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The Walking Dead, Vol. 17: Something to Fear (The Walking Dead #17)

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  10,486 Ratings  ·  815 Reviews
In this volume of the NYT bestselling survival horror, Rick and his band of survivors work to build a larger network of thriving communities, and soon discover that Negan's "Saviors" prove to be a larger threat than they could have fathomed. Crossing Negan will lead to serious, dire consequences for the group; it seems that for the first time since the Governor's reign of ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published November 21st 2012 by Image Comics
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I never thought I would miss that fluffy pussy cat named the Governor.

This volume went dark in a hurry. Rick is feeling good there for about a minute. Things are going his way, the Hilltop is looking better and better and he (view spoiler)..Life is good.
That last 2.3 seconds.

I'm glad these suckers are written in black and white. Because this one is so brutal you just don't need that color in your head.

(view spoiler)

PS. I hate you
Raeleen Lemay
Jan 31, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphicomanga
Mar 27, 2013 Kemper rated it really liked it
Rick’s group of survivors thought that their recent success in wiping out a huge herd of zombies along with finding that there were other communities nearby that they could start trading with had provided the first rays of sunshine in the long dark night that is The Walking Dead.

However, long time readers shouldn’t be surprised that was just writer Robert Kirkman setting us up like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown to kick. If you’re familiar with this series and still ended up flat o
Jan 13, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix
Hey, Rick is smiling, he’s optimistic. "We can kill all the zombies eventually and everyone can live in peace and harmony." Hugs for everybody. Where's the party cake?

This lasted about eight panels.

The Governor has a first class ticket on the Crazy Train, but Negan is the engineer and conductor. (Cue Ozzy Osbourne song)

This one’s a gut punch from Kirkman and company.
Dec 07, 2012 Melissa rated it did not like it
Good grief, I am over this series. I thought I'd be okay with less zombies but it turns out I'm not. I can't care about these people's machinations & schemes & hookups anymore, I can't watch (view spoiler) ...more



Holy moses, I just knew I was being set up in the last volume. I knew it!!! My momma didn't raise no fools.

But that hurt. A lot. You'd think I'd be so numb by now that nothing would really get past my defenses anymore but apparently I can still be shivved, right in the back and fall to my knees screaming. (view spoiler)

This new baddie Negan is a real piece of
Holy shit-monkeys.

Well. Clearly I was suffering from an abundance of optimism and a distinct lack of suicidal depression. Robert Kirkman has decided to remedy that.

This volume is BRUTAL. BRU-TAL. It's... man. It's cruel. I realize now that I was getting a bit complacent, that I was operating on the assumption that things would be dealt with and handled. Rick's optimism was infectious, and I realized that I'd come to stand with him on his vision of the future. This volume just drop-kicked me ba
Liam Townsend
Jan 17, 2013 Liam Townsend rated it really liked it
Dear Robert Kirkman,

I've decided to start hating you. Sure, I knew the peril of liking one of your characters. Especially if that character was, in fact, likable. But this was different. This was my favorite character, you bastard. (view spoiler)
The last three volumes (including this one) have just been slugging along at an average rate for me. Some crazy shit happened in this volume, two characters that I liked died, and yet I'm just not as enthralled with this comic as much as I was in the past. I know that it must be insanely hard to write new and exciting stuff in this comic because it may come off as repetitive, unbelievable or overly-dramatic and so that's why I'm being quite generous with my rating. Robert Kirkman is actually goo ...more
Oct 02, 2012 Hayden rated it it was amazing
The Walking Dead has essentially been in remission since the mind-numbingly insane events of No Way Out. Action has been put on the back burner through most of the #90's issues in favor of more and more character development. I love character development, but it's comforting to get TWD back to its glorious roots. And this volume did not disappoint.

What occurs here is remarkable, because it isn't action oriented like No Way Out or The Governor arcs. It's just goddamn' terrifying. Kirkman managed
Once again, the carnivorous dead take a back seat to the absolute hell that is OTHER PEOPLE.

Here we meet the nefarious Negan. He looks like a buffoon, speaks like a potty-mouthed idiot - "I'm NEGAN, and I do NOT appreciate you killing my men. Also, when I sent my men to kill your men for killing my men you killed more of my men. Not cool." - BUT, he carries a very large and very nasty stick. One of Rick's tribe will learn a very, very awful lesson; a lesson that goes on for several pages, in na
Darren Hagan
Mar 14, 2016 Darren Hagan rated it it was amazing
Such a good volume with a couple of major character deaths. Negan is a bit terrifying to say the least, but I kind of like him. He's like the Governor with a lot more personality and a penchant for saying the word 'fuck'. I wouldn't like to meet him, but to read about is a bit funny :P
Sam Quixote
Jun 03, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
In the wake of the zombie apocalypse, one thought above all else has never left my head: “what happened to all of the Fonzie impersonators?”. Now I know: they all joined together under the leadership of Negan, the latest big bad in The Walking Dead.

On their return trip from Hilltop, Rick and co. (a name which makes them sound like a window washing company) encounter the first of Negan’s bikers, a fateful tussle that calls down the full wrath of evil Fonzie himself. Rick’s hubris toward Negan lea
Artemy Nizovtsev
Jan 03, 2017 Artemy Nizovtsev rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, image-comics
Eh. So, Negan is yet another Kirkmanian villain, meaning that he's just fucking evil for no reason. So far he seems to be yet another shitty character, just like the Governor was. It wasn't a particularly bad volume, though, and so far we've only seen Negan for one issue, so maybe my opinion will change. I can't deny at this point that I am hooked on this series, even though I can't say I am enjoying actually reading it. But I am curious to see how Rick will handle that situation.
Drew The Reviewer
Jun 26, 2016 Drew The Reviewer rated it it was amazing
I was afraid that after the feud with the Governor that we would never see another truly evil villain in this series. Negan makes the Governor look like a pussy. I couldn't believe the torture scene and the introduction to the war that has begun with Negan. Absolutely amazing.
Dec 02, 2012 Kurt rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
As readers probably expected, a book called Something to Fear is really really scary. Even by The Walking Dead standards. Yow. In the last volume, Kirkman opened up his world by showing his characters that they were just one of many communities of survivors, and this volume explores some of the dark side of what that means. A terrifying new group of villains beats someone to death in one of the goriest and most heartbreaking scenes in what is already a gory and heartbreaking series. Rick shows s ...more
Jun 27, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian, comics, zombies
With this collection, The Walking Dead tops 100 issues. Quite an achievement. I do have mixed feelings about this collection, though.

On one hand, I do like that Kirkman is trying to explore all of the situations that might pop up post-zombie uprising. Here, we have Negan and his protection racket. The situation itself, and the way it's handled, is fairly realistic. I'm also enjoying the hints, spread thinly over the last few volumes, that maybe this too shall pass. (view spoiler)
Nov 21, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies-invade
Whoa.... Damn that was intense. New characters, new threats. Damnnnnnn.
This volume was fucking crazy oh my god! Two huge characters got killed off what the fuck. I'm so depressed. Negan is fucking crazy and I honestly think he's one of the worst villains in this series to date. So funny story about this particular volume. This might make me a bad person but oh well. I wanted to check it out form the library but for some reason at my local library volume 17 was checked out, but they had volumes 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, and all the rest. You get the idea. So I went to Bar ...more
Nicole Alycia
Feb 12, 2017 Nicole Alycia rated it it was amazing
The introduction of Negan .... so good.
Crystal Starr Light
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Gahhhhhh! Kirkman, you must actively hate me! Every time I start to like one of the characters - DEAD! STOP IT.

This was another fairly decent entry into the train wreck of the Zombie World to Come. Rick "Marty Stu" Grimes continues to be a thorn in my side (the baddies even talk about how at this point, he's invincible - yay?). Carl "Psychopath In Training" Grimes continues to disturb the hell out of me. Andrea betrays me by moving in with Marty Stu and Psycopath in Training.

And Ki
Was going to rate this 3 stars but then (view spoiler) which was fucking bs.

I have a feeling there will be a lot more deaths in the next few volumes...I'm not ready for this.
Oct 29, 2012 Nicholas rated it really liked it
(view spoiler) WHY? The latest volume of The Walking Dead shows the maturity of Kirkman. Perhaps compressing the entire 100 issue series into the span of a couple of weeks makes the change in sophistication all the more dramatic, but anyways, I like it. Something to Fear is not only a seriously awesome title for anything, but the beginning of what looks to be an awesome new direction for the series. The zombies have really faded into the backgroun ...more
Joshua Duckart
Jan 06, 2013 Joshua Duckart rated it it was amazing
I love this series. It was my gateway drug to comics, and I feel like Kirkman has brought me on such an emotional roller coaster up to this point. How he develops characters feels so real. And, no one is safe in this series. Some may say that Kirkman is recycling the same ideas, with false hope in new homes, and with evil people who oppress the characters. Much of this has to do with the character of Rick himself. He's always been hard on himself, and his projects give him hope. He wants to buil ...more
Sep 07, 2016 Bandit rated it really liked it
Wherein the previous volume teased the survivors with a giant carrot of hope, this one beats them savagely with a giant stick. Brutal, absolutely brutal. Already severely trimmed down cast gets smaller. Read to find out who dies this time and then share in the rage and anger. Seriously, Kirkman, seriously? Is no one safe anymore, not even fan favorites? Absolutely brutal. And, since this is after all a graphic novel, graphically brutal too. The entire book is a tragedy. Then again it is a zombie ...more
Apr 26, 2016 Mindy rated it it was amazing
The name of this volume says it all, "Something to Fear". Of course I knew what was coming and I put off reading it for days. Just like the season 6 finale of TWD, I felt sick to my stomach during the whole build up. It seems the T.V. show is following the comic more closely now. I am going to take a break reading these because it seems like it will completely spoil season 7.

Anyway, this volume is amazing. Even though I knew what was coming, I still enjoyed being introduced to this crazy mother
Jun 17, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: para-zombies
The Good: The previous volume was slow and full of setup that we could only hope would pay off. Something to Fear is everything a reader could have dreamed of and more. Absolutely mind blowing. Huge, unexpected twists that change EVERYTHING. The introduction of Negan will make the groups interactions with the Governor seem like a minor altercation. This is exactly what the series needed. Action, emotion, and a bad guy that will chill you to the bone. Absolutely renews my love of the series.

The B
Jun 25, 2016 Natascha rated it it was amazing
Eigentlich bin ich zu alt um das Wort krass zu benutzen, aber nach dem Beenden von Vol. 17 fällt mir echt nichts anderes ein als 'Krass'! Negan verspricht nochmal eine ganz andere Nummer an Bösewicht zu werden als der Governor es war und ich kann es kaum erwarten zu erfahren wie es weitergeht.
Jan 19, 2013 Otherwyrld rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, graphic-novel
I was quite critical of the previous volume of the Walking Dead, and in some ways that criticism is still valid for volume 17. Characterisation is still wildly inconsistent, for example. An author that has run out of ideas will often use shock tactics to hide the act, and nothing is more shocking than killing off a long running character.

Which brings us to issue 100 of the comic. I won't spoil which character dies, but the death is one of the most shocking and gruesome things I have ever seen in
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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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