The Walking Dead 4: The Heart’s Desire

8.0 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Art: 7/10

Good story about

Still not a fan of the art

Comic Info

Comic Name: The Walking Dead

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: Robert Kirkman

Artist: Charlie Adlard

# of Issues: 6

Release Date:  2005


The Walking Dead #19

Reprints The Walking Dead #19-24 (May 2005-November 2005). Dexter’s rebellion at the prison is quashed and Rick is forced to kill him. As the survivors fight to get control of their new home, a new survivor arrives named Michonne. With Michonne comes problems and a new wedge between Tyreese and Carol. When Allen is bitten, Rick’s actions force the survivors to question his role as leader.

Written by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead Volume 4:  The Heart’s Desire is part of Image’s hit zombie series.  Following The Walking Dead Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars, the series features art by Charlie Adlard.  The issues in the collection were also collected in The Walking Dead—Volume 2, The Walking Dead Omnibus—Volume 1, and The Walking Dead Walking Dead Compendium—Volume 1.

Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard have established a “safe haven” for the survivors and do what The Walking Dead does best…let people be people. Following the trend of many zombie movies, the real danger might not be the zombies.  The series has been collected in multiple forms.

The story of course sets up that people will destroy people. This a common theme from Night of the Living Dead to most horror films. It stops being about the threat outside and the danger inside. Besides Allen’s death, most of the danger in The Heart’s Desire is because everyone is cracking under the pressure of the situation they are in. They begin to make personal mistakes and all those mistakes have consequences.


The Walking Dead #22

The art for The Walking Dead is improving, but not in how it is drawn (I’m not a huge fan of Adlard and I wish it was in color). Now the characters are starting to develop personalities and it is becoming easier to distinguish them. There are a still a few characters I get confused but that is mostly because Kirkman keeps adding characters (since no one appears to be safe in this series). A nice mini-summery and picture of each character at the beginning of the collections could help clear that up.

The Walking Dead continues strong and this is the type of Walking Dead story I like. Not much happened in it in terms of action, but the interaction between the characters really sculpt many issues past this collection. The dramatic announcement that the survivors are “The Walking Dead” seemed a bit over the top…and seriously it took twenty-four issues to determine that? The Walking Dead continues in The Walking Dead 5: The Best Defense.

Preceded By:

The Walking Dead 3:  Safety Behind Bars

Followed By:

The Walking Dead 5:  The Best Defense

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