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Issue 34 is the thirty-fourth issue of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and the fourth part of Volume 6: This Sorrowful Life. It was originally published on January 28, 2007.

Plot Synopsis

Michonne has been walking all night and has found Rick, Martínez, Glenn, and Alice. She wants to continue moving. Rick asks her if The Governor is still alive. She replies saying that he might be, but, she doesn't know for certain. Noticing her odd behavior, Rick tells Glenn to keep an eye on her.

Alice is still upset about Dr. Stevens' death, but, she thinks she can carry on. Glenn asks what Martinez did for a living before the end of the world. Martinez reveals that he was a gym teacher. When the dead began to rise, Martinez huddled up in a school full of his students and their parents. The school got overrun by zombies and only Martinez got out alive. Alice also made it out of her dorm alive when that, too, was made a safe haven. It was easy for Martinez to run because he had no family or loved ones and nothing was holding him back.

Martinez stops talking. The zombies have caught up to them. They all start running, but, one of them gets Martinez's hand. He screams "Not today!" and rips it's jaw off. He kicks it off and Alice shoots it. Glenn is surrounded, but, Alice and Michonne save him. They all run to the car, Glenn goes to driving-seat, and the others push it out of the mud. They get in and they drive away. In the car, Alice asks if the prison is safe. Rick says that it has three gates and zombies haven't even been able to push the first one down. Alice says she was only in Woodbury because she knew she was safe from the zombies. All of the Woodbury people call the zombies "biters," but, Rick and Glenn call them "roamers" and "lurkers."

At the prison, they see that every gate is open letting the zombies in. The yard is overrun by hordes of zombies, with Dale's RV seemingly abandoned.

In a flashback of Rick's hometown, Morgan and Duane are having a Christmas celebration. Morgan gives Duane a Gameboy and gives a speech. Duane is so excited about the game, so he doesn't pay much attention. Morgan says lastly that he loves Duane.



  • Otis (Alive, Off-Panel)


  • Last appearance of Duane Jones. (Alive, Flashback)
  • The creator, Robert Kirkman, confirms that this issue is the "Christmas episode".[1]
  • This issue has one of the least appearances of characters.
  • The last scene with Morgan and Duane doesn't appear in the trade version.
  • This issue contains the Morgan Special.
  • This is the fifth issue to get a second printing.


  1. Issue 34, page 26, "Letter Hacks"
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
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