The Walking Dead Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars

June 27, 2005 | Trades


The Walking Dead Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard
Image Comics
$12.95 US (Paperback)
**** (out of five)

It’s a tale as old as horror movies: the dead rise from the grave, they eat some people, a hero steps up and saves the day, the dead go back to being dead and life goes on.
But what happens when the hero never shows and the dead are still hungry?
The Walking Dead, written by Robert Kirkman (Invincible) and illustrated by Charlie Adlard, follows the lives of a small group of survivors months after something caused the dead to start walking around looking for McBrain Happy Meals.
The main character, former police officer Rick Grimes, is taken on a roller-coaster of moral dilemmas ranging from whether he would steal or kill to protect his wife and son to whether capital punishment is appropriate in a world where the dead stay standing.
The third collection sees the group stumbling upon what they envision as the perfect haven from the undead: a heavily gated prison.
But between the zombie guards and inmates and a few living ones, along with a few unknown new members of the group, keeping from going stir crazy may be impossible for Grimes.
The Walking Dead is one of the most consistently disturbing and thought-provoking comics around. It is a terrific moral barometer to gauge your cushy life against.

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