The Walking Dead, Book 2

The Walking Dead, Book Two - Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard This volume covers comic issues 13-24. The hardback makes a pretty good value, and like the previous one, places the story in one long continuous arc (no pagination in the book or divisions other than two chapters). For readers who like to read their graphic novels in a compilation versus waiting for the monthly, this is a nice way to do it. Let's look at this volume then. The drama continues to remain high. The author is keeping the suspense and tension alive as no character is safe. Anyone can die at any time and for any reason. The zombies are not the only thing that can kill you. The only small quibble I have with the series is that, while it is a pretty good human interest story--as in, there is good character development overall, readers will be interested in them, so on-- it is turning into a bit of a domestic drama at times, which is a form that I am just not interested in. However, the author manages to throw in a few twists and sudden turns so readers do not get too relaxed, or in my case bored, with the domestic stuff. And there were some twists and surprises in this part of the series. Fans will definitely enjoy this edition. People who have not read the comic but seen the show will likely enjoy this as well, keeping in mind that the show differs quite a bit from the comic. I may or not pick up the next volume; it would depend on my mood at the time. If nothing else, this series tends to be a pretty quick read given it has good pacing. As always, the art works very nicely with the story, adding to the feel of a post-apocalyptic world where the survivors are desperately trying to cling to what little humanity they have left.