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The Walking Dead Omnibus Volume 1 Hardcover – December 13, 2011

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About the Author

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.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Walking Dead
  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics; Slp Deluxe edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607065037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607065036
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.9 x 12.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I picked this up and read it over the course of a weekend. It represents quite a journey. The story is very believable, but I didn't realize how much I'd been drawn in by it until I finished reading. Right away, I wanted more. Robert Kirman has a short afterword in which he promises a second hard cover volume after the next twenty four issues come out, and I'm already looking forward to getting it. I want to know what happens to these characters next.

The story and characters are very well done, and the flow of the story benefits from it's ongoing nature. The characters have time to evolve, their plight has time to set in, and the world has time to start moving on. I found myself really emphathizing with the characters as their world fell apart and their food became scarce, I found myself getting excited for them when they found safe places to stay, and I found myself growing sad and angry for them as they faced perils not only from without, but also from within. Kirkman's story telling is straight forward, but he has a strong grip on his world and it's affect on his characters.

The first seven issues collected here are drawn by artist Tony Moore, with the remainder of the book being drawn by Charlie Adlard. Moore is a bit more talented, and his issues look a little better, but Adlard does a fine job with facial expressions and story telling as well. I would have preffered Moore's art for the entire run, but overall the art is good throughout. Also, while this book is black and white, the art is grayscaled very well, giving the book much more depth than most black and white comics I've seen.

As stated in the previous review, you don't need to be a Zombie fan to enjoy this book. I've never gone out of my way to watch a Zombie movie before, but I truly enjoyed this book. Strangely enough, I have now ordered a couple other Zombie books from Amazon to see if I enjoy them as well.
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Format: Hardcover
Its no secret that The Walking Dead is one of the most popular comics of the decade. So without going into detail about the strengths and weakness of the story itself, this review is going to focus on the Omnibus publication specifically.

The Walking Dead Omnibus Volume 1 attempts to combine issues 1-23 all under one cover, and does so very well. The comics are published without break to create one continuous story. The paper and binding is of professional quality, and it feels great in your hands. Also with this edition are some never before published behind the scenes sketches and drawings now made available for the first time.

For die hard collectors it should be noted that this is the 2nd edition, and not the 1st.

My one gripe with the Omnibus edition is that it does not contain the Letter Hacks section that is published with the original comics. But this small imperfection is only a personal opinion, and doesn't effect the quality of the story at all.

For someone looking to add the walking dead canon, this edition is high quality reproduction that will look beautiful on your bookshelf.
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Format: Hardcover
This book edition is the best way to read the walking dead series. It's very nice production and should last for decades in my home library.

The only downside is you have to wait a lot longer to catch up on the series because these books come out many months after the comic.

The Amazon discounted price makes it worth it, it would be tough to justify at the full retail price.
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I just received the first 5 books, each in it's own shipping box, and wanted to let everyone know that any packaging issues they had in the past have been solved. They now wrap the book onto a hard cardboard insert with rubbery plastic and then place it in a rather large box. Basically no damage to the corners of the heavy book as it goes through shipping because it can't move inside the box and the corners can't even touch the outer box at all.

I watched the TV series and wanted to read the books, which is a different story line and character development (so far). I have only read the first two chapters in Volume 1 but have enjoyed them. My only issue is that I tend to expect the characters in the TV series, which doesn't always mesh one for one, in the books.
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I absolutely love the tv show and have borrowed the first few volumes from the local library but now I get to own my very own copy of the OMNIBUS edition! It comes with a slip-case with stunning artwork. This is easily one of the best graphic novel franchises out :)
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These Omnibus versions of The Walking Dead are second to none. They are very, very large, come in a slipcase, and have very cool covers. These are definitely for fans of the series of comics that also enjoy collectable, quality items. I would also recommend this for people who have only watched the show. I originally started this after only watching the show, and these are a completely different story that will keep you guessing. I highly recommend this book!
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These books are expensive; but they do contain all color pages of comic books. They do not go along with the series and will not tell you what will or won't happen on the series. Many of the characters and their relationships are nothing like the show, which is actually the coolest part.
DO NOT ASSUME THESES ARE FOR KIDS! They are comic books but they are certainly not for kids. There is sex and violence galore. But if you like that sort of thing these interesting.
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