The Walking Dead Volume 4: The Heart's Desire, Paperback Book

The Walking Dead Volume 4: The Heart's Desire Paperback

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The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce andfrivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead torise and feed on the living.

In a matter of months society has crumbled: nogovernment, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV.

In a world ruledby the dead, the survivors are forced to finally start living.Life in the prison starts to get interesting for Rick Grimes and the rest ofour survivors.

Relationships heat up, fizzle out, and change entirely almostovernight.

By the end of this volume, relationships between key characters areradically changed, setting the stage for future events in TheWalkingDead. Reprint Edition


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Horror & ghost stories
  • ISBN: 9781582405308



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Volume 4 of Kirkman's zombie series watches the characters slider further into despair and moral ambiguity as they attempt to re-build their lives inside the prison that they started to occupy in volume three.The zombies are featured much less in this volume, allowing our human characters a little bit of 'down time'. In that time, though, we see Kirkman engage in discussions on the sanctity of life, one's place in society, the possibility for redemption, and the role of laws within society. If he keeps up the quality of writing displayed with this book and the last, I think this might end up being the greatest piece of zombie fiction ever created.

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More introspective and less action-packed than other volumes.

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I really like the Walking Dead series by Kirkman, Zombies always make for an enjoyable survival story and the great black-and-white art work enhances the experience. Of course there is lots of action and gory violence but there is also a large cast of characters and considerable character development. This is a serious ongoing work that portrays a realistic picture of what would certainly by a very grim life for survivors of a world of hungry zombies. Volume 4 seemed like a transitional episode to me and I look forward to what is waiting for the character in future volumes. However, this volume had its share of violence and brought the addition of a new character to the group of struggling survivors and the death of another character.

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Well, this is Volume 4 now and we carry on where we were left with a cliffhanger in the last volume. This story is slightly different compared to the others and actually deals more with their inter-human relationships within those prison walls. It's all about the characters and their futile attempts to plan their next steps in order to pretend a sort of normal life. However, Rick realizes more and more how desperate their situation is and as a consequence he is pretty fast descending into madness. His breakdown, doesn't sit well with the rest of the group and they start to question his leader ship skills. Actually, I was pretty pleased that it is going that way, especially as I am not a great fan of Rick anyway. It always sort of irritated me that everyone looked up to him and sort of worshipped the ground he is walking on - with the argument Rick's worldview is best. I mostly just felt that he is an self-important cowboy who tends to hold long monologues. LOL - I thought the best and most ridicilous part was when the Rick and Tyreese, the two alphas, get into a <strike>pissing-contest</strike> where Rick again gives us one of his extremely self-important and neverending speeches. In this installment they finally introduced Michonne, something which I was really looking forward to since she is a fave of mine in the TV series - well, all I can say so far she is nothing compared to the brilliant bad-ass character. She is all but annoying, boring and even more antagonistic then in the series. In the end it all comes down to the decision of the group to create a leadership committee made up of four man. And you know what annoyed me with that? Well, apparently the women didn't want to be on the committee as they felt they just wanted to be protected by the men. Haha. Especially, in this installment it becomes more and more apparent that Robert Kirkman obviously has got some kind of issue in regards to women. Well, the whole story was still as good that I do want to carry on reading to see where things with the group will go.

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The series is progressing. A might bit less action, a little more interpersonal stuff, a bit slower, but not stagnant. Our little zombie infested soap opera continues.<br/><br/>With this volume we get the addition of Michonne, my new favorite kick-ass heroine. And some stupid shit, but since people are, by in large, fairly stupid, emotionally, I'm ok with it.

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