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12 Most Iconic Battles In Comics

12. Team Rick vs. Team Governor

Image Comics/Charlie Adlard

From: Walking Dead #48

Walking Dead€™'s long-running €œPrison Saga€ came to a stunning conclusion when a number of characters were killed off during a battle between protagonist Rick Grime€™s' clan of survivors and the demented Governor€™s' army from Woodbury.

The battle between these two sides had been simmering for more than a dozen issues. The Governor had initially captured Rick and some members of his group, including the sword-wielding Michonne, a handful of issues earlier. While holding them captive, the Governor chopped off Rick€™'s hand and brutally raped and beat Michonne. Michonne would get her revenge, gouging out the Governor'€™s eye in the process, but Rick knew that a confrontation between both sides was inevitable.

After lulling Rick'€™s group into a false sense of security, the Governor storms the prison haven with tanks, breaking down the gates. During the battle, Rick'€™s wife Lori and infant daughter Judith are both killed by one of the Governor€™'s supporters, Lilly. Lilly is so dismayed by the fact that she killed a baby, turns her gun on the Governor, shooting him in the face and leaving his body to be devoured by a gang of zombies. Rick'€™s friend, Herschel is also killed off.

By the end of the arc, the Walking Dead'€™s status quo was thrown into so much upheaval, the series was practically starting from scratch, with only a handful of its original characters still around. Meanwhile, the €œPrison Saga€ storyline and subsequent battle was the primary focus of the most recent seasons of AMC€™s The Walking Dead, by far the most successful comic book-turned-television show in history.

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