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The Heart's Desire

(The Walking Dead #4)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  28,715 ratings  ·  1,157 reviews
Life in the prison starts to get interesting for Rick Grimes and the rest of our survivors. Relationships heat up, fizzle out, and change entirely almost overnight. By the end of this volume, relationships between key characters are radically changed, setting the stage for future events in The Walking Dead.
Comics, 136 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by Image Comics (first published November 30th 2005)
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Jon Purkis
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
This comic reads like it's been written by a 15 year old boy with a constant erection.

The Walking Dead is a great premise poorly executed. The characters are insipid, with no defining qualities to empathise with. The plot rapidly and repeatedly flits between killing and sex, with little meaning or worthwhile emotion given to either. This volume is particularly bad, portraying every character as sex-crazed. Almost every adult character has had sex, often with different partners, as if in a world
Jean Genie
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Before I address anything else about this series, I have say, Robert Kirkman? You have some issues when it comes to women. Thusly, you can't write women accurately. At all. The female characters in this series are either bitches, sluts or nagging harpies (or some combo of the three) who just wanna wash clothes, sew, have babies, fuck men, and maybe, in a completely out of character move, kiss another woman. Also, the children in this book are like Disney show characters, ridiculously blinking up ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A cage is a cage not matter what.

This is the fourth volume of the softcover editions of "The Walking Dead", collecting the comic book issues from #19 to #24.

Creative Team:

Writer: Robert Kirkman

Illustrators: Charlie Adlard

Additional gray tones to inking: Cliff Rathburn

Chapter Four


Cry me a river.

Enter: Michonne,...

...mysterious Afro-American woman with a samurai sword. ‘Nuff said!

Rick’s group has troubles in all fronts.

Menaces outside and inside of the prison.

Rachel Reads Ravenously
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Yeah.... this was not my favorite edition. I am very thankful that there are co-writers on the show because the women in this ARE AWFUL. And the men form their own committee and the women are not included? WTF?
Sean Barrs
Some people aren’t meant for this new world; they’re too weak, too stupid and too useless. They’re walking spoilers because it’s so obvious that they will be the next to die. But, for every idiot that dies, everyone else get tougher. They learn from the fatalistic mistakes of the fallen: they learn never to fall into the same trap. Rick’s already a hard bastard, and this is only the fourth chapter, I’m looking forward to seeing how ruthless he is bound to become.

I’m enjoying reading this throug
Tina Haigler
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Honestly this volume just made me needlessly sad. Naturally I expected death. One death was justified and I was glad for it. The other death was sad, but it was pretty much background noise. I really didn't like how the breakup happened. I guess I just expected more from him than that. However, I did like the drama that unfolded once Rick found out. I still abhor Rick's wife. I haven't hated a character this much in a long time. Glenn and the girl he's with just come off as kind of weird to me. ...more
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, fiction
More trouble at the prison, and the introduction of Michonne with her zombie boyfriend and best friend keeps this from getting stale. With semi stable surroundings, the narrative is free to flourish, with a number of social crises that lead to some very dodgy moral reasonings.

Can the group retain their humanity in a world that threatens their very existence? At what cost do you turn to in order to protect your family? I like the ideas thrown around here, and can see this social exploration taki

There are a LOT of gifs ahead.

Oh my.

Oh my.

Oh. my.

You said it, Glenn. It really, really is.

Guys...I can't do this without spoilers so you've been warned.


Where the hell do I even begin?? And why has it taken me four volumes to realize how freaking fucking sexist this series is? Ok, ok. There have been hints of it in every issue, but nowhere near as blatantly stupid as this.

Have any of these writers ever met a woman before? Because, I really, really wonder.

Let's just go ahead and di
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"WE ARE THE WALKING DEAD". Another great volume of TWD comics. This volume focuses on morality and how the group are going to have to adapt if they want to survive. What's right? What's wrong? You can stay "humane" and get munched on or you can kill and survive. I really liked it. Everyone is fighting and it's great. I'm so obsessed with this story! I might start watching the TV show even though I know they're different and I also know lots of spoilers for the show! The shit hits the fan numerou ...more
Wren (fablesandwren)

I am not sure what happened in this volume. Like. Girls turned against girls. Girls just want to get it on and nothing else. Girls just want to please the men. Men fight each other over girls.

Where is the actual story?
Where are the empowering women at?

I feel like this was a filler for the series. I needed more story, and less drama and poorly written women.

At least it was still a masterpiece in the illustrated department. The art is glorious.

These are so bad, yet I can't stop reading them. I guess I'm just curious to see the plot differences between this and the TV series (the TV show is far superior to the comic).

This volume was equally ridiculous as the last two. (view spoiler)
B Schrodinger
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
The Walking Dead Volume 4: Days of Our Undead Lives.

I was excited at the start of this. Michonne is here, there is a confrontation between the prisoners and the gang. All is set for a great storyline.

But what you get is drama, drama, drama. Who's sleeping with who and who blames who for someone death. And Rick's breakdown. Well the first one from memory. But I guess the cover does warn us by depicting a kiss. Everyone is on edge and having a mental breakdown. Probably not surprising given the c
Well. That was brutal. And grim. The times... they are a-changin'!

Still so great though. I am really loving this series, especially the artwork. There were panels in this volume that show Tyreese in such detail, and I love how intricate the drawings are. The fact that you can see the way his right ear folds down just a tiny bit at the top is so impressive to me. Or how you can tell so much about how Lori is feeling just by her facial expressions - she doesn't have to say a word.

I love that the
Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I don't like this stuff for the zombies and all the different ways to kill them. What keeps me reading and occasionally watching is the human aspect of it. When everything changes so dramatically, what is right and wrong? Is killing someone wrong if it's justified? Who's in charge of making the decisions? Who makes the law? What are the consequences for breaking the law?

A lot of those questions are out there and the group is trying to find answers, but many of them are becoming unhinged. There a
Okay so this is easily my least favorite volume out of the four I've read so far. I was really excited when I saw Michonne finally get introduced, as she's one of my favorite character in the show, but her character is a total bitch in the comics and I hate that. I hate how all of the women are portrayed in these comics, but specifically in this volume, it's really bad.
This particular volume is full of nothing but drama. And not even the good kind of drama, but the stupid love tri
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enter Michonne!!!! A classic volume seeing the first appearances of Michonne. Let the chaos continue. Dexter pulls off a coup, only to realise that he's unleashed Zombies on them all. Can the sides unite to fight the common enemy?

As more and more dark, and ultimately final decisions are made... can the group hang on to their humanity. More great plotting and art as the the creative team push how the dehumanising world will impact on those who really want to survive. Still with the great monochro
Jesse A
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm really starting to enjoy this series. ...more
We are still in prison...


Finally Michonne has arrived on the scene...


And what a bitch she is!

The fight between Rick and Tyreese is quite something! Well done, how their emotions careen so far out of any reasonable frame of reference and they loose it so completely. What makes a murderer, is there such a thing as a justified murder? Is there even any such thing?

I like the black and white, but I am still mourning the artwork of the first volume. I am often underwhelmed by a lot of frames and the s
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
If this didn’t have zombies in it, I doubt I would read it. It’s very soap opera + zombies with everyone hooking up, cheating on each other, and fighting about it. (Don’t… don’t you have better things to worry about in an apocalypse?) There isn’t a lot of genuine plot in this volume as the characters scramble for power inside the prison and come to terms with the fact that probably nobody is coming to save them. I feel like the zombie art kicks up a notch though, and there are some very cool pan ...more
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-read, graphics
4.5 stars

Michonne arrives. Enough said.

The story becomes truly soap operatic with more hook-ups, break-ups, and punch-ups. The bromance between Rick and Tyreese seems to have some to an end with a no-holds barred, bare-knuckle beat down.

Carol is such a loser in the comic compared to the total badass she is in the show. Oh well, she's still got time to change...or get killed.
Sam Quixote
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it
The subtitle to The Walking Dead should be: A Post-Apocalyptic Soap Opera as the series veers away from depressing horror to hokey melodrama in this fourth volume, appropriately titled The Heart’s Desire, as if it were an episode of Melrose Place!

The cliffhanger of the last volume is dealt with in no time at all, as if that entire last volume’s conflicts didn’t matter at all, and a new character called Michonne appears, while another character dies, and a lot of relationship stuff happens.

Anthony Chavez
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
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May 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: easily entertained
Shelves: comics, bullshit
0 stars.

Would anyone care to explain me why these comics are so popular? Why do people like The Walking Dead so much? Why??? I've never seen so many flat and horrible characters together. None of the characters in the comics so far has any redeeming qualities. They are all fucked-up, selfish, shallow and stupid human beings that you would try to avoid at all costs in real life. All they do is fight over trivial things, almost every day someone is committing suicide for no goddamn reason or killi
Ayman Gomaa
Mar 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics

"WE ARE THE WALKING DEAD " that's was this volume about , this volume was okay i guess
i loved that finally Michonne appeared in the comics but i really i didn't loved her so much in the comics coz they made her really B**** but she is still my fav character after Daryl and carol in the show of course xD .
anyway this comics talks about how disaster like this can make us be savages and lose our humanity but thats how the world nw so u have to deal with it but don't be too insane plz :D :P

(Some spoilers) This particular volume frustrated me a little. I've really been enjoying Rick's "descent into madness", but found it a little forced - happening for the sake of it happening, rather than letting the character fall there at his own pace. I can understand if people disagree with this, it's just a personal feeling.

Michonne, however, really annoyed me. I've been looking forward to her appearance since day one, as friends of mine who read the series wax lyrical on how wonderful/bad-a
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Definitely an improvement over the previous volumes, The Heart’s Desire changes the dynamic of the survivors significantly. Affairs, more deaths and the breakdown of friendships brings more tension to the story. There’s less obvious influence of other zombie works as The Walking Dead is starting to find its own voice.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Walking Dead, Vol. : The Heart's Desire. The real name of this book should be "Bauw-Chicka-Bauw-Bauw, the Hook-Up edition." Seriously, Carl is the only one who doesn't "break off a piece." Poor Carl. ...more
Yessss! Finally some Michonne! My girlllll!!!
Not my favorite. I hated how sex driven all the characters were. Sex is great, but not when people are getting bit and killed by zombies.

And what's up with all the fucking drama?? Ugh
Nicole Alycia
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
So much drama in this one.
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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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