The Walking Dead Volume 8: Made to Suffer, by Robert Kirkman et. al. ISBN 9781582408835
Five out of five stars
This is the most depressing volume of the series so far, with nearly all the people dead or dead in the form of zombies, all those still living should be cooperating. However, the main thread of this story is the only two known large groups of survivors engaged in a battle to the death for control of the prison. The reader is reminded once again that in this storyline, people are not noble and the writers will not hesitate to kill off the main characters.
It opens with a brief background of the fate of the psychopathic leader known as the “Governor.” He is absolute ruler of another enclave of the living and he was left for dead when Rick and his group were able to escape. He survives and volume 7 ended with the Governor leading a pseudo-military convoy against the prison complex. The Governor is standing up in the turret of a tank, so the threat is real and immediate.
When the going gets the most difficult, some of the people in Rick’s group make the decision to save themselves and make a run for safety. The battle is joined and there is a high rate of casualties on both sides, leading to a zombie feast.
At the end, the reader feels that all of the optimism for the future of humanity has been dashed, for danger brings out the best and the worst in humans. Which is what makes the story so compelling, the people are unpredictable and not always acting in what is clearly their best interest. Few have the “one for all and all for one” mindset.