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The Walking Dead, Vol. 4: The Heart's Desire Paperback – November 30, 2005
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Meanwhile, back at the prison, Dexter, one of the former prisoners, has given Rick and his crew an ultimatum: leave or be shot. However, Dexter's companions aren't as intelligent as he is and they didn't close and lock the prison doors after getting weapons from the armory. That forces Rick's group and the prisoners to join forces to fight back the swarming zombie hordes. In the confusion of the firefight, Rick shoots Dexter in the head. Tyreese sees this happen, but keeps silent. Shortly after, Otis and Michonne arrive at the prison and Michonne asks if she has earned a place with the group. Rick agrees, but only if she agrees to temporarily give up her katanas and kill the zombies on chains. The rest of the book deals with the drama that has been boiling up among the group for several issues back. This volume concludes with a hard-core fight between two core members, a changeup of the group's leadership, and the declaration that the real walking dead are actually the living humans.
THE HEART'S DESIRE moves at a slightly different pace than the previous volumes in "The Walking Dead" series.Read more ›
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Bought as a gift for my husband. He's a huge walking dead fan. He loves the show and after reading the comics has said they are even better! Great gift for Walking Dead Fans!!Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you are a fan of AMC's The Walking Dead then I would recommend you give the comics a try. I was introduced TWD universe through the show, but as I fell in love with it I longed... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Christopher Smith
These are the best horror stories I have ever read! I go back and read them again and again! They never get bored!! Thank yup Robert KirkmanPublished 25 days ago by Scott Thornton