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The Walking Dead, Vol. 17: Something to Fear (The Walking Dead #97-102)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  8,183 ratings  ·  650 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 *wants some 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
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
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.
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
Liam Townsend
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 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
Sam Quixote
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
Dec 02, 2012 Kurt rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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)
Whoa.... Damn that was intense. New characters, new threats. Damnnnnnn.
Joshua Duckart
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
(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
Rick Grimes
This is probably the most horrific book out of the series so far.

(view spoiler)

I loved the plot twist at the end. Go Rick.
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.
Goddamn Sunuvabitch piece of crap Kirkman... Just when I'd comfortably written him off as a talentless hack who couldn't dream up an original unrepetitive plotline if it killed him, he goes and puts out Something To Fear.

I was tense throughout the entire book, scared of just how outgrown a threat The Saviors are and how badly they are going to screw with Rick's community and The Hilltop. I worried frantically throughout the book that major disasters were coming and that no matter what I thought
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
Douglas Koehne
There aren't many comics that make me put them down and walk away because of what happens in the story. This is one of them. Issue #100 is almost too much to take as Kirkman shows his characters or his readers no mercy. I haven't been this pissed off at a comic since the end of Y the Last Man. And that is why The Walking Dead is so great. After 100+ issues I care intensely about the people in this comic and although I know that Kirkman is a bastard and will never hold back on making things go fr ...more
The most shocking volume by far... this was very hard to read, it's brutal.

Y cuando creía que finalmente el grupo podría empezar de nuevo, llega El Gobernador 2.0 Es injusto lo que le ha ocurrido a mi pobre Glenn. Él no era solo uno de mis personajes favoritos, Glenn era el pegamento que mantenía a todos unidos. Era tan bueno, ponía su propia vida en riesgo por salvar a otros. También era el único que no había convertido en un asesino a sangre fría. Me siento mal por Maggie y Sophia, y también por ese bebé que viene en camino. Culpo al estúpido de Rick
Wow. I made the mistake of starting to read this on my lunch break and had to stop right before one of the most nail-biting scenes of the entire series. The rest of the day I was terrified to pick the book back up and continue. I've never had that experience with a graphic novel, ever.

Truly, the scariest volume in the series so far with an intriguing ending.
Read this in less than an hour...OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!! Crazy, intense, sad, horrifying, fantastic.. LOOOOVE THIS!!!!!
Peter Derk
You know, every time I think maybe I don't give a damn about Walking Dead anymore, some great stuff happens and then I do. Some pretty shocking stuff in this one.

Rather than talk about the plot and all that, I wanted to use this space for something. To talk about why people should be reading this series INSTEAD of watching the show.

Yes, I know people always say the book is better than the movie. I disagree with that statement more often than the average person.

Yes, I know that the show and the c
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Finally, after a lot of meandering around, Kirkman returns to the kind of stark, slap-in-the-face, no-hope-left horror we saw with the Carl episodes. It might not be as good as the Governer series, but it's definitely a return to horror, and not a guidebook on How To Survive The Collapse Of Civilization.
And this time, it's not the dead that inspire that horror, but something far worse. Us.
Spoiler Warning - this series has a shocker of a death - brutal, completely unexpected, and deeply tragic
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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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