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The Walking Dead: Book Two (The Walking Dead: Hardcover editions #2)

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This hardcover continues collecting the hit series, along with the covers for the individual issues, all in one oversized hardcover volume. Perfect for long time fans, new readers and anyone interested in reading a zombie movie on paper that never ends.
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Image Comics (first published November 2005)
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Prison life suits you, Rick.


Ok, so this is the one where the group finds an empty prison, and decides to make it home. All they have to do is sweep it for zombies, secure the gates, and pick out a nice cozy cell to snuggle into.


Of course nothing goes according to plan, and the gang ends up losing a few members along the way. Oh, and also gaining a few members...


And then losing a few members.
Wait, wait...they're gaining a few more!
OMG! Shut the gate! This chick is batshit crazy!


May 11, 2013 Carol. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Walking Dead fans
Stopped for a quickie again (, and true to brand promise, found a similar experience to my prior Book One read.

One challenge in picking up a serial graphic in book form is that it's been a long, long delay since the The Walking Dead, Book One. I didn't recognize a couple of characters, and it was disconcerting to re-discover that the graphic versions don't always correlate with the actors, so I couldn't rely on clues from the series. At times, the drawin
I had no idea that prison life is the way to survive a zombie apocalypse, but what I'm learning from this series is that the living are infinitely more dangerous than the dead and your nearest and dearest are a deadly distraction. Though I'm not convinced that the women are happy to let the men lead and also make all the decisions for the group. I can't wait to see what happens in the next volume.
Mar 11, 2016 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
ANOTHER great book in a great series. I was really surprised by how speedily everything moved in this book. I know that in the show things move at a much slower pace than the comics but I was still kind of taken aback by just how quick the plot progressed in this one. I loved the character development and some of the plot points in certain arcs. I'm really enjoying seeing the difference between the show and the comic. I can see why so many people love this comic series because it is just so amaz ...more
Tina Grove
Nov 15, 2011 Tina Grove rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading The Walking Dead back before zombies was the cool thing to be into and way before the TV show. What I like most about the Walking dead is that it really isn't about zombies. Shocker! Yes, it is set in a post apocalyptic time where zombies roam the earth, but so much of this series is about human relationships. It is about what different people do in survival-type situations, how they react and how they treat other people. Who steps up to be the leader, who takes what role in a ...more
May 27, 2010 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
As in Book One, Kirkman does an excellent job of imagining a chaotic world stripped of all law and order, where everyday life is distilled to its most simplest elements: hunger, shelter, and survival.

The characters are well realized and the black and white artwork sets the right tone. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but I will say that some characters that you might expect to survive, don't, which gives the feeling that no one is safe. Then again, that's life isn't it?
Dec 19, 2014 Figgy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over the next eight weeks, I will be reviewing one Walking Dead book per week, to try and stave off the hunger for more episodes of the show. I will try and keep these a spoiler free as possible, but readers should be aware that a review may mention spoilers from previous books in the series.
Each one of these books comprises twelve issues of the comic.

Apologies for the delay in getting this one up; retail at Christmas is killing my review brain.

Review for Book One.

As the world continues to go
Oct 07, 2015 Mindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as addicting as the T.V. show.
Sarah AlObaid
Oct 20, 2015 Sarah AlObaid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
OHMYGOD THIS WAS SOOOO GOOOD! I enjoyed this waaay more than i did the first one, and i think that's because the comics have gone in a completely different direction than the tv show, which i have watched, so it was really really exciting reading this and not knowing what's going to happen. Even though i very much liked the first book, it was kind of similar to the tv show and therefore i wasn't that surprised by the plot twists and deaths and the storyline and all that but with this one.. i def ...more
Apr 05, 2015 Tricia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was even more disappointing than the first. The characters are obsessed with sex. Michonne shows up, and I was super excited to read about her character after seeing her on the show. She's so strong and has such depth. But I should have known better than to expect much from the graphic novel. She comes on the scene merely to introduce a new sex partner, offer the men blow jobs, and cause drama between the women. The characters are all so shallow. Carol is acting like a nymphomaniac - s ...more
Callie Rose Tyler
I'm pretty sure there is more to life than sex but you wouldn't know it after reading this. I cannot stand that everyone is coupled up all the time. There is so much more going on beyond that. It is amazing that Kirkman can make me hate almost every single one of his female characters. They are weak, whiny, whores (i say whores because sex seems to be the only thing they think about) They just want to be protected?! They don't want to be part of the committee?! they just want the men to make all ...more
Faisalna Faisalna
Apr 23, 2016 Faisalna Faisalna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies, owned
It is a good read and actually better than the TV series. Except, of course no Darryl & Merle. This book 2 has some great elements that can be comparable to real life. The unethical and immoral acts of human interactions are extraordinarily displayed. The insanity and savagery can't be questioned. The roles of each character and leaderships skills are true to nature. Many things are different in this book 2 vs. the TV series like the farm scenario. I thought book 2 is better than the first o ...more
Mar 22, 2015 Shauna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although I find many of the depictions of women in the show to be disturbing, particularly in the first two seasons, the level of sexism in the comics is astounding. I will leave out the worst moments in Book One and focus on Book Two. First of all, the women are often portrayed as sexual beings before they are portrayed as anything else. And their sexual choices do little to further our understanding of the women or their desires, they are mostly used to further the plot line of a man, or to sh ...more
Oct 20, 2014 Kassie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diverse-sci-fi
The second book of the Walking Dead comics was AMAZING. Better than the first one by a long shot and if my uncle does not finish the third book soon, I am going to go all zombie on his butt and bite his head off so I can read it.

The second book sees the introduction of fan favorite Michonne (which I still don't know how to pronounce). I can see why she's a fan favorite. The woman is a bad *ss. I mean, she walks around with zombie pets. How freakin' cool is that? The group doesn't trust her yet -
Oct 10, 2015 Lars rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel, horror
Update 10/2015: After having read this a second time I'm knocking a star off. I'm re-reading all the volumes I own in one marathon session and I'm not nearly enjoying the series as much as I initially did. What stands out the most is how godawful Robert Kirkman is at creating strong and intelligent female characters. I already mentioned Carol's clichéd and bipolar behavior in my initial review. But all the other female characters are depicted in a similar fashion. Carol is a hormonal nag, Maggie ...more
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The collection of comics (graphic novel? I don't really know what to call it lol) continues with an interesting plot development. The group of survivors finds a prison facility and decide that it is fortified enough to settle in. When they get the yard cleared out of the zombies walking around, they begin to explore the inside of the jail. They open a locked door and discover...4 living inmates playing cards?! Yes sirree. The addition of
I didn't like this one as much as the first hardcover. I think it does a good job of portraying what this type of zombie apocalypse would do to one's sanity though, and how different people would react to this new messed-up world. Lori and Rick started to really annoy me (she is constantly screaming and bitching about everything; he's always running around doing whatever he wants without thinking about the consequences at all), so I was really happy that several new characters were brought in to ...more
Amy Gideon
The writers for the TV show deserve a round of applause. They improved the story line, characters, and relationships in the graphic novels. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad the comics were written because it gave the writers of the show an outline to work with. However, I feel like this is an average series with mediocre writing. Entertaining enough, but nothing special. (Although to be fair the writing was better in this volume, even if the story itself was rather boring during the latter half of t ...more
Jennifer  Davis
Dec 16, 2015 Jennifer Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently borrowed this graphic novel from my local library.

I am the type of person that reads the book after watching the movie/show etc. To me, the books are always better, and if I read them first, I don't enjoy the movie/ show as much because it just isn't as good, and I am constantly complaining on how the book was better. There are times where there are parts of the show/movie that I liked a little better, like maybe they killed off a character in the book, but k
Sarah Yasmin
Aug 19, 2015 Sarah Yasmin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Hello TWD fans out there!

The second book of The Walking Dead comics is getting better and interesting! This time, there's lot of amazing plot scene which somehow I found its very close to realistic. Book Two storyline starts with all survivors of zombie apocalypse continues their journey to keep them safe together. After away from Hershel's farm, they found an abandoned prison and it maybe the best place to live. They check every blocks and prison cell and clear out every zombies there to keep s
I read this series awhile ago, but now I'm reading the collected volumes and trying to catch up for the AMC show.

I liked this much better the second time through although aspects of this volume annoyed me. Like the random badass chick and how the guys are completely in charge of the women and the women apparently like it that way. Ugh.
Tim Lepczyk
Feb 03, 2011 Tim Lepczyk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I still enjoyed reading The Walking Dead, it seemed like the writing suffered some in this volume. There are rough transitions between scenes, and I asked myself if I missed something? Were the pages glued together? Nope, Kirkman's writing is loose and he forces the reader to fill in gaps. Overall, still a fun series.
FYI - I have individual books, but they're grouped of 5 per file. Instead of adding all the books individually in GR, I'm using the 12-in-1 books instead.

As the series progressed, my interest in reading the rest of the whole The Walking Dead collection is starting to wane. The main reason is the amount of sex scenes. Seems like that's the only thing that's on the survivor's' mind is sex. The other reason is the swearing. Cuss words doesn't usually bother me, but this is very overwhelming insults
Holden Attradies
Oct 22, 2015 Holden Attradies rated it really liked it
I think this is by far my favorite of the hard cover collections. The action is this volume is pretty non-stop, the events all monumental for this little group of followers. From clearing out the prison, to all the early deaths that happen there, to Rick's deteriorating mental state leading up to his amazing speech at the end that has such a great ending line. I don't think I've ever seen such a great use of the titular line in a graphic novel.

As I said, as of this point I think this is the best
Ricardo Loureiro
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This volume covers comic issues 13-24. The hardback makes a pretty good value, and like the previous one, places the story in one long continuous arc (no pagination in the book or divisions other than two chapters). For readers who like to read their graphic novels in a compilation versus waiting for the monthly, this is a nice way to do it. Let's look at this volume then.

The drama continues to remain high. The author is keeping the suspense and tension alive as no character is safe. Anyone can
Dec 29, 2011 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great addition to the series. I loved the drama in this one and the way the characters are evolving and changing (or in some cases devolving). The crazy action was pretty intense. I felt like some one died every few pages and they probably did. The writing was good, but sometimes the characters get a bit "speechy" where they are making these huge statements that last forever and doesn't sound like natural conversation. I also had a bit of a problem with the artwork. I feel like it is getting har ...more
Mar 12, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dsytopian, comics, horror
WAY better than the first one! Pretty much all the things I hated about the first one were fixed in this one. The bolding, while still very prevalent, has been toned down. The quality of the art has gone up. And there is still tons of drama and unlikely characters dying. And they still keep the story going at a quick pace, even though they've been in the same area for the entire book!

It's also nice to see that Rick isn't totally perfect and in control now, it makes him seem a lot more human. Car
Jan 30, 2011 Hayden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots more character development in Book Two, and definately more of a page turner than it's predecessor. The survivors have found home in a massive prison, and they're trying to clean it out, and form the beginnings of some sort of makeshift society.

What I like best about this one (and it's hard to explain without revealing spoilers) is that it's starting to take readers down a darker path, a path that they don't necessarily want to go down. The characters are beginning to unveil their true side
Dec 09, 2010 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The continuing story by Robert Kirkman about humanity's survival in a world populated by "walkers" or zombies to the lay man. The thing I really like about this series is that nothing is taken for granted. You literally have no idea from sequence to sequence just what is going to happen in terms of relationships, interactions, and most important who lives and who dies. The book is less and less about zombies and more and more about people getting along and maintaining their sanity in an insane ...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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