Author: Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, & Cliff Rathburn
Genre: Graphic Novel
First Published: 2014
Page Count: 136
Film/ TV Adaptation: Yes*
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Note: Volume 3 of The Walking Dead series
The gang believes they have found a safe haven in an abandoned prison, but this installment in the series keeps the drama and action at full speed for one of the most entertaining issues yet.
*Nonstop Action *Differs from TV Show
“We’re all going to die. We have to get used to that. We have to be OKAY with that — we have to expect it, welcome it.” An abandoned prison that is overrun by the dead seems like the perfect place for Rick and his group to turn into a more permanent home. However, the dead are not the only threat to the living as the group is tested mentally and physically to try to hold their own in this hostile new world.
This has been my favorite issue of The Walking Dead to read so far and that is mostly because it is so different from the TV show that I had no idea what was going to go down next. In the TV series, Rick and the gang wind up at a prison which becomes their home, but that is where the similarities end with this installment of the graphic novels. There are so many different challenges the group faces and only half of it has to do with what they find in the prison. I couldn’t believe everything that happened to the characters in so few pages which made it feel like the most action packed book yet.
The ending is such a great cliff hanger so I can’t wait to see how Rick is going to get everyone out of their current mess. Just when we thought they might catch a break with the protection of the prison as their home, the group is hit with even more tragedy. Clearly being an avid viewer of the show doesn’t mean I have a firm grasp on what is in store in the graphic novels. There is so much more to come in this series, and I can’t wait to grab the next copy.
*TV Adaptation: (The Walking Dead Starring Andrew Lincoln 2010-Present)