The Walking Dead, Vol. 15: We Find Ourselves
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The Walking Dead, Vol. 15: We Find Ourselves (The Walking Dead #85-90)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  5,668 ratings  ·  302 reviews
The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. 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: no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Image Comics (first published December 14th 2011)
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This may be a case where the filmed adaptation of material is influencing my opinion of something I read. In this case, that’s not a good thing.

I’ve been a big fan of The Walking Dead for several years now, but it’s always had its flaws like clunky dialogue and characters spouting off long speeches about what they are feeling rather than letting the story or the art do some of the heaving lifting. I’ve been willing to overlook that because I was impressed with the way that Kirkman’s on-going zom...more
Dec 11, 2013 Jeff rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: comix
I think I’m getting into Kirkman’s rhythms. Talk. Talk. Zombie mayhem. A character you show an interest in dies. Talk. Talk. Sex. Argument. Fist fight. Talk. Talk. Somebody pulls a gun. Crazy talk. Crying. Talk. Talk. Zombie mayhem. And repeat.
David Gallagher
I don't know why, but the more this series progresses, the more disappointing I find it. There is no liveliness (no pun intended) in it anymore, all the characters I've loved are either dead, or walking dead, and the "community" is a pretty boring place for Kirkman to have gotten stuck for so long. A few holy shit! moments exist in the 15th volume with some rare massive zombie attacks, but I find myself caring less and less. I still read the series feverishly of course, and hope that the best is...more
Aug 26, 2012 Kurt rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
They can't all be exciting. This is kind of a place-holder collection, letting the characters assess their relationships in the aftermath of an intense battle. There are some great bonding moments between Rick and Carl, and some surprising developments in the romantic pairings, but mostly this volume is a lot of characters grumbling around the little gated community about Rick's leadership. Which is all pretty realistic - one of the strengths of The Walking Dead - and necessary to give the conte...more
Ryan Mishap
After ninety issues I think more than just the characters are weary and out of ideas. Ooohhh, look, another head lopped off. Boring.

Okay, the real meat here has never been the undead but how the living deal with each other in times of crisis. The beautiful brutality of the series has always relied on the living's capacity for violence and cruelty but, more importantly, the remaining shards of goodness, empathy, compassion, and love left after wholeness has been shattered.

This new collection fail...more
I guess there was quite a bit to miss between books 14 and 16, including a coma & a poorly thought-out rebellion that got sort of squished. I would find it hard to rebel if I was looking down the barrel of Andrea's gun, too. While I could've done without the exposed tongue in the last panel, on the whole, I am really starting to like the emphasis on learning how to live with the zombies rather than be afraid of them. It took me a while, but this plot turn has grown on me. As long as there ar...more
I hate One-Eyed Carl.
Kyle Falhaber
This was just a so-so entry into the series. I still, and will probably always, love the series. So, no matter what is written I will pick up the newest copy and enjoy the novel. But once again, it felt like this was a filler entry. Where as last time it followed the normal script - feeling safe, bad stuff happens, fix the problem but casualties exist. This novel was more around character development and mutinous tides inside the camp instead of exterior threats. Rick seems to be shifting his th...more
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Michael Larson
When Robert Kirkman set out to write 'The Walking Dead', he said he wanted it to be like an ongoing TV show, where we would see characters come and go, in many different situations. In this, I think he has succeeded. I do think that the actual characterization is often quite thin, and that the characters are often guilty of simply telling us their feelings rather than this being represented in their actions, and so I have always felt a distance from the characters. I think that this distance als...more
I'm sorry, but at this point, I'm just done with this series.

Don't get me wrong, Kirkman has some interesting ideas about community and survival and self-preservation, but it's just not keeping me as engaged as it once was.

As I've mentioned before, it's his writing quirks that have really done it for me. The fact that his characters continue to talk AT one another rather than WITH one another, really bugs the crap out of me. It's all a bunch of mini-monologues, and it just gets annoying after th...more
Thomas Hettich
The title "We Find Ourselves" should have warned me. One of the flaws of the series is that often, the writer tells us through dialogue that the character is changing, instead of showing us through actions. In addition to that, insight and changes seem to happen regularly (if we are to believe the dialogue). The result of having characters staying the same, if judged by their actions, and at the same time making a pro-claimed journey, if judged by the dialogue, is that we start caring more about...more
Michael Neno
In my review of The Walking Dead Volume 14, I mentioned throwing a Chris Claremont-penned X-Men trade paperback in the trash due to its poor writing. Will Robert Kirkman, author of the Walking Dead series, cause history to repeat itself?

Volume 15, "We Find Ourselves", exemplifies the worst traits of Kirkman's writing style and choices and is the nadir of the series (so far). Simply put: Kirkman can't stop having characters spout long, emotional, needless, often irrational, sobbing monologues. T...more
Michael Nash
Once you see that the plot of The Walking Dead is cyclical (as I detailed in my review of vol. 14) its impossible to unsee. The Alexandria Free Zone is going to collapse (due to the interference of humans either from within or without, since at this point its clear that zombies aren’t a real threat), because that is the only plot development that Robert Kirkman ever uses. In the process several characters are going to die, including one of the characters who have been around since near the begin...more
Craig Allen
Another fun volume of TWD series. This was more of a come down from the last volume, where all hell broke loose. This set dealt with the aftermath of all the loss and changes plus the reveals of the fate of characters that were in bad shape at the end of the previous volume. VERY hard to discuss these without spoilers, lol. Lots of dialogue and character development, which is always fun. 4 stars.
The amount of people getting bored with this series seems to be escalating. Maybe Robert Kirkman saw himself as a marvel writer. He could just keep these characters alive for 20 years and intrigue new generations. I've never read marvel comics though, but I've heard they have a well developed plot line.

I can see why people are getting frustrated. They want a story to progress and it seems we've just went back to the same plot as the prison. New characters, old characters, a single place to secu...more
Wish this one had been better. No "holy s#@t" moments. The daily grind of the post-zombie-apocalypse world has set in. But things are going just good enough to know something big and bad will happen soon. But unless Carl turns into a walker and eats his father's brains, I don't think readers can be really shocked anymore. But I want to see myself proved wrong.
Julien V
This one sucked. Nothing happens and all the characters go emo. "I'm sorry" "No, I'M sorry" ; "I get so angry" ; "I can't go on"... Jeez, never heard it before.

Drawings are on par while the dialogue goes from bad to worse. Any new ideas, Kirkman? This is just filler.

I like the Walking dead TV series and decided to try comics and I was surprised how smoothly plot line goes and how gorish it is. seriously the zombie comics should be dark and filled with interesting characters. This one is.
Ben De Bono
The series is still good, but this volume is considerably slower than previous ones. I think it's time for Kirkman to either take the series in a different direction or start moving toward a conclusion.
Kirkman dropped the ball on this. First signs of tiredness. I hope he winds up the series by #100. This just seems too much especially after signs of an even ground after "No Way Out"
This volume features much less action than #14. Character development abounds as Rick questions his feelings for his son and some community members question Rick's leadership.
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Peter E.  Frangel
My interest in the plot and the characters has significantly stagnated over the past volumes. Where is this going? Fifteen volumes, and no real direction as to the grand scope of things. I get it, we readers are as secluded as the characters, we only know what they know, proximity engenders empathy, yadayadayada...At this point, the story is going to die with the characters, because Mr. Kirkman hasn't produced any other reason for us to keep caring after they are gone - and even caring for them...more
Does anyone ever wonder how the zombies manage to keep their glasses on?
Holy fuck, I am getting so bored
Joseph R.
After the zombies almost overran the new compound where Rick and his people have been staying, he discovers a new attitude toward keeping his son Carl and himself safe. At the end of the last issue, as the whole group was fighting hand-to-hand with the zombies pouring in the walls, Rick realized that they could work together as a group and be more effective at protecting everyone including his son. Ironically, Carl is accidentally shot in the head during the battle. He loses an eye and goes into...more
The sense of optimism in the last volume really carried over to this one. First we have Rick on a positive campaign, rallying people and giving them jobs. And then Carl wakes up and albeit he can't remember certain critical events he is awake and alive. I am really glad that his memory was selective and he didn't completely forget everything because that would have been really annoying having to explain this whole new world to him again, which I was worried Kirkman was going to do. Although it w...more
There is practically zero zombie action in The Walking Dead, Vol. 15: We Find Ourselves. However, after the epic battle at the end of Vol. 14: No Way Out it seems par for the course. Robert Kirkman seems to use the installment after an action-packed volume to set up the next one for even more zombie fun.

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The optimism felt at the end...more
This volume is basically cleaning up the mess from the action of the previous one and prepping for the action of the next one. Classic in-between chapter. What this volume really reminded me of is the infamous “Live together or die alone” speech by Jack in Lost. In fact, this volume sees Rick basically trying to turn into Jack and failing miserably. Long-time readers know I’ve never liked the guy, so personally I got a lot of schadenfreude out of seeing him be so pathetic in this volume.

That sai...more
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Robert Kirkman is an American comic book writer best known for his work on The Walking Dead, Invincible for Image Comics, as well as Ultimate X-Men and Marvel Zombies for Marvel Comics. He has also collaborated with Image Comics co-founder Todd McFarlane on the series Haunt. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics, and the only one of the five who was not one of the original co-founders of...more
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