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The Walking Dead Book 5 Hardcover – May 11, 2010
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This collection starts with Rick and his son Carl on their own and needing a place to regroup. Rick gets sick so the focus of the story shifts to Carl, who has so much more on his shoulders than any kid ought to. I swear, in the "normal world" that kid would need decades of therapy. Eventually the remaining survivors regroup and encounter another band of survivors with their own baggage and agendas. It's good to have some new faces after so long, and it's also good that the action in this volume is less outlandish than the whole Governor story. Don't get me wrong, that was a good one, but it just seemed a little over the top. Anyway, Kirkman puts the ship back on course here and I'm really looking forward to seeing where he takes it.
The art is solid as usual. I still don't love Charlie Adlard's style, but I love the way it is inked and "colored" (it's all shades of grey). I still wish Tony Moore would come back for an arc or two though.
The Walking Dead Book 5 was absolutely worth the wait. Robert Kirkman has created a zombie epic to rival nearly any other zombie book or film, and the best part is that it never has to end. If you're already a Walking Dead fan, you don't need me to tell you to grab this collection. If you're new to the series, go grab The Walking Dead, Book 1 (Bk. 1) right away, and welcome to the apocalypse.
"Chapter Nine: Here We Remain" deals with the aftermath of the fateful prison massacre. It is a decidedly more subdued event as Rick and Carl regroup. There are some genuinely creepy moments as Rick adjusts to his personal losses. But more than anything, he seems to have lost his identity. Rediscovering some of the other survivors, Rick no longer wants to hold a position of authority--he can't deal with the responsibility any longer. A major highlight of this episode involves Rick and Michonne's growing closeness as we finally crack some of her mysterious allure. A necessary chapter of respite, but when new characters show up at the end--I'm not really crazy about the new direction. Spinning a rather ridiculous tall tale about traveling to Washington DC, the new group containing a self-proclaimed "scientist," easily enlist the crew to go with them. A little far fetched considering the circumstances. One of my least favorite for this reason.Read more ›
1. This series came first. Then the television series. It was not the other way around.
2. When I say roughly corresponding, I mean ROUGHLY!
So for those not wanting an upcoming spoiler for the television series, you're pretty safe here. Anything they were likely to pull from this volume has likely been done in the series.
This collection, however, works even more roughly than other hardcover collections of the series. Anyone coming to this volume from the television series will notice a smattering of multiple seasons that came from this source material. So for anyone wanting to figure out where some scenes came from, this will be a gold mine for you.
However, don't let it scare you off from this volume. Just because this tends to correlate with multiple seasons of the television series at points doesn't make this a jumbled up mess. It's quite the opposite--you'll be fine and can figure out what's happening. However, I do recommend working your way up to this volume from prior hardcover collections. Several characters are referenced and sometimes the only way to know what happened was to have read the prior volumes.
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if you liked the TV series you have to read the graphic novel too it is so good but it would be way better if they did not change the first artist "Tony Moore" :/Published 2 months ago by Yusuf Kudsi
The graphic novels keep getting better and better! I can't read them fast enough.Published 5 months ago by Alex Apostol, author
Love the story. Just when I thought it was going to be like any other story, something surprises me. Great read and it keeps you entertained wanting more.Published 6 months ago by Edgar
really nice hard cover. even better than what i expected, bought 1-5 for my boyfriend for Christmas & he loves themPublished 7 months ago by Brianna
If you are considering purchasing this book, I assume you are already familiar with the Walking Dead. This hardcover collection is my favorite way to read and collect the series. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nick Ricci
Why are you reading this when you could be reading this comic book collection?Published 7 months ago by Jason H.