Graphic Novel: The Heart’s Desire (Walking Dead #4) by Robert Kirkland
Summary: Life in the prison starts to get interesting for Rick Grimes and the rest of our survivors. Relationships heat up, fizzle out, and change entirely almost overnight. By the end of this volume, relationships between key characters are radically changed, setting the stage for future events in TheWalking Dead.
Thoughts: I’m not sure what to say besides… whoa. I don’t watch the TV show and so I had no idea what to expect. And still… I expected nothing that happened. This volume followed the group of survivors as they are finally starting to come to terms with the fact that this is a permanent life they are building and the pre-zombie world is never coming back.
Even with the permanent threat of zombies, people living in cramped quarters like that are going to go crazy. This volume has murder, suicide, betrayal, and a heavy dose of moral ambiguity. Rick, the former cop and current leader, is trying to keep things under control, but even he is forced to do things that are necessary, but don’t feel right. And it’s hard to tell if he’s making tough decisions out of necessity or if he has become addicted to the violence that now fills their world. But what I really want to know, and this volume didn’t talk about, is who is the father of Lori’s baby? Is it her husband Rick? Or his dead best friend?
Moments I Loved: That point when Rick crossed the line from doing morally ambiguous things to deciding morality had no place in keeping the majority of people alive. Moments like that are why I read this series.
WTF Moments: At one point a mother tries to kill herself in front of her daughter.
Artwork: The high quality of the black and white artwork remains consistent in this series. It is easy to follow and there is a diverse look among the characters, something that is not always the case in graphic novels.
Overall: A great installment in an action-packed and thought provoking series.