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The Walking Dead, Vol. 12: Life Among Them (The Walking Dead #67-72)

4.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  14,998 Ratings  ·  398 Reviews
At long last, the survivors of Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's acclaimed post-apocalyptic survival adventure find the hope they've longed look for. Can a town not yet ravaged by the horrors unleashed on Earth possibly be all it's hoped for? Is there a far more sinister secret behind their newfound safe haven?
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 21st 2010 by Image Comics
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Emily Scott The show is based off of the comic book series! It doesn't follow it exactly of course, but not many media adaptations do.

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Kemper
Aug 25, 2010 Kemper rated it really liked it
I gotta be honest. I’m absolutely terrified about the upcoming AMC series based on these Walking Dead comics.

I’m not scared of the zombies. It’s the idea that Frank Darabont is doing the show. Sure, to most people he’s the guy who had Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman get busy livin’ instead of gettin’ busy dying in Shawshank Redemption. Or he’s the guy who directed Tom Hanks getting choked up as he was about to roll on two in The Green Mile. But to me, Darabont is the twisted bastard who came up w
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Sarah
Jan 11, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2016
This comic is so addictive! Alexandria...hmmm. I don't watch the TV show but I have a few friends that do and so I know bits and bobs about what goes down in Alexandria. The comic is obviously going to be different but I have a bad feeling about these people. They seem too good to be true and I think they have a dark secret. I love Carl and Rick. Their relationship is great and so complex. I'm so excited to see what happens next because I'm so addicted to this comic!
Becky
So the folks have finally found what appears to be a safe harbor and a community of people who are not overt psychopaths... That doesn't mean they're not secret psychopaths though, so nobody is letting their guard down just yet.

I liked this volume for showing Carl's growth and the way he's relating to his dad. I know that he is only a kid, but hes been through some shit and I love the way that hes helping Rick to heal from the shit HE'S been through.

Now in this new place, they are trying to fi
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Gabby
Alexandria! This volume was a bit slower paced and less exciting than the previous ones but I still enjoyed it a lot. I like that Rick is extremely skeptical of everybody he meets now and he doesn't trust anybody. I can't blame him after all the shit he's been through over the last year since the apocalypse started. But I really like Alexandria so far. It seems like a true sanctuary. I think it's interesting how in these comics the leader is a man named Douglas, and in the show it's run by a wom ...more
Drew The Reviewer
Dec 27, 2015 Drew The Reviewer rated it it was amazing
This was a less action packed volume but the new characters are crazy! They are like the Stepford Wives living in a world full of zombies. They are delusional and I can't figure out why they have such a positive personality. I loved the foreshadow in this installment.
Sam Quixote
May 21, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
As the group head towards Washington D.C., the truth about Eugene the scientist comes out, and they meet another group of seemingly friendly survivors who’re living in a walled-off community just outside the capitol – a peaceful and safe oasis in the midst of all the chaos! But as Rick and co. finally find a semblance of their old lives in the stationary houses, hot showers, clean clothes, regular meals, and no zombies, is everything as cosy as it seems? And can they adapt to a comfortable exist ...more
Kim
Nov 21, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies-invade
So in this issue we find out Eugene was lying about the mission. Well that lying bastard! But that was a damn good lie and it kept him alive. So who can blame him.
Now what happens in the comics does not necessarily happen on the tv show. We have some of the same characters and some of the same scenes. But most of what is in the comics does not end up on the tv show. Which I like cause I feel like I am not spoiling the show on tv.
This is actually my first time ever reading comics. And LOVE them
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Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

Ah I shoulda known that Kirkman was gonna duck out of explaining how the zombies came to be!!

Not a whole lot happens, other than the gang is offered a chance to live in a commune, and they accept. Things seem to be too good to be true - but are they or is Rick paranoid?

One of the better volumes, in my opinion. These guys need to catch a break SOMETIME.
Arielle Walker
Oh, I love where this is all going! The Stepford-esque civilisation, the undertones of something utterly wrong... Am I noticing non-existent things, or were there another child with a black eye during the party? I'm sensing a violent undercurrent somewhere. Also, the act of pretending everything is fine is just plain creepy, not to mention stupid. I'm with Michonne on that one. The series is really revving up again, this plot line has so much potential!
Mike
Nov 30, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
Everything about this storyline has the hairs on the back of my neck standing up - a peaceful community, want to invite us to audition, going to rescue some of theirs, everything too good,to be true? Kirkman plays a dangerous game with this book - playing to his strengths of sincere dialogue and characters who don't feel all that well developed yet, with an underlying subtle plot line that keeps us on the edge of our seats.

He's actually doing an admirable job of keeping the reader unsure whethe
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T.W. Brown
Sep 15, 2011 T.W. Brown rated it it was amazing
The most recent installment of the graphic novel series, The Walking Dead: Life Among Them, might be one of the most layered and plot-heavy episodes in the story so far. I say might because you can never tell where Robert Kirkman may go next.

After the gut-wrenching and sad moments of episode eleven, Fear the Hunters, the story takes one of its menacing breaths. I say this based on past experience. Readers of this series know what I am saying. Kirkman is superb at the ‘calm before the storm’ tact
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Kaisersoze
Volume 12 of the juggernaut that is The Walking Dead takes a necessary break from the action to slow down and introduce a range of new characters for Rick and his not-so-merry band of survivors to bounce off. Most of this volume is set up, with very little in the way of pay off, so the most interesting aspect for me was comparing and contrasting the TV show with this source material.

So, for this reader, Life Among Them was a middle of the road volume that did what it had to do and no more.

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Mindy
Nov 16, 2015 Mindy rated it it was amazing
Welcome to Alexandria!!

With a few exceptions this follows the T.V. show more than I was expecting. I think Carl is my favorite in this volume. He seemed like the first one to think the Alexandrian's were idiots.

Can't stop! On to Vol. 13!!
Alondra
Apr 26, 2015 Alondra rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
4 Stars

Hello, Aaron! *waves*

Good grief! I have a decision to make here... I am almost caught up with the TV Show! Do I continue or stop when we get to the TV shows finale??

decisions, decisions... *weeps*

Oh, sorry. Did you expect more?? You shouldn't if you are a fan of the show or comics. You know what's up.
Robert Beveridge
Sep 21, 2010 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it
Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead: Life Among Them (Image, 2010)

As I write this, we are less than six weeks away from the premiere of the AMC adaptation of The Walking Dead, and the anticipation level is excruciating. Granted, at least half of us are already asking “are they going to screw this up as bad as CW did Legend of the Seeker?”, but you know the drill. And this is the atmosphere in which I (finally!) got my hands on Life Among Them, the twelfth book in the series. (I've had it on hold fr
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Lisa (lisareadsall)
Jan 04, 2016 Lisa (lisareadsall) rated it really liked it
Slow paced, slow plot but that's fine. I'm finally catching up to the TV show. Curious to see what's next.
Evan
Aug 10, 2010 Evan rated it really liked it
A slow little turn in the stories arc that will almost certainly lead to an unbelievable explosion in the next trade. This story has consistently had a wonderful build up and I have high expectations for the next one. It's always a juggle to properly introduce new characters into a story, and this story manages to make the new characters maddeningly non-descript which ratchets up the anxiety levels. Have our heroes finally found a moments peace? I think we can safely assume that there is no fuck ...more
Neo Marshkga
Sep 14, 2015 Neo Marshkga rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-others
The calm before the storm hits... again.
The group dealt with the Hunters, in a very grizzly way, and headed towards DC.
Carl confesses to his dad that he killed Ben, after his dad unwillingly lets out what he did to the hunters, this helps the bond between father and son that we have been expecting for a while.
Eugene is discovered as a liar, he is not a scientist, he is a school teacher, a very clever one, that lied to Abraham and Rosita in order to be protected, because he feels like he is usel
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Yonaily
Sep 30, 2014 Yonaily rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2014, zombies, comics, twd


¡Qué frustrante fue leer este tomo! No me gustó tanto como Fear the Hunters, y creo que el nivel, comparado al tomo anterior, disminuyó un poco. Sin embargo, eso lo puedo dejar pasar. En fin... quedé un poco enojada (bastante enojada, para ser honesta) por las decisiones que Rick tomó. No puedo entender por qué el grupo elige ir hacia un lugar desconocido cuando no saben si se encontrarán con otros que practiquen el canibalismo, o una nueva versión del Gobernador. Yo me pregunto. ¿Será que no ha
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Chris
Jul 20, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
Reviewed first at Brunner's Bookshelf

Things are looking bleak for our band of heroes. Living in the church has been hard, food is running low and there is nothing in the near by neighborhoods left to scavenge. Just as things are looking like the end for the group a stranger happens by with an unbelievable offer.

This book brought back the strength and suspense that was in earlier books. This new offer brings with it security, food, and a chance at a normal life. Too good to be true? I think so a
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Tom Coates
Jul 23, 2010 Tom Coates rated it it was amazing
The Walking Dead is now on it's twelfth book and honestly, I think this book is the one for me that has started to bring the themes of the wider work more precisely into focus. Coming upon exactly the kind of near Utopian community of positive apparently honorable people that our survivors had attempted to create earlier in the series, our crew find it difficult to assimilate. It's becoming a really fascinating series this, focusing on what it means to be human, civilized and moral when all of c ...more
Melissa
Feb 19, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
Zombies and safe zones and domesticity, oh my! I think this arc has a lot of potential, and I like what I've read so far. It's nice to take a breather from the constant threat of death and delve into the characters' psyche's now they're relatively safe for the time being. (view spoiler) ...more
Ashley
On the one hand, it's a very good thing Rick and Co. have found a new seemingly safe place they can stay, possibly permanently. On the other, it feels like just another way that Kirkman will give us false sense of security, only then to pull it from under us with something that's somehow worse than anything that's come before. The characters also seem to feel the same way.

It's been a couple of weeks since the incident with the cannibals, and the survivors are out foraging for food when they are
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Crazyjamie
Sep 24, 2010 Crazyjamie rated it really liked it
Life Among Them, the twelfth trade paperback from The Walking Dead moves the survivors to a self contained colony that almost resembles life pre apocalypse, and as such shifts series on to mostly new ground. I say 'mostly' because we have been here before with the whole 'self contained civilisation' thing, most notably the prison and, briefly, Woodbury. However, it wouldn't be in the style of The Walking Dead to go fully over old ground, and indeed this attempt at getting back to normality sits ...more
Kate
Aug 04, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it
Rick is still dealing with the fact that his young son Carl killed another boy when the group comes upon another random stranger. The newcomer explains that he's been watching them for a time and wants to invite them to come live in their protected community in Washington D.C. They are wary but follow the man to the community.

Once inside the gates, Rick is interviewed by a former senator who appears to be the leader. Rich agrees to become the community's constable and the group agrees to give u
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Brendan Nicholls
Dec 29, 2015 Brendan Nicholls rated it really liked it
low key storyline that is very strong but is just filler for the upcoming struggle. The things I liked about it were that they have all of a sudden been thrown into regular suburbia, a huge contrast to the outside world. The story is interesting but mildly flawed by involving poor conflict, being a writer myself I understand that conflict drives the story and characters but when the series has been so crazy for so long, a little down time is okay. Strong chapter but a little over the top in plac ...more
Clark Hallman
Dec 25, 2013 Clark Hallman rated it really liked it
The Walking Dead, Volume 12, Life Among Them is a transitional installment of this terrific ongoing graphic novel series about apocalypse by Zombies. Rick’s band of twelve wandering survivors reluctantly accepts an invitation to join a walled community, which amazingly provides an opportunity to live in a safer and much more comfortable environment. However, they are wary about their new protectors and their safe community. Something just seems off about them and the situation seems too good to ...more
José
Oct 20, 2015 José rated it liked it
3.5 stars: Not as action packed as the previous volume but very entertaining still, a lot of new and interesting characters were introduced on this one. I'm sure that the peace the group found on this volume cannot last long...
Amy
Jul 01, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, 2015
This wasn't in any way a bad volume (are any of The Walking Dead comics particularly bad?!) but for me it wasn't overly exciting. Definitely looking forward to the next one!
Christina
Jan 25, 2015 Christina rated it it was amazing
They say if something sounds too good to be true it probably is....
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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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