Published on: May 19th, 2009
Written by: Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard
Art by: Cliff Rathburn, Tony Moore
Image Comics, 1088 Pages
I am a comic book fan and have been my entire life. However, when it comes to The Walking Dead, I was first introduced to the world through the television show. I was aware of the comic book series but had never picked it up until recently. Now that they have released a few of these massive compendium editions, it makes it much easier to binge read the series.
This thing is huge. It is 1,000 pages huge. It collects the first 48 single issues of the series, which equates to the first 8 volumes of trade paperbacks. “Huge” might actually be an understatement.
The book and the television series have many similarities and many differences. The tone and the feeling of both are similar but the comic series goes even darker. Things happen in this series that will shock you, even if you are desensitized to being shocked.
The whole saga that pits Rick and his people against the Governor is much darker and sinister and makes the television version of that story feel light. The TV Governor is almost a nice guy by comparison.
The comic is black and white, which for some people, is irritating. I found it to be refreshing and it fits this series well. The art is superb and even without color, the characters are all distinct and so well drawn that it is easy to follow each one through their journey regardless of the fact that there are literally dozens of people to keep tabs on.
Everything about this series in comic book form is pretty great. If you are an avid fan of the show but have never read the comic books, you’re doing yourself a big disservice.
I have the second and third compendiums, which I plan to read in the very near future.
Pairs well with: The other Walking Dead collections.