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The Walking Dead, Book Seven (The Walking Dead #73-84)

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Rick and his group learn the dangers of living behind the safety of the Community walls, and much worse: what happens when those walls give way to those outside. Collects The Walking Dead #73-84.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Image Comics (first published April 2011)
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Kirsten
So I've now read all seven volumes that have been published thus far, and I feel like I can intelligently address some of the criticism of this series as misogynistic or sexist.

First of all, let me say I totally get why some readers draw this impression, and I don't think folks who don't like it because of the misogynistic elements are necessarily wrong. I kept forcing myself to look at it with a critical eye, because I don't want to basically say, "Well, it's ok because I like Kirkman."

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Nicola
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Darkwalker
Kirkman knows how to write plots, but he should hire a script writer to do his dialog. Dialog has not improved over the duration of these books. Yes, there are zombies everywhere but not EVERYONE uses the "F" word no matter how bad things get. My mother would never use it, and I have friends who never use it. I'd use it like crazy, but not every character is the same person. Also, the misogyny continues. Women are sex machines in Kirkman's books, but not good for much else. However, the absolute...more
Aildiin
Some of the best Walking Dead I have read in a while, especially the second part : "No way out".

A Herd reaches the new settlement that Rick and co have joined and they have to deal with it.
I haven't read the later chapters but it seems like a turning point in the series. Rick has a kind of revelation and realizes that the walkers can be dealt with, once fear is overcome they can be dispatched. This means that most likely from now on the real enemies are going to be living ones...

Like usual the p...more
Stuart Jaffe
Just when I thought this series might have run its course, this volume reinvigorates the whole thing. Jaw-dropping moments that reminded me of why I love these books. Can't wait to read the next one.
Elizabeth
Book Seven picks up immediately following the events of Book Six. Rick and the gang have made it to the Alexandria Safe Area, but some of them believe that this new haven seems too good to be true.

I felt that this book was as good as all the other books – I didn’t love it, and I didn’t hate it – I’m just starting to get kind of bored of it all. I guess that’s the point of it, that life after a zombie apocalypse is just a lot of the same stuff over and over. Run away, Kill zombies, make a camp,...more
Alison
3.5 stars

Another good installment to this series. However, I didn't like it as much as the last few. I think this was mostly due to the first half of the book being quite slow. There just wasn't much happening for a while, and I know its because the plot was building up to somthing bigger but I prefer the action packed sections.

Another reason I didn't find this one as good was the 'rushed' feeling of the relationship developments. I know its the zombie apocolypse and nobody knows whether each da...more
Jennie
I seem to get sucked deeper into this series and I am loving these graphic novels. I was a little hesitant to read them since it might spoil the show, but it really hasn’t happened. I enjoyed seeing the group trying to settle into a community and seeing their reactions. Warning, one thing that wasn’t in the past novels is there is a lot more sexual situations and swearing . You get a look into some of their past lives before the zombie apocalypse. The action is still there and what would The Wal...more
Robert
Took a while to get back into the comic flow after watching the series, but once I did it flowed just as quickly and powerfully as before.
Erin Cataldi
There are some new characters and new problems, but nothing that the gang isn't prepared to fix. Their new community is too promising to let anything get in the way of keeping it thriving so they are working together to try and keep it ship shape and free of zombies. As always, Rick is working on being the best leader he can be. He's already cracked a few times but I'm truly wondering how much longer he can hold on for.He has such a burden on his shoulders. Another great installment for the Walk...more
Amanda
The people at the settlement quickly discover that the new group headed by Rick has a lot more knowledge, experience, and ability with the zombies than they themselves do. But they also snap easily. Is their twitchiness warranted or not?

I was pleasantly surprised by the direction this entry in the series went. I was fully expecting the Rick group to be totally violent and messed up and expelled from the settlement. Instead we see that they can sometimes over-react, but still have their humanity...more
Megan
Oh, snap!

That was all I could think after finishing this book. I can't believe what happened and I can't believe they made it into such a huge cliffhanger, but I'm definitely hanging on the edge of my seat to know what happens next. It seems like it's been forever since I read Book Six (actually I guess it's only been like five months), so my poor crappy memory failed me a few times when trying to recall who some of the characters were and how some of them had died in previous books (the show an...more
Nicole
Mar 20, 2012 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
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I absolutely love this series. The Walking Dead is one of my favorite comics of all time. The continueing saga of survival in a world were danger isn't just from the walking dead but also from the living. This continuiation in the saga was awesome. Made me want more and more. I could not wait til the next issue came out. And I still can't wait til the issues come out every month. I could read issue after issue for days and days and still love it. I've read the series up to the current issue prob...more
Angel
It may start a bit slow, but once the pace picks up, it does not let go until the very end, and then it leaves you in quite the cliffhanger. I won't spoil it, but I will say it goes back the author's ability to remind us that no one, no one at all, is safe in the world of the Walking Dead. For those of you keeping track, this volume covers issues 73 to 84. This is the continuation of the community arc storyline. We learn that living inside walls can be dangerous, at times, maybe even more so tha...more
Talia
I'm super close to finishing Book 8, and it's so interesting to see how the comic books differ from the TV show. Although some characters and storylines are the same, the differences are far more vast. I told a friend reading the comic is almost like watching the show but in an alternate universe. If you are a fan of the show, I recommend the comics. They are amazing - artwork is incredible, storylines are intense and they're just a great read. Get them! Read them!
Kevin Bessey
"The Walking Dead" Book Seven was good, but not as great as others. I would say there was minimal character development and a handful of good action sequences.

The story pics up with Rick & Co. trying to adjust to The Community lifestyle that they were invited into in Book Six. You get to meet some of the town folk; however they remain as secondary characters and no one really rises to the top of the plot, well not in the same way that characters from Woodbury did.

Not that I was expecting The...more
Sam
This volume holds issues 73 to 84 of this fantastically addictive series and finds our band of survivors in what appears to be sanctuary, yet all is not quite as peaceful as it seems with greater dangers inside the walls than outside. Kirkman includes some massive twists and turns in this volume and gives our survivors a lot more to deal with than they have so far (believe it or not) with a climax that is terrifyingly brilliant and leaves you on tenterhooks desperate for more (can you tell I'm g...more
James  W. Powell
After reading the first half of this collection, which is a little slow and includes art that's substandard for the series, I began to think that maybe the glory days were over However, the second arc in this collection starts to move things forward again, and has some great tension. The events of the last 40 pages or so are very gripping. Can't wait for Volume 8.
Nuno Pias
Remminded me of how much I love this series. It's actually the first collected comics of TWD I've ever read. . . this book could even be just it's own story regardless of the past context, for people who wouldn't have read the previous issues, it's amazing like that!
Steve
Rick and company continue to live in the community they found in the previous volume "Life Among Them", with some adjusting more readily to the change than others. Also, as some relationships break up others, some unexpected, begin to develop. There are also tensions within the community towards Rick for his earlier actions. I personally found the story beginning to drag, but will give Kirkman a chance, since he has had these slow periods before and then shaken things up.

Given the way characters...more
Justin
In Book Seven of The Walking Dead we rejoin our heroes in the Alexandria Safe-Zone.

Unfortunately, the story hasn’t had the same pop ever since they left the prison. Unfortunately, that doesn’t change here, despite a game effort. Alexandria is a very different situation from the prison on paper, but that doesn’t mean much, because it feels too similar and it just isn’t as interesting. Things do end on a high note though, and the story is looking up (a potential partially shown by Book Eight).

Extr...more
Thomas
Hope can be a dangerous thing as Rick and his crew start to learn once they enter The Community. After being out in the zombie-infested world for so long the gang seems almost lost in a safe environment. They even imagine some threats that aren't there and have trouble trusting their new home at the start. As this volume progresses though we are introduced to a ton of new characters with their flaws and fears. Kirkman is a master of making very engrossing characters and the people of The Communi...more
Steve
Can Rick and his group live normal lives (or relatively normal lives) behind the walls of the Community in the DC suburbs? The more they try, the less likely it seems, and the closed in nature of the Community makes normal hard to achieve. Rick and Carl are having trouble being father and son, and many of the other relationships in the Community are not what they seem on the surface. When danger strikes and shows the weaknesses in the Community the challenge brings some peoples true nature to th...more
Holden Attradies
I have to say, this volume really blew me out of the water! When I finished up the last volume I was expecting this one to start off with Rick and his crew being the bad guys, and they totally weren't. Towards the middle of the book things REALLY got out of hand and it was just non stop page turner till the end, and the cliff hanger at the end has me wishing the new volume was out RIGHT NOW.

Like I said, pretty much nothing I expected to happen happened. That's what I like the most about Kirkman,...more
Richie
Jul 17, 2014 Richie added it
This makes so much sense now..looks like they combine parts of the prison and stuff. I wonder if the tv show will off a complete tangent now.
Sara
Jan 29, 2014 Sara rated it 5 of 5 stars
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They are just getting better and better. But I'm starting to see a pattern here and i really hope they break it and NOT do what i think will happen. But ugh the characters and the pictures wwowowow.
Lora
Gee, Rick finally realizes in BOOK SEVEN that the zombies aren't the real problem, that the people are?
Laura Williams
These books are all set in the community, but the walls literally come down. From the first book the threat of zombies is apparent and it becomes clear that the community needs Rick and his group as much as they need the community. They are attacked from a random group and then by a herd of walkers. The unexperienced citizens are at a loss for how to deal with the walkers filing in and Rick in a rare move, makes the completely wrong call. He quite literally cuts his ties with the woman he is see...more
lesley
Vols. 13-14

Just when you thought shit couldn't get more insane.
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