“The Best Defense” is the fifth volume of The Walking Dead, and it’s pretty different from what’s come before. Previously, each volume was a solid stand-alone story. Yes, each one built off of everything that came before, and did so VERY, very well… but they were nonetheless essentially standalone stories. You could conceivably read, enjoy and understand “Safety Behind Bars” without having read “Days Gone Bye” or continuing on to “The Heart’s Desire”, and while you’d miss out on some interesting and important character development, I think you’d find each story enjoyable in its own right. But while “The Best Defense” is an engaging, enjoyable read, it’s also almost purely wrap-up from the previous arc and set-up for the next one.