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The Walking Dead, Vol. 01: Days Gone Bye (The Walking Dead #1-6)

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The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled: no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Image Comics (first published May 24th 2004)
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Stephen
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4.0 stars. You can see by the ratings and the other reviews of this book that a lot of people think very highly of this series and it is certainly justified. This is the kind of excellence in both writing and art that make the graphic novel an incredibly power medium when it is done well. Here….it is done very well indeed. The writing and the art are superb and I don’t think you could ask for better.

Basically, the set up is very familiar. It is a zombie apocalypse, society has broken down and t...more
Jon
I wanted to really like volume one of The Walking Dead. Most people do like it. They like it a lot. I didn't, which doesn't make anyone better or smarter than anyone else, we just have different tastes.

I appreciate Robert Kirkman wanting to write a social commentary and not just a horror story, but I don't know that he needs to state this in the introduction - all good zombie (and horror) stories are dealing with more than just the surface material, so Kirkman emphasizing his social commentary s...more
Sparrow
Jul 07, 2012 Sparrow rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sparrow by: Katie Coleman
Okay, is this where the random bolding phenomenon is coming from?? Have you all known this and not told me? Is it just so you can laugh behind my back? See? I can’t even randomly bold if I try. It always ends up being for emphasis.

This book is about don’t give kids guns. That’s pretty much it. But, sometimes, you know . . . zombie apocalypse . . . sounds like a good idea to give a kid a gun. And if you think that, you’re an idiot.

My dad used to keep a lot of guns in the house at one particularl...more
Lou
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We are amidst a Zombie phenomena, well they have been around since that movie Night of the Living Dead, But did not have as much coverage, there is so many novels and movies now with a zombie theme.
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Some neat artwork here representing a zombie gore feast of a struggle for a band of humans against the odds for survival.
This is as most people know the genisis of the tv-series of the same name. I have watched one episode with some reservations due to the gore level and wanted to read the graphic no
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An
Oct 05, 2008 An rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: survivalists - and people dead inside
Recommended to An by: un-friends, probably feasting on brains right now
A completely inappropriate birthday gift for someone with necrofobia - or pseudonecrofobia - or hemi-necrofobia - or pauci-animafobia.

Well written. Vividly, horrifically, (in my opinion poorly) illustrated with images that stalk and haunt my waking dreams.

I vote - NO.

I have tried to destroy, give away and recycle this book but it keeps showing up on my shelf. It will not die.

I store a copy of the Zombie Survival Guide next to it and it seems to keep it at bay. It does a good job of obscuring th...more
Anne
Kudos to Image Comics for saving all that money on an inker!
I get it, I get it!
I'm frugal, too. In fact, (view spoiler)...more
StoryTellerShannon
I think some of the pleasure of reading this graphic novel was taken away from watching the first two seasons of the TV series. There obviously weren't that many surprises and I would say 75% of the graphic novel was like several of the episodes. Without giving spoilers I'd say certain parts of the TV series were better. Probably because they built on the comic which came first. Then again, some instances of the graphic novel were better than the series so I don't feel I'm biased towards one or...more
Anthony Chavez
Kirkman does an amazing job with setting up this story. I can see why this series has gotten so much acclaim and had such success. I did however, watch the first season of the show before I knew it was a graphic novel. And once I started reading I finished this volume in a couple hours without putting it down.

The zombies! They are amazing, and he wrote them so well, you really feel for them, they aren't your crazed psycho zombies, or your fast constantly hunting zombies, no, they lounge around,...more
Lynn
Less about zombies than about the lengths people will go to in order to survive in a world gone mad, and how desperate circumstances bring out the best in some, and the worst in others. A surprisingly thoughtful story, I thought it was terrific.
Becky
I have heard nothing but goodness about the TV show based on this series, and yet I've held off watching it because I'm a purist who likes to read the source material first, rather than have other people's interpretations in my head.

So I'm finally getting around to it, and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. It starts off with a bang, literally, and just keeps building from there. I LOVE the artwork, and though this is black and white only (not sure if other editions are color - I have the comp...more
Sam Quixote
Officer Rick Grimes gets shot in the call of duty and goes into a coma. When he awakens in the hospital weeks later, he finds himself alone in a world where the zombie apocalypse has happened – and his family have disappeared. So begins Rick’s journey to find his family as, in a world where the end can come at any moment, he and the other survivors become the walking dead.

It’s taken me a while to get around to actually reading the world’s most popular comic (The Walking Dead #115 was 2013’s bes...more
Kaia
Yesterday my husband and I sat down and watched the entire first season of The Walking Dead (not difficult, it was only 6 episodes). I shouldn't have to tell you that we really enjoyed it, I think, since we watched all 6 episodes in a day.

So today while we stopped at the bookstore to pick up his copy of Ghost Story, I figured I'd grab the first volume of The Walking Dead. I'd heard it's quite different from the show, but I figured some things would be intact. Weeeeeellllllllllllllll....

One of th...more
Kaitlin
This was an extremely poorly written book. Now I know it's a graphic novel but come on Kirkman could have done so much better, proof of this is in his skillfully written introduction. He talks up the book like reading it will be a life changing experience, or equal to viewing a magnificent piece of art but I was greatly let down. I didn't have to even read the book the whole thing was so predictable. Not to mention the excessive cursing every other "speech bubble", similar to Drag Me To Hell thi...more
Raeleen Lemay
So far it's really interesting to see how DRASTICALLY different the TV show is... I mean, SHANE. WHAT.
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

I've never seen the TV show, but everyone has been saying it's good. Which is why I figured I would check out the graphic novel.

My assessment: the graphic novel is good. Artwork is nice, good pacing, interesting characters. A bit flat in some places, predictable in others, and I'd really like to see more of how society got to this state. Also, can a guy survive several weeks in a coma unsupervised? I doubt it.
Buggy
Opening Line: “This is not good.”

This was pretty freaking awesome, my very first graphic novel and what an introduction. Like many others I picked this up because I’m obsessed with AMC’s The Walking Dead and wanted, well I just wanted more. I was also curious about the graphic novels, I’d heard they were good but I’ll be honest I wasn’t expecting much, I mean they’re comics right, how engaging can they be?

However DAYS GONE BYE captured my attention from page one and managed to hold me hostage fo...more
Steve
Standard zombie fare elevated by some excellent character development. The black and white drawings give The Walking Dead a retro look, which had me recalling the original Romero Dead movie, but also a few other end of the world type flicks, such as the old Ray Milland movie, Panic in the Year Zero,, and The Last Man on Earth (Vincent Price version). Oh, there’s some blatant 28 Days Later borrowing as well (waking up from a coma – and Wow have things changed!), but it’s entirely secondary nuts...more
Evan Leach
Imagine waking up from a coma to discover the world around you has totally changed: Charlie Sheen is no longer on TV, Peyton Manning doesn’t have a single endorsement to hang his hat on, and (most importantly) brain-devouring zombies now stalk the earth.

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That’s the basic premise of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead. The first volume follows our hero, Rick, as he tries to find his people and figure out just what the hell went wrong when he was under. Rick is eventually able to link up with his fam...more
Lane Rogers
"The Walking Dead: Days Gone By" by Robert Kirkman follows a police officer, Rick Grimes, in Georgia during the start of rising dead. Awaking from a coma Rick discovers that his family is gone and the dead are walking the Earth.

After chasing down a few criminals with other police officers Rick gets into a firefight with them and is shot in the line of duty. Later Rick wakes up in the hospital with gaps in his memory. He escapes the hospital to find the dead wandering the neighborhood. He makes...more
Veeral
I prefer to read the source material before I watch a series or a movie. That way I can enjoy watching the characters, that I already know from the book, come alive on the A/V medium.

I have not watched a single episode of 'The Walking Dead' series yet, but I am planning to, before the year ends, so I decided this was a good time as any to get all of the source material out of the way first.

The hospital scene reminded me of the opening scene from "28 Days Later".

The artwork of the book is very...more
Felicia
I thought this was good. I'm not really into zombie movies so it didn't really touch a nerve in me, but I enjoyed the storytelling and the characters quite a bit. It was an interesting in-depth look at a post-zombie society. If you're into that genre definitely a must read!
Brad
Dec 27, 2010 Brad rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Bronte
The best part of The Walking Dead is the art. It is some of the cleanest, most robust pencilling I've seen, and the decision to keep it in black and white is solid. Black and white paradoxically keeps the gore quotient down by removing the vivid colours of death and decay, but it allows for great detail in the gore and nastiness that's present.

The okay part of The Walking Dead is the story. It borrows from most of the important Zombie movies you know and love (anything from Romero and a big chu...more
Sesana
I like reading books set in post-apocalyptic settings, and it doesn't get much more apocalyptic than a zombie uprising. The Walking Dead is as good as anything I've seen set after the end. It does start with a blatant homage (or rip-off, if you're feeling less charitable) of 28 Days Later, but it quickly goes off in its own direction. The survivors are all normal people, trying to survive. Many of them still hope that life will return to normal. The zombies are frightening, but also pitiable. Ea...more
Stephanie
I tried. I really, really did.

I just can't do comic books.

Sorry about that.
Amani
Jan 16, 2012 Amani rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
I gave this book one star for several reasons, mainly because of its sexism, how cliched it is, the lack of character development, and the ridiculous amount of inconsistencies in the novel.

The Sexism

The book is so blatantly sexist it's disgusting. The women are there simply to be saved; they are stereotypically weak and have no real personalities (just like nearly everyone else in this book). Just take a look at these gems:

"Donna: I just don't understand why we're the ones doing laundry while th...more
Mike
I read these before the TV show and loved it. Now after watching the shows that were modelled after this, what's most striking to me is how much less melodramatic the book is than what they did on TV. Scenes that played out over a whole episode (or multiple) are done in a page or few here. Gives me a newfound respect for Kirkman, seeing that he didn't milk the story, decompress it just to sell a few extra issues on one storyline.

The story is still damned good too - the small moments, the odd mix...more
Jason
I absolutely loved this series! Once I started reading, I couldn't stop! Kirkman does an amazing job in setting up a realistic portrayal of what one might experience going through a zombie apocalypse across the earth. I appreciated the sound character development, the twists and turns of the plot, the glimmers of how religion and psychology might play in to people's attitudes, and the fact that the story does not end after each turn of events as you might expect it to. Kirkman even alludes to th...more
Cyndi
Okay, now I am a convert! This story leaves you wanting more of everything. The tale immediately engages the reader. The black and white drawings are finely wrought and the starkness of the work layers the overall atmosphere. The characters are realistic as are the issues encountered. Like I said, I want more of everything.

BTW-I have never watched the AMC Series.
Kat Stark
Just love this series :) Glad that it's so different from the show.
Ken McKinley
While I've always loved George Romero's zombie trilogy, my current zombie fascination has come about due to the excellent AMC's series The Walking Dead. So reading the source material for my favorite show was a no-brainier. I can say that I see why they made a hit series from it. The story is excellent. There are a few differences in the story line and character personalities. But, overall, a fast, compelling read. If you're a fan of the show, do yourself a favor and read where the material came...more
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Robert Kirkman is an American comic book writer best known for his work on The Walking Dead, Invincible for Image Comics, as well as Ultimate X-Men and Marvel Zombies for Marvel Comics. He has also collaborated with Image Comics co-founder Todd McFarlane on the series Haunt. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics, and the only one of the five who was not one of the original co-founders of...more
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“To me, the best zombie movies aren’t the splatter fests of gore and violence with goofy characters and tongue in cheek antics. Good zombie movies show us how messed up we are, they make us question our station in society… and our society’s station in the world. They show us gore and violence and all that cool stuff too… but there’s always an undercurrent of social commentary and thoughtfulness.” 53 likes
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