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The Walking Dead Volume 7: The Calm Before [Paperback]

Robert Kirkman , Charlie Adlard , Cliff Rathburn
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Nov. 9 2010 Walking Dead
The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. 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: no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, the survivors are forced to finally start living. 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. It is a reprint edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 27 2014
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If your a fan of the Walking Dead, these are a must read! While they are a little different from the TV Series, it will give you additional background on the entire story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awsome May 30 2014
By Lisanto
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Good price awesome series might try and get the whole set on here if the price stays right. hope so
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5.0 out of 5 stars Way better than the show Dec 27 2013
By Kym
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This is my favourite comic series, I read this is one sitting...as I did with all the others. Would recommend to other readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding horror series and volume... Oct. 3 2007
By Jacob - Published on Amazon.com
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Robert Kirkman's THE WALKING DEAD stands as one of the greatest horror comic books (arguably THE greatest) ever printed. The theme has been done before (zombies taking over the world - a few humans fighting to survive in the post-apocalyptic world), but never has a horror comic served up such an epic tale of humanity, the undead as well as the good and evil, strength and weakness that lie within the (beating) hearts of the characters. Unlike George Romero's : NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, readers are treated to the long term reality of zombie infestation. The relationships that develop between the surviving humans (love, jealously, fear and hope) are not simple 2-dimensional designs - to the reader, these characters live and breathe, and we celebrate their struggle, and mourn every single passing. My highest of recommendations to all potential readers - you will not be disappointed with this amazing graphic novel.

Other Recommendations:

ZOMBIE FACTORY:
Zombie Factory: 27 Tales of Bizarre Comix Madness from Beyond the Tomb

THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE:
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD:
Escape Of The Living Dead Volume 1
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect to feel warm and fuzzy Sept. 15 2011
By TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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I realize this is the review for Volume Seven of The Walking Dead series; however, can there be anything good coming in volume eight when the title of the seventh chapter is The Calm Before? Robert Kirkman takes an entire chapter to lull his readers into a bit of complacency. Perhaps he is trying to get his readers to experience the idea he is driving home in this volume: sit in safety long enough and you will forget how to protect yourself.

The lack of good times and warm moments seems all the more pronounced by the almost overwhelmingly good feelings provided here by things like a small wedding, and of course, the ultimate antithesis of death: birth. That's not to say there aren't some bad moments. Another chapter falls, one loses a leg. Kirkman has established his mythos by now, A bite like the one that claims 'Roger" in Dawn of the Dead is not a death sentence in Kirkman's world.

As has been the case throughout, the characters in this saga act in very real, very identifiable ways. The insecurities and uncertainties in all of us are manifested by the small band of survivors. Their beauty, and the power of this series comes from their `realness'. The Calm Before exposes the frailties more definitely and does an excellent job of setting the reader. It's the thrill of sitting in a dark movie theater, knowing something is going to jump out...then it does and you STILL jump. That is the last three pages of volume seven.

The last page is a return to the gut-wrenching, aggravating cliff hanger. This is the one that leaves you furious. Fortunately, those of you reading these reviews have the option of having chapter eight just a page away (if you own the hardcover compendium) or sitting beside you.

For those of you new to this series, I challenge you to just wait twenty-four hours. Savor the anguish of those inside the prison fence, living in their false security. Then...grab volume eight and quench your thirst for The Walking Dead.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent series Oct. 30 2007
By HH Wiechers - Published on Amazon.com
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This serie is amazing, well written, well drawn. Perfect atmosphere, its easy to identify yourself with the main characters. When the gruesome thing happened to the main character in vol.6 i could not help myself getting mad at the guy who did it. That explains my 5-star rating. Perfect material for a rainy sunday-afternoon with a bottle of pepsi and potato-chips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Promise of Hope; The Promise of Peace Aug. 24 2010
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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When I heard that AMC was going to produce a television series based on the zombie epic "The Walking Dead," I was both concerned and delighted. A bona fide classic in undead lore, "The Walking Dead" graphic novels are brutal and surprising--not really what I would picture for a basic cable TV show (the first season is slated for 6 episodes, we'll see if it goes beyond that). But AMC has produced terrific and prestigious shows like "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad," so I'm pretty stoked to see what they do with this. Add Frank Darabont of "Shawshank Redemption" fame as the creative force behind the show, and we just might have a winner! In anticipation, I've gone back through the volumes of "The Walking Dead" to discover again the many pleasures that this series has to offer.

"Chapter Seven: The Calm Before" is a relatively peaceful edition of "The Walking Dead" as the name might imply. A small band rounding up supplies faces down more of the "Governor's" men. Then the group, wary of being discovered by their newfound enemy, starts to become complacent when no sign is of attack comes over the next few weeks. We see normalcy start to return as Rick and Lori confront unpleasant aspects of their relationship, Lori gives birth, Maggie and Glenn consider a family, Michonne starts to thaw, the new "doctor" gets comfortable. But in this peace, one of the crew finally goes over the deep end with unpleasant consequences. Sometimes sweet, sometimes sorrowful--this edition sets up real hope and is really great in furthering the character development aspects of the story. This makes it an unexpectedly strong entry in the series! But all is shot with one heck of cliff hanger!
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 280 Days Later Oct. 25 2007
By Sky - Published on Amazon.com
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Most of the folks here already know that The Walking Dead saga is a compilation of stories by Robert Kirkman that expand on the story that is well know to any zombie movie fan. The main story. The one started in earnest by George Romero in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead [and was later remade in 1990 (the version that I prefer) by Tom Savini (with Romero oversight)].

The Walking Dead Volume 7 continues the story of former Normal-World Police Officer Rick Grimes and those that he comes in contact with in a New World...a world that has been over-run by zombies.

Volume 7 begins about 9+ months after The Walking Dead epidemic started (The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye), and all of the characters are now reluctantly beginning to accept that their home is not the only thing that's new. Their entire existence is new: New families. New friends. New daily routines. New rules to live by. No cable TV. No grocery stores. No air conditioning.

New World.

And venturing out into The New World is dangerous. The confines and security provided by the characters' home (established in Volume 3) are less than safe. But outside the gates await unfathomable chaos and horror; hordes of the undead, along with other survivors (see Volumes 5 and 6) in desperate situations that do the unthinkable to stay alive (or entertained).

Volume 7, like Volume 6, is much less about zombies and more about what happens to society, its morals, laws and standards when government is lost and the planet becomes mostly uninhabitable. There's real, heartfelt emotion in The Walking Dead series combined with believable scenarios...not bad for a comic book.

The volume releases of The Walking Dead are like reading a screenplay with storyboards of a version of Night of the Living Dead that began simultaneously, but in a different part of the country (much like George Romero's late 2007 release, Diary of the Dead). Yes, The Walking Dead is kind of a rip-off of a story (stories) already told, but the key is that it's done very very well. The zombies are true to the original Romero creation: slow and stupid as opposed to the 28 Days/Weeks Later (28 Weeks Later / 28 Days Later) or 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead fast and thinking zombies.

Each Walking Dead volume only takes about an hour to get all the way through, and they leave you wanting more. And they seem to keep coming; The Walking Dead Volume 8: Made To Suffer is due in early 2008.

Volumes 1 - 7 are all available individually. A hard cover combination of Volumes 1 & 2 is out (The Walking Dead Book 1) and a hard cover combination of Volumes 3 & 4 also came out this year (The Walking Dead, Book 2). The Walking Dead Book 3 (Volumes 5 & 6) is listed on Amazon for a late 2007 release as of this writing.

So anyone in need of a very well done zombie fix that you don't put into your DVD player should absolutely get down with The Walking Dead sickness. Add it to your cart, but be sure to start with volume 1 and read them chronologically.
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