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4.0 out of 5 stars There's No Place Like Home...Anymore, December 19, 2006
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This review is from: The Walking Dead: A Continuing Story of Survival Horror, Book 1 (Hardcover)
Most of the folks here already know that The Walking Dead Book 1 is a compilation of Robert Kirkman's first 12 (Volumes 1 & 2) Walking Dead comic books that, beginning in 2004, picked up on a 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 later remade in 1990 (the version that I prefer) by Tom Savini (with Romero oversight).

The Walking Dead begins the story of Police Officer Rick Grimes as he wakes up from a coma--after being shot months ago in a normal world--in a world overrun by The Walking Dead. The beginning of the story starts kind of the way Paul S. Anderson's film adaptation of the popular game Resident Evil (2002) ended...with the lead character waking up from a coma (in Resident Evil after her adventure trying to stop a virus from escaping into the population that creates zombies; and you guessed it...she failed to stop it).

I'm not a regular comic book reader. But I was drawn to this volume compilation because of the convenience of being able to get a full story without the month to month waiting for each issue. And I am now hooked.

I was surprised to see that Tony Moore's art that supported Kirkman's Walking Dead story was all black and white throughout instead of color, but as I said earlier, I don't read a lot of comic books, so perhaps that's standard op.

Book 1 was like reading a screenplay with story boards of a version of Night of the Living Dead that begins simultaneously, but in a different part of the country. Yes, it's 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 28 Days Later (2002) or 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead fast and thinking zombies.

Book 1 took me under 2 hours to get all the way through, so indeed, it's just like spending the time to watch a film in front of your big screen.

Volumes 3 & 4 are already available individually and the Book 2 compilation of Volumes 3 & 4 is scheduled for January 2007 (my preorder is in!). Volume 5 is also out already and Volume 6 is scheduled for February 2007; I have no info on the release of Book 3 (Volumes 5 & 6 compilation), but I'd guess mid-2007ish.

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 it to your cart.
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Initial post: Feb 20, 2008 3:59:12 PM PST
Queen B. says:
28 days later didn't have zombies. They were infected with a disease, not undead. Not your fault. It's a common misconception.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2008 6:23:37 AM PST
Sky says:
Hi, SG. The Voodoo definition of zombie is indeed the rising of the undead. But the other side of the definition (according to the dictionary I'm looking at anyway) is "a person whose behavior or responses are wooden, listless, or seemingly rote; automaton." Like when my wife referred to me as a zombie this morning. I responded to my wife much like you did; I said, I'm not a zombie...it's just a common misconception." ;-)

Posted on Jul 6, 2008 1:22:15 AM PDT
C. Taylor says:
I know you're not a usual comics reader, but they really are more than just a stand-in for film that's cheaper to make.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 11:40:52 AM PDT
"...down with The Walking Dead sickness."

Is that a Disturbed reference? Lol!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2011 9:11:55 AM PDT
Sky says:
Yes! Thanks for noticing.
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