So, I'm not saying the characters are overly multi-dimensional, because they're just not. But this volume is much more contemplative - less actiony - and it's not a bad thing.
There is still plenty of things going on. Carl and Rick have to make their way forward, and it's not easy. But decent stuff happens, the whole hordes/herds thing is explained a little bit, and there are new characters. I a cool with all of that. Except for the return of the damn farm, but luckily that doesn't seem to be something I have to worry too much about.