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Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Walking Dead Volume 2: Miles Behinds Us

Title: The Walking Dead Volume 2: Miles Behinds Us

ISBN: 9781582407753

Price: $14.99

Publisher/Year: Image, 2009

Artist: Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard

Writer: Robert Kirkman

Collects: The Walking Dead #1-6

Rating: 4/5

Miles Behind Us is volume two of the Waling Dead saga. Rick Grimes has been
reunited with his wife and son and now acts as the leader of a small group of
survivors just outside of Atlanta. In volume two, we see our small band take to
the road in search of someplace safer to stay.

Miles Behind Us works very hard to ensure our survivors are miserable. Food
is almost as scarce as zombies are plentiful. A few new members join the group
early on stretching supplies even thinner. It is from this group that Kirkman
takes the time in his dialog to warn that there are some bad people out and
about in his zombie-infected wilderness.

The search for a place to call home is the dominate theme in this arc of the
story. A gated community proves to be a mixed blessing, but through a tragedy,
our heroes come across a farm that offers a brief respite.

There are a few subplots that Kirkman weaves into his tale. The pregnancy of
Rick’s wife, Lori, is just one, and not necessarily a cut and dried certainty
that it’s Rick’s. There are personal issues that all seem very real and
unforced. Some offerings in the zombie genre seem to shoehorn conflict and
villainy into the stories. Kirkman brings these sorts of things in, sometimes
with something as simple as a panel drawn by Charlie Adlard that will be
nothing more than a facial expression on one of the characters.

The story shows how frail we can be as human beings in the emotional
department. The patriarch of the farm oasis has a nasty secret which eventually
is revealed with disastrous results. Before long, Rick and company are on the
road once more.

As with volume one, the story ends with a cliffhanger. There is a
possibility that they’ve found a place to call home, although in a very
unlikely locale. Fortunately for newcomers to this series, the wait for
resolution is brief.

Miles Behind Us does a wonderful job of taking us deeper into the minds and
personalities of the cast of characters. New faces are added while familiar
ones meet their gruesome ending at the hands and teeth of the undead. By now,
any reader of the series should be on the verge of addiction.

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