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[The Walking Dead Volume 5: The Best Defense] – (Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard)
October 2, 2010, 10:56 pm
Filed under: 9 stars, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn, Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead

Book 4 was a bit more of a soap opera than a Zombie action tale but things really hot up in “The Best Defence”.  The sight of a mysterious helicopter crashing a few miles from the prison causes three of the survivors to go investigating.  What they find is a horror beyond imagination and things will never be the same again for those characters. I don’t want to go much further with the  description about what happens as it would really be a spoiler. Back at the prison there were still some wacky relationship happenings but the body count wasn’t as crazy as the first 4 volumes.

Kirkman manages to keep a real sense of tension in this TPB and you are never sure which character is going to go crazy or get killed off next.  Volume 5 is probably my favorite volume so far and my jaw literally dropped at some of the things that happened in it.  Charlie Adlard’s artwork is spot on and I am really beginning to appreciate the way he captures human feelings through their expressions. The book ends on the type of cliff hanger where you just want to rush out and read the next volume to find out what happens next. [ISBN-13: 978-1582406121] . 9/10


[The Walking Dead Volume 4: The Heart’s Desire] – (Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard)
October 1, 2010, 8:02 am
Filed under: 8 Stars, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn, Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead

“Hearts Desire” is set in the abandoned prison where conflict between the existing inmates and the survivors comes to a head. The main focus of the volume is the hero of the book, Rick Grimes, plunging further into madness and alienating the rest of the party. A major new character is also introduced in the form of a mysterious sword wielding lady. Her joining the prison dwellers causes some major relationships changes for the surviving key characters.  It wouldn’t be a walking dead book without a body count of key characters and this volume is no exception. Robert Kirkman is definitely going to make it difficult for them to cast people in the TV adaption of this book.

Volume 4 of the Walking Dead continues on with its dark and intense plot and shows no sign of losing its freshness or pace. Hearts Desire is another solid volume with consistently good gray scale art. There are some dramatic splash pages in this volume that really hammer the story home. [ISBN-13: 978-1582405308]. 8/10

[The Walking Dead Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars] – (Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard)
September 30, 2010, 7:03 am
Filed under: 8 Stars, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn, Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead

In book 3 of the Walking Dead our half starved survivors find an abandoned prison full of zombies and look upon it as an ideal home. Unfortunately the prison has some regular survivors already living there and things quickly start to go pear shaped. “Safety Behind Bars” has the same great story telling and tension as the first two volumes. It nicely develops the breakdown of civilization and the loss of humanity of the characters. It is best not to get too attached to a character in “Walking Dead” as Kirkman seems to kill half of them off in every book and a few major players bite the dust in this one. Adlard’s art is good although in my opinion it is not as good as Moore’s art in the first volume. If you like the first two volumes you should  like this one.  [ISBN-13: 978-1582408057 ].8/10

[The Walking Dead Volume 2: Miles Behind Us] – (Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard)
September 29, 2010, 7:41 am
Filed under: 8 Stars, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn, Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead

The second volume in the Walking Dead series has a change of artist, although the original artist Terry Moore still does the cover.  Charlie Adlard has done a good job of capturing the look of the characters but doesn’t have the same level of detail as Moore’s work and as such the art is a little less impressive.  The story carries on from the bombshell ending of the first volume and sees our heroes set off to find somewhere new to live. On their travels they encounter new survivors, all who have some strange sort of back story, and of course Zombies. We also have the big bombshell of a pregnancy for one of the survivors.

Just like the first book, characters don’t seem to live very long in “The walking Dead” and in “Miles Behind Us” several key characters get rather surprisingly killed off.    The book continues to paint a great picture of the mental torture and tension experienced in a realistically portrayed zombie apocalypse. It finishes on another great cliffhanger to make you want to read the next volume. [ISBN-13: 978-1582407753]. 8/10

[The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye] – (Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore)
September 28, 2010, 10:18 pm
Filed under: 9 stars, Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead, Tony Moore

The Walking Dead is Robert Kirkman’s remarkable tale of a Zombie apocalypse seen through the eyes of small town sheriff Rick Grimes.  This first T.P.B explains Rick’s back story and introduces him to a small band of survivors that include his wife and kid.  This book does an excellent job of portraying the despair and break down of humanity. The secret to the books power is that it puts regular people into the roll of heroes, a position they are neither ready for or particularly good at.

Tony Moore’s gray scale artwork is excellent and portrays the desolation really well.  The art is realistic rather that the usual over the top Zombie fare. The pacing and action is spot on and it leaves you hungry for more. This book was the start of a phenomena and is a must read for all comic and zombie fans. [ISBN-13: 978-1582403588]. 9/10