The Walking Dead, Vol. 05: The Best Defense
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The Walking Dead, Vol. 05: The Best Defense (The Walking Dead #25-30)

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As the survivors settle into their prison home something has drawn them out into the open... out of the prison... out of their sanctuary. This is a major turning point for the overall story of The Walking Dead, setting the stage for years to come.
Paperback, 136 pages
Published April 15th 2009 by Image Comics (first published January 1st 2006)
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Anthony Chavez
The last volume I kept thinking this is a little whiny, the characters did a lot of complaining and grieving, I thought to myself something needs to happen, something to jar the characters and drive the plot forward. It looks like we have a villain here in volume 5.

Our travelling band that has settled in a prison sees a helicopter, LIFE is out there! They then see said chopper crash and they want to learn where they are from and see if they are ok. When they see boatloads of footprints surroundi...more
Sam Quixote
The Walking Dead continues to be an exercise in how much darkness the audience can endure with Robert Kirkman getting increasingly darker with each succeeding volume.

Besides the very graphic nature of the series already featuring an ample number of decaying zombie corpses feasting on human flesh before being shot/hacked at in the head, we’ve had execution-style murders, multiple suicide attempts, amputation and decapitation, child murder, and now: repeated gang rape! … Where will Kirkman go nex...more
Justin
Be warned: minor spoilers ahead.

All right. Before reading this volume, I went back and reread all of the trades up to this point, in order to recapture the narrative and get back into the spirit of the story for Halloween. A few things I noticed during the read-through:

1. I appreciate the switch to Adlard’s art after the first story arc. While Moore made the characters much more distinguishable from one another, he also lent an exaggerated aspect to their features and expressions that was almost...more
Raeleen Lemay
UGHHHHH I HATE THE GOVERNOR SO MUCH
Jennifer
The Best Defense, the 5th volume in The Walking Dead series, introduces The Governor, a man who seems poised to become a villain more dangerous and deadly than any zombie we've seen thus far. The character is intense, and more importantly, unpredictable.

When Rick, Glen and Michonne (who I still dislike immensely, although she definitely grows on me in this volume) leave the safety of the prison to check out a downed helicopter, they're brought to The Governor. What he does to each of them is un...more
Melissa
I was so unprepared for this emotionally. While the previous volumes were full of angst to the highest degree, I feel... distraught. Nauseous. A little like I need to cry. The turn things have taken is so dark, but at this point I truly can't say whether I think it was for the best. (view spoiler)...more
Emily
I have to take a pause and just recap the emotions I've been feeling while reading this series. I think this volume in particular really brings to light the depravity of humanity when faced with something like the zombie apocalypse. Kirkman really shows all aspects and possibilites of what humanity might go through, whether it be good or bad and he covers all aspects of coping, grieving, surviving, and trying to live in a completely different world. I'm constantly impressed by the thought that w...more
Craig
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Tyler
This volume begins with further clearing out of the prison. Glenn and Maggie are exploring and stumble up the armory. It contains both riot gear and shot guns. This discovery gets the group thinking. They siphon gasoline from cars surrounding the prison to power the RV. Rick, Glenn and Michonne are sent out to explore the area. While away, they spot a helicopter. It quickly crashes. Michonne, Glenn and Rick run to the crash site, finding footprints and tire tracks. Thinking there might be anothe...more
Chris
Reviewed first at Brunner's Bookshelf

I am a huge fan of the Show Walking Dead. I love Zombies and great characters, and the show, as well as the graphic novels has both and so much more. My wife and I were hooked from the very first episode and after two and a half seasons of the show we decided it was time we read the comics. Friends of ours who have read these said we were missing things from the story and that certain events might make a little more sense had we read the comics. We read the f...more
Stephanie W
After reading book 5, my review of book 4 should have been higher than I gave it. Book 4 showed the impending savage nature of humanity while still being beautiful subtle until the emotionally jarring outburst in the closing pages of the story. Yet I didn't want to give it 5 stars because, for the most part, nothing happened. The action was stagnant even though the characters gained quite a bit of depth.

Because of my previous rating, I must give book 5 only 3 stars, as it has been the weakest bo...more
Ashley
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Kelsey Trinkner
This volume begins with further clearing out of the prison. Glenn and Maggie are exploring and stumble up the armory. It contains both riot gear and shot guns. This discovery gets the group thinking. They siphon gasoline from cars surrounding the prison to power the RV. Rick, Glenn and Michonne are sent out to explore the area. While away, they spot a helicopter. It quickly crashes. Michonne, Glenn and Rick run to the crash site, finding footprints and tire tracks. Thinking there might be anothe...more
T.W. Brown
The Best Defense is volume five of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead graphic novel series. It is this episode that I foresee considerable problems in converting it to a television show. More on that later.

Rick Grimes’ proclamation at the end of The Heart’s Desire that “we are the walking dead!” was the dramatic conclusion to a lengthy speech. The story picks up a short time later. The rift in the camp between him and Tyreese remains and things inside the prison actually seem to be proceeding. I...more
John
I've been waiting for Kirkman to deliver on the promise, in the intro to collection #1, that The Walking Dead will be about characters. If you can call the cardboard cutouts that Kirkman moves through various well-drawn panels characters, then he has achieved something, namely movement. He has not managed to convey a sense of character, and if he was close then he squandered the opportunity. Much of the story's dynamic died with the character of Shane, the best friend and adulterer, but even tha...more
The Flooze
Exciting and disturbing. The flap copy is right: this is an installment that changes things.

Only a week has passed since the chaos of the last volume. Oddly, all that uproar seems to have been beneficial. The group is working together peacefully, settling in - and no one else has died in the meantime! Hooray!

Of course it doesn't last. That would be boring.

For all the criticism you can throw at Rick, Tyreese, Dexter, and Herschel for their moments of savagery, The Best Defense introduces the wors...more
Lloyd
Reading through this great series again, I can honestly say that Robert Kirkman's "The Walking Dead" hasn't yet let up. His "zombie movie that never ends" keeps getting more intense... and more addictive.

As I've mentioned before in reviews of previous volumes, this isn't just a zombie book. This volume proves to be the most intense, disturbing, and visceral of the series thus far and that has almost nothing to do with the presence of undead corpses shambling about. Protagonist Rick Grimes and hi...more
Elizabeth A
Volume 5 contains issues 25-30.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, zombies are not the scary part of this story. Something happens that makes a couple of people leave the prison to investigate. I thought I would be happy to get away from the whining for a while, but I was so wrong! A little whining never hurt anyone. There are some very disturbing developments in this installment, and I actually had nightmares last night. Note to self: do not read this series before bed.
Dominic
As you may see by the previous ratings, I really enjoyed the first four volumes. This is where it all goes to shit, in my opinion.

While I appreciate terrible villains, and there are certainly enough in this book, Kirkman just takes a questionable idea and runs full-fricken-tilt out of the window with it to the farthest (laughable) extreme. The tenor of the books prior really set a more realistic tone, where this marks the wild-and-woolly adventure into pandemonium.

At this point, it's barely plau...more
Daniel V.
I love the Governor of Woodbury part of Vol. 5 and 6. - especially his conversation with Michonne after he (view spoiler)...more
MissAnnThrope
Holy monkey! Thing's are getting bad! If I didn't know that this series is ongoing, I would think that Volume 5 is climaxing towards an unfortunate end.

Oh, Rick, don't you know that curiosity killed the cat?! Due to some bad decisions, Rick, Michonne, and Glenn find themselves in a deadly situation, which may have also jeopardized the safety of the other survivors.

We meet a rat bastard villain who commits some heinous acts. He is fun to hate and I can't wait until karma bites him in the arse.

T...more
J
Aug 14, 2008 J rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
The Walking Dead continues to fascinate and amaze me. Robert Kirkman uses the well known theme of zombies taking over the world as a vehicle for an examination of human nature. Rick and his “tribe” continue to face what reads as very realistic obstacles and decisions and Kirkman handles the resultant emotional fall out with an incredible finesse. The plot twists in The Best Defense are outright shocking and they come on fast. The struggle for survival seems very real, the tension palpable. This...more
Andrew Anony
Sep 13, 2014 Andrew Anony rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Andrew by: m
For some reason I had the desire to read a horror comic and decided to continue on to book five of the Walking Dead, having gracefully left the series alone after drudging through the fourth book a couple of years ago. This book picks up exactly where I didn't want it to - a soap-opera in a prison. Luckily, the book picks up quickly and succeeds in becoming less a soap-opera and more a dull action film. This book does nothing that I haven't seen countless times in action and horror films, and it...more
Roxane
I enjoy this series for so many reasons; it's original, gripping, disgusting, wonderfully illustrated, philosophical at times as it really questions what it means to be human and the nature of civilization... and yet, I can't help but wonder, why does it always have to be the black woman who gets raped? *sighs* I'm well aware this is not a proper review but more like a series of initial impressions.
Janne Varvára
This is the ugliest Walking Dead volume yet. It was so ugly, in fact, that I considered to quit reading them. I didn't think they could get much uglier, but it's like this: Zombies I can handle, but human cruelty is just overwhelming.
And yet... I have to know what happens.
So that's the thing; it's nasty as hell, but ensnaring, action-filled and addictive.
Tristy
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Anita
Minél közelebb érünk Woodbury-hez, annál jobban utálom a sorozatot! Legyen írva vagy menjen tévében!
Jó persze, ki is érdemelték – A Kormányzóval (The Governor) az élen! Az pasas komolyan beteg…
A kötet elején még azon merengek, hogy mi is lett volna Carol-lal Daryl nélkül a sorozatban, most meg úgy érzem: jaaaaaaaah – látom! Utálható és totál kretén karakter lenne, akár a képregényben! Kiborítanak ezek az érdekes létező / nem létező szerelmi szálak.
Kb. a könyv felénél tartok, amikor rám szólnak...more
Fredrik
Akhirnya Woodbury! :D

Setup ceritanya beda banget sama series secara di komik ini gak melibatkan Andrea sama sekali.

Beberapa hal yang patut diberi pujian adalah:

1. Versi komik ini menjelaskan banget kenapa Michonne benci sama The Governor dan membuat premis dasar yang kuat kalau mereka akan ditakdirkan jadi musuh besar masing-masing. ^^

2. Rick goes Jamie Lannister! >.<
Jelas gak semengejutkan seperti yang diharapkan, berhubung ada adegan yang sangat mirip banget di GoT (ada apa sih dengan T...more
Jessi
Jun 16, 2012 Jessi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I read this in a couple of hours. It is a great addition to the series and meeting the Governor was both wonderful and terrible. I can't wait to start Vol. 6 and see where it goes from here. So much happens in each volume and always leaves me wanting more.
Aurora
YOU. SICK. FUCK. I am done with your misogynist, sexist, crap of a comic.

It really says a lot about the kind of writer you are, when the only ways your male characters exude their authority and their maleness is by raping, fighting with each other and dismissing the women as only sexual objects or motherly figures. AND DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE WAY THE WOMEN ARE WRITTEN. Every single one of the female characters has so much internalized misogyny, but it's only because the person who's wr...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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“The second we put a bullet in the head of one of those undead monsters -- the moment one of us drove a hammer into one of their faces -- or cut a head off. We became what we are! And that's just it. THAT's what it comes down to. You people don't know what we are.

We're surrounded by the DEAD. We're among them -- and when we finally give up we become them! We're living on borrowed time here. Every minute of our life is a minute we steal from them! You see them out there. You KNOW that when we die -- we become them. You think we hide behind walls to protect us from the walking dead?

Don't you get it? We ARE the walking dead! WE are the walking dead.”
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