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The Walking Dead Volume 2: Miles Behind Us is the next in the series of a comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn. Many know it as the television show that this comic inspired, however I prefer the comics more than the television itself. I purchased this for around £6 off Amazon a while ago, and is much cheaper than in comic stores or Waterstones as they are usually around £13 each. I'll try and keep spoilers to a minimum throughout the review for those that haven't read the comics and might want to.
While the television show tries to keep up with the action and gore that all the viewers seem to be desperate for, the comic is more of a focus on the characters themselves, their stories and emotions about the post apocalyptic world they live in. This is one of my favourite parts about the comic, as they don't focus on putting too much of the zombie killing into a book, but more on the characters interactions with one and other and the trauma they have faced.
In Volume 2 of this series, Rick Grimes has found his family, and they are wondering where is safe as after the death of some of their group members they need to figure out where is safest for them. The world they live in is still as bad as it was the day that Rick stumbled out from his coma, as we see that the undead are still roaming the streets hungry for human flesh and that nowhere seems to be safe anymore.
From this comic, it is clear to see that from the beginning they are way ahead of the television show, as from volume 2, the group already enters Hershels Farm. From the moment they stop onto his land, we are faced with many questions. How will they respond to the walkers in the barn? Will Glenn and Maggie be able to stay together? How will Rick react to Lori's secret? Will Hershels Farm become their safe haven forever?
The characters are expertly developed in this series, and this volume is no exception. There are a few flashbacks included in this, which tell us more about the characters themselves and why they feel a certain way in events. Like any good graphic novel, you will find yourself becoming attached to these characters, which makes every moment reading them so tense and unnerving as you find yourself worried that someone is going to be eaten ruining the group! This series is definitely a more human look into a zombie infested world, and I'm glad the writers took this path, as you rarely get to see into the human side of a zombie world without constant hacking at zombie brains every other panel.
The zombies, thankfully, have yet to evolve into the scary running zombies similar to those in 28 Days Later or the modern version of Dawn of The Dead. However, I find these types to be much more scarier than the others, as there's always the off chance one of them will suprise you and start eating your favourite character!
This comic is definitely not one for younger kids however, similar to the television show, it contains a lot of grim and gruesome panels of zombies being killed by guns, axes etc. The drawings are well done and of high quality however and in black and white which seems more effective to me than the general colour I've seen in graphic novels. My friend who is way more into the actual art of the series however is always commenting on how it's not as realistic as it could be, but I hardly notice it, so anyone who isn't a super graphic novel art freak will probably enjoy them as much as I do.
Overall, this is a great comic series, as it has great panels with drawings that are well detailed and a plot that will always keep you on your toes wondering what happens next. It definitely is worth your money, as for around 150 pages of panels, you get to be on the edge of your seat constantly immersed inside the storyline. Not only does it pose the question what would I do in that situation, but it manages to really involve you in the characters themselves and you find yourself constantly hoping that whenever a walker appears, they will not meet an unfortunate end..