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Monday, March 17, 2014

The Walking Dead Compendium One - Robert Kirkman

Like many, I was first introduced to The Walking Dead when everybody was raving about the television show. The show is a raw and realistic view, I feel, of what could happen if the zombie apocalypse would happen. When a friend told me the graphic novels were even better, I had to check them out.

The graphic novel follows the exploits of Rick Grimes, a former sheriff's deputy, who awakens from a coma to find the world a complete nightmare. When he goes out in search of help in the hospital, he finds that not only other patients, but nurses and even doctors are unconscious beings whose only desire is to feed on his flesh. As luck would have it, he manages to stumble upon a family willing to shelter him and explain the horrendous circumstances of the world. Upon hearing that citizens were encouraged to seek shelter in the larger cities where armies could protect them, he decides to seek out his wife and son.

As a former law enforcement officer, Rick easily gains the trust of many of the scared and desperate citizens as he travels. He leads the group out of the city to the countryside where they stop at a farm. The owner of the farm, Hershel, is a religious and generous man and allows them to stay; however, when the group begins to put his family in danger, he orders them to live. When they leave, they manage to find a prison, which they clear out and make into their new home. As it turns out, zombies are the least of their worries.

This collection contains issues 1-48. Fans of either should be prepared for the major differences between character personalities and events between the show and the graphic novel. Characters like Rick remain the same in personality; however, injuries and decisions between the two vary. While his son grows up quickly in the show, he remains a child in mind in the comic. Events at Hershel's farm remain mostly the same, but there are some major differences in the progression the story takes. Because they are so dissimilar, I felt both are worthwhile and I like them for their differences.

Books in the Series:
The Walking Dead Compendium Two
The Walking Dead: Something To Fear, Vol. 17
The Walking Dead: What Comes After, Vol. 18

Recommended Readings:
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks

Recommended Viewing:
The Walking Dead, Season 1

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