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If you pay attention to comic book news, forums etc then at some point you would have heard some praise towards the walking dead series. This book deserves all the praisenthat it gets. From looking at the cover you may be thinking "this is just a comic book about a zombies" well this is not a story about zombies or how zombies took over. The walking dead is about a man who wakes up from a coma in a world where zombies have taken over and he wants to find his family. This is a story about people who live in a world with zombies, the zombies are just a minor part, the meat of the book is the interaction between the characters and the relationships that form. I could not stop reading this from the second I looked at the amazing art, the book just finds a way to hook you in and keep your attention from start to finish. The characters are well thought out, you care for them, you want to see them survive and when major things happen in the book you feel emotionally attached to it. if you want to read a volume leave it for a month then read the next volume you can and you will remember instantly what happened when you left making it a very accessible series.
You do not need to be a comic book fan to enjoy this, I know people that only read the walking dead and no other comics. I cannot recommend this book enough.
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What happens when a Romero Zombie film ends - when the few dwindling survivors, clutching guns and a backpack full of baked beans, stagg chilli and dirty underwear, head off in a helicopter? This is what this graphic novel is all about. How do you survive in a world where you risk life and limb just to get toilet paper? Where the shambling, ever-hungry walking dead are waiting to snack on you at any moment... Awesome art and great charachters combine to make a great, gory story. Just wish they'd film it!!
Having let the TV series pass me by for some time, I began watching it and was hooked. After a series of Walking Dead Marathons I had caught up with TV series and decided to fill the time until the next series with the books which started it all.
I was familiar with some aspects of The Walking Dead as I had read interviews with Robert Kirkman in CLiNT Magazine (sadly no longer running) which didn’t give much away in terms of plot, but gave an idea of the overall scope and angle of the series. The fore-word in the book emphasises the fact that this isn’t just a horror comic about flesh-eating zombies, that’s merely the backdrop to the story about Rick. This is a character driven story which happens to be set in a zombie apocalypse, if society were to find itself ‘fixed’, if in time some semblance of normality would return – Rick’s story would still continue.
I won’t use this review to compare the graphic novel with the TV Series as they are both excellent ways to enjoy the Walking Dead. The Walking Dead comics no doubt fed (and continues to feed) ideas into the TV series and it benefitted from being created after the Walking Dead world had been fleshed out (no pun intended). It’s clear early on though that if you came to the comics after watching the TV series, you are going to experience something which is very familiar, but also quite different – even if you remember the episodes well (and I do!), this offers a whole new level of shocks and surprise – no tension is lost and the books are edgier, able to show us the zombie filled landscape in a much darker way. It’s gloriously twisted and always grounded in reality.
Reality here is captured by the realistic interactions between characters, the way they speak and react to each other.Read more ›
Police officer Rick Grimes is wounded in a stand-off with a criminal and ends up in a coma for a month. Waking up, he finds the hospital abandoned, no staff in sight and a bunch of flesh-eating zombies walking around. Learning that the undead have risen and destroyed much of civilisation, he resolves to head for Atlanta in the hope of finding his wife and son.
Over the past seven years, The Walking Dead has become one of the most popular comic series around, attracting critical acclaim, strong sales and a well-received television adaptation from Frank 'Shawshank' Darabont. Days Gone Bye collects the first six issues of the comic, forming an introduction to the series, the premise and the characters.
This is mostly scene-setting stuff, and features relatively little that will startle or surprise readers. Rick wakes up (in a virtually identical - but given the timing, coincidental - manner to the movie 28 Days Later, which in turn appears to have been inspired by Day of the Triffids), learns about the Zombie Apocalypse which, in fine tradition, goes completely unexplained, and sets out to find his missing family members, in the process learning more about the post-apocalypse world, how to fend off the zombies and so on and so forth. Once he finds shelter at a small camp of survivors outside of Atlanta, traditional leadership struggles emerge as the group tries to survive the zombies outside and intrigue within the camp.
There is little here which is really notable or transformative in the zombie genre, lacking say the different, documentary-style approach of Max Brooks's World War Z. What it does do is use the traditional zombie tropes to drive a familiar story and do it in an entertaining manner.Read more ›
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