Walking Dead – Volume 2 Miles Behind Us

Walking Dead – Volume 2 Miles Behind Us

Written by Robert Kirkman
Art by Charlie Adlard
Published by Image Comics

Slight Spoilers included in this review.

The world we knew is gone.
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.
In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living.

There’s an uneasy sense of dread that hangs over a Walking Dead book, in life bad things happen to good people but in The Walking Dead bloody awful and unspeakable things happen to good people.

This book collects together issues # 07 to # 12, it’s only a 136 pages but it still took
me about fives sittings to get through and it’s not because it’s a bad book, not by a long shot, I tend to think that if I put of reading it I can stop the bad shit, which you know is coming, happening to these people. And bad shit does happen.

The books picks up immediately after the shocking events at the end of Volume 1, you get a short flash back and then we carry on with the story. If you’re expecting a gore filled zombie killing fest then you’ll be sorely disappointed, this story is all about the characters and through their lives we experience the fight for day to day survival in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. The driving force behind this volume is the groups need to find a steady supply of food and to find some sort of permanent place they can call home. Along the way they encounter new friends that join the group and we also lose some oldfriends, some in a bad way and some in a good way.

I won’t spoil any of the story by going into specifics but if you’ve read and enjoyed volume 1 then you can’t fail to enjoy volume 2. My only problem with the book was the change in artist, volume 1 was pencilled by Tony Moore whose art was very clean and precise, volume 2 on the other hand is pencilled by Charlie Adlard whose style is more scratchy and dark, but that’s by no means a criticism only an observation. I only read Volume 1 about a month ago but I found myself referring back to it, especially the part of the story were they are all gathered around a camp fire and giving their back stories just to get it straight in my head who was who. My only other small problem was the seeming disappearance of Glenn who played a major roll in the first trade but all but disappears in book 2 and only resurfaces towards the end, I honestly forgot he was there.

There are two standout sequences in this volume, the first one being when the survivors reach a gated community and decide to stay for the night and then a thaw in the snow sets in……

Then things go from bad to even worse when the survivors reach a farm run by Hershel and his family. Things start off well and Rick and the others finally think that they may have found a permanent home, but people this the Walking Dead and you know things are going to go to shit.

However the most disturbing part of the book is a panel which features Carl, Rick’s son. Rick is arguing with Hershel on the farm and after Hershel pulls a gun on Rick, the next panel shows Carl drawing his own gun. Dressed in a cowboy hat he looks like a mini Clint Eastwood and the look on that boy’s face is creepy as hell, I have a feeling that isn’t going to end well.

I have already ordered the next volume and can’t wait to get stuck into it. I await it’s arrival with anticipation but with a little knot of dread in my stomach as well.

No Dry Slaps

GS Reviewer: Nick Roberts

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