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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting better
Rick Grimes and his band of survivors have found a promising safe haven: a well-defended prison with lots of fences, gates and other areas where the zombie menace can be contained. Of course, the prison itself has to be cleaned out of zombies first, and the surviving inmates have to be negotiated with. Eventually it looks like the gang has a new home...but a spate of...
Published on 30 Jan 2011 by A. Whitehead

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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
I've given this 3 stars because it was good, just not as good as the first 2! Gets better when you get to the last 3rd.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting better, 30 Jan 2011
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A. Whitehead "Werthead" (Colchester, Essex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Walking Dead Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars: Safety Behind Bars v. 3 (Paperback)
Rick Grimes and his band of survivors have found a promising safe haven: a well-defended prison with lots of fences, gates and other areas where the zombie menace can be contained. Of course, the prison itself has to be cleaned out of zombies first, and the surviving inmates have to be negotiated with. Eventually it looks like the gang has a new home...but a spate of murders suggests this might not be for long.

The third volume of The Walking Dead has our heroes reach the next stage of the traditional post-apocalypse, survival horror narrative: having survived the road trip they're now fulfilling the 'living in a safe haven with other survivors' trope. As usual, Kirkman plays the cliches pretty straight, to the point where there is some enjoyment found in identifying which character is about to be offed next by the serial killer or the zombies, which other one is about to crack up next and which one of the new characters is a good guy and which is a psychopath. Kirkman's writing steps up a notch here with more focus on character-building and giving the protagonists more depth. The book ends on a cliffhanger with two groups facing off against one another, but both sides are pretty justified (from their own POVs) for why events have built to this impasse, with bad calls and mistakes from both parties.

There's some other nice ideas here, including impressively logical story developments. Volume 2 saw our heroes split into two bands with the final parting appearing to be permanent. However, with the discovery of the apparently zombie-safe prison not far up the road, the first group nips back to tell the second about it and they agree to re-team up. This is not satisfying from the POV of emotional drama, but is a pretty sensible and realistic thing to do (though it probably worked between on the monthly book, when the separation and reunion were separated by months, rather than in the collected edition where it's a few minutes). There's some more entertaining zombie kills and effective action beats.

Where this edition really succeeds is in deepening and darkening the story beyond its predecessors. The serial killer story is disturbing, with some sick moments showing that other humans may be more dangerous than the zombies to the survival of the group. There's also a few other storylines that delve into the more psychological aspects of trying to survive in a dying world, showing the writer flexing his muscles and trying out some different and interesting techniques this time around.

Some of the same weaknesses from before remain. Dialogue is still patchy, with a tendency towards over-explaining things, and the artwork is still variable (though better than the second collection), with again the zombies being well-portrayed and the main characters less consistently so.

Still, Safety Behind Bars (***½) shows the story developing along the right track. It'll be intriguing to see where the story goes next. The graphic novel is available now in the UK and USA.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality Horror, well written., 23 Aug 2005
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Mr. C. S. Smith "VladtheImpala" (Las Vegas, Nevada) - See all my reviews
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Wow.
After reading the previous two graphic novels (Days Gone Bye and Miles Behind Us) I wondered how Kirkman would keep the despair, tension and the absolute horror of this series going.
I shouldn't have worried.
Safety Behind Bars puts the main characters (Ex-cop Rick and his trusty sidekick, Tyreese) through their own personal hells with one of the best-written plot lines that I've ever encountered. The shocks come when you least expect them, with Kirkman using his skill of misdirection to the max, while the subplot of little Carl's "love life" adds a wonderful touch of lightness to the whole package. With a couple of real body-blows, this really gives Walking Dead fans something to sink their teeth into.
With old and new friends popping up (in more ways than one!), this is a wonderful and thrilling story as long as you've read the other two books first.
Five stars - but only if you're already part of Robert Kirkman's world...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This series goes deeper and darker..., 10 July 2005
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Hadleigh Wilks "hadless" (Halifax) - See all my reviews
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I absolutely loved the first volume of this series, but felt a little disappointed by the second - it didn't have quite the same level of atmosphere and tense claustrophobia as the first.
Well I'm very pleased to say that the series picks up again with this volume. By moving the setting to a prison, Kirkman has upped the tension and made the atmosphere more oppresive than the previous volumes. And I'm pleased to say that he successfully brings all the potential for darkness, tension and shock from this in to the story, which has a few shocking twists.
The genius of Kirkman's work is simply revealed in the title, with its several layers (zombies=walking dead; our culture=walking dead - read the blurb on the back!), and in this volume the characters are facing up to their situation, that in effect THEY are the walking dead: at anytime they might be the next one to die, despite their attempts to stay alive. And in an ingenious plot development, this is literally the case.
The only flaw of this book is that there are so many characters, not everyone is given the space for us to become attatched to them or to get an idea of what their motives are. Having said that, Kirkman successfully anchors the story around a core of characters, who he skillfully has developing and changing as the story progresses.
Adlard's artwork is fantastic: when it was announced Moore (illustrator of vol 1) was leaving, I was disappointed as his art is superb. But Adlard's monochromatic, shadowy work perfectly captures the darkness at the heart of this story.
Once again, I can't wait to read the next installment, especially as this volume ends on quite a cliff hanger!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "This place needs a LOT of cleaning up.", 27 Jun 2014
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This review is from: The Walking Dead Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars: Safety Behind Bars v. 3 (Paperback)
Volume 2 ended with Rick looking at the prison after a scrabble to find some kind of safe dwelling and muttering “It’s perfect. We’re home”, in Volume 3 we smash through the gates and see if redecorating the walls with zombie brains can turn the over-ran prison into a fortress away from danger…

It’s an opportunity too good to pass up – a prison, a facility designed to separate a group of people from the outside world, a facility with fenced off grounds for growing food and recreation, a facility with watchtowers and heavy metal gates and barred windows to make to make you feel untouchable. The task may be tricky but the reward is sanctuary. It’s a messy job but someone’s got to do it and although there is optimism in the air, there’s also tragedy. I’ve likened this to a soap opera in previous comments and elements of Volume 3 continue that approach, it’s perfectly depicted in a scene where the washing is being hung out and discussion turns to man trouble. Once again zombies are in the background and that’s pretty much where they remain whilst the book deals with the personal stories of the group we are beginning to know much better than before. Volume 2 sped through events and it was easy to be overwhelmed, in this volume there are more characters introduced but time is spent allowing them to interact. This is arguably the most grizzly volume of the first three and the true horror comes not from the the walking dead, but from within the group – and that’s a far scarier concept, especially when it looks as though they’ve finally found a place to feel safe.

The group now has some very close relationships, even the kids are starting to partner off! Life is continuing for the survivors and there’s considerably more shenanigans than in the TV series! It’s not a cozy love nest though and not everyone is enjoying a new romance. Rick starts to unravel, the toll of responsibility makes him go a little “Judge Dredd”. The group cling onto the idea of a secure environment but their leader seems a little unbalanced. When you start society anew you need rules. Where’s the moral compass when there’s no legal system?

Stylistically this looks superb, Volume 2 received some criticism but the 3rd Volume nails it. There are blacks fading to grey in the background to give sense of perspective and focus, this brings the prison to life. Also, the conversation between characters is much more natural now, not just that but through their conversation we see Rick’s plan to turn the prison into a thriving micro-community. Despite having to fell zombies and drag their bodies out to burn them, there is humour here and the conversations flow like they would between any group of friends/associates/family. It’s crucial that the characters are plausible if we’re to be drawn into their world, and there’s more depth here than ever before.

In a nutshell: A fantastic volume which starts with optimism and then challenges everything. Time is invested in character development and there are shocking moments which result in some very dark moments. I did notice a glaring spelling mistake (“somwhere”) – but I shall forgive it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Locked up, 22 April 2014
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This review is from: The Walking Dead Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars: Safety Behind Bars v. 3 (Paperback)
Volume 3 of The Walking Dead might be the bleakest, bloodiest and most miserable in the series so far - and the first two volumes were pretty damn miserable! This is a book where the dead are dug out of their graves just to be shot in the head, and that’s not even counting the butchered children or the suicide pacts!

So the group have made it to a prison which is infested with zombies but, once cleared, could be a safe haven for them. Inside are a handful of remaining inmates - but can these convicted criminals be trusted around the families?

At this point in the series I’ve actually started to remember some of the characters’ names as a core number have survived but the cast is still very big and is continually dropping off and adding new characters so it’s difficult to care all that much when someone dies.

Robert Kirkman’s dialogue also isn’t as terrible in this book though the tone remains unrelentingly dark. When kids are being killed or are planning on killing one another, the adults are standing around shell-shocked, crying internally or externally, with characters like Rick or Hershel melodramatically blaming themselves for all the death. When Rick dug up Shane to shoot him in the head again, I had to laugh at how absurdly depressing it all was - even when you’ve been killed once you’re not safe!

I did notice one weird detail Kirkman’s added: whether you’ve been bitten or not, once you die, you become a zombie (also they call them zombies in the book, unlike the TV show where they’re called “walkers”). I don’t understand how that works - if you have the potential to become a zombie, shouldn’t you become a zombie rather than wait to die off?

The inmates added an interesting slant as the story became a murder mystery over which one of the prisoners chopped up the kids, and the reveal was a surprise. There’s also the requisite zombie action which has already become rote and, despite the large cast, I’m not really interested in about 90% of their mundane stories.

I still don’t fully see what fans of the series do but the third volume is definitely a step up from the previous books and even manages to become quite exciting in parts. I’m bumping the rating up a star because Rick literally tells the ever-annoying Lori to shut the f up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy mum, 25 Mar 2014
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I bought these for my 10 year old son best comic`s I have ever bought him kept him entertain for hours plus helped him with his reading :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing comic, 6 Mar 2014
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Huge fan of the tv series, this comic is just as brilliant if not better. Very addictive to read, and great price on the Kindle
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best graphic novel you will ever read!! Love the franchise!, 3 Mar 2014
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I chose this rating for the walking dead volume 3 safety behind bars for the following reasons: the artwork is sophisticated the story is well planned out and easy to follow the books don't cost a load to buy and its truly gripping
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5.0 out of 5 stars good quaility, 23 Feb 2014
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Very nice book bought for Christmas present, my son is collecting the series but if you are an avid follower of the tv show they don't follow it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 19 Feb 2014
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The series continues well with a lot of change to the surviving group. The art work still isn't as good as the first volume but still captures the atmosphere.
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