The Walking Dead, Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars by Robert Kirkman
Illustrated: Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
Release: January 7, 2009
Publisher: Image Comics
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 inside a prison. Relationships change, characters die, and our team of survivors learn there’s something far more deadly than zombies out there: each other.
In the third installment, we see Rick and the group discover a prison, a place without zombies that seems safe. Obviously, there are some setbacks – being the zombie apocalypse and all – but then Lori discovers she’s pregnant and the issue of who the father is isn’t the only thing on everyone’s minds.
I’m terrified of zombies. Like, the irrational fear is large and very unexplainable and reading these doesn’t help but they’re very addicting. I prefer reading them to watching the show – mostly because illustrated gore is a little easier for me to take in than watching the corn syrup flow on television.
I really like the pace of these, the quickness of the story and the vast difference between the character on the screen versus the characters in the comics. They’re harder and seem more realistic in the novel rather than the water-downed screen versions.
I’m going to continue reading them until I can’t read them anymore and limit my nightly walks.