The Walking Dead, Vol. 03: Safety Behind Bars
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The Walking Dead, Vol. 03: Safety Behind Bars (The Walking Dead #3)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  17,616 ratings  ·  612 reviews
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 insi...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published January 7th 2009 by Image Comics (first published May 18th 2005)
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Brad
The bloody, putrid, rotting corpse of soap opera goodness that is The Walking Dead graphic novels is in its full balls out glory in the third collection Safety Behind Bars.

Lori is pregnant with Shane's baby -- And in case you don't know, Shane is the former best friend of Rick, Lori's husband. Not only that, though, Lori and Rick's son Carl shot Shane dead. Not only that, though, Shane was buried after his death, and Rick realizes over the course of the story that Shane is probably zombified (mo...more
Craig
I don't know what it is about this series. I don't find it to be exceptional in any way and yet I keep buying the next volume because I feel like a zombie read and I figure I'm following these characters already....

They aren't bad reads, but there's just very little 'new' in them and there seems to be a cycle forming with these volumes that leads to less character growth.

I'm not sure if it is the art, the writing, or a combination of both, but I find it hard to tell many of the secondary charact...more
Sam Quixote
Volume 3 of The Walking Dead might be the bleakest, bloodiest and most miserable in the series so far - and the first two volumes were pretty damn miserable! This is a book where the dead are dug out of their graves just to be shot in the head, and that’s not even counting the butchered children or the suicide pacts!

So the group have made it to a prison which is infested with zombies but, once cleared, could be a safe haven for them. Inside are a handful of remaining inmates - but can these con...more
Anthony Chavez
I really liked this volume, the story arc shifts from the zombies and the fear of safety to the prison and the people as they take shelter behind bars to stay safe.

This volume is so bloody and yet none of is is from zombies. We see the group get emotional and raw as someone has been killing off their own. We learn that you don't have to be bitten by a zombie to change, and we learn Rick and Lori have gone crazy cliche, man the mood swings were annoying at times as was their dialogue. The whole g...more
T.W. Brown
When I heard that The Walking Dead graphic novel series was in development for a series on AMC (home of my absolute favorite, Breaking Bad). I was elated. Then reality sank in. I was still stinging from what had been done to the Terry Gooodkind novel series, The Sword of Truth. My mind spun, prompting me to dig out the series, wondering where the problems might occur. No surprise, the volume that solidifies the series as truly great, the one that earns Robert Kirkman the title I alluded to in my...more
Veeral
Much better than Volume-2. The story is developing now. It would be interesting to see where they go from here as this volume ended with a major cliffhanger.
Stephanie
I hesitated to read Volume 3. I had never even picked up a graphic novel until Volumes 1 and 2, following the completion of season 2 of The Walking Dead. When I found that Volume 2 tracked with the ending of Season 2, when Grimes & Co. discovered the prison, I wasn't sure if I wanted to spoil the upcoming season of the show. Since through the first two volumes, there have been many differences, both major and minor, between the books and the show, I decided to read, figuring that the show wr...more
Christopher
What I love about the Walking Dead franchise in general is that you can read as far as you like in the comic series and it doesn't spoil a thing for your enjoyment of the television series. At the same time, reading the graphic novels will inform you a little bit as to what could happen in the TV series, so readers are rewarded with an enticing leg-up over those who don't flip the funny pages. With this volume, I have a pretty good idea of where the next season of AMC's "Walking Dead" could go -...more
logankstewart
This series just keeps getting better and better. Safety Behind Bars continues on the foothills of Volume 2. The gang has came across a prison. With its high fences and stockpile of canned goods, it seems like the perfect place to settle down for the rest of their days. But they soon learn that they're not the only survivors at the place.

The personal drama for Volume 3 of The Walking Dead is explosive. The air is heavy with distrust and unease. It's been many months since the zombies arrived, an...more
Lou
The death toll is still rising as the band of humans reduce and loved ones die. The undead zombies are unrelenting and never seem to reduce in number. Just when you thought it was safe to kick back and enjoy your new territory they seem to appear from all areas. Their new territory to start up a new life is a prison.
One positive of being behind bars is there should be a library and plenty time for reading.
They decide to lay down some laws and try to get comfortable, one new law is 'You Kill You
...more
Sesana
A great, but emotionally draining collection. We have, all in one short trade, a serial killer, mental breakdowns, a suicide pact, arguments about capital punishment, and the most disturbing and depressing revelation yet. (view spoiler) All this, and a cliffhanger, too! Fantastic.
Tony Cafiso
In this volume of The Walking Dead, the group begins to clear a prison of Zombies that they discovered at the end of the last volume. In doing this, they find a group of inmates who got out of their cells during the outbreak. They had never left the prison to face the Zombies on the outside but instead hid inside the prison, living off of the left over food and supplies. Rick and his group start to settle in and use one of the cell blocks as a place to sleep. Not everyone in the group is as opti...more
Jennifer
The Walking Dead graphic novels never fail to shock me and Safety Behind Bars continues that tradition wonderfully. From start to finish, I'm always torn between wanting to linger on each page absorbing the details in the artwork and racing through the pages to see what unimaginable horror occurs next.

In this volume, the survivors start clearing out and moving into the prison they found at the end of the last book. As hope has often lead to death in the series, many characters were decidedly une...more
Janelle Dazzlepants
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♥ Sarah ♥
I definitely liked this one better than Volume 2, but still not as much as the first volume.

In this one though Rick and the group have stumbled upon the prison and are working on settling in and getting the place cleaned up (of zombies and otherwise).

A LOT of crazy stuff happens in this one, kind of all back to back. So once you get about a third of the way in, it's pretty fast paced with everything that's going down. I was definitely surprised by a lot of it, and at this point other than a few...more
Kimberly
To be fair to everyone who likes this series: I could give two craps about zombies. Really. They're all the same...they do the same things...they're gross and predictable. In every zombie story I've read this is true. So I probably shouldn't have started reading these. Yes, I've seen a couple episodes of the show and watched it for the soap opera aspect of the survivors' lives. I do actually like the show.
But reading these books puts me in a place I really don't want to be mentally. Stressed out...more
Justin
I'm not sure how I feel about this one. As a whole, I liked it more than the previous Walking Dead volumes; the story is tighter, and it does the "we're our own worst enemy" motif a lot better. But the formula repetition and the ridiculous characterizations and dialogue make it hard for me to acknowledge its strengths.

Safety Behind Bars picks up right where the last volume leaves off: the survivors cautiously begin exploring the prison to see if it might serve as the sanctuary they have desperat...more
Lindsay
I have to say that I'm loving this series. It is a definite 5 in my opinion. I have never read a graphic novel series before, but with all the hype, I figured I'd give it a try. I found that I'm liking the graphic novel format, even if there isn't as much depth as an author telling you exactly what's going on. I like that I can fill in the blanks with the faces being given and whatnot.

I know zombie stories are gruesome and violent and depressing. It's half the reason I like them. With that bein...more
Kelsey Trinkner
I love "The Walking Dead" very much. I love both the television show, as well as the graphic novels. The third volume begins with Rick and his group clearing out the prison. This was a difficult task but they all managed to do so safely. Once they move inside the prison, they discover four prisoners who were left there. There is tension, but they eventually bond and work together. They show the group around the prison and help make them feel at home. Rick and a few others go back to the barn and...more
Jough Kriege
If GoodReads supported it, I would likely give this volume a 4.5 out of 5 (I can't possibly think a '5' justified considering I just gave that rating to The Complete Maus just a few days ago). That being said, each Walking Dead volume, so far, has steadily improved upon its predecessor, where I would say this volume is far superior than the preceding two. The majority of the main characters are still a bit on the weak side, but Safety Behind Bars provides the first glimmer of darkness and depth...more
William
Reading Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1 alongside the Walking Dead series, you begin to see some weakness in the presentation here. In The Walking Dead, conversations take place in multiple word bubbles across a single panel, which allows for exposition and monologue, but not much depth in character movement or reaction. The conversation can feel static. It works well for signature scenes, but Moore's work seems better distributed across the page, and his dialogue sound...more
Lindsay
Fresh off the season 2 finale, still reeling, I needed to get my Walking Dead fix. It is, by far, my favourite of the graphic novels to date, and it has me anticipating the possible plots for season 3 of the show.

Volume 2 ended with the group of survivors leaving the farm. They come across an abandoned prison; easily defensible, with plenty of space for living and even a garden to grow their own food. Perfect, right?
Who could predict the troubles they would run into when clearing out the zombi...more
Shannon
Now it's shifted away from the tv show enough that I can enjoy these characters without the actors in my head. Excited to keep reading.
TimeyWimeyBooks
This is the second volume that I read and it has now become clear to me that the writers seem to have some a seriously unhealthy attitude towards the way they write women. All the women in these stories do very irrational things for seemingly no reason and it is left to the men to fix it. Not only that, but women are violently killed off at a much bigger ratio than the men are. It is all very bizarre to me. Needless to say, I don't feel the need to continue with the series. I'll stick with the T...more
Crazyjamie
The previous compilation in this series only earned four stars, but there can be no hesitation in awarding this one the full five. The series shifts focus into a prison setting and continues the usual trend of introducing new characters, killing off characters, and bringing in new mini plot lines. The difference with this compilation, however, is that the new characters add real spice to proceedings, and the new plot lines are really very shocking. The first three compilations in this series rea...more
Seth Warncke
Volumes 1 & 2 were great! Now the series has stopped being about survival and started being about communities.

There is no social, political, or moral commentary. Its novelty as black and white also now appears cheap. The interactions between the characters is completely vapid with major interests being always sexual.

How about not portraying every villain as someone willing to rape and/or murder? How about showing characters that don't oscillate between extreme trustworthiness and utter susp...more
Beverly
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Mel
This was my favourite of the walking dead collections so far. It was by far the most interesting setting wise. The prison was a good example of both having to fear the zombies as well as having to fear the other humans. There were some genuine moments of tragedy in here. I still find the main characters a little dull and unsympathetic but the setting and the plot were better. I'm going to keep reading these from the library but not yet convinced I need to buy my own.
Craig Allen
Ok volume 3 has me completely addicted. The comics move at this rapid pace, never boring. Dialogue was better here and the story was so fast paced and good. Here, the survivors find the prison...and as usual, the true threats are the living, not the dead. Twists, turns, and cliffhangers. I love this alternate story where characters live and die differently than on the show. Great ending!
Ben Rowe
Enjoyable story although not terribly taken with either the drawing or the characterisation. I do wish also that comic writers in general were a bit less sexist and able to create more realistic and interesting women characters.

The women in the story are mainly (mild spoilers ahead)

a) providing comic relief by being "pregnant and hormonal"
b) getting killed/ threatened with being killed
c) providing sex to male characters or titillation
d) Defying the hero to show mercy foolishly

still I suppose by...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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