Author: Robert Kirkman & Tom Moore
Genre: Graphic Novel
First Published: 2004
Page Count: 144
Film/ TV Adaptation: Yes*
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Note: Volume 1 of The Walking Dead
A zombie story that goes beyond gore and jump scares.
*Character Driven Plot
“In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living.” Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from his coma in a completely different world. His hospital is abandoned, his wife, Lori, and son, Carl, are not in their home, and everywhere he turns mutilated corpses hunger for his flesh. This is the first chapter of Rick’s new life among the walking dead.
My husband and I are huge deadheads…walker stalkers…whatever you want to call us; we are huge fans of the show The Walking Dead. It was only a matter of time before I picked up the graphic novel to compare it to the TV show although it took me longer to get around to it because I’m not big into graphic novels. The last time I read them would have to be junior year in college so its been awhile. I was not in the least disappointed. The comic has the same energy and feel as the TV show in that the story is not really all about the zombies; it’s about the characters and how they overcome this new world together. It was such a fast, easy read because there are so many interesting side stories about the interactions between the characters and then, of course, you’ve got the main plot about the zombies to keep things moving. And, as promised, the TV show did deviate from the storyline in the comics so I’m already seeing big differences and I’m loving it.
I’m not sure if I would have even picked this up without the existence of the TV show. There is no doubt I would still have enjoyed it regardless, but I don’t think I would have even considered reading this without it. Overall, I enjoy the TV show more because everything is a bit more slowed down and fleshed out in terms of the story, but I’m really enjoying comparing and contrasting the TV show and the comics. If you like graphic novels this is a no brainer, but you’ve probably read this long before I even knew it existed. However, fans of the TV show should also consider checking it out, even if you don’t normally read graphic novels. They are so quick to read and give you another angle of the world of The Walking Dead to explore. I will definitely be reading on to volume II.
*TV Adaptation: (The Walking Dead Starring Andrew Lincoln 2010 – Present)