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The Walking Dead, Vol. 8: Made to Suffer

(The Walking Dead (Collected Editions) #8)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  25,362 ratings  ·  935 reviews
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 The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility.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 on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled: no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the ...more
Comics, 136 pages
Published June 25th 2008 by Image Comics
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The war is here!

This is the eighth volume of the softcover editions of "The Walking Dead", collecting the comic book issues from #43 to #48.

Creative Team:

Writer: Robert Kirkman

Illustrators: Charlie Adlard

Additional gray tones to inking: Cliff Rathburn

Chapter Eight


I don’t think we can do this.

This is it!

The showdown that you all have been waiting for, during eight TPBs!

Every step of the story has been channeled to this very moment.

Woodbury’s people versus Rick’s group!

Sean Barrs
Sometimes The Governor just knows how to make me laugh. He's nice like that:

“There is evil in this world and not all of it is the form of those undead monsters clawing at our fences”


Has anyone ever uttered a more fucking ironic line in the history of the Walking Dead?

Well I suppose he has to manipulate his followers into believing in him. But I think if any of them actually buy into his lies at this point, they have a serious, serious, problem. Sometimes I wonder if he is actually delusiona
T.W. Brown
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The eighth installment of The Walking Dead should be titled: Santa ate the Easter Bunny, then raped the Tooth Fairy and hung himself. Robert Kirkman chose to go with Made to Suffer.

In case you didn’t get it…this story is all bad. I challenge you to have an ounce of happiness left in your soul after reading this chapter. I couldn’t smile for a week. Suffice it to say, set this one down and find a quiet place and get all your cryin’ done before trying to be around other people.

No I won’t even giv
Ryan Buckby
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First read: March 9th 2016
Re-read: May 29th 2019

This issue of the comic was brutal and sad i was literally on the edge of my seat throughout the whole issue it was crazy!

The comic begins with governor where he was left after the brutal attack that was caused by Michonne in a previous issue. The governor is on the war path after recovering from his injuries and gets Woodbury to prepare for an assault on the prison, So the first assault doesn't go to plan Andrea takes out a few of the Woodbur
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read, graphics
The prison fight! Well the Governor in the comic is pretty psycho. He was in the show too, but in a much more restrained and less outwardly ranting way. In any event, the prison battle is grisly.

We lose some characters and the rest are scattered as the fleet the prison. How stressful. Carl and Rick are on the run together, and so far Carl has proved much more calm and level headed than Lori ever was. Hopefully there will be a little time for calm before they are in the fire again.
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great volume of comics. This one didn't have as much character development as the comics usually do but I can forgive that because this volume had a lot of action and by action of course I mean death. It was quite slow to get to the conclusion though and there's still a lot of questions to be answered so maybe it was a teeny bit dragged out. I loved learning about the governor. He's such a sick dude but I love that crap. Lots of characters I liked and disliked died *sigh* but that's just the way ...more
Oh man... So brutal. So fucked up.

It really shouldn't be, but it's still surprising to me how naive people are, how willing to blindly follow anyone in a position of authority, no matter how obviously fucking psychotic he is.


I don't even know what to say about this volume.

Just... Ouch.
[Name Redacted]
Sep 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
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HOLY SHIT WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED. This was so brutal and crazy and wow I can't even fathom what just happened. I'm so upset that I don't have the next volume with me at the moment so I'm left with a cliff hanger of sorts. I know I've seen the show so I have an idea of what happens next but the comics are so different form the show. It's different but also the same. I just aksjdlajsla I CAN'T.

The Governor is alive and he's a ruthless bitch. They really should've taken the oppor
Anthony Chavez
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Speechless... I don't really know what to say. Walking away after this end was hard. I wish I had the next volume right here to dive in to.

Made to suffer was a fitting title... So much happens, this was like a season finale right here. This volume has the knock down, drag out fight that was promised in the last volume. The last volume was more sensitive and slow focusing on rebuilding and preparing for impending doom. Well its here and it comes in a big way. The Governor of Woodbury is ruthless
Michael Hawk
Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
On the top of this review box it says "what I learned from this book." What I learned from Vol. 8 of The Walking Dead is not to fall in love with characters. In a series where the cast is introduced and killed off on a fairly regular basis, this collection is absolutely brutal to the regulars. Seriously, when you get to the final panel, the series as you know has wholly and completely changed for good. This story is about battle and loss and a writer who has the guts to destroy his own creation ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waiting is over. The calm before the storm has morphed into a hurricane.

This was me during the last third of this volume:


Repeatedly. Holy cow. I expected a pretty horrific battle, but the consequences of this one where more than I had bargained for. Did this many main characters die in the TV series? Wow. And that decapitation was something else... *shudders*

How can they recover from that? Who is even left to regroup? What will they do next? Crazy. Eat your heart out, GRR Martin!
Volume 8 is still set in the prison. I'm listing the differences between the books and the AMC show as I go along, so if you don't want spoilers, stop reading.

Don't dead.

Open inside.

Here goes.

•We get to see a little more behind the scenes in terms of The Governor healing from his wounds and interacting with his zombified daughter. And he's got some weird, messed-up dynamic with his daughter. Possibly sexual, but not sure. As if keeping his zombified daughter alive in his house isn't weird en
Sam Quixote
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book marks the end of the first act of The Walking Dead - and maybe even the end of the series for some readers! Each volume in this series has gotten progressively darker and more gruesome but Volume 8 is challenging you to stick around because it’s so outright disgusting. I’m thinking of one page in particular near the start where you get necrophilia, incest, and paedophilia all at once! I know, just one of those elements would be sickening to see - but all three? Wow.

And it’s completely
Ayman Gomaa
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
what just happened !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i read some pages twice to believe that this actually happened
what an amazing terrifying shocking volume :O
of course after we saw the last volume "the Calm before " we should of known that this one will be mind blowing , i knew that but not like this :(
yea its a big different than the show and that's what makes us who saw the show and reading the comics live in it and still shocking
One of the best volumes <3 so sad and bloody but was so good
people die
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: trade-paperbacks, dom
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Jan 21, 2009 rated it really liked it

In the immortal words of Anakin Skywalker, DO NOT WANT!


Way to find a bad guy more terrifying than zombies, Robert Kirkman. And way to take away any false sense of security you ever created.

Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Basically every dies lol and I still rated it 4 stars. There's something wrong with me... ...more
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! That was the best/gnarliest volume yet! Not much I can say with out spoilage. I am also somewhat speechless after that ending. I wish I had the next volume right now and my fucking library is closed on friday!!

One of my favorite moments:

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Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The pace does not let up in this volume. I must say there is one bad ass femme fatale with a sword in this story. She takes it to the Governor and oh boy some real torture ensues a real gore feast. But she rocks!
They return eventually to the Prison with one person missing a hand and the zombies are still popping out of the woodwork. Loved to hear more from the brutal Governor.
For 2012 there is this help from CDC on being prepared on a zombie outbreak!

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
CDC has a fun new way of teaching about e
Wren (fablesandwren)
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it

No, big guy, he isn't dead. As we saw in the last volume, The Governor is very much alive and just needs a few bandages before he charges his people on false facts to attack the group he loathes for no apparent reason. Well, he has a reason to loathe Michonne, but it isn't anything he didn't have coming. You get what you give out PHILLIP!

This was a great volume. Michonne and Andrea showed the world that girls can give as much as they can take and more. These two girls are the warriors and I lov
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The volume title is on the money. Made to Suffer is virtually what every remaining person has to do,to survive the Walking Dead universe. Rick and his community are under attack by the Governor and his Woodbury community. Who will win.. or better still, who will survive?

A great battle portrayal, because ultimately nobody is military trained so Kirkman and Adlard draw out a compelling and realistic confrontation with lots of bad decisions on both sides.. which all comes to a conclusion that no on
Darren Hagan
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This one is so good, so action packed, and it changes the dynamics of the group (mainly cos they are nearly all dead but still...). Literally everyone at the prison apart from Rick and Carl die. Even the freaking newborn baby :(

It is a sad one but no one is safe in this world. Feels yo, feels!
Alondra Miller
5 Stars

Wow! I really don't know what to say. All of the sh*t hit the fan, at once.

This graphic novel covers the Governers attack on the prison.... much worse in the graphic novel, much worse.

Read this during lunch and mildly ignored those sitting around me..
Amy Lawrence
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I know you shouldn't compare books (comics) to the TV version but HOLY SMOKE that was so much better than the TV version of that show! So many things were happening at once and they were all so much more shocking than what I was expecting! Probably my favourite volume of the series so far! ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well the gang falls apart in this one. I find these quite stressful as it feels like every page has people screaming and shouting.

This was the most intense of the bunch!!
Yolanda Sfetsos
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Aug 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This book is brutal, but brilliant. I had to read it cover to cover in one sitting. At first, I had the same quibbles I often do with new volumes of the book--there are too many almost-anonymous characters and a bit too much grisly violence--but Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard keep up their gritty storytelling. This storyline pays off the build-up from the last two volumes where our Rick and his band of prison-dwellers face off with another camp that watches zombie fights. I thought the Govern ...more
Sooraya Evans
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
We get to see how the Governor survived torture by Michonne and the recon work Woodbury folks did on the prison parallel to the events of volume 7. Half of Rick's crew split and someone gets brutally murdered. What a pity... I was starting to like that particular character. What pisses me off up to this point is the fact that Michonne had plenty of opportunity to kill the Governor. Once and for all. Instead, she keeps stalling and taunting. WTH?! Despite having plenty of strong female characters ...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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