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The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye: Days Gone Bye v. 1 Paperback – 12 May 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (12 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582403589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582403588
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 17 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,213,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jun. 2014
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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.
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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!!
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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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By hross42877 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 July 2016
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I won't insult you by explaining the Walking Dead to you, you know what it is about. The end of the world, hordes of zombies and survivors fighting to survive.

After watching all of the episodes on television, I thought I had better go back to where it all began and read the graphic novel series. This could be an expensive decision as I rather enjoyed volume one and I think it is on volume twenty something now.

Obviously the tv show and the novel don't always follow the same plot but it was nice to see how the characters were originally imagined. I mean when I see Rick, I see Andrew Lincoln but this volume shows me the characters in a totally different light. It also shows how well the casting of the tv show did with matching some of the characters to their on screen counterparts.

The characters feel wonderfully real, from their facial expressions to the dialogue, all illustrated brilliantly, plus with it being drawn in monochrome shades the world looks suitably bleak.

Yes I know The Walking Dead does feature a lot of blood and gore, something that does not come in shades of gray but those zoms look suitably bloody and nasty, don't worry about that.

Volume One follows Rick's awakening from his coma, his discovery that the world has gone to hell and his family are gone. Rick finds his family but he also finds new friends, fellow survivors each with their own tale to tell - Carol is not a badass at this point!

I'm still new to reading graphic novels but I have a feeling it is going to expand considerably thanks to this. Gritty and gripping, it will keep me in zombies until season 7.
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