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The Walking Dead, Book 4 Hardcover – December 15, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: The Walking Dead (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics; First Printing edition (December 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607060000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607060000
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 27, 2008
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Collecting the "The Calm Before" and "Made to Suffer" storyarcs, this fourth hardcover volume of Robert Kirkman's ongoing apocalyptic zombie masterpiece The Walking Dead is by far the most compelling, and brutally devestating, part of the series yet. "The Calm Before" is just that, as Rick's wife Lori begins going into labor while the rest of the crew enjoy what time they have left, preparing themselves for the onslaught they know is coming. And it does in "Made to Suffer", as the mutilated, revenge driven Governor comes attacking in full force. This is where Kirkman really pulls no punches, as we witness characters who have been in these pages since the beginning of the series meet some shocking, and grisly, demises. Not to mention the surprisingly emotional impact that echoes throughout these pages, as the book comes to a close and a new direction is set. All in all, Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead continues to be a spectacular story of survival horror, and like the best zombie flicks before it, is worth going back to again and again.
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This volume is a definite game-changer. Many of the plotlines that have been developing over the first three volumes come to a head in this fourth volume, and the concluding series of events here is pretty devastating. I'm pleasantly surprised at the authors' ability to create dynamic, three-dimensional characters that I've come to care about and like--and, sadly, I've come to learn that it's not wise to become too attached to any character in this series. Once again, the authors devised a compelling and tense plot that almost made me forget that there are zombies in this story! The villains are quite villainous and crafty, the heroes are admirable and flawed, and the emotions evoked are genuine and powerful. Very well done--and I'm immediately on to the fifth volume.
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Starting out as a fan of the TV show, I decided to start delving into the comics, interested in how the source material was written and presented. I have not yet been let down, and the 4th compilation book in the series is no different. For those of you who may be fans of the series, a bulk of this book focuses on life at the prison and the ongoing conflict with Woodbury and the Governor. The writing stays true to the series and the illustrations and detailed and very well done, as many of the more grizzly panels will make you pull your head back and go "ugh". This is a good thing. For a comic book that relies on a combination of conversation and illustration, The Walking Dead does a superb job with both, pulling you into the universe.

After I started reading the book, I was interrupted by a few life events, so I was forced to put it down for a few weeks. However, once I found the time to read again, I was locked in until I had finished the entire book. It's that good, and that interesting. In addition, there are many storylines that play out much differently from the television show, so if you are hoping to still be shocked and surprised, this book will deliver in spades. Some of the main characters in show who hadn't made it to the prison are still around, and others who are still present in the TV series (now in season 6), meet their end in these pages. For that reason, if you enjoy the The Walking Dead universe, it's worth your time to explore both the show and the comics.

In summary, Book 4 picks up right where Book 3 left off, with plenty of character development, plot progression, and surprises to keep you on your toes throughout. As soon as I reached the final page I was disappointed Book 5 wasn't on my book shelf ready for me to keep reading. Also, as noted in my other WD book reviews, the comic book covers at the end of the book look fantastic. Highly recommended.
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Just like with previous reviews, I want to make a few things perfectly clear:

1. The series is what the television show is based on, not the other way around.
2. When I say "roughly," I mean roughly.

Now, this volume is where the source material for Season Three and the first half of Season 4 came from. So if you're looking for an experience that won't spoil the television series also, this is a safe bet if you're caught up on the series. A lot of people (like me!) don't want spoilers for upcoming episodes, so it's quite important to note. So long as you're caught up on the TV series, this won't give any future possible spoilers.

With that being said, this hardcover volume deviates enough from what the show offers that it isn't predictable either. Yes, the major plot points are there. However, they are resolved quite differently and more horrifically. There's more than enough differences to make the hardcover series more than worth it for people to grab and read.
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There are spoilers below in my review so please stop now if you don't want to know.

I'm a huge fan of the TV show The Walking Dead and when I discovered it was bases on a comic book series I had to get them and read them. Of the differences between the show and the comic I've really noticed, is there still is no Darrel. He's like one of my favorites on the show. Also Carol isn't the tough woman like on the show and Carl isn't the reserved adult behaving kid like on the show either. Hershel didn't lose his leg as in the show either and Dale is still alive and he's the one who lost the leg. Rick is taking a terrible beating in the comic. He's now lost a hand, thanks to the Governor, and he's gut shot in this book too. He's a tough cookie. I like Lori the least in both the show and the comic and she finally dies in this book. However, it's not during childbirth, she's shot and when she falls she smashes the newborn Judith. Sophia is also still alive. Dale and Andrea are in a relationship, she hasn't defected to Woodbury. Michonne is very different from the show as well. Things are done to her by the governor that are just evil. She gets her revenge on the Governor but I was disappointed she didn't kill him. Woodbury attacks the prison, like the show, and this is when Lori dies Also Michonne and Tyreese are taken captive. In the show it's Hershel who gets his head cut off by the governor; in the comic it's Tyreese. And the governor has a very disturbing relationship with his daughter. It's good she's a walker now, because he was molesting her. The governor in the show was just a loving father who couldn't let her go.

There are many differences from the show but it's still a very enjoyable story and read. If you like the Walking Dead TV series, you must read the books too.
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