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ROBERT KIRKMAN is best known for his work on "The Walking Dead "and "Invincible "for Image Comics, as well as "Ultimate X-Men "and "Marvel Zombies "for Marvel Comics. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics and is an executive producer and writer on "The Walking Dead "television show.

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  • Series: The Walking Dead (Book 10)
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: IMAGE COMICS; 10 edition (August 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607060752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607060758
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 6.5 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Kirkman is a New York Times bestselling author known for being the cultural zeitgeist of the comic book industry. He maintains one prerogative in every undertaking: quality. It is Kirkman's belief that good people who produce good writing and good ideas make comics people love. Kirkman was recently made partner at Image Comics, and continues to revive the industry with refreshing new characters. AMC is adapting his bestselling series, The Walking Dead, into a TV series (set to debut in October 2010), and his books are among the most popular on the iPhone and iPad's "Comics" app.

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"What we become" continues to follow Rick as he and Abraham's group make their way north to Washington D.C. In the first couple pages we see that Rick is really beginning to crack from the traumatic events that took place in Vol.8. He doesn't sleep and he talks to his dead wife on a disconnected phone that he found in a abandoned house, but Rick isn't the only one. Feelings of unrest and suicide begin to fester in the group and an encounter between Rick and Abraham have them at each others throats. As the group takes up camp at a gas station Rick realizes that they are only a days drive from this hometown and he still has the keys to the police armory. Rick, his son Carl and Abraham set out to retrieve the supplies and we a glimpse into Abraham's past. During their talk, the two men find reconciliation and a common thread, both men have been changed by tragedy and they wonder if the terrible things they've seen and done have made them less human, but Rick has no regrets "We do what we have to do, It doesn't matter if we can live with ourselves as long as we LIVE". "What we become" is a very entertaining read. The survivors are on a intriguing quest but you begin to wonder if they can hold together long enough to see it to its end. Rick, whether he means well or not seems to be the catalyst for the group's descent. After breaking camp Andrea tells a brooding Dale that it's name to move on. "fine" dale snaps, "I'm anxious to see the NEXT way he's going to endanger us". As much as I hate to admit it, I am too.
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Each volume of The Walking Dead tends to run in one of two separate veins. The ultra violent and the thoughtful. Volume 8 served as both a ending and a beginning of sorts, providing us with a violent shakeup that changed things forever for Rick and the rest of the survivors. Volumes 9 and this Volume, while providing us with some moderate zombie violence, mostly gives us the chance to dig deeper into the characters and what makes them tick. Rick and a character introduced in the previous volume, Abraham, both are coping with all the brutal and ugly things they have been forced to do just to survive. Things that in the eyes of family and friends may be unforgivable or at least something they cannot accept. We get to witness Rick in action when three men decide to assault him and his boy and what vicious things he is willing to do to protect what is left of his family. Though there is tension between him and Abraham, they share their stories and come to understand one another much better-they will do whatever it takes to survive. The world is an ugly place and all the innocence and beauty in people has pretty much died, leaving the ugly behind...an ugly that is brutally necessary.
Into this mix steps Morgan, Rick's old friend that was hiding out in their hometown. Its interesting to see how Morgan, who cannot bring himself to kill someone who has turned into a zombie that he cares about, is feared because perhaps he has gone insane with grief while Rick himself is starting to be feared because he has refused to be consumed by his grief but instead has lashed out at anything in the world that would threaten him.
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Where volume 9 of THE WALKING DEAD was a lot about developing Rick’s character further and watching how he copes with the aftermath of what happened at the prison in volume 8, volume 10: What We Become is a quick and violent leap right back into the action that has made the series so fun to read. Yes, the character development is great, but let’s face it, when our heroes are battling for their lives, there’s something addictive about those scenes.

Volume 10 covers issues 55-60 of the monthly series, and it starts with Rick, Carl and Lori back at home. How is this possible? Dream sequence. No biggie, then we’re back where we left off at the end of the last book, with Rick and company (now including newcomers Abraham, Eugene and Rosita) on the road, headed to Washington DC.

Along the way, Rick talks Abraham into taking a detour so he can go back to his hometown and check on Morgan, whom he had left in the series opener before heading into Atlanta in search of his family.

What they find there is both heartbreaking, and a necessary evolution of the story, setting up a series of possible story arcs to come.

Once again, series creator Robert Kirkman has created some deep and interesting characters, fleshing out Abraham and also adding just a bit more dept to Rick and Carl’s relationship. But a few of the others get some important screen time as well, namely Dale and Maggie, and what happens to these two in this book could have some serious repercussions in the coming books. I’m eager to find out.

As far as Charlie Adlard’s art goes, this is probably the best I’ve seen from him yet.
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Ah well, it had to happen – after the excitement of the Governor storyline and the new direction of the series in the last book, Volume 10 of The Walking Dead sees the plot slowing down, almost as if they’re taking stock of everything that’s happened, and it’s a bit of a snoozer. It also weirdly feels like a throwback volume to the kind we got pre-Governor, ie. the bad old days.

Rick and the handful of survivors from the original group, including his son Carl, have joined some new characters led by Abraham, a former US Military serviceman, as they take a scientist, who knows what caused the zombie apocalypse, to Washington, D.C., to uh... fix/explain things? Oh, I cannot wait to see that! Bunch of guys in lab coats sat round, laughing uncomfortably in between blasts from their inhalers. “Yeah, haha, oooooooooh, that whole zombie apocalypse… thing? That was a whacky day in the office! My bad. SOS! Pretty cool to see though, right? I mean, who knew we’d all be living in a George Romero movie if someone dropped that beaker of green liquid! Wait, what’re you doing with that baseball bat…!”.

Rick realises they’re near his old hometown so he and Carl, along with Abraham, go on a gun-gathering mission to Rick’s old police station lockup, while the others sit tight for their return. That’s the plot of this volume - pretty basic, right?

Kirkman uses this book to draw parallels with the first volume and show how much Rick’s changed in the year since he woke up in the abandoned hospital, while also touching base with how the first person Rick met when he left the hospital, Morgan, has fared.
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