Image/Skybound Comics' 'The Walking Dead' No. 97 Preview (Exclusive)

The Walking Dead 97 Something to Fear Cover - P 2012
<p>The Walking Dead 97 Something to Fear Cover - P 2012</p>
In the the May 9 issue of the long-running Robert Kirkman series, Carl is missing, Maggie's surprisingly ill, and Abraham and Eugene faceoff over Rosita.

Life is never easy for Rick in Image/Skybound Comics'The Walking Dead.

Just as Rick has seen a glimpse of the future in the Hilltop community, the group of survivors appears to have something more pressing on their plate before they can prepare to go to bat for their new friends.

In Issue No. 97 of the comic series created by Robert Kirkman, Rick's son, Carl, has seemingly wandered off in the time it took for Rick to explain why he's willing to risk the lives of Michonne, Glenn and Andrea, among others, to go to bat for Gregory and the Hilltop community.

While Andrea and Michonne think it's a mistake to fight for a group whom they see as a cult, Rick and Glenn see it as the start of something new, where they can begin to rebuild civilization -- and something worth fighting Negan and the violent leader of the Saviors.

In the first five pages of Part 1 of Something to Fear, exclusive to The Hollywood Reporter, Carl is missing, while the fierce Maggie is surprisingly ill and Abraham and Eugene have passive-aggressive conversation about Rosita, who isn't thrilled with the way her new pal presents their relationship.

Check out the preview in the pages that follow. The Walking Dead No. 97 is on stands May 9.