With any series that’s run as long as The Walking Dead, the biggest challenge is in keeping things fresh and exciting over the long haul. Generally, Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard have risen to that challenge. But it is sometimes troubling that the newer additions to the cast rarely stand out as much as the classics. For every Negan or Alpha, there are several characters for whom it’s difficult to even remember their names. And as the creative team slowly kills off the old guard, the need to craft worthy replacements becomes all the more paramount.
The Walking Dead #171 reads like a concerted effort to rectify that problem. This issue introduces “Princess,” the flamboyantly dressed character on the cover. Her personality immediately proves to be as flashy as her outfit, as Princess is all too happy to jabber away at the bemused Michonne and her search party. If nothing else, there’s little chance of Princess getting lost in the shuffle or failing to stand out from the rest of the cast.