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The Walking Dead, Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars Paperback – January 7, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (January 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158240805X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582408057
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,907 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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Great story line, character development.
Corey S. Major
I feel that it was fairly priced and I love the Walking Dead comic books and tv show.
This series is great and I always look forward to reading the next vol.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Erik Olson VINE VOICE on June 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
"The Walking Dead" is one of the best comic stories I've read, and I've been into the medium since the early 70s. This is the third collection of the ongoing series; the first two are "Days Gone Bye" and "Miles Behind Us." The plot is this: America has been overrun with cannibalistic zombies, and the few remaining human survivors struggle to hang on. The main protagonist is Rick Grimes, a cop who awakens out of a coma (a la "28 Days Later") to this new and horrifying state of affairs. After some close calls, he reunites with his wife and young son. He soon becomes the leader of a group trying to find sanctuary in a world gone mad.

In "Safety Behind Bars," we pick up with Rick and company as they attempt to put down roots in a maximum-security prison. Rick is certain that it will be an easily defensible home, but he hadn't reckoned on finding four living occupants - and they aren't guards. The two factions settle into an uneasy truce, but events conspire to bring about yet another cliffhanger confrontation (that's why I hate waiting for the next installment).

I enjoy this series for a number of reasons. First, it accomplishes what the creator intended: to show what happens after the typical zombie movie ends. Robert Kirkman's desire is to follow Rick for years and watch him grow and change as a person who's trapped in an extreme situation. Second, the story centers on what we really want to see in a good zombie yarn: how the humans react to and deal with a post-apocalyptic world. Finally, Rick, his family, and the others are three-dimensional characters, with strengths and weaknesses that come to light under duress and create the series' bread-and-butter conflicts.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Sandoc on February 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
Safety Beind Bars is the third collected volume of Robert Kirikman's excellent The Walking Dead comic book series from Image Comics. This volume collects issues 13 through 18 and it continues that journey and travails of surviving in a world overrun by the undead. As the tagline of the books proclaim, in a world ruled by the dead we are forced to finally start living. This is so true in Safety Behind Bars as Kirkman and returning artist Charlie Adlard tell the story of Rick Grimes and his band of survivors as they come across what they think will be their salvation from the threat of the hungry dead: an abandoned prison complex.

The last we saw Rick, Tyrese, Lori and their ragtag band of survivors they had just been forced off the the presumably safety of the Herschel farm after the tragic events which transpired within its fences. But Safety Behind Bars starts off with the group discovering an abandoned prison complex that may just solve their shelter, safety and food problems. Once again, Kirkman's writing is tight and to the point. The characters of Rick and the rest of the survivors continue to evolve as the days and months pass by in the journey to survive. What they find in the abandoned prison is both safety and danger, but not in the way of most people thought it would come in. Sure there are still zombies both inside and outside of the prison's security fences, but as the enormity of the crisis finally crashes on everyone --- that there won't be a rescue --- the survivors reach the threshold of their breaking points to the detriment of everyone involved. It's especially tragic for Tyrese as a tragedy pushes him to acting on his base instincts in an act of vengeance that is both understandable and horrifying.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian Fowler on August 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
The best of the zombie movie genre (that is to say, Romero's films) usually have had a thing or two to say about human nature. Robert Kirkman has been doing this to some extent in "The Walking Dead" all along, but perhaps more conscientiously with the third volume "Safety Behind Bars". After the events of last volume, Rick, Lori and company find an abandoned prison which, ironically, is the perfect place to hide out from the dead wandering the world. But there are still a few human prisoners, and while they seem a reasonable lot, it soon becomes clear that even when the dead roam outside, and humanity is on the ropes, a serial killer still feels free to act on his sick desires.

Kirkman's strong suit is characterization. Indeed, this is the most important thing he brings to an otherwise standard genre piece. His characters act and interact like real people would under these circumstances. Despite the horror of the world, people are only so willing to trust one another, treat each other with decency, or to put their own self-interests on hold for the benefit of the survivors. Indeed, even when circumstances would appear to be black and white, they blend into gray almost immediately.

Granted, Kirkman is telling a sprawling epic story here. Not every character is important beyond eventually being cannon fodder (zombie food or otherwise). Don't have any revelations about life and your place in the world if you're not in the top tier characters, because two pages later you will be dead. Nonetheless, even if every character isn't the most important character, Kirkman does an excellent job of making each character distinct.

The artwork by Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn is terrific.
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