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Issue 14 is the fourteenth issue of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and the second part of Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars. It was originally published on November 15, 2004. The deluxe colored version was released on May 5, 2021.

Plot Synopsis

Rick and Tyreese happily accept Dexter's invitation. Rick asks him about their food supply, and Dexter informs him they have enough to feed the entire prison population for weeks, with the food stocks lasting much longer with there only being four prisoners in the cafeteria.

They bring the rest of the group inside the cafeteria where they eat for the first time in quite a while. Axel says they don't look like a rescue team, and Rick informs him that they're not. Axel explains that the prisoners have been cut off from the outside world for months and have no idea what's been going on, so Rick fills them in before realizing that the new survivors are not guards, but inmates. Dexter killed his ex-wife and her boyfriend; Andrew was a drug dealer; Axel committed armed robbery; Thomas says "Tax Evasion". Andrew also thinks he caused the outbreak because he prayed to God to cure him of his addiction and the outbreak started the next day, obviously preventing him from obtaining any more drugs. Dexter then explains how the prisoners got locked in the cafeteria; the guards started deserting the prison and zombies somehow got inside. The remaining guards let the prisoners out. While most died, the four of them helped a group of guards fight their way to the exit, but just before they reached it, the guards locked them inside the cafeteria. Dexter then shows them around the prison, and they reveal they had to use the freezer as bathroom after the buckets were all filled with excrement.

The group opens the door to the gym. They see its full of zombies, but decide to "deal with it later". Then they go to the laundry room and find some vehicles in the garage. With that, the conclude the tour of C-Block. As the group starts moving into their cells, Rick and Tyreese start arguing. Rick wants to invite Hershel and his family to live at the prison with them, but Tyreese believes Hershel to be dangerous. Rick points out that Hershel is a farmer and that they will need him if they want to grow crops inside the walls. He also thinks it's the right thing to do, as he doesn't believe the farm to be safe. With the extra man power, Rick claims, they could clean up the prison in no time and have plenty of room for whoever else stumbles upon the prison. He decides to head to the farm tomorrow with Dale in the RV.

The next day, Rick and Dale drive up to the farm, though Rick decides to go talk to Hershel alone to appear less threatening. He approaches the house when he notices a fire burning and rushes towards it. The fire turns out to be a pile of dead zombies the family is burning. Rick learns that the zombie attacks have increased since they left. Rick invites them all to come back with him to the prison, and Hershel agrees. The group leaves for the prison, except for Otis, who stays behind to watch over the farm.

Rick arrives back to the prison and is greeted by Tyreese, who informs him about the status of the prison cleanup as well as how the inmates are getting along with the group. He says that Axel and Thomas helped, while Andrew and Dexter mostly kept to themselves. They are interrupted by Lori, who is unhappy with having to live with the prisoners. Rick reassures her that they have the prisoners outnumbered and outgunned, so there is no cause for alarm. Lori breaks down in tears, so Rick comforts her, citing hormones as the reason. Later, Lori asks Carol if she thinks she is getting fat, as she doesn't believe her stomach should be showing so much so early during her pregnancy. Carol points out that Lori could be further along than she thought, but stops talking once she realizes the implication. Lori asks where Tyreese is, and Carol informs her that he's looking for Julie and Chris. Hershel thanks Rick for bringing him and his family to the prison, but Rick doesn't think it necessary.

The following night, after having sex, Chris and Julie commit to shooting each other in a suicide pact. After hearing a gunshot, Rick runs to find Tyreese hugging his dead daughter's body and Chris exclaiming that they were supposed to kill each other at the same time. Julie then suddenly turns and attempts to bite Tyreese.




  • Last appearance of Julie. (Alive)
  • This issue is the first to not feature Rick Grimes in the cover.
  • This issue features the first on-panel reanimation, with Julie reanimating after dying
    • It is also the first time a person reanimated without being bitten, with Julie being shot in the chest.
  • This is the first issue to not feature any living characters or zombies on the cover, with only Chris' corpse being featured.
  • This is the second issue, after Issue 1, to show nudity. Namely, Julie's breast are visible before her suicide.

Cutting Room Floor

  • Chris was originally going to be the one to die instead of Julie.
  • Rick originally didn't explain the state of the world to the prisoners.


Comic Issues
Volume 1: Days Gone Bye Issue 1Issue 2Issue 3Issue 4Issue 5Issue 6
Volume 2: Miles Behind Us Issue 7Issue 8Issue 9Issue 10Issue 11Issue 12
Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars Issue 13Issue 14Issue 15Issue 16Issue 17Issue 18
Volume 4: The Heart's Desire Issue 19Issue 20Issue 21Issue 22Issue 23Issue 24
Volume 5: The Best Defense Issue 25Issue 26Issue 27Issue 28Issue 29Issue 30
Volume 6: This Sorrowful Life Issue 31Issue 32Issue 33Issue 34Issue 35Issue 36
Volume 7: The Calm Before Issue 37Issue 38Issue 39Issue 40Issue 41Issue 42
Volume 8: Made To Suffer Issue 43Issue 44Issue 45Issue 46Issue 47Issue 48
Volume 9: Here We Remain Issue 49Issue 50Issue 51Issue 52Issue 53Issue 54
Volume 10: What We Become Issue 55Issue 56Issue 57Issue 58Issue 59Issue 60
Volume 11: Fear The Hunters Issue 61Issue 62Issue 63Issue 64Issue 65Issue 66
Volume 12: Life Among Them Issue 67Issue 68Issue 69Issue 70Issue 71Issue 72
Volume 13: Too Far Gone Issue 73Issue 74Issue 75Issue 76Issue 77Issue 78
Volume 14: No Way Out Issue 79Issue 80Issue 81Issue 82Issue 83Issue 84
Volume 15: We Find Ourselves Issue 85Issue 86Issue 87Issue 88Issue 89Issue 90
Volume 16: A Larger World Issue 91Issue 92Issue 93Issue 94Issue 95Issue 96
Volume 17: Something To Fear Issue 97Issue 98Issue 99Issue 100Issue 101Issue 102
Volume 18: What Comes After Issue 103Issue 104Issue 105Issue 106Issue 107Issue 108
Volume 19: March To War Issue 109Issue 110Issue 111Issue 112Issue 113Issue 114
Volume 20: All Out War - Part One Issue 115Issue 116Issue 117Issue 118Issue 119Issue 120
Volume 21: All Out War - Part Two Issue 121Issue 122Issue 123Issue 124Issue 125Issue 126
Volume 22: A New Beginning Issue 127Issue 128Issue 129Issue 130Issue 131Issue 132
Volume 23: Whispers Into Screams Issue 133Issue 134Issue 135Issue 136Issue 137Issue 138
Volume 24: Life And Death Issue 139Issue 140Issue 141Issue 142Issue 143Issue 144
Volume 25: No Turning Back Issue 145Issue 146Issue 147Issue 148Issue 149Issue 150
Volume 26: Call To Arms Issue 151Issue 152Issue 153Issue 154Issue 155Issue 156
Volume 27: The Whisperer War Issue 157Issue 158Issue 159Issue 160Issue 161Issue 162
Volume 28: A Certain Doom Issue 163Issue 164Issue 165Issue 166Issue 167Issue 168
Volume 29: Lines We Cross Issue 169Issue 170Issue 171Issue 172Issue 173Issue 174
Volume 30: New World Order Issue 175Issue 176Issue 177Issue 178Issue 179Issue 180
Volume 31: The Rotten Core Issue 181Issue 182Issue 183Issue 184Issue 185Issue 186
Volume 32: Rest In Peace Issue 187Issue 188Issue 189Issue 190Issue 191Issue 192Issue 193