- Publisher: Image Comics
- Format: Paperback | 1088 pages
- Dimensions: 170mm x 256mm x 48mm | 2,140g
- Publication date: 19 May 2009
- Publication City/Country: Fullerton
- ISBN 10: 1607060760
- ISBN 13: 9781607060765
- Illustrations note: chiefly Illustrations
- Sales rank: 561
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By Natalie Johnson 17 Jun 2014
I will start by saying that I am a huge fan of the show, I don’t know why, because every season the writers find new ways to break my heart. Maybe that’s why; the show makes me feel all the feels, all at once. Good shows make you scream at the TV, hide behind the coach and leave you in a snotty, sobbing mess on the floor after mid-season finales. So, with that being said I will inevitably compare the books to the show.
I picked up the comics simply to tide me over till season four starts up again. I needed a Walking Dead fix. Boy, am I glad that I did – they are so good. The books are a whole different animal to the show, sure, the basic premise is the same and so are most of the characters but they are different enough that the books do not spoil the show or vice versa.
The stories are faced paced and the characters are three dimensional. A word of warning – do not get too attached to any of the characters because horrible and horrific things happen to all of them, and not just at the hands (or teeth) of the zombies. You think the characters on the show suffer but the guys in the books get it worse.
I liked some of the characters much better in the books than in the show, like Lori and Andrea. There are a couple of characters from the show that I miss and that is Daryl and Beth, as they have showed such great character development that really adds to my enjoyment of the show. Speaking of character development, Carl in the books has none and remains a child almost uncorrupted by the fallen world around him. Whereas Carl in the show has come on in leaps and bounds – from an innocent little boy to an annoying brat in need of a good hiding to a young man who has become an important member of the group.
Then there's The Governor, I have never in my life, hated anyone as much as I hate that man. The fact that I hate him so much makes him such a great character – in the books and on the show. I can’t even form words to express how much I hate him, I can only growl and clench my fists, grrrrrr. I hate him so much that if I were to meet the lovely David Morrissey, I would require inhuman amounts of self-control to not punch him in the face. The cruelty in this man is just unbelievable (the governor not David). I can’t even fathom how a person does the things he does to another human being. The worse thing is that others stand by and do nothing as he commits his cruelties or they even help him.
These stories highlight the lies we tell ourselves and the blinkers we put on just so we can live comfortably and stay safe in our little bubbles. They also demonstrate the lengths and depths we will go to, to protect the ones we love. They show that even the best of us will do the wrong things for the right reasons and that doing bad things does not always make us bad people. The stories also reveal that those who want a zombie apocalypse are straight up crazy and would probably live in Woodbury with the crazy ass governor.
These comics are not only perfect for those who love AMC’s The Walking Dead, but for anyone who loves a good zombie horror. Even if you have never cracked open a comic book before and you think they are just for teenage boys and geeks, you should definitely give these ones a try. I am a thirty-something female and I adored these comics, they are only the fourth comic book/graphic novels I have ever read and I plan on reading many more. Such a great reading experience.
Originally published @ natheartsbooks.blogspot.co.uk/
By Mike (the situation) 01 Jan 2014
when i first heard about ''the walking dead'' for the first time, i was like, god no. not zombies again. i'm not a huge fan of zombies, never was. but then the ''walking dead the video game'' was released, and it was actually pretty cool. it got nothing to do with the actual series except for the name, but the story was so good i couldn't stop playing it until i finished the game.
and then, i got bored again. so i said to myself, that i should probably check the TV show. critics said it is pretty good so i thought i'd give it a shot, and i got hooked up almost instantly. i loved it! for the first time ever i felt in love with something that actually had zombies in it. ''the walking dead'' is my favorite TV series after 'breaking bad'. (in my opinion, the best series EVER!)
SO! let's cut to the chase. after i finished watching season 3, i realized that the show is based on a comic series. and GOD knows how much i love comics, especially well written one. so i looked up online to get impressions, and got a lil curious about it. i usually dislike black and white comic books, but hell, i'm not a kid anymore, i can handle it, and it's not like it's THAT important. so i ordered it over here. my impressions about the packaging of this specific order are not good, even bad. it was boxed with only cardboard around it (for a heavy book like this you'd expect it'll be wrapped a lil bit better) but fortunately, i didn't encountered any serious damage.
and what can i say about the book? awesome! so much details went through it, from the great art and illustration to the strong narrative and story line. it was almost like reading the TV show that i just watched. the compendium is remarkable and i'm planning to buy the second one soon. i was kinda sad to find out that Deryl was actually invented by the TV show owners rather than the comic makers, but hell, it doesn't change the fact that the comics is really really great, at some points even better than the TV show.
if you're asking for any further recommendations, you're wasting your time! do yourself a favor and go buy this book if you love comics, and even if you're not. the story's alone worth giving it a shot.
By Joakim Metsälä 01 Mar 2013
I've always been a little skeptic about comics, but after reading this, I just couldn't put it down and now I buy a book the moment it's released.
By far the best thing I've read.
By Bruno Saiago Pereira 08 Nov 2011
The Walking dead is by far one of the coolest comic books about zombies and human survival in a devastated world.