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The Walking Dead, Vol. 09: Here We Remain (The Walking Dead #9)

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  14,466 Ratings  ·  537 Reviews
In the last volume we learned that no one is safe. Now, after the staggering losses they've sustained, Rick and Carl are left to pick up the pieces and carry on, knowing that they could join their fallen friends and family at any moment.
This volume collects The Walking Dead issues #49-54.
Paperback, 136 pages
Published January 21st 2009 by Image Comics (first published January 7th 2009)
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Bookdragon Sean
I love how Rick realises that he is becoming crazy. He isn’t in denial, he just sort of goes along with his own madness. He’s scared of it though, and who can blame him? He is scared for his son and the consequences his unhinged leadership may bring the group. So he takes a back seat and allows himself time to recover whilst the council take the wheel.

Meanwhile new survivors arrive. Abraham is clearly going to be a major character. His muscle feels the gap that Tyreese left. In this he is strang
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Wren | WrensReads
Wrens Review



So this volume is basically this episode. This is the iconic pudding episode, where Rick is super sick and Carl has a mental breakdown.



Man, oh man, was this a great volume. Rick literally just accepts that he is going insane. It is kind of like the phone in the prison, for those of you who have watched the show and have not read the graphic novels, but I believe a lot more intense.

Rick and Carl got separated from the group. They are fending for themselves and Rick is so badly injur
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Sarah
Dec 23, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
This volume wasn't as good as the other ones. It was too slow for my liking and nothing really happened until the end. I liked when it focused on Carl because he's a very interesting character to read about but otherwise the volume was just not up to the standard of the other volumes. There were a few things that were in the volume though that could play out nicely in comics further down the line. Even though this volume was not as good, I'm still completely hooked and I can't wait to read what ...more
Sam Quixote
May 13, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
I’ve been tough on Robert Kirkman’s less-than-spectacular “character” work in The Walking Dead so far so it’s a pleasant surprise to see him do so well with a vastly reduced cast in Volume 9 (but still, wow, it took him nine volumes to write some great character scenes!).

In the aftermath of the Governor’s fatal attack on the prison, Rick and his son Carl have escaped with their lives – and little else. Separated from the remaining survivors, they look for shelter, but Rick’s poorly healing gunsh
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Becky
It's been a while since I read Volume 8, so it took me a bit to get back in the swing of things with this series, but after that, it was smooth sailing. For me, not the characters. They definitely are dealing with some shit.

Rick and Carl are on their own and trying to figure out what to do... Rick is sick And Carl is struggling to cope with the possibility of losing his father too.

Rick is having a hard time keeping it together. The mental strain of being the responsible one, the leader, and ha
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Gabby
This one picks up right where the last one ended. The prison has been overrun and they all had to leave, and they were all separated. I was fangirling over how similar this volume was to the show. It was probably the most accurate out of all the volumes I've read so far. Especially seeing Rick and Carl off on their own, Rick passing out for a couple of days because he's sick, and Carl blaming Rick for everything that happened. Then Carl thinking Rick turned into a zombie, it was so amazing! It w ...more
Darren Hagan aka snazzlebooks
*4.5 stars*
**SPOILERS**

This one isn't so action packed as the last one but they did just get royally f*cked at the prison so I'm not too bothered about that. However it does have some good character development. Carl is forced to grow up and take care of himself when Rick falls ill, and Rick blames himself for everything that has happened and all the losses from Volume 8. He refuses to be the decision maker anymore so other members have to figure out where to go next.

I actually liked this one, e
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Anna
Jan 17, 2016 Anna rated it it was amazing
amazing, brilliant, terrific. The battle for life against zombies keeps going in the aftermath of last chapter's losses and destruction of the safe place
☣Lynn☣
Aug 10, 2015 ☣Lynn☣ rated it liked it
Not a big fan of the new characters.
Nicole Alycia
Jan 02, 2017 Nicole Alycia rated it really liked it
Definitely one of the slower comics but Abraham, Rosita, and Eugene were introduced so things should get interesting soon.
Nicholas Karpuk
Jul 03, 2012 Nicholas Karpuk rated it liked it
I stopped reading The Walking Dead for a while after Volume 8. It's not that it became a bad read, Kirkman has an oddly consistent track record, it's just that the level of misery became so great that I felt I needed to take a break from the series.

This collection was the wind down and reset that the series needed. There's no major revelation, just characters coping with the most tremendous loss they've suffered. It's far more compelling than it would seem as a summary.

There's a bit involving R
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Ayman Gomaa
Mar 24, 2016 Ayman Gomaa rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
good volume , yea not many things happened and it was kind slow but after all the killing that happened in the last volume i guess we need a break and less violence and no more dead chracters plz :D .
well first of all Rick starting to lose his mind :D :D and i can't blame her after the massacre from the last volume , but ya this volume focused a lot about his feelings and his thoughts about his loss and feeling guilty about it , finally abraham , rosita and eugene showed and their mission start
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Arielle Walker
After the disgusting brutal violence handed to us by the Governor, I considered finishing my relationship with the Walking Dead for good. Gratuitous violence is not something I a a fan of, although I'm aware that a graphic novel series about zombies is of course going to be full of said violence. The Governor took it too far. But now he's gone, and everyone's moving on with diminished numbers and increased neuroses.

Introduction of new characters means a slightly new dynamic again, and I think I
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Drew The Reviewer
Oct 10, 2015 Drew The Reviewer rated it it was amazing
This volume is really focused on character development and the characters recovering from the war they just had with The Governor. Even though there is hardly any action in this, I loved seeing the character's personality grow.
Raeleen Lemay
Nov 08, 2013 Raeleen Lemay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphicomanga
BEST ONE SO FAR.
Lesincele Viaja gracias a los libros
Este volumen es más de transición y por ello se lee muy rápidamente. Pero nos ayuda a comprender aún más a los personajes y a su proceso de duelo cuando ven como van perdiendo a sus seres queridos sin poder hacer nada por remediarlo. Con ganas de saber qué ocurrirá en el siguiente volumen ahora que han aparecido nuevos personajes.
Ashley
I'm glad I took time off from reading this series. That last volume was brutal.

Vol. 9 of The Walking Dead handles the events of Vol. 8 the only way it could (and still keep readers from wanting to kill themselves from sadness). The first half is relatively quiet, with Carl and Rick moving slowly down the road, ambling to nowhere basically, and dealing with their grief over the loss of Lori and baby Judy, as well as their other friends. (view spoiler)
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Sesana
May 24, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it
Checking in at around the midpoint of the trades published so far. Damn you, Robert Kirkman. The last couple volumes have been so wrenching that I almost wish Kirkman had suddenly turned into a bad writer. That would allow me to get away from the horribly depressing world he's created and let go of the characters he seems to so delight in torturing. So curse you, Robert Kirkman, for keeping The Walking Dead absorbing and compulsively readable. You monster.
Alondra
Dec 20, 2014 Alondra rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
3.5 Stars

Aftermath from the prison. Lives are lost, friends are found and we move on. Our group is on their way to Washington DC; with barely any hope, but a lot of survival instinct.

I am not sure how many more I can read without getting ahead. Decisions, decisions.

Mindy
Oct 26, 2015 Mindy rated it it was amazing
These are becoming like potato chips. I just can't stop eating reading them!

Loved that this one focused so much on Rick. It's just fascinating how these comics have been adapted for T.V. I love how they are familiar and brand new all at the same time.

On to volume 10!!
T.W. Brown
May 30, 2012 T.W. Brown rated it really liked it
After the gut-wrenching conclusion of volume eight, Made to Suffer, you might be a bit reluctant to crack open volume nine, Here We Remain. If Robert Kirkman has done anything, he’s proven that he is a fearless storyteller. He refuses to coddle the reader. The series up to now has been harsh, gritty, and real.

Here We Remain feels like a chance to catch your breath. Unlike volume seven, The Calm Before, where you are actually warned that there are bad things happening so take a moment to find yo
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Andy
Feb 29, 2012 Andy rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I think this might be the turning point for me. The last few volumes took things in a violent and shocking direction and this takes us away from all that, resulting in a much quieter and contemplative story. Rick and Carl move on and pick up what lives they have left and we meet a few new characters who also introduce a few new plot teasers to keep us intrigued. It might not be enough though.

I'm starting to find the character work a little superficial and while the dialogue is markedly reduced,
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Praiz Sophyronja
WOW. Even knowing what happens, I still got chills. Kirkman is crazy great. The producers from the TV show did such a good job in casting Abraham, Rosita and Eugene! Exactly like the Comics.
Macarena
Sep 30, 2016 Macarena rated it really liked it
Obviamente después de tooodo lo que pasó en el volumen anterior , la acción baja un poco y se centra más en los personajes y como procesan lo que vivieron. Me resultó muy bueno también , me gusta cuando pasan cosas siniestras, pero también disfruto la evolución de los personajes que quedan , y van apareciendo otros de a poco.
Michel Avenali
Jul 23, 2016 Michel Avenali rated it really liked it
My slow as molasses quest to catch up with TWD continues. After all the trauma and crazy moments with the prison/Governor situation, the group all split up, and the death count rising I especially enjoyed the slower moments in the beginning of this volume. Personally, I find the contemplative moments between the characters to be such a strong element in this series. Carl and Rick's narrative were strong, dealing not just with Rick's guilt over the choices he made but Carl getting a moment to be ...more
Chelsea
Mar 10, 2016 Chelsea rated it really liked it
Ugh, I promise I WILL finish this series eventually. But its one of those series that's enjoyable enough to not want to rush through, and also easy enough to follow along with that EVEN THOUGH it's been, like, seven months since I picked up volume eight, I still was able to pick right back up with what was going on.

I will say, this volume kind of knocked me on my gut. The phone conversation between Rick and the unknown female voice on the other end just, like....damn. That was a rough couple of
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Artemiy Nizovtsev
Oct 22, 2016 Artemiy Nizovtsev rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, image-comics
Wait, what? I am reading The Walking Dead again, even though I almost hated the first compendium? Well, yeah. I don't know. I just felt like it. Maybe it's because I have read and enjoyed the third volume of Outcast a couple of weeks ago. And hey, I enjoyed this volume, too! Probably the best in the series so far — Kirkman is finally doing some character work that is not cringe-worthy for a change. Also, killing off half the cast in the end of the previous volume really did wonders for this seri ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

A great improvement over the previous volumes. I don't like Carl/Rick, but the focus on them and only them was a great move. And while I miss a lot of my favorite characters, I think trimming them was the best thing for the story. And adding new ones is good for fresh blood (am loving Abraham, to be honest).

Also, THANK THE MAKER, we are FINALLY going to find out what happened to create all these zombies. Maybe...

But really, stop with the sexist sh!t, Kirkman. Girls aren't crazy, an
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Nayeomi
Feb 26, 2016 Nayeomi rated it really liked it
the one where Carl sees a sick dad and almost mistakenly shoots him, thinking he's a walker groaning and moaning like one. I think this is one of the most favourite scenes i have with the book, as well as in the tv show.
It shows the human psyche, how far it is willing to get pushed and when does real paranoia begins. At this point, everyone else feels like everyone else is pretty much dead with an invisible expiry date probably stuck in their foreheads and Carl is no different to feel this way.
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Ryan Moore
Jan 02, 2014 Ryan Moore rated it it was amazing
Rick and Carl are on their own after the raid on the prison. I liked the attempt by Carl to "grow up" after killing three walkers on his own as Rick is recovering from his infected gun shot wound, it brought more reality to the story. Thankfully a few of the group are still alive and a new group with a scientist trying to get to DC show up, claiming it is safer there and they may be able to solve the outbreak.
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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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