- Series: The Walking Dead (Book 1)
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Image Comics (May 25, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582403589
- ISBN-13: 978-1582403588
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,092 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,082,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye Paperback – May 25, 2004
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Taking a well-worn genre—flesh-eating zombies overrun the world and the unlucky surviving humans must deal with the gruesome aftermath—and approaching it from a purely character-driven point of view propels this series into the spotlight from out of nowhere. This collection of the first six issues of the ongoing series opens with police officer Rick Grimes awakening from a gunshot-induced coma. From here, he's immediately dragged into a world where dangerous revenants are shambling amok without any sort of an explanation. From the moment Grimes comes to, it's a harrowing battle to avoid hordes of decomposing zombies and a hope-against-all-odds search for his missing family. Grimes makes his way to Atlanta, the nearest large city where there may be other living people, and events take several unexpected turns upon his arrival, as he meets up with a rural encampment of survivors. Of course, as in recent hit movies 28 Days Later... and Dawn of the Dead, the last humans may turn out to be as much a danger as the zombies. Forceful scripting that gives the book a strong grounding in reality, crisp b&w artwork, a shocking final sequence and brisk, gory proceedings elevate this book from the trash heap of pedestrian horror comics.
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However, I think the tv show and the actors truly bring these characters to life. Rick Grimes is one of my favorite characters, ever, and to see his character change over these four seasons has really been one of my favorite aspects of the story. Actor Andrew Lincoln is truly wonderful in this role and does an amazing job. Creator Robert Kirkman promises that we will know what happens to Rick in the end, there will be no wondering.
I think the comics are a nice complimentary reading for fans of The Walking Dead series. The illustrations are pretty neat, I like how they capture the grim reality of what is going on in this post apocalyptic world. I'm a fan of zombie stories because I feel like it's interesting to see what such a world can do to people, and how it can change them. The zombies aren't the scariest part, the people are. It's human nature to want to survive, but at what cost?
Robert Kirkman paints a dark and difficult new world here in a realistic and intriguing way. What I really want to get my hands on are the Walking Dead books, starting with the The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor, also written by Kirkman.
This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I purchased my copy of The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye.
Have always been a "zombie" fan.
Being a huge fan of the TWD show though...I shied away from the comics. I did not want to get any clues, and wanted to be surprised at every turn. I don't know why I waited so long! LOVED this!
As I read, I kept murmuring, "How pretty!" A strange thing to say about "walkers" "devastation" and "loss" I know. It could not be helped. The drawings are so detailed and simply beautiful! The story, as told through pictures, touched me.
It is a masterpiece that gave birth to another masterpiece (in my honest opinion). It made me an even bigger fan of Mr. Kirkman! I love how he perceives this apocalypse! It is more about the character of a man and the choices a man makes to survive. There may be walkers a foot, but that fact does not change the depth of who a person is. It is just a catalyst to revealing what a person is made of.
Can't wait to read the next!
This is where it all started and if you are a fan of the show then you owe it to yourself to check out the source material! It's great to see the changes between each.
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