I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead TV series! While in between seasons, I decided to begin reading The Walking Dead comics. Wow! Am I glad I did. The Walking Dead Compendium One is a great introduction to the saga. Here is Amazon’s description of it:
Introducing the first eight volumes of the fan-favorite, New York Times Best Seller series collected into one massive paperback collection! Collects The Walking Dead #1-48. This is the perfect collection for any fan of the Emmy Award-winning television series on AMC: over one thousand pages chronicling the beginning of Robert Kirkman”s Eisner Award-winning continuing story of survival horror- from Rick Grimes” waking up alone in a hospital, to him and his family seeking solace on Hershel’s farm, and the controversial introduction of Woodbury despot: The Governor. In a world ruled by the dead, we are finally forced to finally start living.
The comics are a little disorienting because, even though many of the characters are the same as the TV series, many of them act differently or have different relationships with other characters. This isn’t bad, just different. I’m actually glad that the characters and some of the plot is different because it is obvious that the writers for the TV series are taking the story in new directions. Some things are the same but reading the comics won’t spoil seeing the TV series. You will still be left guessing about what is going to happen. The same is true for the comics. Just because you have seen the TV series doesn’t mean that you will know what is going to happen in the comics.
Some reviewers of the TV series think it isn’t as character based as the comics. I couldn’t disagree more. For instance, Shane’s character in the TV series is a much richer character than portrayed in the comics.
The next compendium is scheduled to come out in the fall of 2012. I don’t think I can wait. I already feel compelled to order the next volume in the series.* The Walking Dead Compendium One left me feeling like a zombie, hungry for more.
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*If you want to pick up where The Walking Dead Compendium One left off, you will need to get The Walking Dead, Vol. 9: Here We Remain which covers issues 49-54 of the comics.