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This Sorrowful Life

(The Walking Dead #6)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  23,589 ratings  ·  845 reviews
Trapped in a town surrounded by madmen, Rick must find a way out or die trying. Meanwhile, back at the prison, the rest of the survivors come to grips with the fact Rick may be dead, and a major turning point in the series is reached. Collects issues #31-#36.
Comics, 136 pages
Published April 11th 2007 by Image Comics
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Sean Barrs
Every time a write a review for one of these comics, I seem to mention that another level has been breached. And that’s because it’s completely true. This one descended even further into depravity.

In the past we’ve had lots of violence, mutilation, torture and even rape. These have become almost casual things, trademarks of everyday life. In this crazy world this stuff happens every day. I hesitate to say that it’s normal, it’s not normal, but in a zombie apocalypse anything goes. There are no
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Woodbury is all around us!

This is the fifth volume of the softcover editions of "The Walking Dead", collecting the comic book issues from #31 to #36.

Creative Team:

Writer: Robert Kirkman

Illustrators: Charlie Adlard

Additional gray tones to inking: Cliff Rathburn

Chapter Six


Don’t you know what people is capable of?!

Rick, Michonne and Glenn are trapped in Woodbury.

And each one of them...

...they never would be the same anymore!

Woodbury will leave scars too deep to heal,
There is a redress going on in modern popular culture with which I am fascinated. Rape tales, tales of torturing women, tales of violence against women have been told for years with graphic detail. Many of these tales have been saying (either explicitly or implicitly) that these brands of violence are wrong or even evil, but many of them still offer up the vision of this violence to illustrate the wrongs and evils.

Now a redress has come, and we have Lisbeth Salander avenging herself on her torme
Tina Haigler
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This volume was full of action and suspense. We got to see a whole different side to Michonne, someone new joined the group, and of course, there's some death. Honestly I think my favorite parts in these last few volumes (especially this one) is the lack of Rick wife's. She's makes a few appearances, but it's minimal, and I am ever so grateful. Considering this one wrapped up a story arc to begin a new one, I am curious what the next volume will bring. ...more
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
"we just need to be sure that when they get here. We're ready for them."

Okay I'm liking this one, some scenes were gruesome but most were cool. I'm excited to see what will happen on the next TWD volume.

Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a volume! Things got really crazy in these episodes! I loved it. I love how we are finally learning more about the characters as we're actually getting a great insight into them now. I've tried to not get too attached to anyone because I'm pretty sure Robert Kirkman will kill whoever he wants to but I can't help it! (view spoiler)

I still have my concerns with this comic and it's representation of women but I hope Alice will be sane and that wi
Heh... Every time I see or hear the phrase "or die trying" (such as the one in the description for this volume) I can't help but think of The Boondocks and how the show makes fun of 50 Cent. Observe: "Mumble mumble something. ...Or die tryin'."

Not that that really has anything to do with this volume. It's just early, I haven't had coffee yet, and reading the description of this book to refresh my memory as to what happened (from sooooooooooooooo long ago - aka: last night), and it made me think
A continuation of the prison vs. Woodbury. At this point, the fight is still in its earliest chapters.

I'm keeping running notes on the differences between the books and AMC's show. Don't read on if you don't want spoilers.

Stop reading.



• Michonne fights in Woodbury's arena.

• Rick, Glenn, and Michonne escape with the help of an ex-gym teacher named Martinez.

• A doctor and his apprentice try to escape with them. The doctor is killed immediately. Enter Alice: a new character to
Ayman Gomaa
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This volume was really good and alittle bit crazy xD but i loved it
- Michonne took her revenge " revenge is a dish best served cold " she was sadist but he deserve it anyway and it teach us never make a girl with a sword mad or u probably will regret it xD :)
- Rick start to lose his humanity and feels like a savage but well thats the kind of world he live into now
- Glenn that was my fav part even with this shit crazy stuff happening we can see romance that makes us believe that life should go
Ryan Buckby
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it
First Read: February 28th 2016
Re-read: May 29th 2019

so violent! i love the comics but jesus this issue was the most violent one yet but i can just imagine it will get worse from here on.

But this comic i can finally see a nice rhythm going on, i'm starting to learn more about each character individually and these characters are starting to mean something to me it feels like they're new friends.

the pace of the comics is going very well, this volume seemed shorter than the other ones
Sam Quixote
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rick, Glenn and Michonne remain the captives of the sadistic Governor, the leader of a small enclosed community. But help is on hand as one of the Governor’s guards helps them escape and head back home to the prison. Will they all make it back – or die trying?

I really, really enjoyed this one! I flew through it in one sitting, and it’s a cliché but the pages couldn’t turn fast enough. Everything from the lead-up to the breakout, the escape through the forest, the drive back to the prison, and f
Wren (fablesandwren)
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it

The last two issues have not been my cup of tea.. but this one slapped me across the face.

Remember The Governor?

And how he believes that he is the biggest bad in the world and things only go his way because he is boss man and he is god? Well, let's just say, he hasn't seen the goddess of war and destruction before. And she will make him rue the day

..and that isn't even the worst of it.

THIS ISSUE HAS THE MOST GORE AND TORTURE SO FAR, so please of please do not read it if you ha
Bloody hell, I am not even sure what to say to that. Intense, incredibly violent and way too graphic. I could not put it down and at the same time I wanted to run screaming. Unreal.


More like welcome to hell! I considered to stop reading, because it was just too much. Disturbing is a good word for it. Still, I continued and read the whole thing in one sitting. If you think that volume 5 was gruesome, hold on to your hat.
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-read, graphics
Another trigger warning volume, this time for the meting out of serious payback in the form of brutal revenge torture. I'm actually kind of missing all that angsty pining and manufactured emotional drama of earlier days.

Rick realises how far gone he is, and Michonne...well maybe she was already out there, but it seems recent events have pushed her to the limit of her humanity. This is a turning point in the story. Both characters are disturbed at what they have become. The question is where will
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
I’m starting to realize that Walking Dead is one of those series that boasts a large number of fans that are oblivious to or are willing to look past its flaws. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but it is what it is. The universal acclaim that these books get seems to be at odds with some of the problems it has, especially by this point in the series. This volume, simply put, isn’t put together very well, and isn’t much fun to read. Spoilers ahead.

The issues in this collection continue to chron
God damn, a lot of shit went down in this volume. A lot of graphic, gory shit. Rick is quickly losing his trust in humanity and I totally see why. I can feel Lori and Rick's relationship slowly getting worse and worse. I really loved most of this volume but there is one thing that kind of disappointed me and I can't really talk about that without giving spoilers. But damn, I am obsessed with these comics now. I'm hooked and I probably won't stop reading them until I'm caught up.

Anthony Chavez
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
HUGE turning point in the story here, from volume 5 to volume 6 so much happens to change the groups dynamic at the prison.

Glenn, Rick, and Michonne were locked up at Woodbury when they find a few sympathizers who don't like "The Governor" and his crazy ways either. So they decide when everybody is distracted to get outta Dodge and escape. Without giving too much away they make it back to their prison safehouse only to find things vastly different from how they left AND that one of them isn't wh
Jul 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who loved 28 Days Later
If you're like me, one of your deeply-held beliefs is that the only problem with zombie movies is that they come to an end. With that in mind, Robert Kirkman has given us "The Walking Dead", a series which tells the ongoing story of an eclectic group of people trying to live in a world now ruled by the dead.

Kirkman's introduction says it best:
"How many hours are in a day when you don't spend half of them watching television? When is the last time any of us REALLY worked to get something we wan
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Will Michonne perform in the arena for The Governor? Still utterly in shock, Glenn and Rick see an opportunity to escape Woodbury, will they seize it? Can they free Michonne? Can they escape The Governor?

A pretty forlorn position is giving some light! Kirkman and Adlard hone what becomes another recurring theme in this series - all hope is lost, and suddenly a way out is found. Some of the artwork is so good as testified by the limited use of text on many of the pages. The scene is set and the l
Kimberley doruyter
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
this one seemed shorter then the rest.
Darren Hagan-Loveridge
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
BRUUUUTAL :') Moral of the story: do not piss off a woman who knows how to wield a sword haha. ...more
Jan 28, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
michonne being justifiably unhinged is the moment
This is the most brutal and violent entry in the series so far, which is saying a lot considering the subject matter. Rick and two survivors venture out and find another community run by a sadistic “Governor” who tortures them to find out about the whereabouts of their prison so they can take over the dwellings and all it has to offer including food, weapons and reasonable safety from the zombies. The violence this man is capable of and the retribution it inspires is worse than anything we’ve se ...more
Sooraya Evans
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This volume follows Rick, Glenn and Michonne as they escape from Woodbury. A random henchman of the Governor suddenly offers to help them. Hmm, too good to be true if you ask me. The elaborate scene where Michonne tortures the Governor was downright disturbing. Damn! That's something you can't unsee. ...more
Jennifer Girard

This will be my most coherent review ever... Ready?

Whoa... What? but... What?


More seriously, it was one of my favorite (if not my favorite)!
Nicole Alycia
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
They have really toned down the characters in the show.... these guys are seriously messed up.
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Just a quick warning to say that this review contains spoilers for The Walking Dead: The Best Defense!

If I am being honest, I just do not seem to be enjoying The Walking Dead any more, but I am determined to continue with it, as it definitely has the potential to improve. And I am actually quite glad that I am, as this volume demonstrated that it is certainly possible for the story to get better and become interesting once again.

In The Best Defense, Rick and some members of his gang found themse
Luke Zwanziger
Sep 10, 2010 rated it liked it
This is perhaps one of the most gruesome comics I have read, and its not the zombies that are brutalizing the humans. After the super dark turn the last volume took, this series is not for the faint of heart. I am still undecided which volume was more disturbing. The torturer becomes tortured. While it seems just, after the horrible things he did in the previous book, but the extent of the torture makes one back up and cringe, flipping the pages swiftly, only to get an idea of what is happening. ...more
Rebecca Schuster
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
My first three-star rating for a book of the Walking Dead series.
... It is not that it is a bad book. Not at all. It is really breath-takingly thrilling and again has some great cliffhangers even within the book.

However, all in all this volume was far too "Hostel" for my taste (and I never watched the movie for a very good reason! The trailer was already hard enough to bear).
Of course, the reader (the female one especially) is pleased to see that Michonne gets her revenge for the sufferings sh
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