The Walking Dead Vol. 5: The Best Defense

October 9, 2006 | Trades


The Walking Dead Vol. 5: The Best Defense
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
Image Comics
$12.99 US (Paperback)
**** (out of five)

It never ceases to amaze me how Robert Kirkman can take a nightmarish situation and make it worse — month after month after month.
He’s already got his group of survivors holed up in an abandoned prison, eking out an existence and surrounded by the spectre of death after the world is overrun with the zombies, but as this fifth paperback collection begins there is a new twist: After months of not meeting another living person, a helicopter is spotted in the sky. Where did it come from? Where is it going? Are they finally saved?
Oh wait, it just crashed.
When three of our heroes go looking for survivors they end up finding a lot more than they bargained for and the result is rape, torture, cannibalism and mutilation, not necessarily in that order.
Kirkman, along with artists Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn, continues to up the ante in this gripping horror masterpiece.

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