled off that was really unsettling. I knew it was going to happen, I had it plotted out - but putting it on the screen in my script, well... I cringed a little."
"In the script, I felt compelled to assure Charlie that the man trying to rape Carl wouldn't succeed."
"Not really sure what point I'm trying to make here... other than there are definitely parts of this comic that Charlie and I do not produce with GLEE."[1]

External links


  1. Issue 57, page 25, "Letter Hacks"
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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
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Volume 13: Too Far Gone Issue 73Issue 74Issue 75Issue 76Issue 77Issue 78
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Volume 20: All Out War - Part One Issue 115Issue 116Issue 117Issue 118Issue 119Issue 120
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Volume 26: Call To Arms Issue 151Issue 152Issue 153Issue 154Issue 155Issue 156
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