Friday, July 31, 2015

Review: The Walking Dead, Compendium 1

The Walking Dead, Compendium 1 
The Walking Dead, Compendium #1
(Contains Volumes 1-48)
By Robert Kirkman
Genre(s): Graphic Novels, Horror
Pages: 1088
Published: May 2009
Image Comics
Official Summary:  "Introducing the first eight volumes of the fan-favorite, New York Times Best Seller series collected into one massive paperback collection.

In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living. With The Walking Dead #1-48, this compendium features more than one thousand pages chronicling the start of Robert Kirkman's Eisner Award-winning story of zombie horror, from Rick Grimes waking up alone in a hospital, his band of survivors seeking refuge on an isolated farm and the controversial introduction of Woodbury despot, The Governor."

Review:  I started to read this series after watching the first season (however short it was) of The Walking Dead tv series. I had head it was based off a comic series but knew little else. When I spotted this massive comic at the library, I just had to check out out. So glad I did!

The book is similar to the tv series yet lots of differences. I don't want to spoil one or the other by saying what. But if you have seen the series and are thinking that since you have, there is no need to read this, then you are very wrong. While some characters are the same, others are not. We obviously have Rick and Carl. I won't say who else is or is not here beyond that. Some live in this that died in the series and vice versa. The beginning is basically the same but it does take some different routes and the focus is sometimes different.

I loved comparing the two. Some of my favorites here I don't like in the tv version. But bottom line, there is a lot that can be new.

This gives up the first 48 volumes of the comic series You can read this compendium or just read them one at a time or there are in-between sized volumes to read. It is a very in-depth series that is worth taking your time through it. Lots of small details in the art especially. it is a gritty style that I am not normally a fan of but in a zombie apocalypse I think I'd be hard-pressed to find better.

This series is zombie fan MUST!


  1. I'm a huge TWD and zombie fan! :D I'm definitely going to borrow this from my library! Thanks for sharing your review!

  2. Another zombie fan here, thank you for reviewing!! :)

  3. I have seen quite a few things about this as a television series, but never as a book! I think I would want to try the television series first, but I am glad to know this was an enjoyable read as well!


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