- Publisher: Image Comics
- Format: Paperback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 169mm x 259mm x 7mm | 260g
- Publication date: 26 September 2006
- Publication City/Country: Fullerton
- ISBN 10: 1582406723
- ISBN 13: 9781582406725
- Illustrations note: chiefly Illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,430
The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled: no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, the survivors are forced to finally start living. Available for the first time in the US, the first volume of The Walking Dead saga is presented in Spanish.
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By Casey Pearce 09 Mar 2014
Having read this epic series of zombie apocalypse many times through now, I believe I can safely write a decent review about them.
The Walking Dead, Volume One: Days Gone Bye is an incredibly suspenseful, realistic and exciting introduction to the protagonist Rick Grimes.
Waking from a coma to find the world utterly devastated by a zombie plague of unknown origin, we follow a truly terrifying journey of discovery as Rick vows to find his family and protect them to the bitter end.
We are introduced to Robert Kirkman's highly addictive and scary take on how people would be affected and changed in the face of such a drastic catastrophe. The dead now rule the world, and the living are forced into a corner by the relentless zombie hordes. Bitter inter-personal conflicts threaten to tear apart newly found alliances among the few surviving groups. We come to realise how much we rely on others, not just for physical protection, but emotionally as well. Surviving the walking dead is one thing; surviving the heartbreak of losing those close to you is another thing entirely.
This is the only volume in which Tony Moore illustrates, and his work is absolutely breathtaking. While the illustrations in later books are still good, this first issue is a must-see, and will blow your mind with the gruesome detail that many zombie-fanatics live to witness.
This series is well worth the investment; you will get many hours of enjoyment, not only reading and examining the fantastic art, but also pondering the huge cast of character's actions and reactions.
By 365 Graphic Novels 13 May 2012
This is a tale of what happens to ordinary people when the zombies rise up and start eating everyone. A tale you have seen told dozens of times I am sure but this is on course to become possibly the definitive work of this genre. Any good apocalyptic story is all about the people left behind. It is a mirror of ourselves at the worst of times. In the introduction the author states this will be a mature, character-driven piece that is here for the long haul. At 16 volumes and going strong this is a rare chance to tell an epic tale of humanity. It is indeed very well written.
For those of you familiar with the recent television adaptation and have a thirst for more this is an excellent way of getting your fix. They start off mirroring each other with the comic like a living storyboard. Scene for scene and even shot for shot they are twined but slowly they start to go their separate ways with each playing to their strengths. Characters are missing and scenes are altered before they each pick a different dramatic finale.
The art is excellent. The artist has a unique style and is not trying to ape any mainstream title. It isn't black and white it is grey and dark grey. This subtle pallet is used to great effect to portray their cold, bleak new world. The panel structure and layout is superb with no default setting. There are exactly enough images per page to tell the story from nine down to one. It has a real cinematic feel with lots of short little frames to move the story along, page wide strips to emphasize emotion and the bold full page image to stop you dead. There are some nice page-end cliff-hangers to get your heart racing. The characters are all well-defined and consistent. The facial expressions are very well done allowing you to truly feel their emotions.
It starts expertly with lots of pictures and little dialogue to convey the loneliness and isolation of this stark new world. It does unfold at a cracking pace and before you know it you are in the middle sharing the hopes and fears of these everyday folk. All too soon there is a dramatic turn, people die and once again you have been thrown into unfamiliar territory in this grave new world. This is a strong Thumbs Up!
By cristina gaspar 10 Feb 2012
This book series is amazing! Not only for zombie fans, this goes through a lot of different stories, human relantioship, it's superb!
After reading the books, I'll definitely'll watch the TV series!!
By Tristan Macleod 01 Jul 2010
I really enjoyed this series so far.
I'm not sure you have to be fan of zombies (like myself) to enjoy this.
I think you have to prepare for confronting situations. Cause this book is full of em. As the series goes on it gets more and more full on.
Zombies, I believe, bring out true human nature and survival skills.
With all the different personalities in this book, you won't know who is going to do what and when. You find yourself not trusting people, and you're just reading it.
This first book is basically setting it up for you.
I would agree that it is a bit slow to get into. But if you kick on with the series I believe nine times out of then you will want to know what happens next.
I can't wait for the next issue to come out.