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The Walking Dead, Book Five (The Walking Dead #49-60)

4.39 of 5 stars 4.39  ·  rating details  ·  5,401 ratings  ·  169 reviews
This hardcover features another 12 issues of the hit series along with the covers for the 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. Collects The Walking Dead #49-60.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 5th 2010 by Image Comics (first published April 2009)
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I'll keep this review short, to avoid spoiling. Book Five picks up in the aftermath of the unbelieveable final stand in Book Four, with Rick and Carl picking up the pieces and trying to find the remaining members of their group. Taking a break from the fast-paced action of books Three and Four, this instead shows the group as they grieve and cope with the enormous tragedy of what happened at the prison, and how their relationships strengthen (or in some places, crumble).

This was a tough read, ju...more
After the slaughter at the prison, Carl and Rick are alone in the open, keeping a constant vigil against the walking dead. They are not alone for long, though, quickly finding Michonne and the other survivors. Soon yet another group of strangers stumbles upon them. These ones, though, claim that one among them is a scientist who knows how the whole plague started, and they're heading to DC to put a stop to it.

This entry in the series could easily be called, "The survivors start losing their damn...more
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May 31, 2011 Abby rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Abby by: Noah S.
Shelves: graphic-novel
In Book 5 of The Walking Dead, many of the original cast of characters are dead, missing or otherwise no longer living. The few survivors are struggling to keep their sanity (Rick!) and children are growing up too fast and too soon, taking on more responsibility than they should as the adults fall apart.

Towards the middle there are some new characters introduced, new tensions built, and a new leader taking shape. Where this will go from here is anyone's guess (who hasn't read Book 6 yet).

I found...more
Melanie Ullrich
I am rereading this graphic novel series and I still can't believe how the twists and turns of this ultimate survival story still surprise me! For anyone that thinks that this is just another zombie series, I think you'll be surprised to find that it's so much more! Throughout the series so far, Kirkman has shown that after a while the zombies are no longer the things to fear. Book 4 and 5 focus on how in extreme circumstances, your own kind and even worse, your own mind, can turn on you and bec...more
João Batista
After the events at the Prison, we finally got to see Rick and Carl trying to be safe in a place they would call home: but there is no such place in Kirkman's world....
Rick spends some days sick and Carl seems to be a lot more troubled; Michonne finds them; they try to find the others and finally meet Maggie and Glenn; Maggie gets the news of what happened at the Prison and has some weird thoughts towards herself; they all get together again at Hershel's farm; another group finally joins them: A...more
This book contains comic book issues 49-60, and is divided into Volume 9: Here We Remain and Volume 10: What We Become.

I’m a TV fan who is reading these books to familiarize myself with the source material. Book 5 begins with Rick and Carl wandering around the wild by themselves after the firefight at the prison where almost everyone else died. They run into the other prison survivors near the beginning of the book, and everyone begins to lose their minds. Rick has the crazytime phone, which he...more
Callie Rose Tyler
I gave this book 3 stars instead of 2 for a few reasons, the first is that we are introduced to a new character that I actually enjoy, Abraham. Sencondly, we get more Carl, possibly the only other character that interrests me. Thirdly, we go back to Rick's home town and find out what happened to Morgan and his son. Lastly, we see Rick slipping into crazy a few times and that is always interesting.

The idea for these comics is so great that I am deeply saddened by the poor writting in which the au...more
Call it 3.5 stars, if we could assign half stars. After the action/melodrama of The Governor stuff, this volume is (relatively speaking) tamer stuff, though the almost metronomic regularity of zombie attacks, serialization demanding at least one per original issue, it seems, gets a trifle tiresome in the collected form. It'd be nice to go for, say, a hundred or so pages without any carnage, just for a bit of variety, especially since Kirkman actually can do character and dialogue well. Anyway, t...more
As noted in my review from Volume 4, I had to read the first half of this volume to get over the events of the volume 4. Damn.

Volume 5 provides an opportunity to recenter the story and push it into a new direction. New characters appear which is necessary after the serious housecleaning from the last volume. The best moments deal with Carl coming into his own.

The story started with Rick waking up, so we have to assume from a narrative perspective that his character is "safe." Though clearly his...more
Jul 29, 2012 Brittany rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: TWD Fans
How I Came To Read This Book: Technically I read volumes 9 & 10, and not the hardcover book (from the library), but in the spirit of keeping my GoodReads book count relatively honest, I'm bundling them together as they would be in Book 5. I did, after all, read them within 24 hours of one another.

The Plot: If you aren't caught up to the series by this point, DO NOT READ THIS. Rick is plagued by guilt over the death of his wife and infant daughter. Carl is restless and coming to the realizati...more
Okay, so it turns out that these graphic novels are like the crack cocaine of books (actually all graphic novels in general, not just this particular series). I can't stop reading them and I keep ordering more from my library so that now I've got quite a nice stack of them right next to all the lovely classics and famous works of literature that I've bought and should be reading. But my brain is enjoying this little summer vacation, so I'll just promise myself that I'll read a really deep and in...more
Breon Randon
After last episode's action packed depressive plot, this edition dragged on a bit too long for my tastes, with little actual substance.

We start off with Rick and Carl in the run in the woods, trying to recover and regroup after the devastating attack on the prison that took Lori from them. None of the rest of the group appear to have made it out alive, and these two stragglers look in rough shape. Carl isn't eating, and Rick can barely walk after his gunshot wound starts to fester. They take she...more
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After everything goes to hell at the prison Rick and Carl are left to wander the wilderness a while. This is not just a physical wilderness as we begin to see things crack for the characters mentally. Thankfully they join up with other survivors and meet some new survivors who claim to have a solution if they can get to DC. The group agrees to begin the long journey to Washington. They make a pit stop in Ricks home town and find an old friend who is also becoming unraveled mentally.

It is no acci...more
Thomas McBryde
This is a continuation of an analysis of The Walking Dead comics. See the links below for it in chronological order.

Part I:
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Part III:
Part IV:

Part V: Messiah's and Madmen

When governments collapse and when normal infrastructure fails, a power vacuum emerges that inevitable needs to be filled. Anarchy can only exist for so long be...more
Mar 20, 2012 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
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I absolutely love this series. The Walking Dead is one of my favorite comics of all time. The continueing saga of survival in a world were danger isn't just from the walking dead but also from the living. This continuiation in the saga was awesome. Made me want more and more. I could not wait til the next issue came out. And I still can't wait til the issues come out every month. I could read issue after issue for days and days and still love it. I've read the series up to the current issue prob...more
Rick and his son Carl are on their own after the events that left his wife and newborn daughter dead, along with many others in the community they had formed at the prison. A few other survivors from this group remain, including Michonne, and they head back to the farm where they had left behind a small group who hadn't wanted to live at the prison. The others are wary of Rick, thinking he's lost it.

Then a truckload of new survivors arrive intent on scavenging the farm for supplies. After a sta...more
Book Five of Kirkman’s tale of zombie survival begins immediately after the disastrous battle at the prison, with Rick and Carl on the run and the rest of their group scattered or dead. Rick’s hold on his sanity becomes increasingly tenuous as he and Carl are forced to begin anew. Some old characters return, and three new characters both reveal shocking new information and dramatically alter the course our protagonists had been taking. After the momentous events of Chapter 8/Book 4, this had to...more
I'm super close to finishing Book 8, and it's so interesting to see how the comic books differ from the TV show. Although some characters and storylines are the same, the differences are far more vast. I told a friend reading the comic is almost like watching the show but in an alternate universe. If you are a fan of the show, I recommend the comics. They are amazing - artwork is incredible, storylines are intense and they're just a great read. Get them! Read them!
I am really surprised how much I like the graphic novels. The group is on the move again after the attack on the prison. They join the group of new characters on their way to Washington DC. You get a glimpse as they all are dealing with more loss on their journey. I found the character, Abraham, quite interesting. He is definitely used to be the leader but seems a little naive about who is traveling with. I am looking forward to see what really awaits them in Washington DC.
Erin Cataldi
This is about where the last season of the Walking Dead ended, we have some new characters, some new problems (Rick! the phone? really??), and as always lots and lots of death. These poor guys can't even catch a break! No matter what they do, hell seems to be right on their heels, I can't wait to see where it goes from here! For fans of the tv show and zombies.
One of the best collections of this series so far. Focusing more on the psychological impact of the zombie apocalypse, on Rick and the motley band of survivors, the story arcs in these 12 instalments are devoid of all the random sex and language that marked the Woodbury and Governor storyline. Like a good wine, this is a comic series that matures with age!
3.5 stars. Another great installment. I'm running out of things to say about this series now since there are so many but I still think they're really good. This one is slowed down a little compared to the last few, pace wise... But still good. We get introduced to some new characters for the first time in ages which was a welcome change and it was good to see the characters back on the road again. It felt a little like a 'filling in' section between one place and the next so I'm looking forward...more
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Interesting to read this graphic novel and compare it with the story in the television series. I've just started watching the series last year with my family so I thought I might catch up with the details by reading the books. I wanted to read them from start to finish, but this was the lowest number book at my library last week.
After the fall of the prison Rick and Carl deal with the aftermath of Ricks wounds, both physical and mental and Carl tries to convince himself he can make it alone. This volume is, more than the others, about the effects of the zombie apocalypse on the characters, how it has changed them and made them do. How much do these people trust each other and even themselves in the face of so much loss? Rick and Carl meet back up with the rest of the survivors of the prison group as well as some new cha...more
Well, everyone is starting to go a little crazy. Even Dale, who I've always considered the most stable of everyone, is starting to slip. This book starts out a lot like The Road, and I was eager for them to try and find the other survivors again because I didn't want this book to be a repeat of that, but with zombies. Thankfully it wasn't.

We also learn how the zombie mind works a little more, which is neat. And the sickness of some people isn't left out either... poor Carl.

Overall I can say that...more
Holden Attradies
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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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