The Walking Dead, Vol. 5: The Best Defense

The Walking Dead, Vol. 5: The Best Defense

As the survivors settle into their prison home something has drawn them out into the open... out of the prison... out of their sanctuary. This is a major turning point for the overall story of The Walking Dead, setting the stage for years to come....

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Title:The Walking Dead, Vol. 5: The Best Defense
Author:Robert Kirkman
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The Walking Dead, Vol. 5: The Best Defense Reviews

  • Nicole Alycia

    The governor in the comics makes the governor in the show look like a choir boy .... damn he's one fucked up character.

  • Alejandro

    Writer: Robert Kirkman

    Illustrators: Charlie Adlard

    Additional gray tones to inking: Cliff Rathburn

    The Governor...

    ..., no time to introduce him! Run, everyone!

    Rick’s group is finally establishing a secure place in the prison when

    Writer: Robert Kirkman

    Illustrators: Charlie Adlard

    Additional gray tones to inking: Cliff Rathburn

    The Governor...

    ..., no time to introduce him! Run, everyone!

    Rick’s group is finally establishing a secure place in the prison when a falling helicopter in the sky making them to go out to investigate it.

    So, Rick, Michonne and Glenn while checking out the helicopter, they reach a fortified town.

    The Governor rules the town of Woodbury, he is the one in charge of the safety of all the population in the town of Woodbury.

    And due that...

    ...the lives of Rick’s group would never been the same anymore!

    Rick won't be the same anymore!

    Michonne won't be the same anymore!

    Rick's group would prefer to face a legion of zombies...

    ...instead rather than The Governor!

    Rick's group thought that they had faced the worse of this new dystopian world...

    ...they hadn't faced anything yet!

    And what are you waiting for??? Keep running!!! The Governor is right behind you!

  • Tina Haigler

    Holy shit balls! No one died this time! I'm honestly still in shock. It was definitely gruesome though, with plenty of traumatic content. Normally it's more about who died, and who's left to mourn them, but this one introduced evil of a whole new variety - the Governor. A survivor from a neighboring town, he holds a position of power, and is clearly a deranged sadist. I know from this moment on, I will be looking forward to him dying a very disturbing death. Even if I don't enjoy another page, I

    Holy shit balls! No one died this time! I'm honestly still in shock. It was definitely gruesome though, with plenty of traumatic content. Normally it's more about who died, and who's left to mourn them, but this one introduced evil of a whole new variety - the Governor. A survivor from a neighboring town, he holds a position of power, and is clearly a deranged sadist. I know from this moment on, I will be looking forward to him dying a very disturbing death. Even if I don't enjoy another page, I will continue reading, simply for that moment. I think this volume was, by far, the best volume. It was really exciting and has renewed my interest in the series. I'm definitely looking forward to Vol. 6!

  • Anthony Chavez

    The last volume I kept thinking this is a little whiny, the characters did a lot of complaining and grieving, I thought to myself something needs to happen, something to jar the characters and drive the plot forward. It looks like we have a villain here in volume 5.

    Our travelling band that has settled in a prison sees a helicopter, LIFE is out there! They then see said chopper crash and they want to learn where they are from and see if they are ok. When they see boatloads of footprints surroundi

    The last volume I kept thinking this is a little whiny, the characters did a lot of complaining and grieving, I thought to myself something needs to happen, something to jar the characters and drive the plot forward. It looks like we have a villain here in volume 5.

    Our travelling band that has settled in a prison sees a helicopter, LIFE is out there! They then see said chopper crash and they want to learn where they are from and see if they are ok. When they see boatloads of footprints surrounding the chopper and no people Glenn, Rick, and Michonne decide to follow the tracks and stumble upon a nearby city. That's as far as I will say, because what they find in that city is crazy.

    I remember hearing that The Walking Dead had one of the best villains in it, and to that I said, "wait, how does a zombie survival story have a villain? How can there be a villain? What would he look like? What would he do?" Well that I have met this Villain (If he is the same villain I heard about) AKA The Governor I can now see that he is ruthless and heartless and I'm sure I will hate him more in the future.

    I'm constantly impressed by how the plot is pushed forward. Yes, the characters drive the story, they might not be as in depth and emotional as some people like, but their range of emotion is pretty powerful. Some people push their sadness and grief from losing friends and loved ones down, because they have to, because they need to move forward and get business done; whereas, others just break down, some harder then others. We've seen some people just snap and take it out on their friends or the zombies. It keeps me coming back to read more. Also as stated in my last review the art is getting better and easier to tell people apart, big plus!

    I'm really digging The Walking Dead and can't wait to read the next volume.

  • Justin

    Be warned: minor spoilers ahead.

    All right. Before reading this volume, I went back and reread all of the trades up to this point, in order to recapture the narrative and get back into the spirit of the story for Halloween. A few things I noticed during the read-through:

    1. I appreciate the switch to Adlard’s art after the first story arc. While Moore made the characters much more distinguishable from one another, he also lent an exaggerated aspect to their features and expressions that was almost

    Be warned: minor spoilers ahead.

    All right. Before reading this volume, I went back and reread all of the trades up to this point, in order to recapture the narrative and get back into the spirit of the story for Halloween. A few things I noticed during the read-through:

    1. I appreciate the switch to Adlard’s art after the first story arc. While Moore made the characters much more distinguishable from one another, he also lent an exaggerated aspect to their features and expressions that was almost cartoonish. The more realistic drawing from Adlard gives the artwork a gritty feel that’s more in line with the story.

    2. Kirkman actually does a very good job in setting things up for future revelations. Much of what goes on in plot and character development is subtly constructed and foreshadowed in previous story arcs. And on that note:

    3. I’ve said it before, but it’s definitely not my imagination. The world of the Walking Dead is profoundly misogynistic, populated with complicated male characters that are propped up by submissive, shallow female supporters. However, the jury is still out on whether this is a product of the story Kirkman is telling, or the heteronormative assumptions he makes while telling it.

    In this volume, the story moves from a simmering internecine struggle to a more dangerous external conflict, as the sudden appearance of a helicopter leads Rick, Glenn, and Michonne to the doorstep of another survivor camp. This group is led by a man named Philip, who has styled himself The Governor. This new player in the story is quickly established as certifiably insane, as well as the extreme example of securing authority through the “might makes right,” do-anything approach to keeping people safe that Rick has been struggling with up until now. As the three protagonists begin their ordeal in the Governor's hands, the rest of the group back at the prison wait anxiously for their return, with no idea that a new, non-zombie threat is now bearing down on them.

    As usual, I’m conflicted. The introduction of an honest-to-goodness, crazy-ass human villain that doesn’t immediately flame out and get shot in the next issue is exactly what the story needed. I appreciated the claustrophobic tension that suffused the last volume, especially considering that finding and keeping a sanctuary broke the formula that had previously been established. That sort of conflict can only keep up for so long before getting tiresome, though, and a clash with another survivor ideologue is the next logical step. As over-the-top as the Governor is, I needed a shock to the system. We’ve spent a lot of time in the past few arcs on what the end of the world has done to our heroes, so I appreciate the reminder that yes, by the way, it really is the end of the world. Dead people are trying to eat everyone that’s left, and that can make people justify doing some really screwed up things in the name of survival. I consequently ate this volume up. The story is exciting, the pace is perfect, and I’m primed for the fallout that’s sure to come in the following volumes.

    Here’s the thing, though: did we really need another refresher course on how women are not welcome in this version of the zombie apocalypse? Maybe it’s because I reread everything, but the no-girls-allowed mood was already firmly entrenched. At this point it’s really starting to grate, and I wish Kirkman would stop harping on it and just fucking move on, already. I like that the theme of deconstructing nuclear families and monogamous relationships has appeared, but as foreshadowed, it comes from the female character that apparently can’t function without a man. More problematic, though, is that the reasoning for this development actually makes sense and is dramatically interesting, but is immediately met with “we don’t do that in Kentucky,” etc. I’m not sure if that was a reference to polyamory or homosexuality, but considering how Andrew and Dexter turned out and what happened to them, I wouldn't be surprised if homosexuality is unwelcome in this zombie apocalypse, too. We can forget about Andrea being a solid female protagonist, too, now that she's voiced her committment to doing whatever Dale tells her to do.

    And, of course, Michonne. Oh, Michonne. To be fair, our sole remaining strong female character was effectively subjugated right as she was introduced in the last volume, when she immediately glommed onto a male protagonist for no other apparent reason than that they are both black. But yes, the brutal, prolonged rape and torture of Michonne for daring to physically attack the man that had, without provocation, maimed one of her companions was particularly hard to read. Not just because it’s hard to stomach on its own, but because Kirkman has decided to frame it in the perspective of what it does to the men around her. The Governor’s so crazy, he rapes people for fun! What a scary and interesting character! And oh, poor Glenn! Look how traumatized he is by having to hear Michonne being raped! Meanwhile, we get one line of dialogue from the victim herself concerning what she plans to do to her tormentor (which I’m convinced will happen, and will be as bad as she implies), but otherwise, no actual focus on what such horrific treatment is actually doing to her or what she is thinking. Other than some artistically drawn panels of her tied spread-eagle, of course, and renderings of her beaten face and cries of pain for dramatic effect. That says all we need to know, right? Sigh.

    I usually don’t have patience for people that go searching for reasons to get offended, but Jesus, WE GET IT, ROBERT KIRKMAN. MEN ARE IN CHARGE. I think my problem with all of this is that Kirkman is taking pains to write what he feels might actually happen in a zombie apocalypse, which implies that somewhere deep down, he imagines violent patriarchy to be the natural order of things that would immediately be reestablished without social norms to hold it back. Admittedly, that’s an argument that can’t be dismissed offhand, considering that institutionalized rape and the relegation of women to submissive wards meant to be owned, guarded, shepherded, and/or used can be found this very moment in various parts of the real world (and even in our own “civilized” country). It’s still unpleasant, though, and I have yet to see the purpose for constantly reasserting it in every single story arc, especially since it’s largely done through and abetted by the female characters that I’m supposed to like and sympathize with.

    But I’m still giving this one a four. Yeah, I know. Insensitive, privileged white male. The story is still fantastic, though, and I liked this volume much better than the previous few. It’s a really good zombie melodrama, and at this point in the series it’s still a great read for fans of the genre. Just, you know... trigger warning. Don't read this series with any illusions about it being more socially enlightened than any other comic book aimed at young men. Also, I’m realizing that most of the protagonists are pretty hard to like at this point, and I’m torn between finding that odd and recognizing it as interesting, as the reality of the world they are in continues to take its emotional toll on them.

  • Raeleen Lemay

    UGHHHHH I HATE THE GOVERNOR SO MUCH

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously

    I like this series. This is a great look at how humanity either deteriorates or survives in a world where so much of human kind is

    From a survival aspect this book is fascinating.

    On the other hand, I have come to the conclusion that

    I mean, really. Lori is unbearable and whines about the effort her husband makes to create a better place for them. Carol is a giant fucking mess and

    I like this series. This is a great look at how humanity either deteriorates or survives in a world where so much of human kind is

    From a survival aspect this book is fascinating.

    On the other hand, I have come to the conclusion that

    I mean, really. Lori is unbearable and whines about the effort her husband makes to create a better place for them. Carol is a giant fucking mess and

    Michonne well, fuck. What happened to her was tragic and it's no wonder she hates the Governor.

    I will repeat what I said in my last review. I'm glad that the television series did not follow the same path the books did in regard to the female characters. Because on the show, the majority of them are kick ass warriors.

    On a side note, this would be me during the apocalypse:

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  • Sarah

    3.5 stars.

    My least favourite volume so far. It just wasn't up to the standard of the other volumes. I think the artwork is definitely growing on me though. I really liked it but they removed Tony Moore from doing the covers and that makes me sad. I absolutely adored his covers and I can definitely tell the difference between the old covers and the new ones. The new covers don't seem to be as detailed or eye-catching but I do like them, just not as much as I loved the old ones.

    The story in this

    3.5 stars.

    My least favourite volume so far. It just wasn't up to the standard of the other volumes. I think the artwork is definitely growing on me though. I really liked it but they removed Tony Moore from doing the covers and that makes me sad. I absolutely adored his covers and I can definitely tell the difference between the old covers and the new ones. The new covers don't seem to be as detailed or eye-catching but I do like them, just not as much as I loved the old ones.

    The story in this volume wasn't as exciting. I know a lot of horrible things happened but I was waiting for something really exciting to happen. I also have an issue with the representation of women. I noticed from volume one that women are not represented very kindly and I just kind of went with it in hopes that it would sizzle out. It hasn't. If anything, the women are getting worse. The majority of the women are "hormonal" all the time but the men are macho men who take care of them. There's no powerful woman in this comic but there are numerous powerful men. This volume just really irked me because the women are made out to be batshit crazy hormonal basket cases. It's been months since the zombies took over and the women still feel repressed to me.

    I really hope that changes because I want bad-ass capable women!!!

  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

    “Well stranger, we’re feeding them strangers”

    I have a new favourite line. I’m not sure if this was supposed to be funny, but it did give me a good laugh. It was such a quick and ironic twist of fortune. Rick let his guard down for one moment; he believed what he saw, and because of this he almost got everyone killed. After this he’ll never trust people again. In this crazy fucked up world you just can’t take people on face value anymore. There’s almost always a monster lurking beneath.

    The group

    “Well stranger, we’re feeding them strangers”

    I have a new favourite line. I’m not sure if this was supposed to be funny, but it did give me a good laugh. It was such a quick and ironic twist of fortune. Rick let his guard down for one moment; he believed what he saw, and because of this he almost got everyone killed. After this he’ll never trust people again. In this crazy fucked up world you just can’t take people on face value anymore. There’s almost always a monster lurking beneath.

    The group met their first ever other group, and despite the clear mental instability in Rick’s camp, these guys are much further gone. The Governor is driven by a desire to dominate all; he wants nothing more than to rape, kill and pillage whilst trying to maintain the appearance of good leadership. This new world has given him the opportunity to fulfil his dark dreams. He’s a terrible opportunist, one that has managed to persuade an entire community to believe him. They fear him, and they respect him. But they love the safety his maniacal presence provides.

    He’s got his eyes set on the prison, and this chapter ends with him trying to manipulate his way to it. These guys are so messed up, and it’s still very early days, is there going to be other groups much worse? As humanity is exposed to such horrors for longer and longer periods of time, it’s going to become more degenerate, more evil and more insane. This is so much fun to read! I love the way horror has been explored on mentality.

  • Sara

    Not as entertaining as the previous instalments, I feel this is largely setting up a longer storyline with a new ‘big bad’ by laying down the groundwork of hostility and suspicion.

    As always, it’s the characters that intrigue more than the zombies, and the belief that nobody should be making themselves comfortable. Things can change in the blink of an eye, and the overall tension that permeates each page helps to increase this feeling of anxiousness. You never know when, or how, a character is go

    Not as entertaining as the previous instalments, I feel this is largely setting up a longer storyline with a new ‘big bad’ by laying down the groundwork of hostility and suspicion.

    As always, it’s the characters that intrigue more than the zombies, and the belief that nobody should be making themselves comfortable. Things can change in the blink of an eye, and the overall tension that permeates each page helps to increase this feeling of anxiousness. You never know when, or how, a character is going to die.

    This is the last comic I have (the first 5 comics I found in a charity shop for 25p each!) but I’m sorely tempted to see this through to the bittersweet end. It’s definitely kept me more enthralled than the tv series, which started to sour after the groups arrival in Woodbury and too much deviation from a solid script in the comics.

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