Although volume one
of Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore's The Walking Dead did take several
pages to find its feet volume 2 on the other hand is up and
running. Continuing from the cliff hanger ending from volume 1, the
reader is once again reunited to our colourful protagonists who are
trying their upmost to keep themselves alive from their zombie
attackers just outside of Atlanta.
In Miles Behind Us, the survivors
have made the decision to move on in an attempt to find a safer
place for them to exist. Unfortunately when society is destroyed and
most of your family and loved ones are dead, living is difficult,
especially when your limited to supplies and rations.
Like volume one, drama is an integral part of the story, especially
the relationships between the survivors which can be quite turbulent
at times. One strong plotline in Miles Behind Us is whether the
pregnancy of Lori is actually her husband Rick's or is it his best
friend Shane. This is left open by Kirkman and needless to say, when
the world is falling apart around you, trying to be civil does
become a little challenging. Given this evidence, it should also be
noted that Zombies are not the only bad things in this world and
humans can be equally as nefarious.
As opposed to the regular cast of the previous volume, a few new
characters join the ensemble that does freshen up the story
slightly. As this small group attempts to find a new refuge, they do
discover a haven, however something feels wrong and once the
survivors discover the secret, they soon realise that they need to
I enjoyed the writing of Kirkman
in Volume 2 and how he manages to capture
so many human emotions in his stories, whether it's from a few words
or the information he gave his artist, it comes together rather
well. My only gripe is that the original artist Tony Moore only done
the cover for this and the Charlie Adlard definitely has a different
style to Moore which is a lot more chaotic. It would have been nice
if Moore continued the artwork in this volume.
Volume 2 explores more of the histories of the characters included
in The Walking Dead and the world that they live in and in classic
70's horror fashion, Kirkman finishes the volume with a great cliff
hanger as opposed to the more violent ending of volume 1.