Series: The Walking Dead #2
Published by Image Comics on November 24, 2004
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror
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Also by this author: The Walking Dead, Vol. 01: Days Gone Bye, The Walking Dead, Vol. 03: Safety Behind Bars, The Walking Dead, Vol. 04: The Heart's Desire
Illustrator: Charlie Adlard
An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living. This volume follows our band of survivors on their tragic journey in search of shelter. Characters live and die as they brave a treacherous landscape littered with packs of the walking dead.
Miles Behind Us picks up where Days Gone Bye, volume one in the series, left off, with Rick and his comrades burying Shane after Carl killed him in defense of his father. In this issue, it is decided by the group of zombie apocalypse survivors that Rick shall be their leader, as he is a natural and was a sheriff prior to the zombie invasion, after all.
The group chooses to leave the camp at which they’ve been holding court and move on to – hopefully – better surroundings as well as more survivors. On the road in their RV, the tight-knit group comes across three people whom are added to their numbers – Tyreese, his daughter, Julie, and Julie’s boyfriend, Chris. Rick’s wife, Lori, gets pissed about the inclusion of the trio – she’s just a bitch, in my opinion! 😀
Lori’s unexpected pregnancy comes to light, which is an issue not only because of the extreme lack of medical care, but due to the fact that either Rick or Shane could be the child’s father. It is revealed at the beginning of this volume that Lori did indeed have at least one sexual encounter with Shane prior to Rick’s rejoining his family. Rick chooses to ignore this fact in order to maintain some sense of sanity.
The group stumbles across a gated community dubbed Wiltshire Estates and assumes they will be safe and able to rebuild some semblance of a life there. However, the zombies hiding in the community have different plans. After spending one night in the neighborhood, the undead awaken, killing Donna, Allen’s wife and mother to Ben and Billy. Naturally, Allen is absolutely devastated and considers abandoning the group, as well as his sons. Allen is talked into continuing on with his comrades, but falls into a deep depression.
After moving on from Wiltshire Estates, the gang runs into Otis, who shoots Carl, mistaking the group for a horde of zombies. Luckily, Otis tells the crowd he’s living semi-safely on a farm with Hershel Greene and Hershel’s six children, Maggie, Lacey, Arnold, Billy, and twins, Rachel and Susie. Along with the group at the farm is Otis’ girlfriend, Patricia.
As Hershel has medical experience, he is able to extract the bullet lodged in Carl’s shoulder, thus saving the boy. Maggie and Glenn take a liking to each other and quickly become a couple. The farm is seemingly too good to be true – and it is. Not long after arriving at the farm, it is discovered that Hershel has his own horde of zombies, including his son, Shawne and other loved ones and friends, locked in the farm’s barn.
Sensing impending doom, Rick tries in vain to convince Hershel that the zombies are no longer the people Hershel once knew and that they should be killed. Hershel becomes angry and refuses to listen to Rick’s advice. When Hershel tries to put another zombie in the barn, the undead break out and attack, ultimately killing three of Hershel’s still-living children, prompting Hershel to almost commit suicide before being stopped by Rick.
Hershel, having basically lost his mind after witnessing the deaths of his children and nearly killing Rick, announces the original group must leave the farm. Glenn stays behind with Maggie and the rest of the group begrudgingly hits the road in the RV. Finally, the group comes across a highly secured prison and decides to make it their new home, setting the stage for volume three.