Book Review: The Walking Dead Vol.3: Safety Behind Bars by Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead, Vol. 03: Safety Behind Bars

Goodreads Synopsis

An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: there is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living. This volume follows our band of survivors as they set up a permanent camp inside a prison. Relationships change, characters die, and our team of survivors learn there’s something far more deadly than zombies out there: each other.

As it’s clear by the title, the gang find the prison and think of it as a safe haven for a while. Rick has become the ‘Alpha’ of the pack so to speak, and not everyone is totally happy about that.

In Miles Behind Us, there were people who were still hopelessly in denial of the situation and while there were a few loose ends in this comic as well, that gets sorted out pretty quickly.

Okay, so in Safety Behind Bars, the gang discover the prison along with a whole lot of ‘zombies’- that what they’re calling the undead now. The only problem is, the zombies aren’t the only thing camping out in the prison.

More people are introduced and Rick believes in ‘safety in numbers’ so this is a blessing in disguise in his eyes. I think we learn in this comic not to judge a book by its cover and it’s alway the quiet ones.

Characters: Rick/Lori/Carl- Rick’s Alpha attitude gets annoying but someone needs to0 keep their head and times like these. Lori’s pregnancy hormones are insane. For a while I forgot that she was pregnant and just thought she was going off at everyone for no apparent reason. Where Carl is concerned, I’m really interested in seeing how this life affects him from a child’s point of view.

The ‘Camp’ gang: It’s understandable that some would wish to go off on their own. Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt after all. Trust no one. Everyone’s the enemy until some kind of trust can be gained.

Hershal’s group: I’m glad these characters come back. I’d honestly forgotten about them at the beginning of the comic- no lie.

Likes: I loved where this story’s growing. I feel like the way it’s being done makes it so that it could go anywhere. Once again ignoring my knowledge of the TV Show, everything is so unpredictable.

Overall Thoughts: This comic series just keeps getting better with every volume. As always, the writing was amazing as well as the artwork. Where the art is concerned, I felt that more detail was put in this time because there was so many new things to capture. There was a lot more action in this comic than the previous two. The gang’s really starting to get a grip in this new world. I think they’ve realised that you either fight or you die. There’s no more ‘killers’ and ‘murderers’ because whether they like it or not, sooner or later, everyone becomes a killer. I can’t wait to pick up Volume 4.

Read: 25 May 2016
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 18 May 2005
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Illustrator: Charlie Adlard



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