Review: The Walking Dead, Book Five

The Walking Dead, Book FiveThe Walking Dead, Book Five by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb: This hardcover features another 12 issues of the hit series along with the covers for the issues all in one oversized hardcover volume. Perfect for long time fans, new readers, and anyone interested in reading a zombie movie on paper that never ends. Collects The Walking Dead #49-60.

It has been fun to see how the AMC series follows these books (and how badly it has NOT in many cases). Rick losing his hand to the governor, for instance, and Lori AND the baby dying in the governor’s attack did not happen in the series. (By the way, that was the previous book, not this one). In this book, the group meets up after having fled the prison and Dale begins to seriously question Rick’s sanity and leadership ability and wants to take Andrea and get away from him. They meet up with Abraham and his redneck “scientist”, and again and again, Rick is an idiot and he gets people killed or seriously screws up the group. I’m with Dale. Rick is insane and they should have left him long ago to save their own lives. They address this quite a bit in the series as well, so kudos to AMC for generally following Kirkman’s story.

I’m reading these beautiful hardcover books sequentially after having bought the first six smaller paperback graphic novels. There are about twenty books in this set so I have quite a ways to go. It is consistently good quality writing and art and sometimes extremely violent. But, the best thing about this series is the character development. These people seem like real people, like this is their story. That’s a testament to Kirkman’s skill as a writer. So, even a lower-quality run within this series is better than most comics. And this is a long-running series that will not get a reboot. Which, if you’ve read any of my comic reviews, you’ll know that’s a pet peeve of mine. This may be one of the few comic series that has continued to run without interruption.

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