The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

Compendium One

Book - 2010
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"An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled-- no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living" -- p. [4] of cover.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Image Comics, c2010.
ISBN: 9781607060765
1607060760
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. ; 26 cm.
Summary: "An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled-- no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living" -- p. [4] of cover.

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JihadiConservative
Feb 22, 2016

I just finished The Walking Dead Compendium One and came to this conclusion: one of the best apocalyptic dramas that I have ever read. In fact, the only better one I have read is The Stand by Stephen King which I am actually finishing up right now. The further you get into this story, the more you realize that it's not a zombie story but more of a story about survival, psychological reactions and the surviving little groups trying to make a new society. It's extremely intense and the plot is very, very well done. Most of the folks here already know that The Walking Dead saga is a compilation of stories by Robert Kirkman that expand on the story that is well know to any zombie movie fan. The main story. The one started in earnest by George Romero in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead [and was later remade in 1990 (the version that I prefer) by Tom Savini (with Romero oversight)].

This Walking Dead "Compendium" is a compilation of Volumes 1 through 8 (or call it Books 1 through 4, or call it issues 1 through 48), and it continues the story of (former) Police Officer Rick Grimes and his band of normal-world-refugees across a world suddenly infected by a Walking Dead sickness..

The group finds a new home after a perilous Georgia countryside journey at the start of the story only to find out that zombies may be the least of their problem, and what is deemed a safe haven is only as safe as the protection it offers against zombies. Yes...venturing out into The New World is dangerous. Outside the gates of the new home awaits unfathomable chaos and horror; hordes of the undead, along with other survivors in desperate situations that do the unthinkable to stay alive (or entertained).

As the story matures, it is much less about zombies and more about what happens to society, its morals, laws and standards when government is lost and the planet becomes mostly uninhabitable. There's real, heartfelt emotion in The Walking Dead series combined with believable scenarios.

I'm not a regular comic book reader, but I was drawn to The Walking Dead by the Book releases that bring the convenience of being able to get many chapters of the story without the month to month or volume to volume waiting. And I am now hooked. Now I subscribe to the issue releases.

Each chapter of The Walking Dead is like reading a screenplay with storyboards of a version of Night of the Living Dead that began simultaneously, but in a different part of the country. Sure...The Walking Dead is kind of a rip-off of a story (stories) already told, but the key is that it's done very very well. The zombies are true to the original Romero creation: slow and stupid as opposed to the Rage-infected people in 28 Weeks Later / 28 Days Later) or the fast zombies in the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead.

So anyone in need of a very well done zombie fix that you don't put into your DVD player should absolutely get down with The Walking Dead sickness. Add this one to your cart if you're new to The Walking Dead...you won't be disappointed at its length because the story never gets tired. As the story progresses, the morals of the characters collapses and that is the horror of the story, not the zombies. Read it and be amazed.

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KevenKanten
Oct 10, 2012

This series is a little more serious than other stories of its genre. as you get further into this lengthy story, issues of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome becomes apparent in how people react to one another. How the stark realities of staying alive in such an environment keeps me reading and makes me wonder how they'll incorporate some of the story lines in the made for tv version. This isn't just a kill to stay alive story.

delta_flyer2121 Sep 18, 2012

To say that "The Walking Dead" offers nothing new to the genre is not true. To my knowledge, there are no on-going sagas dealing with the dead. Just about every other movie/book about the "Zombies" ends quickly with just about everyone dieing and the dead roaming the Earth. In "The Walking Dead" you get to be witness to the on-going struggles humanity must deal with as the dead continue to walk. If you ever thought after watching a Zombie film, "I wonder what might happen if they made it through the initial outbreak," or "I wonder if humanity could survive indefinitely," then pick this series up.

Literarylady42 Jul 19, 2011

This is a great graphic novel. I love the characters and the way the story unfolds.

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bootlegga
Feb 10, 2010

As a graphic novel, The Walking Dead is great, with good artwork. The characters are well developed and the pacing is quite good, with action interspersed with dramatic scenes.

As a zombie story though, it is rather formulaic and generic. The plotline offers nothing new to the genre and was disappointing in this regard.

A good read, but not a great read.

dreadful74 Jan 14, 2010

Great series and it's even beter when you can read them all at once in this big volume.

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JonJonPoPong
Jan 11, 2010

The walking dead is amazing. Well writen and drawn with a unique style that fits it perfectly.
Even if you think storys about zombies are stupid, check this out.

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JihadiConservative
Feb 22, 2016

Coarse Language: Every swear word in the English language used throughout. F**k is used as much as "and" or "the"

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JihadiConservative
Feb 22, 2016

Violence: Extremely graphic and disturbing violence. Killing, torture, people getting eaten, people killing each other. Guts are spilled brains fly out when people or zombies get shot. A man is tortured and has his eyes spooned out. A women is repeatedly raped. Children are murdered and much more. Violence 10/10 and not for the faint of heart.

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JihadiConservative
Feb 22, 2016

Sexual Content: Cheating on spouses, affairs, rape, oral sex (offscreen), partial nudity, some non graphic sex scenes, and sexual references throughout.

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JihadiConservative
Feb 22, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Hyper intensity.

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