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5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm looking forward to eating one of those fresh tomatoes!", 30 July 2014
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This review is from: The Walking Dead Volume 7: The Calm Before (Walking Dead (6 Stories)) (Paperback)
Volume 7 contains editions 37-42 of the original weekly comic. After the intense pace of the last volume, the title of this book “The Calm Before" suggests a more gentle time for the group as they continue to sort out the prison, clearing the mess caused by the unwanted zombie-visitors and learning an important lesson in the process: always shut the gate. The cover shows a touching image of Lori’s considerable bump while Rick’s fingers interlock with hers as they rest their hands on her tummy. It should be a happy moment, but what kind of world will their baby experience? And then there’s the issue of who the father is. Meanwhile, Alice is preparing the prison infirmary... We’ve had plenty of deaths in The Walking Dead, perhaps it’s time for some births and marriages.

The most obvious aspect to this volume (barring some events which I won’t spoil) is the semblance of normality. We see a group of people playing sports, supermarket shopping and even a spot of flat pack furniture assembly. As Hershel tends to his tomatoes and winter clothes are recycled into summer clothes, the prison is almost like a hippy commune (with guns) rather than an oasis in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. This is a dialogue heavy volume and those who criticised some of Kirkman’s simplistic dialogue from the early volumes can relax now, the characters are bedded in and no longer need establishing, so gone are the clumsy exchanges which served to define personalities even if they didn’t fit in with the scene.

After their previous excursions it’s nice to see the group pulling together, Rick and Lori having family time, banter and moments of humour. This is what gives The Walking Dead an edge over many other similar stories, time can be taken to focus on the characters rather than circumstances and Volume 7 concerns itself with exactly that. But with a title like “The Calm Before” – you’re always expecting the storm, and caring for the survivors makes the wait even more intense.

In a nutshell: Killing zombies is mainly as part of target practice when tin cans become too easy to hit. There may be less action this volume, but life provides enough drama at times. It’s a solid volume – completely different to the last 2, this could well be the calm before one epic storm, this volume makes me hope they’ve prepared enough for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trying to make 'normality' work in a world where 'normality' is a frayed flag flown at half mast!, 4 Jan. 2013
This review is from: The Walking Dead Volume 7: The Calm Before (Walking Dead (6 Stories)) (Paperback)
It was within this book that I really fell in love with the characters of the comic book series 'The Walking Dead', many had come and many had gone, but by this point I feel like they had really come into a world of their own as you see them function day to day, expecting an attack at any point from the governor!

You see people trying to get on with life, trying to make 'normality' work in a world where 'normality' is a frayed flag flown at half mast! Life in a zombie-apocalypse world is tough, and as tensions rise and things build as you see cracks appearing in the life's and characters of them all!

As this books is titled, 'The Calm Before', you can assume it builds and readies the reader for book 8, a series shacking book!

Another option is to go for the first and second 'Compendium' of 'The Walking Dead' for a cheaper long term investment, though it is a lot more chunky and these single books are easier to hold and you get to see more art work! (Saying that the first Compendium has books 1-8 in it, so it would not be cheaper if you already own books 1-6, it would make more seance to buy this along with book 8 and then the second Compendium!)

Either way, it is a price worth spending for a story you will want to read time and time again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Storm's a-comin', 5 May 2014
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This review is from: The Walking Dead Volume 7: The Calm Before (Walking Dead (6 Stories)) (Paperback)
The group prepares for an inevitable attack from Woodbury, training up everyone who can hold a gun while a small unit sets off to find the National Guard Station to stock up on guns, ammo and gas. Meanwhile, Maggie and Glenn tie the knot and Lori finally gives birth but still more death and tragedy befalls the small group.

I thought after the craziness of Woodbury and the Governor that this volume would be much less interesting as it’s more or less a return to the status quo but it’s still chock-full of great stuff. Dare I say it - Robert Kirkman does some decent character-work in this book!

Carol, the mother of Sophia who also tried to commit suicide earlier in the series, has been slowly unravelling these last few books and Kirkman does fine work in showing her fatalistic state of mind - her speech towards the end gives the reader a glimpse into her life in the group and her perspective on how she views them. It’s a very real moment that made Carol seem like an actual person.

Kirkman also keeps things exciting for the reader by having the group looking for the National Guard Station encounter some of the Governor’s men while, back at the prison, Lori goes into labour at night with the generator about to run out of gas, and Billy and Dale have to venture out in the zombie-infested parking lot to siphon more fuel.

It is amazing that before they sent out the most able among them to gather ammunition from the National Guard Station that they didn’t ensure they had enough fuel for the generator. They didn’t know how long they’d be gone and they knew one of their group was about to give birth, but still they don’t bother to top up the fuel containers from nearly empty to full? What a bunch of idiots!

And the death and mutilation remains funny, to me at least, because it’s so over-the-top. When zombies aren’t popping out of the shadows like diseased jack-in-the-boxes, characters are happily dying, smiles on their faces!

Still, The Calm Before is a highly enjoyable volume that’ll keep readers deeply invested in the series - especially with THAT finale! The Calm Before, indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for Woodbury, 1 Dec. 2011
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Walking Dead Volume 7: The Calm Before (Walking Dead (6 Stories)) (Paperback)
Volume seven in the series of collected editiors of the walking dead, a comic that depicts the struggles of a small group of survivors battling to stay alive in a world overun by zombies.

This does nothing to bring new readers up to speed so it's not a jumping on point. Anyone who hasn't read the series before should start with volume one.

This volume collects issues thirty seven to forty two of the monthly comic.

And as with all the other volumes runs all six issues together into one long narrative.

At the end of volume six the main characters were all back together in their sanctuary, but the possible threat of a huge attack hung over them.

But in the meantime, their lives go on. This volume covers a period of time - there being the occasional jump in the narrative with characters mentioning that weeks have passed - and lots of things happen in the meantime.

Nearly all of which centre around the personal lives of the cast. At least one long standing plot issue gets a resolution. A long expected event finally takes place. And other relationships develop or move onwards.

All of this is handled in a very credible and believable manner.

And there is one huge surprise shock moment to be seen as well.

But even that doesn't compare to the ending of this volume, which is a cliffhanger that will make you desperate to know what happens next.

Another superb volume in a superb series, with the promise of more to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More than a single Thumbs Up can possibly convey!, 13 May 2012
This review is from: The Walking Dead Volume 7: The Calm Before (Walking Dead (6 Stories)) (Paperback)
Every good writer knows your reader needs time to breathe. An unrelenting tide of horror will jade your audience and desensitize them. We also want some good stuff to happen to the characters we have come to care deeply about. This is the payback. While there are still deaths and Kirkman's new favourite technique, mutilations, we all get the chance to take a breather. While there is undoubtedly doom on the horizon it isn't here yet. People get to enjoy a few home comforts and remember a little of what they have been missing.

This won't put you to sleep however as this is a story that keeps bubbling and simmering and it contains the most dramatic page turn in the series history - the delivery. The art is still great and the cliff-hanger sets up what will be the most significant threat the group has ever faced with the return of someone unexpected. More than a single Thumbs Up can possibly convey!
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5.0 out of 5 stars truly outstanding, 22 Oct. 2007
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Mr. Ga Case "Grizzly" (Berksire,UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Walking Dead Volume 7: The Calm Before (Walking Dead (6 Stories)) (Paperback)
once again robert kirkman delivers with his zombie opus that is the walking dead graphic novels. i have been following the story since the first volume was released and i have been hooked since. after the sixth volume i found myself wanting more as in my opinion it didnt offer the thrills or the sense of danger that the others had but this one has it all, the drama of the survivors at the prison as lori goes into labour. each of the characters respectively risking life and limb once again and the conclusion that will leave you gagging for more! this is a must read and at 6 pounds its nothing but a purely essential purchase!

Gareth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to the title, 16 July 2010
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This review is from: The Walking Dead Volume 7: The Calm Before (Walking Dead (6 Stories)) (Paperback)
As the title indicates, this book focuses on the calm before the storm that the last page indicates is about to hit our heroes. The whole volume is about life in the prison as it continues as normally as it can being surrounded by the living dead. The garden grows, they explore the prison some more and Lori has her baby. The authors have taken the opportunity to develop the characters some more; though one is lost, and the last page seems to indicate that volume 8 will once envelop us readers in chaos and bloodshed. Not a lot of action but a worthy addition to the series which would have slowed the impetus had it occurred any earlier. Can't wait for the tv series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Zombies!!!, 23 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: The Walking Dead Volume 7: The Calm Before (Walking Dead (6 Stories)) (Paperback)
Liked these books, although the TV adaptation has refined them into something better.

Found this series a little tiring in a way, because all the characters die after a while, so you sometimes wonder what the point of following them is - at least on the TV series they occasionally have a few weeks of peace on a farm or starting a community in a prison.

But my main complaint is that I did not think of the idea first - I started writing a zombie novel only to discover these graphic novels had got there first, rendering my idea redundant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better artwork., 13 April 2014
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Story great as ever and as a bonus, the artwork seems to have got much better.
After the artist change earlier in the series, the quality of generally dipped, but vol 7 definitely took a step in the right direction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better then the tv show!!!, 21 Oct. 2013
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Excilent better then the tv show !!!
im now up to date with the last issue waiting for the next with baited breth
The cliff hanger endings of each issue will drive u to whant the next at each issue i cant recomend this enough!!!
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