The Walking Dead: The Walking Dead Compendium Vol. 1 by Charlie Adlard and Robert Kirkman (2009, Paperback)
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About this product
- SynopsisYou don’t have to turn on the TV to get some zombie action. With 'The Walking Dead Compendium, Volume 1' you get the first 48 comic books that kicked off this acclaimed zombie-filled series. Start at the beginning, when Rick Grimes wakes up in the hospital unaware that the world outside has changed and continue the story for more than 1,000 pages. Don’t be surprised if you get sucked into the varied human stories of this compelling series. From raising children to seeking out love and friendship, these stories provide the perfect counterpoint to all the blood and gore that's inevitable when you live among the walking dead.
- AuthorCharlie Adlard,Robert Kirkman
- Number Of Pages1088 pages
- SeriesThe Walking Dead
- Publication Date2009-05-19
- PublisherImage Comics
- Volume NumberVol. 1
- Copyright Date2009
- Weight74.4 Oz
- Height2.1 In.
- Width6.6 In.
- Length10.2 In.
- Age Range16
- LC Classification NumberPN6728
- Dewey Decimal741.5973
- Dewey Edition23
- ReviewsThe Walking Dead is all about the living, the people who struggle to retaintheir humanity in the face of the unspeakable. So what does that mean? What goodis being human when you're no longer the dominant species on the planet? Andwhat's really left to hold on to? The Walking Dead is an examination of allthose questions and more. -- John Hogan, The Graphic Novel Reporter
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- senorbob999Jun 19, 2013by
if you love the show and comic book then this paperback is a must!
This is the BEST series I've read in a VERY long time. I waited a long time to pick this series up because the idea of a monthly "zombie" book didn't appeal to me very much. Plus, it was black and white and I didn't see what the big deal would be. But, after several people recommended it heavily and told me to give it a try, I finally started to come around. Then I started seeing the whispers of this being converted into a television show on AMC (slated for Fall of 2010) and would be directed/produced by one of my favorite directors, Frank Darabont. I couldn't very well refuse to give it a try if Mr. Darabont himself was going to be involved in a series. So I picked up the compendium and started in. It is immediately addictive! Kirkman's writing is so conversational, its easy to skip right over the artwork and that would be a mistake! The artwork is great! The artist(s) changed between some of the chapters but the feel of the book remains constant throughout and the artwork gets even better as the book goes along! Its as if the team gets into the groove and create seamless scenes and dialogue spots and action points without ever looking disconnected. That's difficult to do without color!
The greatest thing about this series (not just this one compendium) is that its ongoing. It doesn't just show you a slice of life in the middle of a zombie apocalypse as so many movies have done in years past. Instead, this shows us what we would probably do if it really happened! The human interactions are the best and there are so many emotional moments that the book becomes hard to read at times. There is attachment to these characters and their quest for survival.
Hats off to Kirkman, Adlard, Moore, Rathburn and Wooton. These guys have put together an AMAZING, heartfelt, emotional, gory, disgusting series and I can't wait for more (and I can't wait for the television series!!)!!Read full review
- shoelacesMar 17, 2014by
Better than the TV show. A must-read for all fans.
After watching the TV show up to the current season, I decided to give the comic books a try. After looking through all the options, the Compendium was the cheapest, so I ordered it. I was not disappointed. The small differences between the show and the book are more than enough to hook anybody. There is a lot of swearing though, so be aware of that. I'm not going to say anything else, but this is DEFINATELY worth your $$$.
- jefunhouseMar 15, 2012by
Great book despite a sometimes overly aggressive author and ugly art..
I think that The Walking Dead Compendium easily had the potential to be a 5 star book. The premise is incredibly interesting and the characters draw you in immediately from the outset. Action is in abundance as well as drama and twists and turns. It will definitely hold your attention as there are not many periods of the story where time just simply passes by and the characters are sitting around.
Unfortunately, I think this also works against the story in some ways. The author almost feels as though there always has to be some sort of shock or some sort of action, no matter what. Initially, it is understandable that the characters experience hardship and that this new zombie epidemic makes people do some pretty bad things. Unfortunately, at around halfway through the book, the author seems to have the desire to bludgeon the reader and main characters with exaggerated punishments of all kinds. I know that this is a comic book, but a large component of what makes it entertaining is that the characters feel real and behave in a realistic manner.
One other gripe is the artist change part of the way through the book. I enjoy the cartoony style of the original artist. The second artist, Charlie Adlard, is simply terrible. There are numerous moments where I could not tell characters apart. One thing you'll notice when he takes over are the number of physical changes the characters take on. I think this is because there are many people out there who were unable to tell which character they are looking at, so the author had to add scars, hair changes, and various other alterations. Mr. Adlard's work improves eventually, but it takes a while.Read full review
- pisano1Jun 09, 2012by
My first and I'll never forget the experience!
I became entrenched with the the TV series. After each show, I would have email discussions with a friend of mine dissecting each scene. Towards the end of the first season, he told me it was based on a comic book series. I was shocked! I thought comics were for kids and a story line so complex could never be based on a comic book. I had never read a comic before and through my friends encouragement I gave it a try. He suggested the Compendium instead of the individual comics or the book collections. I ordered it through Ebay and once it arrived, I couldn't put it down until it was finished. I loved it! The Compendium and TV story lines are close but different enough that it was exciting. Some different characters, mixed story lines, and different twists made both highly enjoyable. The way it was written and drawn, I felt like I was right there with them fighting off the walkers. If you have never read a comic before like me, you must give this one a try. You'll be hooked like me and can't wait until Compendium 2 is released. It was my first read into comics and you know they say that you never forget your first!Read full review
- wilysarpentMar 08, 2013by
Great reading experience! Harkening back to the comics of childhood!
Anyone who is a fan of the Walking Dead will want to have this book. It contains 48 issues of the cmic, from 1-48. Long a book lover, this was my first experience with a graphic novel, basically an old style comic book on steroids. I never knew of the comics until after becoming a huge fan of the television show. It is great to see where the show has it's roots.