Author: Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, & Cliff Rathburn
Genre: Graphic Novel
First Published: 2001
Page Count: 136
Film/ TV Adaptation: Yes*
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Note: Volume 2 of The Walking Dead series
Volume two continues to entertain the reader with the very human stories of its characters who also happen to be stuck in a zombie apocalypse.
*Deviation from TV Series *Varying Settings/Situations
“The world we knew is gone.” Rick Grimes, his wife and son, and the rest of the band of survivors have decided to move camp to help find food and a safer place to hide from the zombies. Food is scarce and danger is everywhere. However, as Rick’s group is about to find out, zombies aren’t the only things that can threaten their well-being.
This volume was particularly interesting to me because it was the first time I saw it clearly deviate from the tv show. The main plot points are still there but the relationships between the characters, like Dale and Andrea for example, are way different from in the show. It makes me want to barf imagining the tv show characters in this type of relationship but the graphic novel’s characters are slightly different so it works. That kind of difference makes the comic interesting to read because I’m not just re-treading what I’ve already watched on TV. I also enjoyed that the story has never felt stagnant. In this volume, the gang finds themselves in a suburban nightmare and then on a farm with a dark secret. Both are very different settings with their own unique challenges for the characters to face which helps keep the plot moving.
The one thing that seemed unnecessary were the amount of characters in this issue, particularly at Hershel’s farm. You can’t help but wonder if they are just filler characters the author has created to be killed off later. Sure a body count makes a zombie attack feel more frightening, but it doesn’t have a huge impact if those characters were never developed. It’s always more devastating when you lose a main character, something the tv show knows full well.
I’m surprised how far I am in the storyline of The Walking Dead at this point. However, this is volume two of the graphic novels and season two of the tv show had the same ending so I guess the timing of the story makes sense. I will definitely be picking up volume three in my attempt to catch up and eventually overtake the storyline of the tv show. The comics are just as satisfying and a good way to fill a break between episodes or seasons.
*TV Adaptation: (The Walking Dead Starring Andrew Lincoln 2010 – Present)