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Rick and his group learn the dangers of living behind the safety of the Community walls, and much worse: what happens when those walls give way to those outside. Collects The Walking Dead #73-84.


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Rick and his group learn the dangers of living behind the safety of the Community walls, and much worse: what happens when those walls give way to those outside. Collects The Walking Dead #73-84.

30 review for The Walking Dead, Book Seven

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    3.5 stars Warning: Some Spoilers I'll try to tag anything really big, though. This is a pretty mild book, all things considered. Of course, there are deaths, but it's nobody we care about. Not really. I mean, somebody's gotta go, but this time around it was mostly* just a few of the New Guys. And there are some Bad Guys, but they don't do any real damage. It's like they're there to just throw everyone off, shake up (maybe wake up) this blissfully unaware little community. Show them how much they nee 3.5 stars Warning: Some Spoilers I'll try to tag anything really big, though. This is a pretty mild book, all things considered. Of course, there are deaths, but it's nobody we care about. Not really. I mean, somebody's gotta go, but this time around it was mostly* just a few of the New Guys. And there are some Bad Guys, but they don't do any real damage. It's like they're there to just throw everyone off, shake up (maybe wake up) this blissfully unaware little community. Show them how much they need The Group, and all of their survival skills? Speaking of survival skills, Rick is edging closer and closer to becoming a bit of a dictator. A few more hard knocks, and I believe this dude is going to set himself up as the overlord of...well, whatever he can get his hands on. And little Carl is turning into quite the little tyrant, himself. Unless something drastic happens, I don't think that kid has a shot in hell of turning out to be anything but a borderline sociopath. Plus, no matter how shocked Rick seems by his behavior, I think he's secretly proud of who Carl is becoming. After a bit of a (view spoiler)[He killed her abusive husband after he went off the rails, and sliced Morgan's wife's throat. Yum! (hide spoiler)] y skerfuffle, Rick ends up finally getting a little sumpin' sumpin'! Is it true love? Will it last? Hahahahahahaha! (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] Yeah, as if. Sadly, Rick seems doomed to make the same mistake over and over again. What mistake, you ask? Well, while the other members of The Group are mostly loyal, and continue to risk their lives for each other, Rick's only thought is (ultimately) for Carl. And when the chips are down, he cuts and runs. It might sound like the smart thing to do, but if you're going to survive the zombie apocalypse, you gotta have friends. I think this may be where he learns that he needs The Group, as much as The Group needs him. Because, face it, shit happens. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] One notable thing about Book Seven? This is one of the few times that everyone is in danger from the actual zombies! In case you haven't noticed, most of the carnage in these is due to the living. Nice to see the dead get in on the slaughter for once! * (view spoiler)[Too bad about poor Morgan, but if anyone had to go... *shrugs*. (hide spoiler)]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    So I've now read all seven volumes that have been published thus far, and I feel like I can intelligently address some of the criticism of this series as misogynistic or sexist. First of all, let me say I totally get why some readers draw this impression, and I don't think folks who don't like it because of the misogynistic elements are necessarily wrong. I kept forcing myself to look at it with a critical eye, because I don't want to basically say, "Well, it's ok because I like Kirkman." Overall So I've now read all seven volumes that have been published thus far, and I feel like I can intelligently address some of the criticism of this series as misogynistic or sexist. First of all, let me say I totally get why some readers draw this impression, and I don't think folks who don't like it because of the misogynistic elements are necessarily wrong. I kept forcing myself to look at it with a critical eye, because I don't want to basically say, "Well, it's ok because I like Kirkman." Overall, my impression is that while Kirkman occasionally portrays misogyny, I don't know that he himself is a misogynist, if that makes any kind of sense. As the series progresses, you see some people -- men and women both -- fall apart completely. They sometimes fall apart along gender lines (see: Shane's breakdown and the way it's acted out vs. Carol's), but since those gender lines exist in real life, it's hard to fault Kirkman for it. He seems to be trying to portray, as realistically as possible, the psychological aftermath of a disaster like this on a fairly diverse group of people. So you see people act in ways that are both admirable and unconscionably stupid. I also think that Kirkman became more aware, as the series progressed, of how he was portraying women, and made an effort to keep things more well-rounded. Andrea and Michonne are both good examples of women whose particular brand of crazy doesn't fall along stereotypical gender lines, and Kirkman ALSO does a good job of not making them into one-dimensional Badass Women. At least, I think he does. By the way, is it weird to say that I give the writer and artist props for the LEAST sexy rape scene I have ever read/seen in my life? I hate rape as character development, I hate rape included "because it's realistic," but I also have to admit that during a complete societal breakdown, rape would definitely be a concern. I am just happy that Kirkman made sure to not make it wink-wink-nudge-nudge-sorta-sexy-funtimes. All this said, I still think it's a mistake to be dismissive when a woman reads something that's supposedly realistic and raises her eyebrows about the behavior of female characters. I've seen a lot of critiques of this series dismissed on Goodreads as "typical feminism," and that ticks me off. If a male reader read the first volume of a critically acclaimed comic series and remarked out loud that all the male characters seemed to be bumbling "Mr. Mom"-type sitcom dads, I'd hope that people wouldn't just shake their heads and say, "Typical male reaction..."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marta

    Continues to be gripping. The evolution of the characters is fascinating.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pantelis Andreou

    Kirkman keeps building the tension on this! Another lovely addition!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eli

    WHOAAAAAA. This got really crazy. My jaw dropped a few times while I was reading this specific comic. Also, I'm finally ahead of the TV series, so that's cool. Fingers crossed that they stay away from mutilating and murdering characters like they do in the graphic novel.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Took a while to get back into the comic flow after watching the series, but once I did it flowed just as quickly and powerfully as before.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Well, up late again finishing this hardcover edition like I have with the previous ones they are so good. And I do love reading these books. I don't think this book was nearly as dark as book six was. But I felt that it really taps into our innermost fears. Fear of dying. Fear of the unknown. Fear of uncertainty. A parent's fear of losing a child. All those fears are brought to gut-wrenching life just like in a good Stephen King novel. This is mostly things that happened in season five and six o Well, up late again finishing this hardcover edition like I have with the previous ones they are so good. And I do love reading these books. I don't think this book was nearly as dark as book six was. But I felt that it really taps into our innermost fears. Fear of dying. Fear of the unknown. Fear of uncertainty. A parent's fear of losing a child. All those fears are brought to gut-wrenching life just like in a good Stephen King novel. This is mostly things that happened in season five and six of the TV show. Rick and the group settling into Alexandria and some of the problems that occur. Like crazy, abusive asshole Pete in the show. Yeah, remember him? That plays out almost exactly like it does in the TV show. (view spoiler)[There are no Wolves that attack Alexandria, just a small group of scavengers that are dealt with quickly (hide spoiler)] . And then we get (view spoiler)[the horde of zombies that show up at Alexandria (hide spoiler)] . At one point during that incident, (view spoiler)[Rick thinks of himself and his own kid over the safety of the community and wants to just leave (hide spoiler)] . I hated that part because TV show Rick Grimes would never do that. Of course (view spoiler)[that all works out differently in the end. Rick finds hope at the end and starts to believe in people (hide spoiler)] . Off topic...I did like that season 8 mid-season finale of the TV show, but I hated the ending. Carl is still alive in the comic over two years after ALL OUT WAR, and I don't think he's going anywhere for a while. They shouldn't have done that. Anyway, these books are addicting. On to book eight now!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was interesting to see Rick's group arrive in what is basically a decent community and have a damn hard time letting go of the last 18 months. In some ways that's a good thing - like taking leadership in the construction crew or outing a domestic abuser - but it's also balanced by Rick's breakdown scene. I have to admit that in the early part of the book I was wondering if they were being a little complacent about the zombie threat i.e. by focussing more on the human threat. I was wondering wh It was interesting to see Rick's group arrive in what is basically a decent community and have a damn hard time letting go of the last 18 months. In some ways that's a good thing - like taking leadership in the construction crew or outing a domestic abuser - but it's also balanced by Rick's breakdown scene. I have to admit that in the early part of the book I was wondering if they were being a little complacent about the zombie threat i.e. by focussing more on the human threat. I was wondering why they haven't raided Washington for silencers for their guns & high tech bows, dug a moat/zombie pit, put in sharp stakes and other deterrents, built some underground escape tunnels or fallout shelters. They've already discovered that the problem with walls is that sufficient mass will breach them so why not go for multiple lines of defense. sure enough...zombie herd. So then, I'm thinking that the action is great but where do they take the series? They've had a city, farm, prison, church, gated community...where is supposed to be safe? The series was therefore saved for me by Rick's epiphany at the end where he realizes that they can stay and fight for one place as long as they prepare adequate defenses and actively police against threats. I look forward to Book Eight.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    For the first time since I've been reading the comics and watching the show, I'm finally further along than the TV series. The ending of this book was fantastic and now I can't wait to see how it gets interpreted on the screen.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Lynne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This series has incredible velocity and I am here for it! First of all, I was so excited for Rick when it was looking like he had a new love interest. He was finally letting Lori go. When he looked at the phone and said “you’re not real” I got SOOOO excited for his relationship with Jessie! But then..I don’t wanna talk about it. What I DO wanna talk about though is Carl! WTH!!!!! That was hardcore as fuck. Kinda reminded me of that scene in Breaking Bad where you think Gus survived the explosion This series has incredible velocity and I am here for it! First of all, I was so excited for Rick when it was looking like he had a new love interest. He was finally letting Lori go. When he looked at the phone and said “you’re not real” I got SOOOO excited for his relationship with Jessie! But then..I don’t wanna talk about it. What I DO wanna talk about though is Carl! WTH!!!!! That was hardcore as fuck. Kinda reminded me of that scene in Breaking Bad where you think Gus survived the explosion but then you see his face. Except Carl didn’t die. Sorry. Spoil alert for Breaking Bad, I guess. Lol. #toolate Yes I just used a hashtag on a platform that doesn’t support hashtags. I guess Goodreads could use a few updates. Anyway, I just hit the bong right before starting this review and now I’m rambling. I guess the main point I’m trying to sell here is that I am freaking in love with The Walking Dead comics series!

  11. 4 out of 5

    B.A. Wilson

    I often know what is going to happen next, since I've seen though show (and even though some things varying), but this still has my full attention. I'm stressed out and on the edge of my seat, wanting to shout at the characters through every zombie attack and relationship decision, as if they need my help. Pages: 304

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gator Girl Eaton

    *** Spoilers Possible *** wow....so this is the gang's time in Alexandria. Very similar to the show. Rick and the abusive husband/dad go at it. The abusive husband/dad kills the mayor's spouse then the Mayor gives the ok for the abuser to be killed. What was different is in the show the 'Wolves' cause the herd of walkers to run over Alexandria. Not so in the book. But we still have Rick and his group, covered in walker guts, moving through the herd. People die. Carl's eye gets shot out.....and Ri *** Spoilers Possible *** wow....so this is the gang's time in Alexandria. Very similar to the show. Rick and the abusive husband/dad go at it. The abusive husband/dad kills the mayor's spouse then the Mayor gives the ok for the abuser to be killed. What was different is in the show the 'Wolves' cause the herd of walkers to run over Alexandria. Not so in the book. But we still have Rick and his group, covered in walker guts, moving through the herd. People die. Carl's eye gets shot out.....and Rick goes ballistic on the roamers. oh...and Morgan and Michonne hook up a few times. There's actually quite a few hook ups going on throughout this book. But back to Morgan. He gets bit on the arm. Michonne cuts it off. He gets sick anyways.....and dies!!!!!! So I really prefer the TV show Morgan to the Book Morgan. He's an interesting character on the show. Who isn't really all that different between the show and book? Abraham. except Abraham has better dialogue on the show. I love that character. I'm really looking forward to the next book. Wondering how quickly Negan shows up?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Darkwalker

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Kirkman knows how to write plots, but he should hire a script writer to do his dialog. Dialog has not improved over the duration of these books. Yes, there are zombies everywhere but not EVERYONE uses the "F" word no matter how bad things get. My mother would never use it, and I have friends who never use it. I'd use it like crazy, but not every character is the same person. Also, the misogyny continues. Women are sex machines in Kirkman's books, but not good for much else. However, the absolute Kirkman knows how to write plots, but he should hire a script writer to do his dialog. Dialog has not improved over the duration of these books. Yes, there are zombies everywhere but not EVERYONE uses the "F" word no matter how bad things get. My mother would never use it, and I have friends who never use it. I'd use it like crazy, but not every character is the same person. Also, the misogyny continues. Women are sex machines in Kirkman's books, but not good for much else. However, the absolute worst thing about this edition is Carl. Okay, you can survive being shot in the eye (know a guy who did); but you cannot survive being shot in the face and having half your head blown off, in a world where medicine is limited and a hospital is out of the question. I blame the artist for this one. It's a book about zombies though, so I'll suspend disbelief yet again. I just want to get to Negan and "Lucille".

  14. 5 out of 5

    Aildiin

    Some of the best Walking Dead I have read in a while, especially the second part : "No way out". A Herd reaches the new settlement that Rick and co have joined and they have to deal with it. I haven't read the later chapters but it seems like a turning point in the series. Rick has a kind of revelation and realizes that the walkers can be dealt with, once fear is overcome they can be dispatched. This means that most likely from now on the real enemies are going to be living ones... Like usual the p Some of the best Walking Dead I have read in a while, especially the second part : "No way out". A Herd reaches the new settlement that Rick and co have joined and they have to deal with it. I haven't read the later chapters but it seems like a turning point in the series. Rick has a kind of revelation and realizes that the walkers can be dealt with, once fear is overcome they can be dispatched. This means that most likely from now on the real enemies are going to be living ones... Like usual the presentation is top notch and in my view there is no benefit in buying the trade paperbacks. For the price of two trades you get a deluxe hardcover with the same content ( might be more, there are a bunch of extras at the end, I am not familiar with the trades but I doubt they contain those) but a much higher quality book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy Bailey

    This one didn't disappoint. We kind of go back to the multiple character death format here, as a lot happens when it's proven that there's no such thing as paradise. Despite the grisly events that happen here, this one still ends on a hopeful note. I'm really interested to keep going, as we've now picked up to where the show has left off, so everything that happens now in subsequent books will be new to me. Not that the books and the show always correspond with each other, but the basic story ar This one didn't disappoint. We kind of go back to the multiple character death format here, as a lot happens when it's proven that there's no such thing as paradise. Despite the grisly events that happen here, this one still ends on a hopeful note. I'm really interested to keep going, as we've now picked up to where the show has left off, so everything that happens now in subsequent books will be new to me. Not that the books and the show always correspond with each other, but the basic story arc is pretty well intact in each with a few additions, subtractions, and changes in between the two.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Erin Cataldi

    There are some new characters and new problems, but nothing that the gang isn't prepared to fix. Their new community is too promising to let anything get in the way of keeping it thriving so they are working together to try and keep it ship shape and free of zombies. As always, Rick is working on being the best leader he can be. He's already cracked a few times but I'm truly wondering how much longer he can hold on for.He has such a burden on his shoulders. Another great installment for the Walk There are some new characters and new problems, but nothing that the gang isn't prepared to fix. Their new community is too promising to let anything get in the way of keeping it thriving so they are working together to try and keep it ship shape and free of zombies. As always, Rick is working on being the best leader he can be. He's already cracked a few times but I'm truly wondering how much longer he can hold on for.He has such a burden on his shoulders. Another great installment for the Walking Dead franchise.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura Grable

    These books are all set in the community, but the walls literally come down. From the first book the threat of zombies is apparent and it becomes clear that the community needs Rick and his group as much as they need the community. They are attacked from a random group and then by a herd of walkers. The unexperienced citizens are at a loss for how to deal with the walkers filing in and Rick in a rare move, makes the completely wrong call. He quite literally cuts his ties with the woman he is see These books are all set in the community, but the walls literally come down. From the first book the threat of zombies is apparent and it becomes clear that the community needs Rick and his group as much as they need the community. They are attacked from a random group and then by a herd of walkers. The unexperienced citizens are at a loss for how to deal with the walkers filing in and Rick in a rare move, makes the completely wrong call. He quite literally cuts his ties with the woman he is seeing and allows her to be killed. The Carl loses an eye. Ouch.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Liesl

    This series never fails to thrill me, and this book proved to be no exception. The first half was a bit slow since it was full of smaller interpersonal conflicts within the community, but these were intriguing to watch unfold, see how they affected everyone and set the stage for the rest of the book. The second half was wall-to-wall excitement as Kirkman and company raise the stakes and end on another expertly crafted cliffhanger. Once again, I am anxious to see what happens next!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Jaffe

    Just when I thought this series might have run its course, this volume reinvigorates the whole thing. Jaw-dropping moments that reminded me of why I love these books. Can't wait to read the next one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Starting to get a little redundant. Patterns are emerging from previous stories that make things a little slow.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Abrar AlFouzan

    Oh my this was EPIC!!!!!!!!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    OH MAN THOSE LAST FEW PAGES KIRKMAN WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO MY SOUL

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erin Britton

    A continuing story of survival horror indeed; The Walking Dead: Book Seven collects issues 73 to 84 [also available as trade paperbacks #13 and #14] of Robert Kirkman’s excellent post-zombiepocalypse comic series. The first half of The Walking Dead: Book Seven contains the ‘Too Far Gone’ storyline and follows Sheriff Rick and his group as they begin to settle in to life behind the walls of the community. Despite the need to be ever vigilant to zombie swarms attempting to break into the ‘burb, lif A continuing story of survival horror indeed; The Walking Dead: Book Seven collects issues 73 to 84 [also available as trade paperbacks #13 and #14] of Robert Kirkman’s excellent post-zombiepocalypse comic series. The first half of The Walking Dead: Book Seven contains the ‘Too Far Gone’ storyline and follows Sheriff Rick and his group as they begin to settle in to life behind the walls of the community. Despite the need to be ever vigilant to zombie swarms attempting to break into the ‘burb, life is about as tranquil as can be expected in a world where death is quite literally walking the streets. However, the new arrivals find it hard to settle and integrate into the relative normalcy of life in their new safe haven. Rick in particular is a man on the edge. The pacing of The Walking Dead takes a noticeable slowdown with ‘Too Far Gone’ as Rick and his not so merry crew adapt to the sedentary and reasonably peaceful life of Alexandria Safe-Zone. In keeping with life in a more average gated community, there isn’t all that much in the way of danger and mayhem to be faced. But it’s still The Walking Dead so, despite the relative lack doom and lacerated body parts, there’s still plenty of tension and anger bubbling away below the surface. Just as the newcomers find it difficult to relax into the community and to trust their new neighbours, so the more established citizens worry about who and what they have welcomed into their midst. In ‘Too Far Gone’ it seems that all the zombie-related events that have occurred since he awoke from his coma and discovered that the world had gone to hell in a handbasket are catching up with Sheriff Rick. Now that he can stop running again for a while and really cogitate on what has occurred, Rick seems to be becoming his own worst enemy. Unprepared to believe that there might be a possibility of peace, he sees danger and conspiracy around every corner. He’s also more than a bit trigger happy too. The rest of his original crew are better at coping with tranquillity than their leader but even some of them manage to become embroiled in conspiracy and intrigue. There are a lot of new characters to get to know in ‘Too Far Gone’ as the personalities of the citizens of the community are more fully developed. While not all of these newcomers are particularly thrilling – some are very reminiscent of people previously encountered during the series – there are some interesting additions to the cast. While ‘Too Far Gone’ couldn’t be described as vintage Walking Dead, it is still an interesting story where the characters are given time to stop and breath, the plot is twisted and turned some more, and the groundwork is laid for something big. The second story in Book Seven is ‘No Way Out’ and it is a far more tense and gory prospect than ‘Too Far Gone’. Dystopian societies are rarely peaceful and the citizens of Alexandria Safe-Zone, both new arrivals and established townspeople, discover that they must work and fight together if they are to protect their own particular home at the end of the world from the latest deadly danger to stumble upon them. ‘No Way Out’ marks a welcome return to the origins of The Walking Dead, where the zombie threat was the big bad and survivor on survivor violence was really a second tier issue. While it’s always interesting to have a few baddies in the group to illustrate the fact that even the end of the world can’t stop the evil machinations of ordinary folk, zombies on the rampage should always be at the core of this series. In order to combat the threat to the community Sheriff Rick and Michonne have to bottle-up their personal angst and get back to being badass slayers of the undead, which is all for the good too. Ultimately, there isn’t a great deal of story progression in ‘No Way Out’ but it is nevertheless a very exciting and, indeed, rather traumatic instalment in The Walking Dead saga. The Walking Dead: Book Seven is illustrated throughout in stark black and white by Charlie Adlard. The absence of colour evocatively reflects the absence of real ‘life’ that the survivors are having to deal with and it is also the perfect style for truly concentrating on the emotions and experiences of the individuals rather than illustrating the world at large. Adlard is excellent at capturing facial expressions and so reflecting the inner turmoil of the characters. The zombie battle scenes are downright amazing too. Being a special edition, Book Seven also includes colour reproductions of all of Adlard’s original comic covers for the ‘Too Far Gone’ and ‘No Way Out’ story arcs.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    I read The Walking Dead comic books # 73-84, which covered the arcs 'The Walking Dead, Vol. 13: Too Far Gone' and 'The Walking Dead, Vol. 14: No Way Out' - with Rick and co. joining up with the Community and getting involved with their politics… and then the shocking end of this book! The series actually manages to get better 8 years and counting! Splendid! 9 out of 12. I read The Walking Dead comic books # 73-84, which covered the arcs 'The Walking Dead, Vol. 13: Too Far Gone' and 'The Walking Dead, Vol. 14: No Way Out' - with Rick and co. joining up with the Community and getting involved with their politics… and then the shocking end of this book! The series actually manages to get better 8 years and counting! Splendid! 9 out of 12.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tim Galbraith

    I picked up The Walking Dead a while after it started and read through the intro and the Governor/prison story arch and was hooked into this book. Then I took a break and the tv show started and I enjoyed the tv show up through the intro and the Governor/Prison story arch and the show went chronologically passed where I had taken a break in reading. Maybe the show had ruined a lot of The Walking Dead for me, I stopped watching the show a while ago and read volume 6 and now volume 7. Im just not I picked up The Walking Dead a while after it started and read through the intro and the Governor/prison story arch and was hooked into this book. Then I took a break and the tv show started and I enjoyed the tv show up through the intro and the Governor/Prison story arch and the show went chronologically passed where I had taken a break in reading. Maybe the show had ruined a lot of The Walking Dead for me, I stopped watching the show a while ago and read volume 6 and now volume 7. Im just not jazzed on this story/premise/characters anymore at this point the concept kind of fades and we get that the message is zombies aren't the true enemy, other people are.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "Regina was such a good woman, good to me... and I treated her like shit, Aaron. A community of fifty people and I'm trying to fuck anything that isn't tied down... What kind of person am I?" -Douglas/"Deanna" about his marriage to Regina/"Reggie." ---- Ok, so let's get down to the brass tacks. #Richonne here is more #Morchonne. Abraham is a mother-scared-dick at the start of it because the group has found sanctuary in the Alexandria safe-zone. Since Carol is dead in the comics, Glenn is the one tha "Regina was such a good woman, good to me... and I treated her like shit, Aaron. A community of fifty people and I'm trying to fuck anything that isn't tied down... What kind of person am I?" -Douglas/"Deanna" about his marriage to Regina/"Reggie." ---- Ok, so let's get down to the brass tacks. #Richonne here is more #Morchonne. Abraham is a mother-scared-dick at the start of it because the group has found sanctuary in the Alexandria safe-zone. Since Carol is dead in the comics, Glenn is the one that helps Rick steal the guns in the comic from the armory. Abraham and crew save "Holly" (who seems to be a potential love-interest for Abe if Kirkman jumps ahead with taking the TV shows plot ahead of the TV show and dumping Rosita for her/"Sasha (who is originally part of Rick's group, Holly isn't)" in the TV show. They get a wall set-up due to Abraham being the only one in the group to have the Motherdicking balls to build the wall after the zombies attack. Tobin, the original groups leader then gives up his position (just like in the TV show). The group moves into separate houses, Rick and crew take up their jobs and Andrea (who is still alive in the comics) takes up watch in the clock-tower right outside of "town." This plot point is brought up way earlier than the TV show so a bit of props there for Kirkman on having Rick push it on Douglass. Glenn and Heath head into Washington DC to try to find meds to Heath's former "run"ning partner. They come across a group (the Wolves? The saviors? Never stated) in the meantime that throws one of their own to the wolves (heh, puns)/zombies trapping them in the DC area and they leave while Glenn and Heath get meds and head back to town. Unfortunately for the two, they draw the group due to their motorbike use. Rick tries to talk to the leader of the group, is about to be sniped when Andrea's crackshot saves him and he kills the group. We never know who they were. (Are they the wolves in the TV show? They aren't as brutal here and just red-shirts. Which is a shame because the Wolves attack on TV came out of left-field with the way they framed it by Carol's view. Oh well~) Rick and "Porch-dick" have a rumble and go through the glass. Rick points the gun at Douglass/Deanna and they have a town meeting. Porch-dick kills Regina/"Reggie" just like the story bit in the TV show. "Rick..." (Close up of Douglass/"Deanna") "Do it." *BLAM* (No Morgan swerve here, since he's already here in the comics) Andrea and Douglass' son hooks up (there's only one here not two like the TV show). The group has a funeral for Heath's running friend and "Porch-dick" where Rick says "Porch-dick wasn't really Porch-dick in a former life and we dunno why he turned out this way and killed Regina/"Reggie."" Paraphrasing. Anyway, Rick and Jessie hook up in the TV show quickly after that but they delay it here. We'll get back to that. Skipping ahead the "Wolves" trap isn't really a trap in the comic and the megaherd is coming from DC. The herd reach Alexandrea. Break through a wall that isn't made for them (good bit there by Kirkman where it shows lack of supplies can screw up defenses) Kill Tobin (RIP), kill Bruce (who is a red-shirt in the comic and not mentioned in the TV show). Jessie shows up at Rick's house and they hook up. Sorry #Richonne fans. None of that here. Maggie stops by with Sophia. The herd passes them by and Rick gets the bright idea of "HEY WE SHOULD HEAD OUT IF THEY AREN'T FLOODING IN LIKE THE TV SHOW! :D!" and wears zombie guts (Maybe it's Zombie guts, maybe it's Maybelline) to get past the herd outside their door. The infamous Jessie scene then happens. Ron dies, with no revenge on Carl (as there isn't any here. I feel the TV show does this next bit better because it makes sense in a way). Douglass comes outside after wanting to commit suicide and fires his gun wildly as Rick and Michonne tell him "Bitch, stop doing that. For fucks sake" and HE(!)/Douglass-"Deanna" hits Carl somehow in that wild firing as zombies take him down. *NOT RON* being the one. (TV: 1, Comic: 0 on that scene) Anyway: Glenn, Heath, and Douglass' son cross the rope to Andrea to "save" her and are stuck with her over there when the rope collapses (Comic: 1, TV show: 1-TIED GAME!) compared to Douglass/"Deanna"'s son trying that and failing to get away because no one is over there in the TV show. Morgan gets bitten. Rick does a Hershel on him and lops his arm off. Denise tries to save him, but spoiler: Doesn't. RIP Morgan, you deserve better. Michonne is the one that kills him and here he's kinda like TV show Deanna/"Douglass"'s martyr for this megaherd's scene besides the redshirts. Rick goes crazy taking the shot Carl to Denise and tells her to save him. Cue the infamous Alexandrian Massacre montage scene where the group comes out to help Rick and Michonne kill the Megaherd. Rick monologues about keeping the place safe for Carl and rebuilding Alexandria. End this volume. --- TV show time: Well, middle of Season 5 with some major plot changes and omissions. Up to like the second or fourth episode of the mid-season return of Season 6 (Episode 9 of 16-ish). --- Also fun note is how Kirkman's collection of drawings by Charlie Adlard mentions Frank Darabont and AMC in this show as this was published as the first season of the TV show was getting off the ground. Oh if only he knew what was in store for Darabont in a year/season later.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Georgina Parkin

    4.5 stars but I'm rating it a 5 because so far this ones been the best, but it's been the best because of all the ones before it. My heart was actually racing during this book. And I know bits and pieces because of the show but there was still enough difference that it's not the same to me, just similar. And now I'm super bummed because the next one isn't in the library at the moment, and I think they only have the next few anyway so I won't be able to continue straight away.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Will Cooper

    Seeing how the group is handling finally being inside a community that seems to be working and how Rick deals with an abusive father (not his) and other things that start happening inside. And more zombies! And the action at the end of this book is great!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pam Bales

    Very much like this series. I enjoy the differences between graphic novel form and the TV show. I'm glad I decided to try this format and that my library has the first seven. I'm in the process of finding book eight.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cody

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is good, and I like it a lot. But there is lots of rape scenes. Do not read this book if you have a tendency to throw up!!!

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