The Walking Dead, Vol. 5: The Best Defense

The Walking Dead, Vol. 5: The Best Defense - Cliff Rathburn, Charlie Adlard, Robert Kirkman Rick Grimes continues his habit of making the worst, most naive decisions possible for his small (getting smaller) group of survivors. This is also the most graphically violent volume in the series to date, and while Kirkman is creating a society formed of "new rules" driven by the reemergence primitive gender roles, the effort would be easier to appreciate if he were able to somehow craft characters who seem deeper and more emotionally believable. Until then, the series pushes uncomfortably toward using violence for its own sake. The best tragedies balance their lowest depths with flashes of the humor and humanity that is being compromised. Kirkman could benefit from adopting a little of that approach here.