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The Walking Dead: Compendium One Paperback – Unabridged, May 19, 2009
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ROBERT KIRKMAN is best known for his work on "The Walking Dead "and "Invincible "for Image Comics, as well as "Ultimate X-Men "and "Marvel Zombies "for Marvel Comics. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics and is an executive producer and writer on "The Walking Dead "television show. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I bought the compendium so as not to have to buy each volume. While it's now packaged in one large volume, it's well..now in one large volume. Reading can be a little cumbersome due to its size but the spine is bound well and I wasn't worried about pages falling off.
The story is captivating. Beyond the TV series, each character is fleshed out even more. As a plus, story arcs go in slightly (or very) different directions as the show so you won't be able to predict everything going forward. The writing is raw and the people feel a little more rounded, their decisions that much more agonizing.
The artwork is great and captures the gruesome grotesqueness of the undead in exquisite detail.
If you are a fan of the show and haven't read this, I will warn you that there are substantial differences. It is as if a drunk person explained the plot of the comic books to the screenwriter in a loud bar, and them the screenwriter wrote the show from memory a month later. This is to say that the 'highlights' from the comics made it to the show, but it is still a different story.
People are on here trying to review this with deep literary analysis techniques, as if this were Shakespear or Proust or something. This is a comic about zombies. There are many like it, but this is the best one.
If you like the show, you will like the comics. I promise. They complement each other, but are different enough to warrant spending time on both.
Update: anyone know if #7 is coming out? These have been perfectly timed in the past to come out around the holidays and this year, nothin.
Update: I contacted a distributor and they said while they don't have an official release date for Omnibus 7, they estimated sometime in July/August 2017
All in all, this made for interesting reading in between season breaks as I pondered on who would be the next to go and how they would meet their demise.
Michael Kelso, author of, 'One on One'.
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