The reason we feel this way is because we got attached to characters in the prison arc and then watched them all die in 46-48.
What made this comic so great, what made that arc so great.. Is exactly what is stopping us from getting attached again. The writing hasn't changed... The comic has changed/hardened you as a reader.
We got attached to all the characters at the prison because it was top notch story telling and character development. Something that hasn't happened since the prison arc.
The comic hasn't changed or hardened me. To say that is silly and it's making excuses for poor writing and not developing characters properly. Kirkman seems stuck in a pattern right now and doesn't know where he should take thing thing. This new arc is shaping up to be exactly like the governor arc. A lot of people are going to die, and in the end I bet Rick, Carl, and Andrea run away to start over somewhere and have the same stuff happen.
I'm a huge TWD fan, but right now I'm getting a better story out of the video game than I am the comic.