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

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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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Kemper
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...more
Sam Quixote
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
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.
Mike
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...more
Robert Beveridge
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...more
T.W. Brown
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...more
Evan
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
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!
Chris
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...more
Tom Coates
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
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...more
Crazyjamie
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
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...more
Ryan Moore
I'm gonna call it now, I'm glad Rick and the group was able to meet Aaron which in turn led them to a possibly safe place that could provide some normalcy and civility back into their lives. But I doubt that will last very long...any place that takes weapons, doesn't have a lookout and seemingly pretends there are no walkers behind their walls will ultimately end up being over run, somehow. At least the group is thinking the same way...
Clark Hallman
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
Jessica
This volume gave me the willies. Seriously, I think the whole time I was reading this one, I was thinking, “This is creeping me out…”

There wasn’t a whole lot of violence or gore in this. They didn’t kill a bunch of walkers, or even other living humans. They didn’t have to fight for anything, and all they struggled with was trust.

So, why the creepy feelings? One word: Terminus.

Yeah, that crap from the final episode of Season 4 came at me hard with this volume. Not so much in the things that were...more
Aaron
The series takes an interesting twist as the mysterious man our heroes were being trailed by turns out to be a scout for a community that has pulled together for the betterment of all. As you can imagine, Rick and the gang are pretty cautious after past experiences with such communities turned so horribly bad. With that said, our heroes are wooed into the community, taking on various roles, such as sheriff, scout, and teacher.

The only thing they seem to have to be willing to do (other than work...more
Lloyd
This volume of "The Walking Dead" was a bit of a turning point for the series.

After the survivors enduring all they have, they've seemingly found safety again... But how long will it last?

Character development and the delving into human nature are still evident here. The book continues to ask the questions about what human beings would do in a broken society and gives us the answers, no matter how uneasy they might make us feel.

Another great volume of a great series.
Jay Merin
After being deeply disturbed by the end of Volume 8, it was many months before I came back to reading the series.
9 felt a bit too much like The Road for me to really appreciate.
The new characters in 10, plus some changes to existing characters, didn't sit perfectly with me.
11 picked up.

And this one has me back to loving the series. But I won't fall for a false sense of security again. And, it seems, neither will our now (justifiably so) paranoid protagonists!
Michael Neno
It's potentially difficult to appraise each volume of Robert Kirkman's zombie series because the story is so long and complex. In "Life Among Them", the protagonist Rick and his weary band of survivors find themselves invited to a gated, safe, "normal" community. Both the newcomers and the longtime residents are suspicious and mistrustful of the other. Then, on the last page of the volume, Rick makes what looks like a monumentally stupid decision - and this coming from a character who's already...more
Cherryonion
The gang come across a new group and finally have some hope after all the hard times they've experienced. I really like that they're cautious and don't feel comfortable being so 'safe' right now. It shows how damaged they are, but also how smart they are to still assume the worst in case it actually happens. They're cautious around the new people as well, everything may not be as it seems...
The Flooze
I picked this series back up because the AMC show has finally caught up to me. I couldn't watch Abraham, Rosita, and Eugene's introduction without preparing myself.

Ah, the difficulty in balancing book and TV show. It's jarring to remember all the character differences. Hey, yeah, I forgot! I actually like Andrea! And Carl is younger yet less annoying! Whoa, Darryl, Tyreese, Morgan...who's still alive, now?

Kooky, ain't it?

The character development and pacing are great. There's a sense of palpable...more
Jim C
In this volume, someone is tracking the group and he is a member of a community that welcomes our little band of survivors with open arms.

I was surprised at how much I liked this collection. There wasn't much action. But the writers did a fantastic job with the introduction of the new community. The tension from this new plotline was palpable and every time I turned a page I was wondering if the hammer was going to fall. This plotline is also an interesting way to wonder how characters would rea...more
Cherene
Yeah! We're back on track! The last few volumes were a lot less interesting, for me, so it was awesome for it to come back with such a great volume.

This entire volume gave me a creepy feeling. Sort of like I just wanted to read a few volumes ahead and then come back to warn Rick what to expect to go wrong (because you know something is going to go wrong).

I can't decide who to trust, if anyone. I definitely can't even predict what direction they're going to throw this story in next. Maybe I've b...more
Matt
You can tell that Kirkman's a good writer because he thinks about the long-term effects of a zombie apocalypse. The damage doesn't end just because there are no zombies in immediate sight.
Kaethe
Rick is a copy. He's a cop who's spent the pat 14 months or so being the Decider, the one who has to make all the tough choices that no one else wants to make. In the interest of drama, all the decisions he's had to make are life or death, not the annoying but necessary calls over minutia that daily life usually involves. Rick has been a walking advertisement for the NRA, well armed and required to be by the events he's found himself in. Just as the man who has a hammer sees ever problem as a na...more
Issy Britton
*spoilers yo*
After taking a break from buying books because I'm so reluctant to spend cash and I also had loads of books I owned but haven't read, I've cleared some of my literary backlog and brought myself the next volume of The Walking Dead.

Volume 12 offers a very optimistic outcome for the survivors of the group. We're introduced to the Alexandria Safe Zone, a settlement just inside Washington DC. The group are skeptical at first however it appears they warm to the new lifestyle arrangement....more
Jennifer
Life Among Them continues The Walking Dead series nicely. It isn't quite as epic as Fear the Hunters and I'm a bit skeptical as to where the plot seems to be headed this time, but all in all, it's a very good volume. A couple of surprise moments add to the intrigue of Life Among Them. Actually, intrigue is a good word to describe much of the theme of the volume as a whole.

Life Among Them has the best first page ever, especially in its seeming relation to the last page of Fear the Hunters. We qu...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
The twelfth volume of The Walking Dead includes issues 67-72. When the group find out that their trek to DC might be a waste of time, a man pops out of nowhere.

He introduces himself as Aaron and claims to have been watching them interact for days. He's part of a peaceful community that's barricaded against the zombies. People there are apparently leading normal lives while the rest of the world falls apart. So the group decides to go with him, but are pretty skeptical. After everything they've b...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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