Published on July 25th, 2012 | by Alex Giles0
The Walking Dead Volume 7 ‘The Calm Before ’ – Review
This book contains all of issues Thirty Seven to Forty Two.
The title says it all.
Writer/Creator: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard
Paperback: 136 Pages
Publisher: Image Comics
As I basically put above, the title of this trade says it all ‘The Calm Before’ as this is the calm before the storm teeing up for the crazy finale in eight against the Governor and his goons (I know as I have read 8 as well, review coming in next couple of days).
So we are back at the prison and the group are all back together at the prison and getting stuff sorted for the inevitable visit from the people of Woodbury led by Gov.
In the preparation for this they start to gather and harvest food, get in target practice for the people not already trained up to shoot and finally head to te National Guard Depot that the Woodbury guys have been using so they can raid it for supplies.
Alice who came from Woodbury with Rick in the last volume is now living as part of the group and has taken charge of the medical side of things.
In this issues there is nice little touches by Kirkman like when they are deciding whether a ring of zombies against the perimeter fence (trying to get in) is a good idea or bad one, good because it will add a layer of defence if they are attacked and bad as it stops them freely coming and going. I love little touches like this as it makes you wonder if this is the type of thing you would think about in the situation.
This issue is very slow in comparison to the rest I have read so far but then you can’t have every volume in top gear. I suppose it allows Kirkman to calm everything down, making us feel like things are going good with the gang settled before the oncoming onslaught from Gov and the rest.
We have Lori finally giving birth, Glen and Maggie getting married and speaking about having a baby themselves along with the harvesting of the crops it makes it all as the title says calm before.
There are some great conversations in this volume, like when they are discussing whether the zombie apocalypse refutes the Biblical account or is indeed a part of the biblical account in Revelations, we get a point of view from both sides which was a nice read I thought.
All in all this issue was centred on normal pre-apocalyptic things that would happen for instance a birth, a wedding, a sports game (basketball), Gardening and Shopping and was a nice break to the madness that has came before.
There is a sad moment though when Carol finally looses the plot, in a desperate attempt to be loved and listened too she befriends the zombie that was taken in for Alice to operate on and try to discover more about them, her befriending of the zombie obviously doesn’t end well for her when she seems to go in for a cuddle and gets munched on.
It ends with a shocking cliff-hanger (not for me though as I purchased 7&8 together, GO ME!) where just as the volume ends with everything all calm Rick looks up and sees the Woodbury gang approaching with weapons, vehicles and a tank.
Great volume and I was very pleased I had eight sitting ready to read.
The Walking Dead Volume 1 ‘Days Gone Bye’ – Review HERE
The Walking Dead Volume 2 ‘Miles Behind Us’ – Review HERE
The Walking Dead Volume 3 ‘Safety Behind Bars’ – Review HERE
The Walking Dead Volume 4 ‘The Hearts Desire’ – Review HERE
The Walking Dead Volume 5 ‘The Best Defense’ – Review HERE
The Walking Dead Volume 6 ‘This Sorrowful Life’ – Review HERE