The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us

The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us

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: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living. This volume follows our band of survivors on their tragic journey in search of...

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Title:The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us
Author:Robert Kirkman
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The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us Reviews

  • Delee

    This one starts during the holiday season. How fitting. There is nothing like people being killed by zombies, to put one in the Christmas spirit. :)

    Meeeeeeeerry Christmas!!!

  • [Shai] Bibliophage

    Still haven't got the chance to watch the TV adaptation of this comics series but based from several reviews, the comic version is much better. So, I'm trying to read this series because I don't want to set my expectations in the TV series.

    Rick and his pack continues to find a safe shelter in this volume. It's understandable that they were just trying to make their shelter safe. However, there are several instances, notably in the old penitentiary, that they were trying to take over the area. I

    Still haven't got the chance to watch the TV adaptation of this comics series but based from several reviews, the comic version is much better. So, I'm trying to read this series because I don't want to set my expectations in the TV series.

    Rick and his pack continues to find a safe shelter in this volume. It's understandable that they were just trying to make their shelter safe. However, there are several instances, notably in the old penitentiary, that they were trying to take over the area. I can understand why those inmates react like that to their hostility because of how Rick's pack, particularly his cranky wife, behaved against them.

    I still have a long way to go before I can finish the entire published volumes of this comic series. I just hope that I can finish them within a year, even though I also have a long list of to-be-read list of books and other graphic novels.

  • Stephen

    There are A LOT of books about zombies.

    There are A LOT of books about zombies sporting whole bags full of suck.

    This graphic novel (what we superhero nerds call comics to sound less spandexy) is completely devoid of suck and is among the best written, most intelligent zombie stories ever.

    I really, really like it.

    It’s a pretty basic set-up. Some mysterio plague-like phenom has caused zombieitis to break out and turn most of the world into mind

    There are A LOT of books about zombies.

    There are A LOT of books about zombies sporting whole bags full of suck.

    This graphic novel (what we superhero nerds call comics to sound less spandexy) is completely devoid of suck and is among the best written, most intelligent zombie stories ever.

    I really, really like it.

    It’s a pretty basic set-up. Some mysterio plague-like phenom has caused zombieitis to break out and turn most of the world into mind-less mind eaters. Society has broken down and the cities are not safe because lots of used to be people means lots of current dead-heads.

    A group of survivors led by former small town police officer Rick Grimes are traveling around in search of food, water and a place to “start over” while having to overcome the zombie obstacles wherever they go. Like I said, pretty basic as far as general set up.

    But just like the human skull, the yummy is on the inside.

    While the zombie-folk act as an ever present threat and provide a common enemy for our survivors, they are really not the focus of the story. The real story is this group of people and the daily struggles they face, both physically and emotionally, as they try to make sense of what has happened and figure out how to move forward. Some people have stepped up and become better people than they ever thought they could and others have watched their moral compasses break down along with society.

    To give you an idea of the kinds of issues the people face, here is a list of events that occur in Volume 2 (I will be fairly general and not put names to the events, but the following is still going to contain some spoilers so I will cover a few with tags):

    1.

    2. A husband loses his wife and becomes so overcome with grief that he contemplates suicide, despite having small children that depend on him.

    3.

    .

    4. A sad, reclusive boy who never really cared about life finds true love and a reason to live.

    5. Two people who have both lost spouses find each other and start to “rebuild” a life together.

    6. A parent’s grieving over the loss of a child leads to a unique solution to the “zombie” problem and sparks a philosophical debate about the zombies’ right to unlife.

    This is a terrific series. I don’t read a lot of zombie stuff and don’t generally go lady gaga for it, unless there is an interesting hook. This series hooked me. The writing is excellent, the story is engaging and I am really coming to care about the characters and what happens to them.

    Oh...and a quick word about the art. It’s black and white and understated and so perfectly suited to the tone of the story that I think it deserves serious propers.

    This is a quality series and one definitely worth checking out. Your brain will thank you, though the bleakness of the story might have your heart looking for a little alone time when your done. 4.0 stars. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

  • Jessica

    4.5 stars

    Really, really good! I still think these comics are much better than the show... I didn't like the artwork as much in this one, however? Is this a new Illustrator? Excited to continue on and read more!

  • Alejandro

    Writer: Robert Kirkman

    Illustrators: Charlie Adlard

    Additional gray tones to inking: Cliff Rathburn

    The body count started on the first chapter making them to realize that

    may be the next one to fall, no character is truly safe here.

    No one is safe in t

    Writer: Robert Kirkman

    Illustrators: Charlie Adlard

    Additional gray tones to inking: Cliff Rathburn

    The body count started on the first chapter making them to realize that

    may be the next one to fall, no character is truly safe here.

    No one is safe in the dark new world of

    !

    Ammo is scarce, so that’s why that being able to shoot and doing it with precision becomes a vital skill where, Andrea, a young blonde woman, is showing to be the best shooter of the group.

    Rick’s group is on the road, trying to find some safe place to survive in this nightmare that it’s their reality now.

    However, that seems to be an impossible goal since there are zombies everywhere!

    Any potential paradise reveals a hidden biting snake.

  • Tina Haigler

    Oh my goodness, so much happens in this! Lots of new characters, lots of death, some close calls, and a big reveal, make this a very crazy ride. Again, you never know who will die, who will hook up, or who will make alliances. Every one is just trying to survive, but throwing so many new people in the mix, especially people who are related, makes for a whole new dynamic. I still hate Rick's wife. That's only getting worse, in all honesty, but I do love Rick and his son. The other characters are

    Oh my goodness, so much happens in this! Lots of new characters, lots of death, some close calls, and a big reveal, make this a very crazy ride. Again, you never know who will die, who will hook up, or who will make alliances. Every one is just trying to survive, but throwing so many new people in the mix, especially people who are related, makes for a whole new dynamic. I still hate Rick's wife. That's only getting worse, in all honesty, but I do love Rick and his son. The other characters are just there. We all know they will die eventually. Well here's to Vol. 3!

  • Sara

    Just as good as the first comic, this is fast paced, tense and filled with drama. Again, it’s the social commentary on an apocalyptic world that elevates this above normal zombie fodder, with morally ambiguous characters that play fast and loose with life and death. In this instalment we see deaths, and also the introduction of some great characters - including Hershel, Maggie and co. on the farm. The action doesn’t drop at all, with weeks sometimes passing in a single frame as we follow the gro

    Just as good as the first comic, this is fast paced, tense and filled with drama. Again, it’s the social commentary on an apocalyptic world that elevates this above normal zombie fodder, with morally ambiguous characters that play fast and loose with life and death. In this instalment we see deaths, and also the introduction of some great characters - including Hershel, Maggie and co. on the farm. The action doesn’t drop at all, with weeks sometimes passing in a single frame as we follow the group on the move away from Atlanta.

    Rick, as always, is the one holding everyone together here. He’s the instigator of movement, the director of choice and morality. Without him, the group definitely wouldn’t survive, and would most certainly end up walking that tight line between what needs to be done and common decency.

    As the momentum builds, this series gets better. Yes, I’ve watched the tv series, and while this is similar, it also distinctly has it’s own voice. I’m acutely drawn in, and fascinated to see where this group go.

  • Meredith Holley

    BANG! POW! SHAZAM! Who wants a gun?

    We do!

    You’re babies and convicted felons!

    We don’t care! There are zombies! We need to kill humans!

    Wait, but you said the guns were for the zom . . . Oh, whatever, okay, here are your guns. BUT WHATEVER YOU DO DON’T TAKE THEM OUT OF YOUR HOLSTERS!

    (scene)

    (people make chagrinned faces.)

    (zombies say, “Gar.”)

    Not that you would know what to say anyway, but I’m going to make a long speech about feelings right now, so don’t interrupt me because we’re all old men her

    BANG! POW! SHAZAM! Who wants a gun?

    We do!

    You’re babies and convicted felons!

    We don’t care! There are zombies! We need to kill humans!

    Wait, but you said the guns were for the zom . . . Oh, whatever, okay, here are your guns. BUT WHATEVER YOU DO DON’T TAKE THEM OUT OF YOUR HOLSTERS!

    (scene)

    (people make chagrinned faces.)

    (zombies say, “Gar.”)

    Not that you would know what to say anyway, but I’m going to make a long speech about feelings right now, so don’t interrupt me because we’re all old men here, except some of the pregnant ladies, and we know that means no interruptions. Okay, where was I? . . .

    (chagrinned faces)

    (zombies say “Yaurighura”)

    Oh yeah, I was going to talk about love. Sometimes people are in love, and I’m happy. We say congratulations and nice to meet you when we are happy. But other times I’m sad, and when I’m sad I TELL PEOPLE

    IT IN ALL CAPS. And I spit on things or people. When people die, I am sad because I love people, but if people try to kill people or rape people and then we kill them, I am not sad because they deserved it unless they didn’t mean to kill or rape people in which case we should say we’re sorry and ask them if they want to talk about it. But they don’t. But, if I am sad about people dying I TELL OTHER

    TO FUCK OFF WHEN THEY TRY TO BE NICE TO ME.

    BUT,

    ARE WE, CRAZY?

    And women. Women are sassy. Sassy, sassy women. But this is not about women’s rights, dammit! We could all die! I am also happy about babies, and I am sad about babies. Because does that baby know how to shoot a gun yet? And, also, is it a bastard? Sex out of wedlock is bad, and that is how babies get made! And babies make us happy and sad and have incredible marksmanship, but are unpredictable with guns.

    (scene)

    (chagrinned faces)

    BLING! SHAWING! BLANG!

    Oh my god! What are the babies doing with guns? I will never forgive you for this! AND THEY ARE NOT EVEN YOUR BABIES!

    NOOOOOO. Do you mean you had an extramarital affair???

    (thought bubble about how it was with his best friend, but she will never tell because she

    couldn’t do that to him.)

    OH NO! The babies and convicted felons shot all of the canned goods! I never thought they would take their guns out of their holsters!

    I hope they didn’t shoot the pickles and canned pears because I am a pregnant woman and must eat pickles while I have morning sickness and do the laundry!

    (zombies come out of nowhere saying “Gak” and “Xylophone.”)

    WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?! Bleeeaaaarrruuuugghhhiiiiiyyyyeeeechhh.

    ZIP! PING! SCHLAKK!

    (scene)

    (people walk over a hill into the sunset with their guns by their sides and their arms around their women, who are also people.)

    (chagrinned faces with a single tear on each of their cheeks)

    THE END

    _____________________________

    How bad does this story need a sassy gay friend? Real bad.

  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

    Insanity is clearly going to be a major theme through this story. I really like the way everyone’s stability is being tested. These graphic novels aren’t just a simple zombie beat down, they’re that too, but the real story is with the characters; it’s about how they learn to carry on and cope with their probable deaths at the hands of a pack of hungry zombies.

    Simply put, those that are weak will not survive. Only those that are willing to let go of the past, and live in the new world, have any

    Insanity is clearly going to be a major theme through this story. I really like the way everyone’s stability is being tested. These graphic novels aren’t just a simple zombie beat down, they’re that too, but the real story is with the characters; it’s about how they learn to carry on and cope with their probable deaths at the hands of a pack of hungry zombies.

    Simply put, those that are weak will not survive. Only those that are willing to let go of the past, and live in the new world, have any chance of continued existence. Family and friends are dying left right and centre; there is no real hope of sanctuary on the horizon: there is only fear, anger and uncertainty. A hardened heart and a will to adapt are the only things that are going to see the characters through.

    Everyone is behaving in irrational ways; they are becoming violent and quick tempered. The group members are lashing out on each other, as the situation becomes more and more hopeless. They’re also forming odd attachments; one’s that would very unlikely have existed in the previous life. No doubt, in the future, this is only going to get worse. I think the incident at Hershal’s farm was really quite significant to the overall story. It has been established very early how crazy this situation is, and it needed to be done to create the uncertainty that runs through this story; it is impossible to, as clichéd as it sounds, predict what happens next. Anyone can be killed off in an instant.

    The insanity is an appropriate response to the situation, and one that makes this an interesting story to explore. Admittedly, this is so much better than I thought it would be. Without this element this series wouldn’t be half as good. This particular volume was a little slow, and a few characters annoyed me with their ridiculous hope when they stumbled upon a temporary haven. These same two characters are very slow to learn, act far too passively and are the embodiment of those that cannot let go of the past. They’re realistic people, but such fools. As a harsh as it sounds, they really needed to go. I wasn’t overly disappointed with the outcome. I think I’m going to really enjoy reading the rest of this. I want to see how far the characters are going to be pushed before they break.

  • Laurie –A Court of Books–

    I liked this comic less than the first one. The thing is that I can't stop myself from comparing it to the TV show and it didn't live up to my expectations. There will be spoilers of both the TV show and the comics below.

    What disappointed me the most during my reading is the relationship between the characters. It felt either botched or false. I couldn't connect to the couples, not to the new ones, nor to those that are actually developed in the TV show.

    I liked this comic less than the first one. The thing is that I can't stop myself from comparing it to the TV show and it didn't live up to my expectations. There will be spoilers of both the TV show and the comics below.

    What disappointed me the most during my reading is the relationship between the characters. It felt either botched or false. I couldn't connect to the couples, not to the new ones, nor to those that are actually developed in the TV show.

    Those two are actually part of my favorites in the TV show. I liked how Dale helped Andrea coping with Amy's death, how both were struggling to feel better. I picture Dale as my grand-father, a good ear, a support. I loved the friend/family relationship between them. Hence the fact that I can't stand the romantic turn the comic took.

    It gave me an incest vibe because I couldn't stop picturing them as family, as they're supposed to be in the TV show. Also, Andrea is kind of useless in the comics, total opposite from the show where I loved her. Dale is still insightful and useful but I can't esteem him anymore.

    Once again, there is something wrong about this relationship. Well actually I don't loath Carol in the TV show but I adore Tyreese in both the TV show and the book. Here again I don't understand why it was needed for the author do add romantic interest between those two. They don't seem to click. It was just like "hey, we're together in the same room, let's have a relationship!"

    What I reproach to Carol in the TV show is her way to be always complaining, having an opinion on everything and everyone, to consider herself better than the other and so on, here on the book, she is close to useless (like all the girls in the comics). She is Tyreese's girlfriend and not a person of her own (at least, yet).

    Once again, it felt fake.

    The scene was literally

    I think that if volume 3 disappoint me again, I'll stop my reading there because the prison is my favorite season (and *crossing fingers* Michonne is supposed to come, and I need a badass woman character!)

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