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The Walking Dead, Book Four

(The Walking Dead #7-8)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  9,225 ratings  ·  397 reviews
The hardcover features another 12 issues of the hit series along with the covers for the issues all in one oversized hardcover volume. Perfect for long-time fans, new readers, and anyone interested in reading a zombie movie on paper that never ends.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 29th 2008 by Image Comics (first published January 1st 2008)
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Sorry, couldn't help it! Ok, I could've, but...*snickersnortgiggle*

My tired corny jokes aside, I was shocked at the amount of carnage in this sucker! Some of them I knew were coming, but the majority still took my breath away. Psst. I've worked really hard not to get spoiled...

Anyway, Kirkman kind of lulled me into a false sense of security when several things went wrong, and then still turned out all right.


But this isn't that kind of comic, so the rest of it wasn't very fluffy.

Oh the shock, the plot twist and the horror! No one is safe!
Douglas  Craven
Aug 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
I am not a prude and I don't mind violence. I hate this volume. HATE it. I was captivated by the first two bound volumes of _The Walking Dead_. Volume 3 changed this. The brutality that the author visits on one of his characters is hard to read but, at least, in keeping with the savage survivalist theme. I thought, "Well, I got through that." I bought Volume 4 hoping for a return to the harsh, but not downright cruel, plot of the first two volumes.

No spoilers, but the end of this book is so poi
James DeSantis
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a brutal volume so be prepared.

With Rick now back at the prison they all are ready to regroup and figure out their next step. The first half is actually a bit more on how to function as a group once more and be decent people to each other. A lot of it works, and even some funny moments throughout. The second half is insane chaos as the Governor makes his move to take the prison that Rick and his people worked so hard for and it is now a mini-war.

Brutal in exactions, this takes out serv
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I prefer the Carol from the TV Show over the Carol in the comic books!
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Jesse A
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This volume started a bit slowly but holy balls did it end like a son-of-a-bitch!!!
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Once again, this was never destined to be a favorite of mine. I hate the Governor and I still hate Lori and everyone was still so focused on having sex.

It’s interesting to read through this and see what all the changed for the show. Some changes I think were for the better; other changes, not so much.

The Governor attacking the prison and the lies he feeds to his people never fail to piss me off. He’s even more vile in the graphic novels, and I honestly didn’t think that was possible.

Also. That
WOW!! Feels like I just finished and reviewed book three only a few days ago. Actually, from looking at my start and finish dates on this book, yes, it was only six days ago.

This one was good. Heartbreaking...but good.

Now, if I remember correctly from seasons one and two of the TV show, Shane lies to Lori about Rick being dead and then they begin having sex. Shane's a dick in the comic but not as much as he was in the TV show. Also(view spoiler)
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series is superb - but I am not a fan of the Governor so this is not my favorite part. That ending though... wow.
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: do-you-draw
Oh, boy. You know how we're trained via every television show and Hollywood film we've ever seen (and even most books we've read) to trust that the main characters we see stick around for a while and get good character development are the...well, main characters of the series? If you can't handle this becoming not true in horrifying and violent ways, don't read this. I'm not kidding. Put it down and walk away. Give it to a friend. Donate it to a library. Anything. Just get it out of your world t ...more
This series just keeps getting better and better. This is definitely one of my favorites of the series so far. It's also probably the most depressing as of yet. Several people die (even some that you wouldn't expect) and lots of limbs and body parts are lost. At this rate, pretty soon all the characters are just gonna be an army of stumps and amputees. I like that the creators aren't afraid to kill off some of the main characters. No one's safe in these kinds of conditions and it's unrealistic t ...more
Sarah Yasmin
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Holla TWD fans!

So I finished reading this Book Four and WOW!! All I can say is the stories really gets better for each issues! But heartbreaking at the same time. Aha! Also there's violent scene (which I like it).

As from my previous review, Michonne beats Philips the Governor so hard and left him nearly to death. Yeah I already knew the Governor is not dead yet because I watched the episode on TWD tv series! But this time, I read the whole stories here. On how Governor survive after been torture
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
The issues I had with Book Three of The Walking Dead (lack of forward movement, lack of character development, sensationalism without purpose) have been resolved in Book Four. The prison has once again become a site of drama and conflict, and the characters seem alive again. There are definitely still some incredibly shocking moments--truly twisted and heartbreaking things happen in this volume, and though I'm not a queasy reader, I had to stop a few times and collect myself. The plot is definit ...more
Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
This is a hardcover bind up of twelve issues of The Walking Dead and we join the fun already in progress. It should be called "If You're Happy And You Know It... Guess What?" or "Bumps, Stumps, and Amputees!" The story arcs from life at the prison through having to leave through the actions of the power mad and blood thirsty Governor, and a lot of their friends are horribly lost.

The graphic novel is a different story from the show and I really like that. The Guv looks and acts nothing like the o
Apr 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
This series just keeps getting worse. More misogynistic, more pointlessly brutal, more sexist. It's gotten so bad that I keep them in my car to read when I have free time instead of bringing them into the house where my kids can see them. I am all for a little zombie killing, but the characters are so awful to each other that it's getting harder to justify reading them for any reason. So unless you're like me and just want to see the differences between the show and the comic, you're better off ...more
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
Being a huge fan of the show, I wanted to see how the original writing started and how the show writers followed and deviated from the comics. My dislikes were that the comics are much more crude, crass, and unnecessarily violent. I did like the change in relationships and how people worked together differently, and the comics have a different creepiness feel than you get watching it on TV. Overall, I prefer the show, and probably will not finish out the comic book series.
Amy Bailey
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This volume starts off slow and then ends with a bang. Super exciting, but so much death. I've lost count of the number of people lost in this book. Super depressing. ...more
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Aug 10, 2022 rated it did not like it
i keep hoping it’ll get better but it only gets worse. and not in a ‘things that happen are awful’ kind of way, just in a ‘the writing fucking sucks and the characters are the most uninteresting people ever’ kind of way.

i feel like this was written by a 13 year old horny boy who had some ideas about the zombie apocalypse but couldn’t bring himself to actually write a good scenario so he just half-assed it. like, everyone keeps fucking each other, and the relationship drama they deal with is so
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
mmmm here be spoilers!!

ah, 'made to suffer' Indeed. (;_;) poor carol - i really felt for her, despite her various melodramatics. totally the opposite of her tv counterpart. the final scenes where rick abandons the prison while walkers overrun it once again is so bleak, especially after all that's happened, after everyone who didn't make it (the GREENES. billy boy showed such promise. and i liked axel. you follow me?). i found it a little surprising that he didn't go back for lori, but it was an
B.A. Wilson
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These stories are dark, graphic, and intense. I love that.

Pages: 304
Reading Robyn
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The comics are soooooo much darker than the show. The image of the Governor was gross, and I almost cried losing some of the characters again.
Apr 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Out of the few collections I’ve read so far, this one has been the worst so far. It was just boring and felt like nothing was happening.

I have always hated the governor — from the show, anyway — so having more story surrounding him just made me want to read it and get it over with. There just wasn’t enough to fill the inbetween.

This volume, in addition to the last, was way too brutal and crude. I get it’s part of the survivalist story arc. I’ve watched the show for several seasons, I get it. I k
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow... Total Epicness!
Truth be told I wasn't that impressed with the first book. Probably because I've seen the TV show first. Don't get me wrong, book one was still good but I thought the AMC's Walking dead was better. Dunno. But I continued reading and after every book I found myself thinking that the series are just getting better and better. And just when I thought that they can't surprise me with anything, Kirkman proves me wrong. I just love his twist in the story.
Anyhow, the pace rea
Marcus Gipps
Oct 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Although I was a little put off by some elements of vol 3, this series is quite astoundingly good, and I wasn't going to stop reading it just because of a little gruesomeness. It's a book about zombies, there's bound to be some unpleasantness, after all... I just needed a little time to get over the bad things that happened to the characters I'd grown used to. To be fair, any book that has such that kind of impact on me must be pretty good, especially given how few comics actually cause me to re ...more
João Batista
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well, it could be better, but as we already know something of Kirkman, this book was another of his tests into tempting us to HATE him! How can anyone create nice characters just to do what he does to them? All right, we should not like one specific Walking Dead character, as they will ultimately die - as you all know... we just do not know HOW he will kill them.
I cannot stand Glenn and Maggie: "Maggie, where's Maggie?", "Glenn, where's Glenn?" Their anxiety to have a baby in such a fucked up wo
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Alright, so even for graphic novels, it's rare for me to sit down and blow through the entire thing at midnight, but these next twelve issues of The Walking Dead had me absolutely glued to every page. I don't want to go into detail to avoid any spoilers, but this Book starts the story arc called No One Is Safe, and believe me, they have me convinced. I don't believe I've ever been so utterly at the mercy of a storyteller since I read Koushun Takami's Battle Royale. The sheer unpredictability and ...more
Just a Girl Fighting Censorship
Robert Kirkman is up to his same old tricks. The women are still pathetic, sex crazied, and whiny. Andrea puts on the riot gear and askes "does this make me look fat?" Really? Really? She is supposed to be the best shooter are fights of the attackers once, cool, then leaves because Dale tells her to, leaving everyone to die. Really? Really?

So many people die in this book and I'm sure I was supposed to be upset about that but I wasn't, not even when SPOILER! SPOILER! the baby, Judy dies. It didn'
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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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