The Walking Dead, Vol. 4: The Heart’s Desire

The Walking Dead, Vol. 4: The Heart’s DesireThe Walking Dead, Vol. 04: The Heart's Desire by Robert Kirkman
Series: The Walking Dead #4
Published by Image Comics on April 28th 2009
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror
Pages: 136
Format: ebook
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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. 03: Safety Behind Bars
Illustrator: Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn

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 The Walking Dead.

Volume four is my least favorite edition thus far, as I’ve given it a mere three stars. A redeeming quality of this installment is the introduction of the katana-wielding, zombie-enslaving Michonne, by far the most awesome character in the AMC show. 

Michonne makes a big entrance, saving Otis, who had stayed behind at the Greene family farm to watch over the livestock and had begun making his way to the prison, from a gaggle of zombies.

The core group is immediately suspicious of Michonne, confiscates her swords and keeps watch on her. Rick and company then must kill another horde of zombies after someone leaves the cell block door open to the armory after gathering more weapons. Rick ends up shooting Dexter in the head, but pretends it was an accident; Tyreese knows the truth, but says nothing.

Allen is bitten in the leg by a zombie, of course, prompting the group to opt for cutting off the leg in an attempt to prevent the zombie ‘virus’ from spreading and ultimately causing Allen to turn. 

One thing really grossed me out in this volume: Michonne seduces Tyreese, who is in a relationship with Carol, by giving him oral sex, which Carol witnesses. Carol reacts by attempting suicide and Michonne’s place in the group is further questioned. Tyreese lets it slip that Rick purposely killed Dexter and a fight ensues, resulting in Rick falling over a railing and being knocked out for a while.

Allen eventually dies and is shot in the head so as to prevent his reanimation. When Rick awakens from his blackout, he learns that Tyreese has told the rest of the group about Rick’s murdering Dexter. The group has decided to make Rick one of four co-leaders, also including Tyreese, Hershel, and Dale, in order for absolute power over the crew to be impossible. 

At the end of the volume, Rick proclaims that the survivors are in fact ‘the walking dead’ and argues that everyone should stop pretending the world will ever return to normal. I feel that this volume was a turning point in the series, especially with Rick’s proclamation. However, I was not fond of Michonne’s being so sexualized, as she didn’t seem that way in the TV series episodes I did watch. 

Love, Maggie


  1. Nicole @ Boundless Bookaholic

    I’m a big wimp when it comes to gore and violence for the most part. I’ve been told to watch the TV show though, so maybe someday. Great review. Sorry you didn’t like this as much as the others.

  2. Cassie Winters

    I have avoided this series and the ACCOMPANYING television series because it just seems like a violent series without much point to me. I personally cannot get into the entertainment value of the series, so I avoid it at all costs. I recognize that there has to be some entertainment value though since so many people love it, but I guess this is just one of those things that showcases beautifully that people have different tastes. It isn’t the horror aspect of the series either because I love horror like Nightmare on Elm Street and the Friday the 13 franchise, but this for some reason I am like “return to sender” please.

    • Maggie

      I totally understand! There can be some silly parts, especially on the show; I actually stopped watching because it got to be so goofy. I’ve always heard how the books are a bit different and with reading them, I actually understand certain plot points! While the show is convoluted now, the books have been worth it – so far! I read volumes 5 and 6 since writing this review and they’re really good! I adore horror as well – my favorite part of Halloween is all the scary movies! 😀

  3. Shawn

    Hopefully future installments you’ll like better! I haven’t picked up The WAlking Dead comics (I’m not even past season one of the show!).

  4. Diana @ The Bookish Sisters

    I’m a wimp when it comes to anything scary. That’s why I haven’T seen this show or read the comics 😩 But at the same time I kind of want to give the show a try!

  5. Danielle

    Wow. I dont like the way they pOrtRag michonne in the comics. I wont be picking them up. I am a big fan of the show so ill stick to that! 🙂

    • Maggie

      Yes! The difference between Michonne on the show and in the books is crazy! I’m excited to see if her and Rick get together in the books too!

  6. Jessica | ReadingwithJessica

    Sorry you didn’t like this one as much as the others. Luckily this series is sooooo long and chances are you will find another that you love <3

  7. Sarah Campbell

    Michonne is awesome in the TV SHOW!! My husband is a huge fan and he KNOWS a lot of weird things that don’t happen in the show, i just shut off, nope don’t wanna here it!

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