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The Issue 75 Bonus Ending is an alternate, non-canon ending to Issue 75, included at the end of said issue. It was originally published on July 21, 2010. On April 13, 2021, it was announced the story would be continued at the beginning of each chapter of a series called "Skybound X" with each segment featuring Rick called "Rick Grimes 2000".

Plot Synopsis

In the ending, Rick had recently been hit over the head by Michonne. For reasons unknown, Rick explodes and wakes up in a scientific infirmary. Rick notices his missing hand has been replaced with a robotic one. Putting on armor he finds, he falls out of a sky ship. He sees Glenn and Douglas being torn apart by zombies and then finds himself before Tyreese, Axel, and Martínez.

Michonne appears and explains how three weeks ago, Rick had suddenly disappeared. Days after, aliens came to invade, and she explains how they planned everything; reanimating the dead and destroying civilization. Their plans were to use the remaining humans to harvest water, which they apparently use for currency on their planet. The remaining humans, however, decided to fight back.

Soon, Michonne is killed by The Governor (who is a cyborg) who crushes her head with a mechanical arm. Lori can be seen crying, holding onto The Governor's leg. He explains to Rick how he is either to join him or die.

Credits

Deaths

Trivia

  • First appearance of the Freedom Fighters.
  • First appearance of Alien Army.
  • Last appearance (in Rick Grimes 2000 continuity) of Glenn. (Alive)
  • Last appearance (in Rick Grimes 2000 continuity) of Douglas Monroe. (Alive)
  • Last appearance (in Rick Grimes 2000 continuity) of Tyreese. (Unknown)
  • Last appearance (in Rick Grimes 2000 continuity) of Axel. (Unknown)
  • Last appearance (in Rick Grimes 2000 continuity) of Caesar Martínez. (Unknown)
  • Last appearance (in Rick Grimes 2000 continuity) of Morgan Jones. (Unknown)
  • Last appearance (in Rick Grimes 2000 continuity) of Peter Anderson. (Unknown)
  • Last appearance (in Rick Grimes 2000 continuity) of Jessie Anderson. (Unknown)
  • Last appearance (in Rick Grimes 2000 continuity) of Spencer Monroe. (Unknown)
  • Last appearance (in Rick Grimes 2000 continuity) of Alexandria Safe-Zone.
  • The non-canon ending is similar to Plan 9 From Outer Space, with aliens reanimating the dead.
  • With the exception of Rick, every character who died in the backup story was still alive at that point in the series, and every character who lived in the backup story was dead in the series.[1]
  • It was explained in the letters section how many readers actually believed this to be actual canon to the story, to which it was dismissed to just be for a bit of fun.
  • Rick waking up is identical to him waking up in Issue 1.
  • 11 years later, this eventually led to Rick Grimes 2000.

Goofs/Errors

  • Douglas' hair is colored red instead of gray.

References

Issues of Rick Grimes 2000
Comic Series Issue 75 - Bonus Ending
Skybound X Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5
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