The Walking Dead, Vol. 16: A Larger World
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The Walking Dead, Vol. 16: A Larger World (The Walking Dead #91-96)

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Rick discovers that there are communities of survivors nearby, and begins to explore a larger world. Reprinting issues #91-96 of the Eisner Award-winning series, The Walking Dead.
Paperback, 136 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Image Comics (first published June 6th 2012)
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Melki
Remember A Bug's Life?
In that movie, industrious ants worked hard to compile an offering for the mooching grasshoppers. Then one day a brave ant recruited a team of warriors (aka circus performers) to help kick the grasshopper's butts.

Now - substitute innocent, zombie-apocalypse survivors for the ants, big, ugly guys with guns for the grasshoppers, and Rick's little group for the warrior bugs - and you've pretty much summed up this book. (The undead are reduced to, oh...let's say - gnats, or som...more
Kemper
What’s this? Faint signs of hope? A small sliver of optimism in a world filled with death and despair? I must have picked up the wrong book. This can’t be a Walking Dead collection. Let me check the cover….. Huh. I’ll be damned.

Rick and the small community of people who have managed to avoid becoming zombie chow are trying to find enough food to survive a winter and keep the undead from bunching up at their walls when a stranger shows up. The guy looks like Jesus and has the fighting skills of t...more
Jeff
Dec 30, 2013 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comix
Does anybody remember Father Guido Sarducci?

I know I’m paraphrasing here, but he summed up college education with the simple things you remember. The one that sticks in my mind is Economics – Supply and Demand. That’s it. That’s all you remember about Economics. I’ll add two more. Writing – Man’s inhumanity to man (this is what conflict boils down to. Read The Cat in the Hat if you don’t believe me.) and Psychology – Maslow’s Pyramid. It’s not as catchy as the Healthy Eating Pyramid (or the $10...more
Trudi

I haven't been patiently consuming this series episode by episode, volume by volume over the course of years. I gobbled down all 96 issues essentially back-to-back thanks to the Compendiums (which weigh a ton each and are a bitch to maneuver let me tell you).

This volume -- A Larger World -- is where Compendium 2 leaves off, a bit of a cliff-hanger you might say. I decided to re-read it in preparation of getting to Vol. 17: Something to Fear. I'm all caught up now, and forced to get my dose of...more
Sam Quixote
Ah, there you are, story! Promise me you’ll never leave - it was horrible without you… Robert Kirkman had the characters digging trenches and… worrying about food… oh it was the worst! Thank zombie jesus that’s all past us!

And speaking of jesus, a long haired peacenik with some crazy ideas calling himself Jesus shows up at the colony. Turns out there are other colonies surrounding them with more survivors, all trading with one another - and would Rick like to join Jesus and the rest of them? Ri...more
Kurt
Aug 26, 2012 Kurt rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
Kirkman really shakes the world for his characters in this collection, and it's great. For fifteen volumes, readers have followed this band of misfits as they've struggled to form a functional community, bouncing from tragic failure to tragic failure, and they're finally gaining some stability in their gated subdivision. So of course, Kirkman can't let that last - a mysterious stranger shows up to offer Rick's people an invitation to join a free trade zone with other healthy communities (WHAT? I...more
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

The Rick Grimes Show continues as yet another new person enters his life, Rick overreacts and yet STILL is welcomed with open arms and worshipped for the god that Kirkman thinks he is.

At least the story is moving in an interesting new direction, though I wonder if we'll ever get some character development from the non-Rick Grimes characters.
Hayden
This was one of the more boring, but at the same time one of the most important entries in the series so far. Yes, like Vol. 15, this is all pretty much character development -- not a whole lot happens. But as the title says, what Kirkman does in this arc is broaden the world our survivors live in. We're coming up on issue 100, and this opens up the world drastically, showing us that Rick & company aren't the only large groups of survivors out there. There's other settlements close by, who w...more
Craig
Rambling review ahead:

Sometimes, (though I am part of the problem and not the solution) I really detest that comics are written for the trade paperback now and not for individual issues. Though I read these as trades, I can't begin to think how painfully boring this one would have been as individual issues.

- On a positive note, it is that very thing that I do like about the series - that it doesn't ignore the slow moments and that it often does focus on the "reality" of the situation. That it d...more
Ashley
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The Flooze
After reading Rick's Scarlett O'Hara impression, I'm struggling with the longevity of the series.

16 volumes in, we have yet another new community, new leader, new villain...and all of them pale in comparison to the core group and that nasty sonofabitch, the Governor.

The same difficulties exist in fortifying shelters, collecting food, and managing volatile personalities in tense, close quarters. I understand that this is a probable portrayal of life post-apocalypse - filled with trial and error...more
Meran
I realized while reading this book that the Group hasn't been dealing realistically with basic things like:
1- plumbing, mainly toilets. There may be bathrooms in the houses they're living in, but I can guarantee you there's no water source to the toilets, or showers; yet everyone is so clean. They should have been digging latrines every place they've lived for any length of time.

2- they're beginning to speak of "living normally". All these trips into town should be bringing goods into their litt...more
David
This was OK. Just OK. Kirkman's formula is getting predictable and tiring.
1. The group is out on their own following Rick into another disaster.
2. They find some sort of shelter/community where they can be safe.
3. Rick gets a hair up his ass about starting over. Creating a place where they can really be safe and have a future.
4. Rick goes into jerk mode and tries to take over everything.
5. Living humans attack.
6. Zombies attack.
7. The group is out on their own again following Rick into ano...more
Mike
You know something? I wanted to find a lot of reasons to dislike this book - same old same old plotlines, same exhausting exposition, same apologies and same "unexpected" deaths.

But something happened about halfway through - I actually got *interested* in the plot, and found myself *worried* about what might happen with the new incursion from outside people. Not only worried about a potential threat that Rick always sees, but really worried that Rick would alienate one more chance at happiness a...more
Nicola Muzsla

I, like many others, have been waiting excitedly for the latest trade paperback volume of The Walking Dead. Well now it's here! When I first saw the cover art my first thought was that it's not as striking as some of the others have been, pretty dull really for a comic, but you can see the significance in depicting the community and by the 16th issue you can pretty much conclude that people aren't picking it up for the cover art, but because they're already well established with the series (and...more
Garrett
When we last left off, The Walking Dead whas on life support. The narrative had slowed to a trickle more reminiscent of a man with an enlarged prostate than a survival horror tale. It was so bad I neglected to even purchase volume 16, or "A Larger World." I borrowed this copy from my friend, and have been careful not to spill Sprite Zero on it.

Thankfully, writer Robert Kirkman seems to have realized his characters were in a malaise and needed to again be shaken up. Unfortunately, the plot is pur...more
Caroline
Still feeling pretty lukewarm to this series. I'm liking some of it well enough, but overall it's been feeling too drawn-out. this volume felt like a rehash storyline that's been done at least twice before in the series, which naturally leaves me really leery as to where it will go (I suspect history will repeat itself).

Really wishing for a wrap-up, honestly. The good thing about this volume was realizing how much Rick and his small band have changed--they have so little trust now and are often...more
Jeff Barber
So this volume is more setup towards what feels like a major event in the series. We get introduced to the fact that there are more communities surviving, and see how the different characters process the knowledge.
The volume ends with a sense of foreshadowing that things are going to turn nasty for our band of friends soon, I'm getting bad vibes about the fate of one in particular, but that all remains to be seen in upcoming issues.
This one was less intense than previous volumes, but no less f...more
Jessica
My reactions while reading this volume:

Ugh! I’m getting so tired of Rick’s unending distrust of everyone who isn’t already living inside his bubble! He attacks first, and questions…if it suits him. He sees the negative in every situation, which is understandable and would even be tolerable, were it not for his particular brand of crazy. Sure, he’s gone up against his fair share of “bandits” while navigating the world. The Governor definitely made a lasting impression on everyone. But, the fact t...more
Alex
I've been doing a power-read of The Walking Dead, so this review comprises the events of vols. 13-16 altogether.

Vols. 13 and 14 weren't really doing it for me. I liked how Rick and his crew are starting to realize that they're a bit more badass than they originally think--annihilating an entire zombie herd will tend to do that. However, this second community that they've joined seemed a bit boring--which is maybe why Rick and his team had to whip it into shape.

Vols. 15-16 were pretty awesome th...more
Aaron
As the new walled community starts to come together with everyone taking on their new roles and really becoming one, a group of people out on patrol meet an interesting new character. Rick, Glenn, and some of the others are looking for food and supplies as they are starting to run dangerously low on them, when they run into a many named Jesus.

Rick quickly starts to worry if Jesus is on the up and up, though he does seem to look a lot like the Biblical savior. Rick is concerned that Jesus is goin...more
Isidora Urzúa
Le daría 4 estrellas si es que supiera de alguna manera que se esta acercando al final. A estas alturas el Comic debería estar cerrándose, pero en cambio cambian de escenarios sin concretar nada.
De ser así, este cómic podría seguir para siempre.
Pero este volumen al menos plantea algo nuevo, una salida o algo definitivo. El único problema es que conociendo a Kirkman, seguro la próxima semana me encuentro con que resucita el zombie de Lori o algo así.
Así que 4 estrellas, pero -1 por desconfianza.
Craig Allen
The last volume in the Walking Dead compendium was a lot slower paced. Less zombies, less action, more character development and lots of dialogue. Not a bad thing, you have to set us up to care later, but not much happened overall. I do like the ending where there's finally HOPE for our favorite zombie survivors. I am sad, however, that I'm almost caught up to real time releases of TWD books. It'll be weird not having a shelf of fresh gore waiting on me! 3 stars.
Tanja Berg
Zombies take a back seat in this volume. Actually, they've been in the back seat all along - just part of the landscape, not part of the actual story. In this volume a stranger turns up with tales of other communities in the Washington area. The one he, "Jesus", comes from has 200 members and trades with several others. When Rick and some of his group see this Hilltop community, they are amazed. But all is not well in paradise.
Thomas Hettich
In the last volume Rick mentioned that the real threat is no longer the zombies, but the humans. That comment seems to me to be akin to setting a long fuse on fire - a fuse that continues to burn all through volume 16. If the main threat is no longer the walkers, but humans, Robert Kirkman needs to change the dynamics and create a new antagonist. With "A Larger World" he does this very effectively (he is certainly raising the stakes - no pun intended).

Yes, it is a slow build (and it might contin...more
Cherryonion
Another good volume, but it felt a little like 'filler' and the dialogue is still pretty bad/obvious. It seems to be building up into something bigger by finding a new group of people and a new potential place to live. That usually means terrible things are about to happen so fingers crossed it gets a little more interesting in the next one!
Mare S
I love Rick Grimes and his crazy, broke-down psyche. I love that no matter what, and he wants to hope and get back to community, it is so hard for him to let go of just surviving. And I love that while I, as the reader, want that for him and his group, I'm not sure I think it can happen.

Erika L. Miller
Apr 23, 2013 Erika L. Miller added it
Shelves: 2012
Another great issue and Rick Grimes proves once again why he's the leader of the group. Looking forward to volume 17.
Michael Nash
This volume had me believing for a second that things were about to get interesting. One of the things that I wanted this series to do was take a look at how a rebuilt civilization in a zombie world might look, and the beginnings of a trade network here looked like it might have done that. Instead, we very rapidly got in to the same old shit: Rick flipping out and killing a guy, drama, same Rick speech that he gives every time things are about to go to shit, end comic. I suppose there are some i...more
A B
In terms of story arc for a single issue, this is by far one of the best in the entire series. Rick & co have been wandering all over in an attempt to survive (and sadly leaving a trail of bodies in their wake). Yeah, we know. They just want to survive and protect their own without cannibals or sociopaths like the Governor doing them harm. Again, we got it. The issue starts with yet another eye-rolling romantic interlude for this week's installment of "Who's Going to Hook Up With Who?". STAH...more
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