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The Heart’s Desire

26 Apr

Volume_4-The_Heart's_Desire(PICK IT)

Author: Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, & Cliff Rathburn

Genre: Graphic Novel

First Published: 2009

Page Count: 136

Type: Paperback

Film/ TV Adaptation: Yes*

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Note: Volume 4 of The Walking Dead series

Even with the sturdy prison walls of the gang’s new sanctuary protecting them from the walkers, they find that danger might not just be limited to the undead.

__________________Positives__________________

*Differs from TV Show     *More Character Driven

___________________Negatives_____________________

*None

“In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living.” After a struggle to make their new pit stop safe, the gang has started making the prison their home. But with the addition of a new arrival and building tension over events from the past, the group finds themselves again bracing for battle. However, this time it is a fight between members of their own community and not against the undead.

Once again I was riveted by this volume of the graphic novels because these events were never present in the TV show. We are introduced to a new character, Michonne, who happens to be one of my favorites from the show. However, the entrance of her character in the comics was way off base of how Michonne would act in the show. On the one hand, I hated her; she is just complete trash in this volume. But on the other hand, it made for interesting reading. This volume, though packed with action, is more character driven then the previous ones. The characters are confronting their actions and assessing their relationships which is giving the story more depth than just a zombie battle comic.

Because I never knew what to expect in this volume and I was so thrown aback by Michonne’s personality, I didn’t have anything that I disliked about volume four. While I prefer the Michonne in the show, this preference for the TV show characters seems to be a trend for me when comparing the comic book characters with the ones in the TV show. It’s nice to read something different so it doesn’t feel like a re-tread of what I’ve already watched on TV. With all the tension building in the prison and from what I know about where things go on the show, I can’t wait to see what volume five has in store.

*TV Adaptation: (The Walking Dead Starring Andrew Lincoln 2010-Present)

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