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This hardcover features another 12 issues of the hit series along with the covers for the issues all in one oversized hardcover volume. Perfect for long time fans, new readers, and anyone interested in reading a zombie movie on paper that never ends. Collects The Walking Dead #49-60.


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This hardcover features another 12 issues of the hit series along with the covers for the issues all in one oversized hardcover volume. Perfect for long time fans, new readers, and anyone interested in reading a zombie movie on paper that never ends. Collects The Walking Dead #49-60.

30 review for The Walking Dead, Book Five

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    You want to know what I love about this series so far? Well, I'm telling you anyway. I love the way it looks like everything is headed in one direction, and then it takes off in entirely different direction. I feel like I'm always getting hit upside the head with the proverbial shovel! For example: Andrew & Rick. It looked like those two were going to kill each other by the middle of this sucker! And then {spoilery stuff happens} (view spoiler)[ OMG! I was so pissed for Michonne, but at least she You want to know what I love about this series so far? Well, I'm telling you anyway. I love the way it looks like everything is headed in one direction, and then it takes off in entirely different direction. I feel like I'm always getting hit upside the head with the proverbial shovel! For example: Andrew & Rick. It looked like those two were going to kill each other by the middle of this sucker! And then {spoilery stuff happens} (view spoiler)[ OMG! I was so pissed for Michonne, but at least she was an adult. A kid? Even if they didn't get a chance to rape him, I'm glad Rick tore that dude's guts out. (hide spoiler)] and now it looks like they're BFF's. Those guys were a GREAT addition to the story, by the way. It finally looks like there may even be some answers forthcoming about the start of this Zombie Apocalypse. Yeah, yeah. I know. I'm not holding my breath or anything. Michonne made a nice entrance, as always. As for the rest of the group? Dale & Andrea are starting to show some cracks. Dale seems a little upset that Rick isn't back to his old self. So. Hmm. It seems as though feelings may be changing... And Maggie? Well. She certainly made quite the impression on me this time around! This may be one of the best panels I've seen in a long time: (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] Which was only made cooler by this one! Didn't see that coming! And not being able to pick up immediately on what Kirkman is going to do next is the reason I keep coming back to these books so quickly. Well, that and shit like this...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pantelis Andreou

    Forgot how amazing this is and so much superior from the tv series.. hopefully this one stays genuine and exciting as it is!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Really breezed through this one too! Only in seven days instead of six this time. The professional artist alive today that is probably the best at drawing zombies is Bernie Wrightson (they should get him to do a cover of The Walking Dead, I mean I believe I read somewhere that comic book legend Neal Adams did a cover for the series). However, Charlie Adlard is also pretty good at it too. In the back of all these books, there is a "Sketchbook" part, which includes preliminary thumbnails, sketches Really breezed through this one too! Only in seven days instead of six this time. The professional artist alive today that is probably the best at drawing zombies is Bernie Wrightson (they should get him to do a cover of The Walking Dead, I mean I believe I read somewhere that comic book legend Neal Adams did a cover for the series). However, Charlie Adlard is also pretty good at it too. In the back of all these books, there is a "Sketchbook" part, which includes preliminary thumbnails, sketches for the covers and character designs, etc.. In this one, Kirkman displays some of the Walking Dead related artwork Charlie Adlard does when not working on the book. And there was this one Illustration of Michonne which reminded me of a scene in the TV show in season 5, Episode 16 "Conquer"... Very eerily similar images don't you think? I think that was done in the TV show because for one, Tyreese does not have a sister named Sasha in the graphic novels. Two, in this book, Michonne is dealing with PTSD in a similar way that Sasha was at that point in the show. The beginning of this book starts out where book four left off. It is almost identical to the plot to season 4, episode 9 "After". Everything from Rick and Carl wandering from the prison to the abandoned house, Rick passing out on the couch and Carl not being able to wake him up, Carl taking out his animosity towards his father, Carl scavenging and fending off zombies, Rick waking up and Carl thinking that he has become a zombie (of course he's fine). The only thing that's missing is when Carl finds that 112 oz. can of chocolate pudding and eats the entire thing. LOL. What was the best part of this book? Oh yeah...Sgt. Abraham Ford shows up!!! LOL...I'm having too much fun with Photobucket here. He doesn't actually say stuff like "bitch nuts" and his other improvised curse words, which Chris Hardwick called "Abra-Hamlet". I really do miss Abraham's character on the show, and still can't go back and re-watch that season 7 premiere. But that's what I enjoyed about reading this book, it's because I like Abraham's character. Basically, Abraham is pretty much the same guy as he is on the TV show. Although his facial features are slightly different from Michael Cudlitz, he is a big guy, dresses the same and has the red hair and handle bar mustache (well, the comic book is black and white, you have to look at the covers to see his hair colored red...LOL). His story is also almost the same as well as his personality. Shows up with Rosita and Eugene on a mission to Washington D.C. cause "Eugene has a cure". You feel like he's a good guy at first but are not sure about it due to his temper and putting the mission to D.C. before others, etc. However, like in the show, he does become a respected member of the group as well as friend and skillful fighter to Rick. He is former U.S. army, but they don't get into it like in the show (Or maybe they do later in the graphic novels, I don't know). He's an ill-tempered foul mouthed guy with an odd sense of humor, but it's because of everything he went through after the apocalypse. I suppose I got rusty on reviewing books here, cause I'm going too much into detail most likely due to that one year reading funk I was in last year. LOL...but it doesn't bother me too much, I'm having fun with this. I'll try to make it short though. Remember "Claimer Joe"? Yeah, that goes down in the comics in a similar way except (view spoiler)[the guys that attack Rick and Carl are not the same group, just three creepy dudes that attack them for crossing a bridge that they claim belongs to them. And it is Abraham, not Daryl, who is there sitting next to Rick against the car and talking him through what he did the night before and what almost happened. (hide spoiler)] LOL...that actor that played Claimer Joe recently played Davy Crockett in that new show Timeless on NBC (that's an awesome show, you should watch it). Suicide seems to be a reoccurring theme in the graphic novels. More so than in the TV show. Oh and they do actually call the zombies in the graphic novels "zombies", but when Rick is calling them "walkers", "roamers", or "lurkers" he is splitting them up based on the way they move and how dangerous some are more than others...I forget how he explains it exactly. (view spoiler)[We also see the return of Morgan. And the fact that his last name is Jones is pointed out by Rick, even though it was said in a recent episode of Talking Dead that even though his last name is Jones, it has never been mentioned in the comic books or the TV show. (hide spoiler)] . Morality is an issue that is discussed and dealt with in a way similar to the show, only darker and possibly more graphic. Which I'm not sure I like, seeing the "blurring of the lines" in terms of Rick's actions as well as some of the other characters' actions. I read somewhere that zombie stories (starting with George A. Romero) often deal with the concept of "Misanthropy", which is basically defined as a general hatred or disgust for the ugly side of human nature. I usually don't like to analyze things too much, and especially dislike it when I hear or read about other people over analyzing fictional stories. This is because I feel that it starts to take away from the fun and enjoyment of the whole thing, and sometimes certain books are over analyzed to the point where the things that are said and pointed out, such as hidden meanings, etc are not even in there and sometimes don't even make sense. Take Dracula for instance, that book has been REALLY ripped apart! I feel that it's okay to analyze things to an extent, just don't over do it. It is interesting though when a writer/artist is saying something. I very much enjoyed this book. The major reason being that I like Abraham Ford's character. I can't wait for the show to come back on February 12th. I am definitely going to continue reading this series, but I think I'll take a break from the TWD graphic novels for a bit as I would like to read other stuff. If you like the show, you really should read the graphic novels!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marta

    Out on the road again - I can't believe how much they are going through and it is still always new territory. Out on the road again - I can't believe how much they are going through and it is still always new territory.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jesse A

    This was fine but I think I'm done. Im tired of saying "Kinda dull but boy that ending was amazing". Its just so many long stretches of dullness. This was fine but I think I'm done. Im tired of saying "Kinda dull but boy that ending was amazing". Its just so many long stretches of dullness.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hayden

    I'll keep this review short, to avoid spoiling. Book Five picks up in the aftermath of the unbelieveable final stand in Book Four, with Rick and Carl picking up the pieces and trying to find the remaining members of their group. Taking a break from the fast-paced action of books Three and Four, this instead shows the group as they grieve and cope with the enormous tragedy of what happened at the prison, and how their relationships strengthen (or in some places, crumble). This was a tough read, ju I'll keep this review short, to avoid spoiling. Book Five picks up in the aftermath of the unbelieveable final stand in Book Four, with Rick and Carl picking up the pieces and trying to find the remaining members of their group. Taking a break from the fast-paced action of books Three and Four, this instead shows the group as they grieve and cope with the enormous tragedy of what happened at the prison, and how their relationships strengthen (or in some places, crumble). This was a tough read, just because you'll really feel for the group as they grieve and try to determine their next move. I liked that we're introduced to three new characters, although I have a feeling that tensions are going to explode between them all here soon. 4/5

  7. 4 out of 5

    Peter McCambridge

    I have a ton of respect for anyone who can tell a great story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Yasmin

    Holla The Walking Dead fans! I've been away for a while for my graduation day in mid of September, and now I'm gonna continue my book review. Yayy! Okay now. After finish reading Book 5, I found it was a little bit slow and full of sadness! Sometimes there's a few issues that just makes me feel disappointed, compared to Book 4 which got me jump and felt overwhelm to continue read the whole stories. Most of casts are dead in Book 4. There's Carl and Rick left picking up the pieces, living alone taki Holla The Walking Dead fans! I've been away for a while for my graduation day in mid of September, and now I'm gonna continue my book review. Yayy! Okay now. After finish reading Book 5, I found it was a little bit slow and full of sadness! Sometimes there's a few issues that just makes me feel disappointed, compared to Book 4 which got me jump and felt overwhelm to continue read the whole stories. Most of casts are dead in Book 4. There's Carl and Rick left picking up the pieces, living alone taking care for each others. Luckily Michonne found them! Also they met the other survivors who left the prison before Governor's attack. The interesting part is when Rick had conversation with Lori through phone! Lori was dead and Rick thought he's going crazy!! Still Rick can't erase Lori from his head, he kept the phone and bring it with him. Same thing happens for Michonne who always whispering alone everytime she's alone. She's actually had conversation with her dead boyfriend! Pheww. New characters been introduced, Abraham, Rosita & Eugene the scientist. I bet Eugene knew about things that been happening but only Washington, D.C. have full information about the whole thing he knew. So they on the road to D.C. and praying for some hope. Here new leader taking shape and also new tensions built among those characters. Exciting but I expect more! Next, Book 6.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Just a Girl Fighting Censorship

    I gave this book 3 stars instead of 2 for a few reasons, the first is that we are introduced to a new character that I actually enjoy, Abraham. Sencondly, we get more Carl, possibly the only other character that interrests me. Thirdly, we go back to Rick's home town and find out what happened to Morgan and his son. Lastly, we see Rick slipping into crazy a few times and that is always interesting. The idea for these comics is so great that I am deeply saddened by the poor writting in which the au I gave this book 3 stars instead of 2 for a few reasons, the first is that we are introduced to a new character that I actually enjoy, Abraham. Sencondly, we get more Carl, possibly the only other character that interrests me. Thirdly, we go back to Rick's home town and find out what happened to Morgan and his son. Lastly, we see Rick slipping into crazy a few times and that is always interesting. The idea for these comics is so great that I am deeply saddened by the poor writting in which the author talks in circles and characters basically have 2 emotions, fear and lust. Biggest issue with this book in particular is that we hear over and over again that it has been a full year since the begining of the story and the characters are still completely clueless. It absolutely boggled my mind that I had to listen to the definition of a "herd" about 5 times and then when we actually see one, everyone is like "wait what is that?" It's a huge fricken herd of zombies, obviously. How is the fact that shooting a gun attracts roamers a revelation at this point, when it has seemed like an established and accepted fact since day one?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    If there's a flaw in volumes two through four of The Walking Dead, it's that the survivors spend too long in the same place. This is clearly intentional, as their being too accustomed to their situation is what enables the massacre at the end of Book Four. I would refer to this book as "Roamers" as this volume is a good old fashioned road trip, akin to the second half of Book One. And it's what we need. New Faces, a constantly evolving situation, nobody having time to debate the decision making If there's a flaw in volumes two through four of The Walking Dead, it's that the survivors spend too long in the same place. This is clearly intentional, as their being too accustomed to their situation is what enables the massacre at the end of Book Four. I would refer to this book as "Roamers" as this volume is a good old fashioned road trip, akin to the second half of Book One. And it's what we need. New Faces, a constantly evolving situation, nobody having time to debate the decision making process, every problem must be solved immediately. We also get some check-ins with characters we never thought we'd see again, as well as seeing Rick's first major Mental Breakdown. The highlight of this volume for me, though, is the new characters, and how they intermix with the group. Society has has had probably a year or so to settle into The New Awful. Being overly cautious has gone from being an awful new thought process to routine, and people have learned to get over the whole That Person Pulled A Weapon On Me! reactions from earlier days. This allows for characters to be introduced in similar ways to previous characters, but to allow the characters we're already familiar with evaluate them differently, and thus turn potential adversaries into begrudging friends, and to wipe out actual threats fairly quickly.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carlos

    Before reading this book you should first read teh first 4 books becase if not you wouldnt understand this amazing story, befire reading the entire serie I wasnt sure to read them because I just saw the TV show and I thought that they were the same, they wasnt.I could say that the story they tell on the books I so much better tha n the one on the TV show because it has more drama, more deaths and more difficult challenges to Rciks group.I would recomend this book to people that love readng comic Before reading this book you should first read teh first 4 books becase if not you wouldnt understand this amazing story, befire reading the entire serie I wasnt sure to read them because I just saw the TV show and I thought that they were the same, they wasnt.I could say that the story they tell on the books I so much better tha n the one on the TV show because it has more drama, more deaths and more difficult challenges to Rciks group.I would recomend this book to people that love readng comic or horror books.

  12. 5 out of 5

    B.A. Wilson

    I love these. I should have read them sooner. Also, I may have to go back and rewatch the series after this, so I can better compare them. I'm noticing more and more differences, and I'm starting to wonder if I just don't remember the series that well after all this time. But I suspect that there are just some major differences, and I'm interested to see how it all plays out. Pages: 304 I love these. I should have read them sooner. Also, I may have to go back and rewatch the series after this, so I can better compare them. I'm noticing more and more differences, and I'm starting to wonder if I just don't remember the series that well after all this time. But I suspect that there are just some major differences, and I'm interested to see how it all plays out. Pages: 304

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    SPOILERS AHEAD: This book was amazing! After the group is forced out of the prison by the Governor, they must find a place to recuperate from the attack. They stumble upon a gas station and Rick and Abraham must go find some weapons at Ricks old police station. Carl insists that he go with them and the unexpected happens. I recommend you read this if you are into these types of books because it definitely keeps up with the action and suspense!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jana

    Enjoying these way more than the show, but my question always remains: why do none of these dumb-dumbs ever clue on to the most obvious strategy of all time--GO NORTH. Zombies freeze. Ffs.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I'll admit #5 was much better than the last one. However, the story is still failing to keep my interest. I really liked Abraham and Eugene in the show. The introduction of that crew to Rick's crew was so . . . boring. It's always the same type of introduction. They're threatened, they fight, they agree to join forces. The whole "oh no, Rick is failing us" narrative is getting so old. I'm tired of hearing how horrible he is as a leader, how he needs to do better, etc. The man is trying. He just I'll admit #5 was much better than the last one. However, the story is still failing to keep my interest. I really liked Abraham and Eugene in the show. The introduction of that crew to Rick's crew was so . . . boring. It's always the same type of introduction. They're threatened, they fight, they agree to join forces. The whole "oh no, Rick is failing us" narrative is getting so old. I'm tired of hearing how horrible he is as a leader, how he needs to do better, etc. The man is trying. He just lost his wife, baby daughter, doesn't have an arm, whatever else. Give him a chance! Plus, it's not like anyone has lived through the walker apocalypse before! Nobody else is taking the lead either. This might've been better for me if I hadn't watched the TV show and knew a bit of everything so far. Yes, there are quite a few different elements and things that were changed around but for the most part it's the same. I stopped watching at one point, so when I finally get to that point I think these graphic novels will pick up for me. I do agree with another review in that it's repetitive with being told what a herd or a roamer is, and how gunshots attract them but yet the crew is completely shocked when they see a herd or notice that the walkers come out of hiding when a gunshot goes off. Waiting patiently for one of these compilations to feature a plot that I haven't witnessed already, so in the meantime I will continue reading. I'm also still waiting for badass Michonne.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    After the slaughter at the prison, Carl and Rick are alone in the open, keeping a constant vigil against the walking dead. They are not alone for long, though, quickly finding Michonne and the other survivors. Soon yet another group of strangers stumbles upon them. These ones, though, claim that one among them is a scientist who knows how the whole plague started, and they're heading to DC to put a stop to it. This entry in the series could easily be called, "The survivors start losing their damn After the slaughter at the prison, Carl and Rick are alone in the open, keeping a constant vigil against the walking dead. They are not alone for long, though, quickly finding Michonne and the other survivors. Soon yet another group of strangers stumbles upon them. These ones, though, claim that one among them is a scientist who knows how the whole plague started, and they're heading to DC to put a stop to it. This entry in the series could easily be called, "The survivors start losing their damn minds." Not that you can blame them, what with the constant deaths, being surrounded by zombies, and disturbingly frequent loss of limbs. Meanwhile, the plot has the much needed addition, finally, of a scientist. We are being teased by a possible reason for the zombies, after finally accepting there isn't one, and it's awesome. Speaking of the zombies, this book finally delivers what we haven't really seen since book one--a zombie herd. In spite of the character development and propelling of the plot forward, this entry does not have the power of the last one. It's hard to compete against The Governor and the loss of key characters, of course. This book felt like the classic setting the stage for the next big event syndrome often found in series. It's fun, not mind-blowing, but necessary. Check out my full review. (Link will be live on January 23, 2012).

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dave Mevis

    Very different from TV series

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *************************************** spoilers************************************************* The ending is not as cliff hanger-like as book 4, but an old character is added as are some new ones and the continuing story of survival marches onward. The art which I thought was rather cartoony is growing on me with each book I read. I guess the thing that throws me a bit about the series is the lack of any captions by Kirkman. The passing of time and such is a bit disconcerting and confusing. *************************************** spoilers************************************************* The ending is not as cliff hanger-like as book 4, but an old character is added as are some new ones and the continuing story of survival marches onward. The art which I thought was rather cartoony is growing on me with each book I read. I guess the thing that throws me a bit about the series is the lack of any captions by Kirkman. The passing of time and such is a bit disconcerting and confusing. At times I flip back to see if I either missed a page or what the last panel was so I can figure out where they are going or where they are at. The series has proven to me that you really don't know who is going to survive or what is going to happen from issue to issue or in my case book to book. But with Rick's immediate family down to just him and Carl I was still in shock about the death of Lori and the baby from the last book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    In Book 5 of The Walking Dead, many of the original cast of characters are dead, missing or otherwise no longer living. The few survivors are struggling to keep their sanity (Rick!) and children are growing up too fast and too soon, taking on more responsibility than they should as the adults fall apart. Towards the middle there are some new characters introduced, new tensions built, and a new leader taking shape. Where this will go from here is anyone's guess (who hasn't read Book 6 yet). I found In Book 5 of The Walking Dead, many of the original cast of characters are dead, missing or otherwise no longer living. The few survivors are struggling to keep their sanity (Rick!) and children are growing up too fast and too soon, taking on more responsibility than they should as the adults fall apart. Towards the middle there are some new characters introduced, new tensions built, and a new leader taking shape. Where this will go from here is anyone's guess (who hasn't read Book 6 yet). I found Book 5 to be a little slow, sad and disappointing, though the end of Book 4 was such a blockbuster that anything following it is bound to seem a little downtrodden. Which is exactly how the characters are in Book 5. Rick's officially off his rocker, off as being a leader and barely keeping it together. Without his stability of character (literally) I'm curious to see how the books and the other characters will cope.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Ullrich

    I am rereading this graphic novel series and I still can't believe how the twists and turns of this ultimate survival story still surprise me! For anyone that thinks that this is just another zombie series, I think you'll be surprised to find that it's so much more! Throughout the series so far, Kirkman has shown that after a while the zombies are no longer the things to fear. Book 4 and 5 focus on how in extreme circumstances, your own kind and even worse, your own mind, can turn on you and bec I am rereading this graphic novel series and I still can't believe how the twists and turns of this ultimate survival story still surprise me! For anyone that thinks that this is just another zombie series, I think you'll be surprised to find that it's so much more! Throughout the series so far, Kirkman has shown that after a while the zombies are no longer the things to fear. Book 4 and 5 focus on how in extreme circumstances, your own kind and even worse, your own mind, can turn on you and become your worst enemy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    Hello. Hi I'm Caroline and I spent the month of April binge reading The Walking Dead comics. This was another really entertaining book. It was still fast paced and exciting but there was also a lot of stuff that was setting it up for the next book to be really dramatic and exciting. I feel like I'm repeating myself in these reviews but there isn't heaps to say. I honestly just love this series- it is so entertaining and addictive! Hello. Hi I'm Caroline and I spent the month of April binge reading The Walking Dead comics. This was another really entertaining book. It was still fast paced and exciting but there was also a lot of stuff that was setting it up for the next book to be really dramatic and exciting. I feel like I'm repeating myself in these reviews but there isn't heaps to say. I honestly just love this series- it is so entertaining and addictive!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    Being a huge fan of the show, I wanted to see how the original writing started and how the show writers followed and deviated from the comics. My dislikes were that the comics are much more crude, crass, and unnecessarily violent. I did like the change in relationships and how people worked together differently, and the comics have a different creepiness feel than you get watching it on TV. Overall, I prefer the show, and probably will not finish out the comic book series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy Bailey

    This book was mainly about character introduction and relationship development. This installment was a complete 180 from the last book in regard to character deaths, which was a nice break. We see Rick slipping a little bit further down the rabbit hole, but he makes a friend who's just as crazy (Abraham), so things start to feel a little more right. And in different ways, Rick and Michonne bond over their similar sort of craziness. This book was mainly about character introduction and relationship development. This installment was a complete 180 from the last book in regard to character deaths, which was a nice break. We see Rick slipping a little bit further down the rabbit hole, but he makes a friend who's just as crazy (Abraham), so things start to feel a little more right. And in different ways, Rick and Michonne bond over their similar sort of craziness.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sonic

    Amazing powerful stuff! A chilling story with a lot of heart and soul, and plenty of thrills and spills. One of the best and most significant series available today! All my previous 4 stars for this series should be 5 stars!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    3.5 stars

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kruizzer Alvarez

    It's too hard to take in wow. This series is really good. Reccomend to everyone! It's too hard to take in wow. This series is really good. Reccomend to everyone!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Pretty good. Not quite as engrossing as the previous one. I'd give it 3.5 stars if that was possible. Pretty good. Not quite as engrossing as the previous one. I'd give it 3.5 stars if that was possible.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    This series continues to enthrall me with each volume. Rick's relationship with his son is the standout feature in this collection. This series continues to enthrall me with each volume. Rick's relationship with his son is the standout feature in this collection.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Lyn

    ABRAHAM!!!! :(

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael Sorbello

    This is a review of the entire series. Rick Grimes is a strong-willed deputy who missed the end of the world because he was in a coma for a month after getting shot in the line of duty. Shaken, starving and confused, Rick escapes the horror of the abandoned hospital only to be met with something far more terrible. Not only has the world ended, but the dead have learned to walk and to kill without mercy. After learning that his wife and son have fled to Atlanta from a single survivor and his son, This is a review of the entire series. Rick Grimes is a strong-willed deputy who missed the end of the world because he was in a coma for a month after getting shot in the line of duty. Shaken, starving and confused, Rick escapes the horror of the abandoned hospital only to be met with something far more terrible. Not only has the world ended, but the dead have learned to walk and to kill without mercy. After learning that his wife and son have fled to Atlanta from a single survivor and his son, Rick goes on a journey to reunite with his family and search for more survivors. Rick quickly has to come to terms with the fact that the world has ended and only a select few survived. The dead have risen from their graves and they prey on the living. In a world where every minute feels like hours, where there's no such thing as law and order, where finding a small meal is a tremendous task, the walking dead are quite possibly the least threatening thing for the survivors to have on their breaking minds. Humanity is pushed to the brink of destruction, forcing them to embrace their cruel and primal nature in order to survive. Sometimes you have to be more concerned about who you let into your community so they don't kill you in your sleep and steal everything you once cared about. Rick has no choice but to abandon the ways of law and order that he's upheld as an officer for so long in order to protect the few loved ones he has left. He has to become a monster to protect his crew or risk being devoured by those who became more monstrous than him and even the walking dead. Despite zombies running the world and having the series named after them, what really sets this series apart from the average zombie apocalypse tale is the focus on realism and the daily struggles, flaws and depth of the characters. There's plenty of badass zombie killing action, but the action often takes a back seat to give the characters plenty of times to share their extremely tragic yet endearing stories, grow through mutual suffering and learn to adapt to a world that has left them to die. Even after the world has ended, many people still can't see eye to eye. They turn on each other and kill each other when they should come together. Others form alliances in spite of their differences and try to rebuild over the corpse of everything that was lost. The daily human drama and conflict is more intense than any monster apocalypse could hope to be. We watch Rick struggle to balance his old moral code with the many necessary evils he has to commit in order to survive and make the world a better place for the ones he holds close. We watch people like Glen, Dale and Maggie attempt to find love in spite of having every reason to be filled with fear, hate and self-loathing. Characters like Michonne have to learn how to forgive themselves and convince themselves they deserve to be loved despite all the blood on their hands. We watch the weak like Carl and Andrea become strong and sometimes the strong become evil like The Governor. Even monsters like the wicked yet oddly lovable Negan are given the chance to find new ways of redeeming themselves by struggling alongside the other survivors that have all been changed by the horrors of the fallen world. The pacing is extremely slow and I can understand why that may be a turnoff for a lot of people, but I eventually learned to enjoy watching the characters grow, overcome their trauma, find meaning in life and learn to love again. The characters are forced to do many terrible things to survive and it haunts them every waking moment. The ways they overcome these regrets is very realistic, human and hopeful. The slow pacing really gives the feeling that we're living beside these people. The way every tiny detail of their lives and who they are is explored makes them feel very real and believable. When I first starting reading the series, I wasn't expecting it to have such an uplifting ending. It seemed so bleak and nihilistic for a long time and things would go horribly wrong even when they seemed to be going so well, but the finale channels all the pain, suffering and betrayal of the previous volumes and tops it off with a very touching and inspiring finish. This was never a story about hopelessness. It's about learning to appreciate the little things, learning to forgive yourself and learning to move on even when it's hard. When everything seems lost there's always more to be found, even when we believe otherwise because we convince ourselves that we don't deserve to be happy ever again. Instead of dwelling on what was lost, strive to try and make things better than they were before. I've never been a huge fan of zombie apocalypse stories, but The Walking Dead had enough heart and strong social commentary to make me stick by the characters until the end and I enjoyed every moment of their long trial.

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