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The Walking Dead, Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars Paperback – January 7, 2009
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Graphic novels by Mike Mignola
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
If you know the Walking Dead series, then what else is there to say? The TV series follows the books fairly closely, though there are marked differences, and how you like or don't like it will depend a lot on which you did first: read the books or watch the TV series.
Most importantly for me, however, is that I got these because I'm a beginning Spanish student and wanted to get something I would enjoy reading and which used idiomatic, every-day conversational Spanish versus "book Spanish". In that regards, these books are extremely helpful, in spite of some minor grammar or spelling issues, which are, I suspect, more the result of sloppy editing than a mediocre command of the language. Being that the books are published in California, I suspect the Spanish is "Mexican" Spanish, as some of the words and phrases used are "unknown" or "sound strange" to friends in Spain. A lack of space in the cartoon boxes sometimes results in poor spacing between words, so that "periods" and/or commas can't be seen, which affects comprehension. Nevertheless, an excellent and entertaining way to learn another language.
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Walking Dead...Nuff Said! Dead dead dead dead dead Walker's, roamers dead dead dead dead dead dead dead dead dead dead.Published 20 days ago by Raengir
My son loves these comics. Goes right along with the show and there are more detailsPublished 1 month ago by Elizabeth Elkins
After being forced to leave the farm, Rick's group stumbles upon what seems to be a permanent sanctuary, an abandoned prison. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bradley Helton
Bought this after being an avid watcher of The Walking Dead on AMC. There are some different characters and plot twists, but reading was equally enjoyable to the TV show.Published 2 months ago by Jared Sammak