The Walking Dead, Vol. 18
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2013
I really enjoyed volume 18 and you will too if you are interested in knowing what more Kirkman has up his sleeve. After the gut-wrenching chaos of volume 17, things slow down a bit in this thin volume, but at the same time begin to build new forms of tension. Rick and the survivors continue to evolve as they struggle to survive amidst new forms of evil. Negan takes the role of villain to new heights, and is a continual reminder that they must survive the living as much as the dead. He's ruthless, downright sociopathic, and he poses the greatest threat to the group's survival yet.

You learn more about the characters in this volume as well, who they were before the pandemic and what drives them on. As they face new challenges you'll see new forms of weakness in all of the, as well as new forms of courage as they face new challenges. Let's just say that Carl finds new ways to "man up." This volume is heavily focused on character development, and less on action, which means it's a little slower than some of the others. The group's faith in Rick as a leader reaches new low, and they begin to question his interactions with Negan. There's so much build up in this volume that you'll be left dying to know how it reaches crescendo in Volume 19. I know I am.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2013
This is another in a series of collections that suggest Kirkman is in rinse and repeat mode on the Walking Dead. In this latest volume, Rick and his team must contend with the latest self appointed emperor who also happens to be a rotten human being in the form of "Negan." Similarly disturbed and depraved as The Governor himself, Negan humiliates Rick while displaying some odd tendencies and making some curious decisions where Carl is concerned. It's not that overall this collection is weak per se. It's rather that, much of what made the WD original is seeping away, with Kirkman relying on the same plots over and over. It's as if he won't give himself permission to think beyond a formula now. Which is unfortunate. By all means, buy this if you're a WD fan. Just don't expect to be blown away as you previously were 50 or so issues before.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2013
I use my share of foul language, so I'm not a fuddy-duddy. But reading line after line with every other word being a derivative of the f-bomb annoyed the crap out of me. It just wears on your mind like reading a paragraph full of misspelled words. Your eyes gravitate to the attention-grabbing words and you lose focus on the point of the sentence and have to read it again.

The new psycho character is truly a nutbag. He's a bad guy but he's so over-the-top, it's comical. There was a rhyme and reason to the Governor and how he came to be. There's no amount of imagination possible that I could dream up to conjure up how this clown rose to power. He's a mindless bad guy in the same vain of traditional comic-book villains like you'd read in Batman or Ironman.

If you're into The Walking Dead for the "realistic" look into the human psyche, you're going to be disappointed. If you're into The Walking Dead as a fan boy, you'll read this and vehemently defend anything within its pages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2013
Maybe it's just me, but I thought this was a bit random and disjointed. The lunch scene with Andrea and Michonne. Suddenly going to the Kingdom. It was a bit confusing. Not as good as the previous volumes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
if one has stuck with the comic book, this is where we are villain wise. this guy on the cover is Negan and he is much worse than the Governor. the tv series, by contrast, chose to expand the role of the governor until we were wallowing in him rather than moving on to new territory, like the comic does. we are well past the prison and most of the survivors now live in communities. although the zombies remain a problem, the much bigger problem is predatory gangs who demand huge quantities of your goods just to let you live. Negan is the worst of these gang leaders. the comic remains great.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2013
After an action-packed issue, things are still rolling along swiftly. Rick has a secret plan to find out enough about Negan's operation so his group can take them down. He wants to play it submissive thereby lulling Negan into a false sense of security. Negan shows up and takes his half of their supplies as tribute. Too bad Carl stows away with an automatic rifle in Negan's supply truck. What will Negan do when he finds Carl? What will Rick do when he realize Carl has disappeared? Will Jesus be able to track Negan's pal back to the base and get the critical information they need to take Negan down before it's too late for Carl?

The book is action packed with a lot of development about Negan's character. He seems like he's designed to be as horrifying and psychotic as The Governor from a while back. Negan is extremely unpleasant but is interesting. He had his graphic torture moment in the last book, so hopefully that's over with. His community shows what kind of social derailment can happen when an alpha male is put in charge.

A new ally or two are introduced at the end of the book that brings up some intriguing possibilities. Instead of an alpha male, a medieval king has his own kooky community that may come to the rescue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2014
I have all the Walking Dead Volumes in the format and it is a great way to keep up on the comic. They release one volume every 6 month and there are 6 issues in each - makes sense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 11, 2014
I had been reading The Walking Dead primarily through the compendia, but, now that I'm through with the two released editions, I simply had to continue reading through the separate trades.

I honestly don't know how they do it. Sure, not every page is memorable, but keeping up with such a series at such a zenith over so long is...amazing, to say the least. This particular trade doesn't disappoint, and it's here where we get closer looks at Negan and his domination. Sure, he's like a sequel to the Governor, but this guy makes the Governor look like a sweet little cupcake. Despite his nightmarish demeanor, Negan is a catalyst for hero development (or villain, we've yet to find out).

There are things unexplainable where our heroes always come out in the end, but we'll leave that up to artist's intent. Thank goodness I've got other trades to keep me busy till each Walking Dead trade release, otherwise I'd be scrambling to my FLCS every week for individual issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2014
Very good story telling, thought provoking. You feel what the characters are going thru. Can't wait to see this on the tv show!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2013
Kirkman & company just keep on delivering!
The tv show, based on the hugely popular comic, pales in comparison to the original comic, which continues to surprise readers and hold your attention with suspense, thrills, shocking gore and emotional drama. While some new characters pop up, the remaining old ones continue to be interesting. Things have come a long way for TWD comic characters and while humans have become the main antagonists in the series in the zombie apocalypse backdrop, the storyline is still way more fun and intense to read in an individual comic issue than a single episode of the tv series.
This collection includes issues #103-108. Negan, Jesus, Ezekial, Carl, Andrea, Michonne, and Rick are battling for survival fight for freedom/control in various ways.
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