Book Review: The Walking Dead Book Three

Title/Author:  The Walking Dead Book Three by Robert Kirkman

Genre:  Adult Fiction, Horror, Graphic Novel, Zombies, Post-Apocalyptic

Published:  January 2nd, 2007 by Image Comics

Hardcover, 304 pages

How I Got This Book:  Checked it out from my library system

Why I Picked It Up?:  To continue this graphic novel series that the great AMC television show is based on.

Book Jacket Blurb:  (From Goodreads) “This hardcover features another 12 issues of the hit series along with the cover art – 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.”

My Review of this Work:

I must admit…this series is getting better!  I was in awe/shock of the developments in this third installation of this graphic novel series!  What a difference a couple of volumes can make!

First off, we get our first glimpses of life outside of our little group of survivors.  While on patrolling duty, Rick sees a helicopter flying in the sky one minute and plummeting to the ground the next.  So he gathers Michonne and Glenn and they set out to find the crashed helicopter and, hopefully, some information.  But the helicopter is empty!  Someone got there first!  This leads to the biggest discovery of the entire series:  a new camp of survivors.

If we have thought that OUR survivors have been walking the fine line between remaining humane and turning into heathens, then the camp of survivors Rick and company find at the end of the trail are monstrous!  Rick sees this camp and its leadership and finds it repulsing, and I think he realizes that, if things do not change at his own camp, they will end up being monsters, too.  To see the evils that this zombie-apocalypse world has produced first hand, and to witness what his own group COULD become, I think Rick returns to his camp with a new perspective on what’s important.

Michonne once again showcases true strength of women; she takes no crap from people, and when she is forced to take the crap, she pays it back tenfold.  But in this volume we catch a glimpse of the pain behind her strong facade.  Without being too spoilerish, Michonne deals with a lot of abuse at the enemy camp (physical, emotional, and sexual).  Yet she remains as stone-cold strong as ever, which leads me to believe that there is something serious going in her head.  And we do catch snippets of her mental battle through Andrea catching her talking to herself as if she were two people.  She is the most interesting/mysterious character in this series right now, and I am really interested to gain some more introspection into her mind in the coming volumes.

The Walking Dead Book Three adds a completely new depth to this series.  There is excitement, there is fear, there is struggling, and there is still hope.  I like the direction this series has taken, and I am excited to go pick up books 4 and 5 at the library soon so I can find out where this story will go next!
My Bookshelf Rating:

A Middle Shelf Book!

Okay, this series just got super intense!  An interesting new settlement of people and lots of zombie attacks.  Along with the exciting plot also comes some realistic character development.  Many of the characters go through some realistic emotions in this book, fighting with their outlook on the morals of humanity.  This series is definitely getting better as it goes!  3.5 stars!

Love and Tennis Tournaments,
Jennifer

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