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Product Details

  • Series: The Walking Dead (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (November 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582405301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582405308
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 6.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,126 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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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A. Sandoc on February 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
So far, I've loved and obsessed over Kirkman's The Walking Dead series and the previous three collected volumes have not disappointed me at any level. This fourth voulme collects issues 19 through 24 and is appropriately titled The Heart's Desire. We pick up from the cliffhanger that ended the third volume (Safety Behind Bars) as Dexter gives Rick and his group a choice that bodes nothing but death either way he chooses: stay and be shot or leave and take their chances with the zombies outside the fences.

The book starts things off with a bang as Rick realizes that Dexter's success in getting guns of his own has let loose a bigger set of problems as zombies from a locked wing of the prison was accidentally let out. What happens next as Rick's group and Dexter's group fight to stay alive shows a new side to Rick that surprised me alot. It puts a new wrinkle on Rick's rule of "you kill, you die" and will have long-reaching ramifications deeper in the story. It is also in this heart-pounding sequence that a new face is added to the mix in the form of a female survivor whose mode of survival, to say the very least, is interesting.

The rest of the book really deals less with the zombies but the emotional consequences of many of the characters' actions from the very start of the series all the way to point of this volume. I can fully understand the disappoint many fans have with the direction the series took with all the drama and sopa opera kind of twists nd turns of the heart, but I think people fail to realize that Kirkman is writing about the human condition rather than just about zombies. Sure I got abit impatient with all the emotional crisis and the meltdowns by almost everyone involved, but I can also understand why they've been acting the way they have.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer on September 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Hearts Desire is the fourth volume of Robert Kirkman's Walking Dead franchise. He teases the reader just a bit in the beginning after leaving you hanging at the end of Safety Behind Bars. The opening scene introduces a new and mysterious woman named Michonne.

This installment picks up the snow globe that is the world of our survivors and shakes it really good. It seems everybody gets their own scene in this one which is nice because it extends the depth of attachment the reader feels towards the characters. Of course you know Kirkman is only doing that so he can hurt you later.

The strain of the situation is beginning to take its toll on the survivors here, even with--or perhaps because of--marginally better living conditions, the survivors begin to show some very pre-apocalypse proclivities. Racism and infidelity pop up exemplifying that we are often our own worst enemy.

There is a very edgy quality to this volume that has the reader waiting for the pot to boil over. Kirkman does not disappoint. The two biggest bulls in the field eventually lock horns, both claiming some tenuous perch on righteousness. While this is not a case of "Team Edward" and "Team Jacob", other people I know who have read this are split on the support of Rick versus Tyreese. Honestly, I'd never considered the possibility--for the record, I took Rick's side.
Like any good zombie story with depth, the zombies have taken a background role in the story by now. This is really about the human condition. Occasionally a zombie pops up to be dealt with, but unlike the start of the story when they are the focus, they've become wallpaper.

The Heart's Desire ends a bit differently from previous installments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zombie phreak on November 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
The best part of this volume is the introduction of Michonne!


So this novel opens and introduces us to the sword wielding character known as Michonne. She is one of my favorite characters of the entire series. The zombies over run the prison the survivors and the prisoners are forced to join forces in order to fight them off. Rick realizes that even though they worked together that this will change nothing and Dexter will still try to kick them out of the prison when this is done, so he puts a bullet in his skull, killing him and ending the prisoner insurrection. Andrew is then terrified and he flees the prison. This is the first character that I know of that just ran off and we never found out what exactly happened to him. Some people say he is dead but we don't know, we never saw him die or any zombie that looked like him.

Michonne approaches the prison and Otis is in danger so she slices and dices her way through the zombies and keeps him safe. She is then admitted to the prison and Rick allows her to stay with them. The prison is re-secured and they are once again safe. Axel is the only prisoner who remains and he is allowed to stay because he sided with the survivors when Dexter had his little rebellion.

While cleaning out the rest of the prison, Allen is unfortunately bitten and Rick is forced to chop his leg off in an attempt to save him.

Later Michonne and Tyreese end up screwing around while his girlfriend is watching from afar and she breaks up with him later. Carol ends up slitting her wrists in an attempt to kill herself but she doesn't cut deep enough so she will live. However this causes Rick to go ballistic on Tyreese for what he did with Michonne.
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