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The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye [Paperback]

Robert Kirkman
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26 Sep 2006 Walking Dead (Book 1)
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 The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility.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.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (26 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582406723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582406725
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 16.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ZOMBIES, More of the Dead!! 10 stars at least! 3 Jun 2004
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!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different read than expected. 11 Jan 2007
As stated in Kirkmans opening blurb, just as you get into a Zombie movie the credits start rollin'! So, here, Kirkman has the ability to avoid leaving the viewer/reader wondering if the victims succeed, by charting the life of protagonist Rick Grimes to the bitter end.

The book kicks of with a bang, as Rick, a small town cop, and his partner and friend Shane, are trapped in a shoot out with an (implied) escaped convict. Rick is wounded and wakes up in a hospital bed. From here the story advances, as Rick wakes up to a nightmare situation and must escape, start over and defend his new life from the Walking Dead.

The story stays strong and consistant throughout, with particular attention paid not to the violence and depravity of the zombie subject, but to the relationships and psyche of the characters. This is not to say that gore hounds won't get thier fix, contained are some horrific scenes. Only it's secondary to character development, which clearly shows mental cracks appearing, and conversley minds strengthining and maturing. This leads to behaviour and actions of characters that you don't expect when they are first presented to you, yet feel natural at the time.

Also worth comment is the art style. Volume one is unique as it opens with a slight cartoon feel, which betrays the dark subject matter and actually takes away from the experience. People and objects seem deformed from real life. However, volume two onwards has a better standard of art direction.

Excellent pacing and dialogue means you will reach the last page before you want to, which leaves a long and agonising wait for the next installment.

The wait is worth it though, for the most modern and engaging horror storys I've ever read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 28 Days later with slow zombies 30 Mar 2011
I received this as a gift from someone who knew I enjoyed both comic books and zombies. I was aware of the TV show but have yet to watch it. After reading the foreword by the author about how this is an epic story that left off where films would finish, I'd say I was short changed. This is very much the run-of-the mill zombie story, not far removed from 28 Days later in style or story, with a classic story arc.

It was a fun read, not overly heavy on dialog and full of great drawings, that may serve as an entry into a series that goes on to be great, however solely on the merits of this vol. alone, I'd say it was an average zombie affair with potential to live up to the author's hype.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 12 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I watch the TV series and decided to get the comics! They are mega cheap on the kindle and I am now hooked. Onto Vol 2!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Zombie Classic 16 Jan 2007
The Walking Dead series is one of the best zombie stories ever told in any form, using the comic book medium to tell a slowly evolving, character based story that would not be possible in a 2hr film. For those who have ever asked 'what would I do if zombies attacked?' this series offers an answer by not just showing the immediate aftermath of a zombie uprising, but also detailing the months that follow, the loss of life, the psychological effects on people, and the slow loss of humanity that people face in terrible situations. It is a series well worth sticking to, as it only gets better as the characters face new challenges along the way, and the slow realisation that it takes more than just guns and machetes to stop the end of civilisation, but the desire to stay human.

The art in the first trade paperback is the best, but don't let the change of artists in the other collections put you off. Charlie Adlard's art is, while less glossy than Tony Moore's, far more expressive of the characters' inner turmoil. While we come to less enjoy the action taking place, the characters' personal stories come to the foreground, giving a more profound and realistic impression of the aftermath of such events.

A must buy for Zombie fans.
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