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Issue 42 is the forty-second issue of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and the sixth and final part of Volume 7: The Calm Before. It was originally published on September 12, 2007.

Plot Synopsis

Carol has just willingly walked into a zombie that Alice had chained between the two fences of the prison for study, and it has bitten her neck. She falls down, mortally wounded but not struggling or fearful. Andrea swiftly kills the zombie with her rifle. The other survivors, previously engaged in a game of basketball take notice, especially Tyreese, and rush to help her. Tyreese tries to comfort her, and tells her to save her strength. Carol tells him to let her die, and she soon dies. A distraught Tyreese asks a deceased Carol why, although he is still not sure how deliberate it was. Hershel confirms to Tyreese that he saw her just step forward and let it bite her. Carol soon reanimates and Andrea puts her down.

Carol is later buried next to Allen. Rick is upset by the addition of another member of their group to the graveyard at her funeral, and says they have lost "too many." All the survivors sadly look upon the graves as the rain pours.

Later, Hershel, Glenn, Maggie, and Billy are in their room. Billy, somewhat shamefully, admits to everyone that Carol came to him and had sex with him, immediately before committing suicide. He shakingly asks why she would do that to him. Meanwhile, Carl is trying to comfort a shocked Sophia, who is too stunned to speak or move. Lori and Rick tell Carl that Sophia doesn't want to play right now, and Carl says that he understands, and tells Sophia that he still likes her.

Two weeks later, Andrea is still sad about Carol. She's fitting the riot suit and she asks why she has to wear it. Dale forces her to use it because it saved Glenn's life. Rick says that when every attack comes, she'll be in the tower. Andrea ponders whoever thought the suits were cool.

At the tower, Andrea is practicing shooting, while wearing the suit with Rick, Tyreese, and Dale looking on. Tyreese expresses his confidence in their plan, with walkers guarding the base and Andrea as their sniper. Andrea gears off, and leaves the suit up in the tower as she enlists Tyreese to help her restock ammunition. Dale jealously looks at the two of them.

As they're restocking ammunition, Tyreese asks Andrea's feelings about shooting Carol, and she says that it needed to be done, like when she shot Amy. She says also that she doesn't understand why she did it. Tyreese says that the apocalypse has changed him, and has also changed Andrea. Andrea adds that Amy wouldn't recognize her if she saw her now. She asks how Tyreese is dealing with Carol's death, and he says that he had a girlfriend in high school who committed suicide. Tyreese says that he hates it when somebody does that, and Carol doesn't deserve his sorrow.

Later, Dale wakes up, and finds Tyreese and Andrea have made him a wooden leg, so he could walk without crutches. Dale then asks Tyreese to leave, so he could talk with Andrea. Andrea asks what's wrong and Dale says that she can sleep with Tyreese if she wants to, saying that he understands if she's bored with their relationship, since he is older and Tyreese is much younger. Andrea tells Dale that he is handsome and perfect, and that she loves him.

Glenn and Maggie are talking about Dale's "peg leg" and suddenly Maggie says that she would like to have a baby. Glenn wants one too, and they have sex. In Tyreese's cell, he and Michonne are kissing, and Tyreese praises Michonne and tells her she's been great. Michonne wants him to not ruin what they have by talking, and they have sex.

In the morning, Rick and Tyreese are talking about the Woodbury survivors. Tyreese asserts that it's been two months since Rick and the others escaped there, leading him to think that they won't come back. Rick says if they want to come here, they'd have to kill all the zombies first, and Tyreese agrees to leave the zombies be. Meanwhile, Carl wants to play with Sophia, but again, Lori says that she probably doesn't want to. Carl says its okay, and kisses her on the cheek. Patricia offers her help in watching over the kids, and Lori accepts. Meanwhile, Dale is practicing walking with the "peg leg", Glenn and Maggie are taking a walk, and Tyreese and Michonne are playing basketball.

At Hershel's vegetable garden, Rick jokingly says that he could beat Tyreese at basketball, one-handed. He tastes one of the tomatoes and says that they are great. Hershel says that they won't be able to save them for winter. Rick compliments Hershel again, calling him a "magician with vegetables," and suddenly they notice that some cars are assembling in front of their fences. The Governor comes out of a tank and yells:"Kill them all!"



  • Carol (Alive and Zombified)


  • Last appearance of Carol.
    • With Carol's death, Sophia is the last surviving member of her biological family.
  • Although Dale lost his leg, in the cover he is seen with both of them. The same thing happens in #65.
  • Although Andrea has a sniper in this issue, she is seen with a pistol on the cover.


  • Andrea talks to Tyreese about shooting Carol "to keep her from coming back as a monster", even though Carol had already reanimated by the time Andrea shot her.
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
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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
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