Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1

I recently got a chance to check out and read (cover to cover in one sitting) a copy of The Walking Dead Compendium Volume One. Let me just start by saying that this book isn't small. It isn't something you might take with you on the bus to school or on the train to work unless you want a serious workout. It is a compilation of the comic books, I'm not exactly sure up to which number.
 Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. Don't worry, I'm not going to spoil anything for you. The number one thing I love about this story is how the writers get you to feel for each character, almost straight off the bat. It isn't just another zombie survival story. The Walking Dead brings the fragile bonds of humanity back to the zombie genre. This is probably why I have heard rumors that A&E television is in the works to turn this wonderful graphic novel (comic book originally) into a television series. I feel like the world, as described in The Walking Dead, is a fair depiction of how survivors might act in the wake of a zombie apocalypse. Just because the world is overrun by flesh starved, rotting, disgusting zombies doesn't mean that humans will forget about everything they knew before.

 The Walking Dead delves into the emotions and fears of a group of human survivors. It shows how people can be changed in more ways than one when faced with death, literally, banging on your door. If you are a fan of the zombie genre then this is a "must-have" or at least a "must-read". The story will make you turn the page and the art is gorgeous.

When I originally heard about this series a friend told me how great the art was. I just assumed it would be in color, it isn't. I is all done in black and white and this factor doesn't make the zombie feedings any less gory or vicious. I can remember cringing at a few parts and squirming like it hurt. Okay, I'm gonna stop now, I think you get the point that I liked it. I can't wait to find out what happens next in this series...

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