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The Walking Dead, Vol. 7: The Calm Before

(The Walking Dead (Collected Editions) #7)

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The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed
Comics, 136 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Image Comics (first published September 26th 2007)
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A disturbing calm.

This is the seventh volume of the softcover editions of "The Walking Dead", collecting the comic book issues from #37 to #42.

Creative Team:

Writer: Robert Kirkman

Illustrators: Charlie Adlard

Additional gray tones to inking: Cliff Rathburn

Chapter Seven


I just don’t need to hear you say it. I can’t hear you say it.

Rick’s group is reunited again and they remained in the prison.

However, Woodbury’s people is out there, preparing themselves for an invasion to
Sean Barrs
This was a simply set up. Nothing more, nothing less. These issues exist to usher in the conclusion of the first compendium. It’s filler material, appropriate filler material, though it’s still a little dull.

It’s a foreshadowing of the climax. The group arm themselves and set up the prison’s defences. An attack in the next volume is only appropriate. But this was a little dry. Carol’s fate was aloes quite random. I mean we all knew it was coming. She’s been degrading for a while, but to throw h
Ryan Buckby
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
First Read: March 8th 2016
Re-read: May 29th 2019

I like where the story has progressed to at this stage all the characters have changed over the course of two months living in peace at the prison. Everyone is starting to find some what of a normal life at the prison, but things do surely take a bad turn as things can never stay good for a long period of time for the group.

Lori's pregnancy has finally come to an end and she has now given birth to a baby girl, meanwhile Dale has his leg cut of
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I get it, I’m hooked
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This volume is FULL of suspense. There isn't a lot of killing/main characters dying in this volume but throughout the comic you can sense that something big is coming and oh yes, something very big came at the end! It definitely matched it's title. It was very predictable but I was still like "ooooh shittt!". Volume 8 is going to be absolutely crazy (I hope!). (view spoiler) ...more
Volume Seven is continuing the face-off between Woodbury and the prison. While Lori becomes more pregnant, Rick and the group focus on building up their armory. Buuuut this pretty much where the similarities between the show and the book stop.

Read on to find the spoilers listing the differences.

Or don't.

It's your call.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

•I officially can't stand Book Carol. She's an insufferable brat. For me to dislike Book Carol more than I dislike Show Carol is saying something.

We need to prepare for a possible attack on the prison... plenty of action, but also quieter moments than in the previous two volumes.

Remember Allen and his leg? Yes, well...

The quiet moments are well done. Grown ups having realistic relationships, as far as that is possible during the Zombie apocalypse. It‘s the small moments...


Feels a little like a bridge story, waiting for that attack to come. Fitting title in that respect. Quite the cliffhanger at the end, although it was not unexpected. In
Arielle Walker
I know that the title is pretty indicative of the pace of this volume, but I found myself really appreciating the lull in all of the extreme violence. Something in the relentless killing and torture scenes in the last few volumes has begun to wear a little thin, and I usually find myself numb to all the death and pain by the end, which is unusual for me.

The Calm Before sort of re-introduced me to the characters I had stopped caring about, and for this reason certain moments (view spoiler)
Anthony Chavez
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
The title is fitting and this volume was chock full of Kirkman character development goodness.

So much happens! Really I think this, aside from the first volume, is the best so far at individual development of characters. After the Woodbury incident and story arc everyone realizes they need to restock on ammunition and supplies if they are to survive any possible attack by Woodbury which seems imminent now. Rick comes to terms that with his new disability he can't do everything and be the hero/l
Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh! This volume was amazing! I love how this volume started with a flashback of Lori and Shane. It was nice to see what actually happened with them when Rick was still in a coma. Glenn and Maggie finally have their wedding! It's the cutest shit ever, with Hershel as their pastor and what not. I just love Glenn and Maggie so much. I really enjoyed the scenes with Tyreese, Glenn, Maggie and Michonne going to the National Guard place and taking out all the Woodbury men ...more
Oh Carol, I'm so happy the tv series took you in an entirely different direction.

Well that was definitely unexpected. I totally thought that dude was zombie-food. Huh. Welcome back to the story, guy! Let's see where this goes.

Anyway... I'm kinda glad to see one of the losses from this volume. Chickadee was getting on my damn nerves. If Bill Maher was living with these folks, he'd be all like, "NEW RULE: If you can't cope with life, GTFO." It took longer than I expected, but FINALLY. Toodles, stupid.

Otherwise, this one was a little sl
Sydney Scothon
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another good one I enjoyed
Darren Hagan
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it

Nothing particularly wrong with it, but it didn't keep me as gripped this time around. The group are really settled at the prison and then just when they feel safe and secure, the Governor turns up at the end shouting to his crew to kill them all for a nice little cliffhanger ending.

Lori finally gives birth to her daughter Judith, and it's actually nice to see her and Rick being happy for once. They always just seem to be pissed off at each other before this issue. I suppose th
Wren (fablesandwren)
WrensReads Review:

Oh my word, what a whiplash. The writing just plummeted AGAIN.

This is playing hard with my heart. Why are all the girls so stupid and/or just wanting to get it on? None of this makes plausible sense. The only thing I loved about the woman is that Lori gave no cares about nursing in front of her son because "it's natural" and that was beautiful.

Like, CAROL WAY TO MAKE US ALL LOOK BAD. Or should I say, way'da go writers for making all the women look bad and/or unrealistic?

Prove m
Ayman Gomaa
Mar 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
" THE CALM BEFORE " this title was so so true , there is a big crazy storm coming xD
this volume was good , not alot of walking deads and fire shouting but it was like they said calm calm calm .
i was gonna give 2 stars for this volume coz it was boring alittle
so yeah finally maggice and glenn officially married and that was really good and sweet , lori has her baby without any problems not like what i expected but it was okay great annoying LORI still alive , i feel sad for carol but she wasn'
Raeleen Lemay
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
well Carol is officially insane......
A lot of good things happened in this volume—Judith was born, Dale was saved, Glenn and Maggie got married. It was the calm before the storm that is the Governor...
Sam Quixote
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
The group prepares for an inevitable attack from Woodbury, training up everyone who can hold a gun while a small unit sets off to find the National Guard Station to stock up on guns, ammo and gas. Meanwhile, Maggie and Glenn tie the knot and Lori finally gives birth but still more death and tragedy befalls the small group.

I thought after the craziness of Woodbury and the Governor that this volume would be much less interesting as it’s more or less a return to the status quo but it’s still chock
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
While my enjoyment of The Calm Before is way down compared to the other installments I've read of The Walking Dead, I think there was a real story telling wisdom behind the lull in action crafted by Robert Kirkman.

Our crew of survivors are still hanging out in the prison, and time goes by -- for the characters -- rather quickly. Some shit happens: Lori give birth to Judith; Dale loses his foot (the first successful amputation of a Zombie infected limb) and starts to suspect Andrea and Tyreese or
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
For the most part, reviewing volumes of The Walking Dead seems pointless to me because, well, the idea's pretty damn basic - zombie apocalypse, civilization as we know it has toppled, people live in fear everyday while trying to still get by, survive, and hold onto things worth living for. Over the past 6 volumes, we've gotten to see people grow close to each other and lose loved ones, and Rick has definitely gone through his issues, realizing that it'll take more than being "good" to survive an ...more
Holy cow a lot happens in this volume!!

I'm glad that (view spoiler)

Honestly the only woman I can tolerate is Maggie. She's awesome and I adore her and Glenn together. In the show and the comics. :) Andrea is warming up to me also. Can't wait to continue with this series. It may not be as good as the show, but it's pret
Kimberley doruyter
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
last page thought, they really should have killed that guy.
but i thought that with the show aswell.
Jennifer Girard
Whoa... Like whoa. It was unexpected...
The Walking Dead, Vol.7: The Calm Before provides a much needed mental break for the characters and for me (well, mostly for the characters, with a couple of small exceptions). It's actually kind of notable that two things that would be considered absolutely horrifying in any other story feel really tame here because they are the only two bad things in this volume, where most volumes of this story contain WAY WAY WAY more than that. Also, Robert Kirkman is an asshole, I'm pretty sure, because th ...more
T.W. Brown
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I realize this is the review for Volume Seven of The Walking Dead series; however, can there be anything good coming in volume eight when the title of the seventh chapter is The Calm Before? Robert Kirkman takes an entire chapter to lull his readers into a bit of complacency. Perhaps he is trying to get his readers to experience the idea he is driving home in this volume: sit in safety long enough and you will forget how to protect yourself.

The lack of good times and warm moments seems all the m
Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Biters
Recommended to Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) by: Tyreese
#37-42 Softcover bindup of The Walking Dead graphic novel. "Lori's pregnancy has come to term, and the birth is near. After everything they've been through, nothing can prepare Rick and the other survivors for what they are about to experience. A major turning point in the series is reached."

Major as in Lori's pregnancy, how is not that huge? They just need to lull us into a false sense of security and happiness with the baby-ness of it all! In the show the jail was my favorite part of the show
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies-invade
Great Lori is still alive. Not good.
Praiz Sophyronja
Oooooh, that ending --- just like the show. So intense and badass.
César Bustíos
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, graphic, 2017
Yeah, Carol was fucking crazy and shit is getting real!

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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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