The Walking Dead: Book One by Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead 1

So, I FINALLY have a review for you! I’m really sorry it’s been so quiet around here lately… but I’ll go more into that tomorrow.

The Walking Dead. Most of us know about it now because of the fantastic show on AMC, but it started out as aΒ monthly comic book series. Of course I never heard of it before the show, but it obviously was pretty popular in the comic world or it wouldn’t have been turned into a show. Keep in mind, I’m up to date on the show and this is my first time trying out the comics. So of course, I can’t help but compare the storylines and whatnot to the show as I’m reading. This review is for Book One, which is a hardcover compilation of the comic issues 1 through 12. (The ISBN for this exact book is 9781582406190, in case that helps you find it.)

The comic starts out pretty much the same as the first episode of The Walking Dead show, with Officer Rick Grimes waking up from a coma in the hospital to find that there’s no one around and zombies are everywhere. For a comic done in black and white, the attention to detail was pretty impressive in the beginning. I did notice that as more characters appeared, it seemed like the drawings became less concise and more erratic. That might be on purpose, I’m not sure if that’s a comic technique thing.

There are a couple characters in the comic that I don’t think are really in the show, and some of the most beloved characters in the show (Daryl, anyone?) isn’t in the comic, at least so far. Like I said, it’s hard to judge the comic on it’s own, but I enjoyed it. I finished it in one morning at work, and there were a couple surprises and “oh shit” moments. I definitely recommend this if you’re a fan of the show, of zombies, or just graphic novels in general. One of the best things about the comics (and show) is that it’s open-ended and it can go anywhere. In a lot of books or zombie movies, it ends without you ever really discovering what ends up happening, how people handle this new world, if humanity ever wins, how people cope, etc. It’s nice to feel like anything could happen.

There are seven more of these hardcover compilations, and hopefully I’ll be reading them throughout the next week or so. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to bother reviewing them all on here, because it seems like it’d be hard to do without avoiding spoilers… maybe after I’ve read them all I can come back and edit this post to add in my new thoughts.

Sarah Says:Β 3.5 stars


One comment

  1. I have this book out from the library right now! I love the Walking Dead and felt that it was time that I dove into the comic. Perfect timing since the show won’t be back until February! πŸ™‚

    Great review, Sarah!


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