The Walking Dead, Vol. 02: Miles Behind Us
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The Walking Dead, Vol. 02: Miles Behind Us (The Walking Dead #7-12)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  19,042 ratings  ·  787 reviews
An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living. This volume follows our band of survivors on their tragic journey in search of...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published March 25th 2009 by Image Comics (first published November 24th 2004)
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Stephen
NEWSFLASH #1 There are A LOT of books about zombies.
NEWSFLASH #2 There are A LOT of books about zombies sporting whole bags full of suck.
NEWSFLASH #3 This graphic novel (what we superhero nerds call comics to sound less spandexy) is completely devoid of suck and is among the best written, most intelligent zombie stories ever.
NEWSFLASH #4 I really, really like it.

It’s a pretty basic set-up. Some mysterio plague-like phenom has caused zombieitis to break out and turn most of the world into mind...more
Sparrow
Jul 07, 2012 Sparrow rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Second City
Recommended to Sparrow by: Katie
BANG! POW! SHAZAM! Who wants a gun?

We do!

You’re babies and convicted felons!

We don’t care! There are zombies! We need to kill humans!

Wait, but you said the guns were for the zom . . . Oh, whatever, okay, here are your guns. BUT WHATEVER YOU DO DON’T TAKE THEM OUT OF YOUR HOLSTERS!

(scene)

(people make chagrinned faces.)

(zombies say, “Gar.”)

Not that you would know what to say anyway, but I’m going to make a long speech about feelings right now, so don’t interrupt me because we’re all old men her...more
Brad
Nov 05, 2011 Brad rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bronte & Ceridwen & Amber
I admit it: some of Robert Kirkman's dialogue is crap.

I admit it: The Walking Dead descends into cheesy soap territory from time to time.

I admit it: some of Chris Adlard's art seems sloppy and rushed.

I admit it: the AMC series adapting this into something even better than its source material.

I admit it: I am a massive geek.

BUT ...

Every once in a while Kirkman hits a patch of dialogue, almost always at a critical character moment, that rings emotionally pitch perfect. Take this moment between...more
Sesana
For much of the volume, this could just as easily be post-nuclear, or post-plague. That's a compliment, because The Walking Dead isn't as much about the zombies as it is about how people survive and adapt. The survivors find love and lose people they care for, and nearly lose them. They find safe harbors that aren't really, and wind up back where they began. It's all very realistically done, and I ended up feeling attached to these people, flawed as they may be.

But there are zombies after all....more
Sam Quixote
AARRRGH, the zombie apocalypse continues! Rick and his miserable band of survivors leave their camp outside Atlanta and potter about the devastated countryside looking for a safe place to stay. They find an abandoned gated community that looks safe… AAAAARGGGH! ZOMBIES!!! Then they find a farm that looks safe… AARRRRGH! MORE ZOMBIES!!! Then they find a prison that looks safe… probably AAARGH! EVEN MORE ZOMBIES (we’ll find out in Volume 3)!!!!! So yeah, pretty repetitive and predictable stuff - b...more
Anthony Chavez
While I love the story and the characters this volume's illustrators were different and it was a bit difficult to tell some of the characters apart, at times I confused Dale and Herschel, other times I confused almost all the women.

This volume touched on finding a safe home to live and regrow, settle down. Everyone wants to go back to how things were and it looks like the reality and weight of things is sinking in. The group encounters a family on a farm that wants to protect themselves and have...more
Kirk Kowalkowski
The book is ALWAYS better than the movie (or in this case, the TV show), right? I thought so too, so after falling head over heels for The Walking Dead on TV, I had very high hopes for the comic books. I picked up Days Gone By, and was really let down. Reading it felt like watching Season One in fast forward. There's a real lack of story or character development. It's just this happened, then this happened, then this happened, as if the panels were rationed for each event. After finishing volume...more
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

I think this one is better than the first. I really like Tyresse and Glenn, and even characters like Rick are growing on me. However, the rest of the characters are kinda interchangeable and weren't easy to tell apart. Also, there are a LOT of dialogue bubbles that serve to provide the exposition. At a point, it feels like overload, sorta like:

"As you know, Bob, Alice was a doctor at Mercy Hospital."

"I know, Corey. Remember that time last week where we all got together and forgot o...more
Veeral
This was not as good as the first volume, 'Days Gone Bye', but the ending was interesting nonetheless.

I also think that the sketchwork in this volume lacked the detailing of the 1st one.
Bigyellowtaxi1
An improvement on Days Gone Bye but I have to admit I'm failing to see why this series is considered so great, perhaps I'm missing something? The Walking Dead is often praised for dealing with psychological issues of survivors in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse, and this was much more successfully dealt with in Vol 2, I did like the differing opinions on the 'humanity' of the zombies. But the other 'issues' dealt with seem to be largely "Oh, your wife/offspring/neighbour/loved one was bru...more
Ta§chima Cullen
Yes, I am one of those people who got hooked on the TV Show before they found their way to the comic book. And maybe because of that is that I find me liking the TV Show more than the comic book, for now at least. I've only read Vol.2 (library didn't have vol.1) for now, but already I can see some ways in which the TV Show excels more than the comic book.

Like for example...

-Seeing the zombies coming, and attacking people is much more exciting on the TV Show.

-The comic moves WAY too fast! How are...more
Lou
The band of survivors hit the road with the R.V in search of greener pastures equipped with more guns and plenty of determination. Their spirit will soon hit bottom, loved ones die, safer ground proves to be unsafe their very margin of sanity is broken and all hell seems to let loose.
There is still hope!
There is a few new arrivals and some good news.
This story tackles their human struggleand served up page-turning entertainment. The whole dilemma of humans in search of greener pastures and safe...more
Laura
I was disappointed to see that this book was illustrated by a different person. He has a totally different style, heavy on the shading, which actually made it hard to tell the difference between two of the women. In fact, one of them begins a relationship with someone and I was flipping back, exclaiming "I thought she had a husband and kids!" before I realized it was another woman. (Part of the problem was me being unobservant, but still...)

Also, oh, the sexism. "Especially the women" was kind...more
Monica
As has been noted by many other reviewers here, the art changes significantly in the second issue and it left me feeling a lot less empathetic. I don't think I'm going to read any more of these because I'm finding the zombie angle less compelling, the dialog dense, the panels too small, and the sexism is bordering on overwhelming. Yeah, I think I'm done.
Ken McKinley
Our heroes leave their camp outside of Atlanta to head for what they hope is a safer haven away from the large city. Like Volume 01, there are both similarities and differences between the graphic novel and the AMC series. The great thing about the story is how it explores situations in a zombie apocalypse that you might not necessarily think about. For instance, what day is it? We're constantly reminded what day it is by our cell phones, computers, calendars, tv screens, newspapers and a bunch...more
Alisha Marie
Okay, so I absolutely loved The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye. It was my first graphic novel (so I think that pretty much guarantees that it's always going to be memorable) and it was just amazing! While I did like Volume 2, I don't think it compares to the pure awesomeness that is Volume 1.

First things first: the plot. It was basically the same as the first one. I don't really have a problem with that (now anyway) as the plot is just so enjoyable. However, the whole pairing off, as another...more
Jeffrey
Robert Kirkman's second foray into the apocalyptic zombie scenario finds our survivors picking up camp to find the rest of civilization. After an unfortunate encounter and then an unlikely accident, Rick and the gang find refuge at the farm of a veterinarian and his family.

While there, Kirkman explores a different option for responding to the crisis which leads to conflict between Rick's party and their benefactor.

Philosophically, this option is a bit hard to swallow. (view spoiler)...more
Bruce M
Oct 22, 2012 Bruce M rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Zombies, Walking Dead TV Show, Apocalypse Stories.
One of the greatest things about this series is that it's always trying to do something you haven't seen in the genre before. There are plenty of tried and true ideas that Kirkman takes from other sources, but you can tell he really tries to push the envelope when it comes to things you've never seen in a zombie movie before.

This volume starts off with the characters mourning the recent loss of their co-leader Shane, while still dealing with the loss of two other members of their group. They hit...more
Abigail Hilton
Our wandering band of survivors encounter a seemingly idyllic farm where the family is dealing with the zombies in a different way...

The tone of these books becomes a bit soap-operatic as they continue (a common characteristic of horror). You don't so much get deep insights into the characters as start taking bets on who will get eaten next and who will sleep with who next. You don't get too upset when they die, because most of them aren't that likable anyway. In spite of this (or perhaps becaus...more
Erica Ravenclaw
Love this one. So horrifying.
Jennifer
The Walking Dead continues to be full of surprises with Miles Behind Us. More death and loss, more gory zombies and more unexpected choices. In Miles Behind Us, readers meet a few new characters, some of whom seem to be planning things that won't be good for the group in the future.

Miles Behind Us starts off with people mourning the surprise death from the end of Days Gone Bye. The impact of that death is quickly forgotten with everything that happens in this edition. Someone is shot, someone el...more
MissAnnThrope
Damn! This series just sucks you in. In The Walking Dead, Volume 2: Miles Behind Us, you start to learn what people are really made of. The initial shock of the zombie apocalypse has subsided, and people's true colors are beginning to show. Tensions are flaring and it's getting interesting!

Volume 2 introduces a few new characters to the mix. I especially like Tyrese. He kicks ass, yet is level-headed, helping Rick Grimes keep his sh*t together. I really hope the zombies don't get him because he...more
Joss
I didn't read the first in the series, but from my perspective, this zombie tale differs from most out there today. The characters in the story actively shed light on the many levels of psychological and sociological aftermath of a zombie apocalypse (not to mention the much-needed survival skills).

Blood and guts are a crucial part of zombie tales, yet this story shows just enough, leaving the really, really gory details to the imagination (especially when compared to the recent AMC television s...more
Hannah
After having mixed feelings about the first volume, I decided to give The Walking Dead another chance. I'd heard so many good things about it, after all, and I like a good post-apocalyptic story. But everything that bothered me in the first book got on my nerves even more in this one, and there were no new redeeming features introduced either. So I gave it up about halfway through.
One of the main reasons I didn't like the first book was that to me it seemed to be such a conservative boy's fanta...more
Jadawulf
I'm not a big fan of the art in this issue - it was all black and white and a lot of characters looked the same, so I was more confused than I should have been.

I'm glad the issue of food is acknowledged; they're running low and have to search the pantries of abandoned houses in the hopes that cans of food were left behind. There are also some new characters introduced, such as Tyreese, who seems pretty cool.

I... don't really like the way some of the women are being treated. Dale's comment about...more
Unsolved Mystery
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Christina
Volume 2 continues the story of Rick and a group of survivors after a zombie apocalypse. They find a farm and have a short stay there. Of course there is some loss.

It is interesting to see how the characters react under extraordinary circumstances. And of course their reactions to new people and other ways of dealing with zombies is also interesting. Make sure to read the afterward by Simon Pegg.

It is difficult to tell too much about the plot without giving things away. Suffice it to say that Vo...more
Sara Thompson
As the graphic novels continue, I like them less and less. The plots are good but the black and white design confuses me. Characters come and go and I can't figure out who is who. There are random images and I can't determine what their significance is.
The plot is already different from the tv show which is nice because I don't know what to expect. In this volume, the group arrives on a farm after a shooting accident. The farm is a strange experience. There are a lot of themes here - in a disas...more
Guillermo
There was also the shed of hope that, as the story progressed, I'd open up to Kirkman. Or at least, he'd improved. With The Walking Dead Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us - which collects issues #7-12 - Kirkman gets wordier. It's like during the zombie holocaust, everyone's vying to say the most. How do I put this? You know when you're in a room with someone who just like the sound of his own voice and a lot of what he says serves no true purpose or carries any depth? Or perhaps, you're in a room with som...more
The Flooze
Continuing my comparison between book and show, it’s becoming clear that the latter doesn’t measure up. I’ll continue to enjoy it for what it is, but I can’t look at them as part of the same whole - and that’s not merely because of the myriad plot changes made in the translation from page to screen. The graphic novel simply has more depth, and is more enjoyable as a result.

Adlard and Rathburn’s art cues a change in tone from the very beginning of Miles Behind Us. The characters look harsher, mor...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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