The Walking Dead Volume 9: Here We Remain, by Robert Kirkman et. al. ISBN 9781607060222
Five out of five stars
The disaster is complete, the prison compound where Rick and his group were safe from the zombies has been overrun by the forces of the “Governor” and the surviving inhabitants have been scattered. Rick and his young son Carl are alone, wandering and looking for a place of safety. Rick is suffering from severe psychological stress and an injury, forcing the armed Carl to assume some of the decision-making responsibilities.
The two survivors are able to find a safe house, but their supplies are limited, so they know that their long-term survival is based on their ability to find more food as well as linking up with other survivors. Fortunately, they are able to do that while encountering and avoiding the walking dead.
Although the sanctuary of the prison was overrun and their band scattered in the battle with the Governor’s forces, there is a hint of improvement and a growing sense of cooperation for the survival of the people that are still living. There are also hints as to the cause of the zombie apocalypse as well as the possibility of it ending.
Like the earlier volumes, this one ends with a pointer to future action, only in this case there is a reason for the slimmest hope that things will get better in the future. Much like earlier volumes where your hopes were dashed in the next one. When you are finished with this volume, you can’t wait to get your hands on the next one.