The Walking Dead, Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars
Series: The Walking Dead #3
Published by Image Comics on June 18th 2005
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror
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Also by this author: The Walking Dead, Vol. 01: Days Gone Bye, The Walking Dead, Vol. 02: Miles Behind Us, 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 as they set up a permanent camp inside a prison. Relationships change, characters die, and our team of survivors learn there's something far more deadly than zombies out there: each other.
Volume three picks up right where volume two left off – with the group of survivors coming across a seemingly abandoned fortress of a prison. Tyreese, Rick, and Andrea set to beginning to clean out the prison – meaning killing the multitudes of zombies trapped inside.
Chris, Julie’s boyfriend, becomes frustrated and angry about being stuck in the RV babysitting the children and basically pitches a fit.
The next day, Rick and Tyreese locate the prison cafeteria, where they meet four living inmates, Dexter, Andrew, Thomas, and Axel. Lori once again unleashes her inner bitch and demands to know the reasons the prisoners were sentenced in the first place. Perhaps it’s a side effect of her pregnancy, but Lori is annoying as hell.
Rick makes the decision to return to Hershel Greene’s farm and invite him and his remaining family members to join the core group at the prison, which the Greenes gratefully accept. Meanwhile, back at the prison, Chris and Julie make a suicide pact; however, only Julie dies, leaving Tyreese to murder Chris, as he killed Tyreese’s daughter. Because Julie reanimated as a zombie despite having not been bitten, the group realizes that they are, in fact, all already infected with the zombie affliction.
After burning the bodies of Chris and Julie, Rick announces that he will be gone for a few days and leaves the prison. Unbeknownst to the others, Rick returns to the group’s original campground, digs up Shane, whom has awakened in zombie form, and shoots him.
Andrea, Tyreese, Billy Greene, and Glenn make the decision to enter the prison gym to rid it of its huge zombie infestation. However, Tyreese makes a seemingly suicidal move by running into the midst of the undead and Billy, Andrea, and Glenn have no choice but to abandon him, assuming he is dead. When Rick returns, he rushes to the gym to find out what happened to Tyreese and, to everyone’s surprise, finds Tyreese still alive.
While Rick is gone, Susie and Rachel Greene, Hershel’s twin daughters, are shown to the prison barber shop by Maggie and Glenn. After the girls have been gone for a while, a search ensues and they are found murdered in the barber shop, not by zombies, but by someone living. Assuming Dexter is the culprit who decapitated the twins, he is locked in a cell by the rest of the group.
Meanwhile, Andrea, who is in the prison’s laundry room, is brutally attacked by Thomas, who is then revealed to be the true killer of Susie and Rachel. Andrea escapes with injuries and it is decided by the majority of the group that if one kills, one shall be killed. Of course, Lori has to disagree and argue with Rick about the decision.
Ultimately, Patricia frees Thomas from his makeshift cell. Thomas, of course, attacks Patricia and she is saved by Maggie, who shoots Thomas dead. Hershel gains a sense of justice by observing zombies ripping Thomas’ dead body apart and devouring him.
Concluding the volume, the remaining original prison inmates, along with Patricia, band together and with guns taken from the prison armory, team up to kick out the original group of survivors unless they leave the prison grounds immediately. With this cliffhanger, I immediately jumped into reading volume four.