Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Walking Dead, Volume 7: The Calm Before by Robert Kirkman

Book Details
The Walking Dead, Volume 7: The Calm Before by Robert Kirkman
Paperback, 136 Pages
2010, Image Comics
ISBN: 1582408289
Series: Book 7 of The Walking Dead

Lori's pregnancy has come to term, and the birth is near. After everything they've been through, nothing can prepare Rick and the other survivors for what they are about to experience. A major turning point in the series is reached.

Much of The Calm Before focused on the survivors engaging in pre-apocalypse behaviors. A wedding, a birth, a basketball game, some gardening, "shopping", choosing which movie to watch next and the like. As the title suggests, their opportunity to indulge in the little things they took for granted before the zombie outbreak was inevitably short-lived, leading up to a not-too-surprising last page attack.

Of course, it wouldn't be an installment of The Walking Dead without bloodshed, of the completely unexpected and same-stuff-another-day variety. Even with Michonne's mounting emotional problems, she can still be counted on to butcher foes, both undead and alive. Complacency proves to be a danger, which thankfully motivates those remaining to remember that the danger beyond the fence is still just as dangerous while they are safely inside.

Carol, crazy, desperate Carol has grown on me the last few volumes. Her need for love outgrew her need for survival a long time ago. She's at her needy best here and seems as though she may have finally found the acceptance she was craving, if in a really bizarre fashion.

The Calm Before was a good deal less thrilling than some previous installments of The Walking Dead, but I was pleased with the end result. Given how the future seems to be panning out for the survivors, this may be the last time we see them do anything as normal as have sex or joke about stale cereal. Setting up an fight for survival beyond anything we've see so far, The Calm Before hit just the right notes to really get me excited for the survivors coming days.


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