Philip's Reviews > The Walking Dead, Vol. 03: Safety Behind Bars

The Walking Dead, Vol. 03 by Robert Kirkman
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Aug 25, 2015

it was ok
bookshelves: post-apocalypse, zombies, fiction-series, comics-graphic-novels, fiction, filmed
Read in August, 2012

I found the first book interesting mainly because I really enjoy watched the show, and so it was fun to compare the two. Volume 2 wasn't available in the library, so I skipped ahead to Volume 3. I was surprised to see that Volume 3 picks up just where Season 2 ended on TV -- I didn't realize that each season of the TV series apparently only represents one book. So the good news is, with something like a dozen books out already, the really excellent TV version should be around for a long time.

That said, I didn't enjoy this book -- Volume 3 -- as much as the first one. Not being able to picture scenes from the show in my head when reading the book (as I could with the first volume), I found this to be a fairly average comic -- okay drawings, predictable storyline (I figured out right away who the main "bad guy" would be), and fair-to-bad dialogue, (with Rick's wife being even more annoying than in the TV show -- and that's saying something).

What I did find interesting -- if a bit confusing -- were the obvious differences between the show and the comics, particularly in which characters survive and which die. And I will still go back and read Volume 2 to see how that differs from the show and links Volumes 1 & 3. But I doubt I'll continue reading the series -- I'd rather wait for and enjoy the show without the spoilers from the (in my opinion, far inferior) comics.

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