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The Walking Dead, Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars

(The Walking Dead (Collected Editions) #3)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  28,577 ratings  ·  1,178 reviews
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: there is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living. This volume follows our band of survivors as they set up a permanent camp insi ...more
Comics, 136 pages
Published June 18th 2005 by Image Comics (first published May 18th 2005)
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

These are simple words, though they’re my favourite phrase so far. Every society needs rules, and it shows how desperate this one is to create such a brutally necessary one. If you want to live under Rick’s protection, that’s the pact you take. If you kill another group member, if you kill a friend, you, too, will die. Seems fair enough in this world, but nothing is that simple. As soon as this line was delivered I knew the rule would soon be broken….


At least they tried thoug
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This was the best volume so far!
Prisons are ideal places in this reality!

This is the third volume of the softcover editions of "The Walking Dead", collecting the comic book issues from #13 to #18.

Creative Team:

Writer: Robert Kirkman

Illustrators: Charlie Adlard

Additional gray tones to inking: Cliff Rathburn

Chapter Three


I ain’t gonna bury you again you son of a bitch.

In our society, you never would want to go prison, but in an apocalyptical dystopia plagued with zombies, a prison would look like the l
Tina Haigler
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
So in this volume, they found a prison, with some prisoners that were left behind still living there. Needless to say this leads to chaos, because everyone has their own thoughts on the matter, and no one wants to trust the convicts. Here's where they inevitably start to turn on each other, with Rick barely holding them together. The zombies are dealt with for the meantime, but death is still all around them. One of the prisoners isn't being truthful, and bodies start piling up; not even the kid ...more
Nov 05, 2011 rated it liked it
The bloody, putrid, rotting corpse of soap opera goodness that is The Walking Dead graphic novels is in its full balls out glory in the third collection Safety Behind Bars.

Lori is pregnant with Shane's baby -- And in case you don't know, Shane is the former best friend of Rick, Lori's husband. Not only that, though, Lori and Rick's son Carl shot Shane dead. Not only that, though, Shane was buried after his death, and Rick realizes over the course of the story that Shane is probably zombified (mo
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unpopular opinion; I’m not a fan of the tv show. The comics are growing on me though especially being a fan of his other series
Jul 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
I don't know what it is about this series. I don't find it to be exceptional in any way and yet I keep buying the next volume because I feel like a zombie read and I figure I'm following these characters already....

They aren't bad reads, but there's just very little 'new' in them and there seems to be a cycle forming with these volumes that leads to less character growth.

I'm not sure if it is the art, the writing, or a combination of both, but I find it hard to tell many of the secondary charact
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Man, I thought Lori was annoying on the show but she's even worse in these. More detailed review to come.
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Things are really getting crazy now! This series is so good! I LOVE the covers by Tony Moore, they are brilliant. I still wish the comic was in colour (yes I know I've said it before) but I feel like it could have brought a lot more to the comics. I mean the covers are in colour and they're spectacular. I have a thing for pretty colours that work together. Anyway, I also love the story. You think things can't get any worse for the group but Robert Kirkman just keeps throwing stuff at them! I'm i ...more
Ayman Gomaa
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
YOU KILL , YOU DIE So simple rule
those are the rules now xD , it was the best volume so far <3
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Fatigue strikes on volume 3. This isn’t the grovels fault but my own for trying to read this whilst watching the show simultaneously. The show is just a shower of shit now and that has tarnished any opinion of anything related right now. I’ll take a break before hitting up the next one.
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing


The Skinny:

The same crew…sort of…is back. They believe that they have found the perfect place to live; space for everyone, food, and best of all, no zombies! But, as is almost always the case with The Walking Dead, nothing ever goes quite as planned.

My Thoughts:

I will just cut to the chase – Safety Behind Bars has been my favorite. I’m kind of surprised that after three zombie-filled volumes, that these graphic novels still deliver big. I found this installment to be bloodier, more shocking,
Ohhhhh snippity snap! That was intense! There were some serious curve-balls thrown in this volume, and some huge reveals that have enormous consequences.

I dunno if that facial protection I mentioned in my status update would really make a difference after all, if you know what I'm saying.

I actually think that this has been my favorite volume so far. The characters are familiar enough to me that I can identify with them so much better, and the situations that they are in are... intense. And shi
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

This was by far the best volume in the series so far. Not only do the characters manage to stay in one spot for the length of the volume (unlike the previous two), but there was a lot more development with various characters. I love the storyline of Rick and his crew getting to know and having to live with the other prisoners, and there were a lot of shocking moments and heartbreak throughout. The action sequences as well were drawn incredibly well, as usual.

As the graphic novel serie
Sam Quixote
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Volume 3 of The Walking Dead might be the bleakest, bloodiest and most miserable in the series so far - and the first two volumes were pretty damn miserable! This is a book where the dead are dug out of their graves just to be shot in the head, and that’s not even counting the butchered children or the suicide pacts!

So the group have made it to a prison which is infested with zombies but, once cleared, could be a safe haven for them. Inside are a handful of remaining inmates - but can these con
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
WrensReads Review:

So I am reading the first compendium again so I can read the second and the third. This time, I will rate them by the volume that they are.

WrensReads Review:

The third volume is my favorite so far.

Rick and the gang are cleaning out the prison to make it into a home. Rick swallow his pride and tells Hershel and his family to come live in the prison with them because it is safer there.

Or is it?

You see, there are prisoners there that don't know what has been going on in the outsid
Reese Copeland
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this volume. I can't remember how close it was to the show, but found the story amazing.
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it
This one felt a little slower until the end, and it definitely feels like some scenes are added in for pure shock value. Looks like their journey is going to continue so I'll be along for the ride to see where they end up next. They should probably get rid of some people, too. Travel light, less characters taking up space.

People are freaking out and having these crazy mood swings all the time. You would think the zombie apocalypse happened our something. Hopefully it's not this bad when the rea
Brendon Schrodinger
Volume 2 concluded with the confrontation with Herschel and his family and the gang leaving with no food and no direction. The final panel had them come across a prison.

So I choose to call Volume 3 'The Walking Dead in da Clink'.

There are lots of great ideas and themes brought forward in this issue. The main thing is an exploration of criminality in the past compared to in the zombie apocalypse. The prison is not quite deserted; lots of zombies of course, but 4 prisoners have managed to survive.
It's official - comic book Lori is far more annoying than tv Lori.

And this was the best moment so far.

Ryan Buckby
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First read: December 4th 2015
Re-read: May 24th 2019

in a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living.

i'm loving the pace of the comic books, the group has just arrived at the prison and things are finally looking better for the group so they think, hershel's two twin daughters are murdered shortly after they arrive from the farm by an inmate and tyreese almost dies after he threw himself in a bunch of walkers.

i was disturbed by the way tyreese's daughter and her boyfri
Darren Hagan
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The group arrive at the prison and start to make a home there, and start to feel safe. How can they be safe behind bars when the biggest threat there isn't the living dead, but the living?...*dramatic music*

This issue is a bit of a turning point for the group. In the first 2 issues, the group basically trusts anyone who comes along and gives them the benefit of the doubt. By the end of Safety Behind Bars, they learn to not be so trusting with outsiders and start to develop some rules to their ne
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, read-in-2017
This was insane??! It was so action packed that it actually felt like an episode of TWD! By far the best yet.
Anthony Chavez
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really liked this volume, the story arc shifts from the zombies and the fear of safety to the prison and the people as they take shelter behind bars to stay safe.

This volume is so bloody and yet none of is is from zombies. We see the group get emotional and raw as someone has been killing off their own. We learn that you don't have to be bitten by a zombie to change, and we learn Rick and Lori have gone crazy cliche, man the mood swings were annoying at times as was their dialogue. The whole g
Kimberley doruyter
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
oke this is way better then the show.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 2017
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Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one felt even grimmer with people under so much stress, pressure and constant fear that they’re turning on each other..
T.W. Brown
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When I heard that The Walking Dead graphic novel series was in development for a series on AMC (home of my absolute favorite, Breaking Bad). I was elated. Then reality sank in. I was still stinging from what had been done to the Terry Gooodkind novel series, The Sword of Truth. My mind spun, prompting me to dig out the series, wondering where the problems might occur. No surprise, the volume that solidifies the series as truly great, the one that earns Robert Kirkman the title I alluded to in my ...more
Sooraya Evans
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Safety behind bars? I don't think so.
A lot of gruesome deaths here.
A psycho is on the loose and the prisoners are suspects by default.
Lori gets more annoying than ever. Rick snaps at her and that made me smile.
It's also hinted that everyone is in fact infected. You die, you turn. Getting bitten is not necessary.
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now it gets better and better. The prison part is really interesting, and I finally see a main character that starts to be interesting. When I finished this part I was really looking for the next one - so yes, it really is far away from the first issue.

The drawing starts getting a bit better, a bit smarter, and it starts to communicate better the atmosphere.
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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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