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

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How many hours are in a day when you don't spend half of them watching television?

When is the last time any of us REALLY worked to get something we wanted?

How long has it been since any of us really NEEDED something that we WANTED?

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The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility.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

Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Image Comics (first published May 1st 2004)
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Dec 28, 2016 Natalie rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This review contains *spoilers* for both the tv show (season 1 &2) and the graphic novel.

I absolutely loved the first two seasons of The Walking Dead, so I decided why not give the comic books a chance. And I was not disappointed.

This volume brought back so many memories of the show for me and reminded me of just how much I loved it— even with the jump scares.


But The Walking Dead doesn’t only focus on the gore of killing zombies, it also explores how people deal with extreme situations a
Aug 19, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it
Kudos to Image Comics for saving all that money on a colorist (better, Erica?)!


I get it, I get it!
I'm frugal, too. In fact, (view spoiler)

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
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
Bookworm Sean
Whether you’re a comic book fan or a television buff, one thing remains certain: Rick Grimes is a badass.


He’s resourceful too, a real survivor. When other members of the fledgling group are panicking and running around like headless chickens, he acts. When they argue about the next move they should take or which option is safest, Rick, again, acts. He doesn’t mess about. You’ve got to give it to the small town sheriff, he quickly realises what he must do to keep his family alive. And it isn’t p
Nov 17, 2015 Annie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015, comics

I have to believe that readers of dystopian fiction or apocalyptic fiction harbour the belief that the world bound by the printer’s ink is definitely looming; would one day come true. Or at the very least hope it does. I myself cannot stop from venturing into the implications of the dawn of the walking dead. (see what I did there? Too obvious? :/ ) What would I do first? Ah the possibilities! Of course the romance would strip away if such a dawn actually arrives...tut tut tut. I would possibly f

Wren | WrensReads
Volume 001 | Volume 002 | Volume 003 | Volume 004 | Volume 005 | Volume 006 | Volume 007 | Volume 008

So I am reading the first compendium again so I can read the second and the third. This time, I will rate them by the volume that they are.

If you have seen the first/second episode of the show, you basically know what goes on in the first volume with some minor changes. Someone lives, some characters don't exist and some characters aren't in the show.

The zombie apocalypse is upon t
Dec 22, 2015 Delee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies
Ohhhhhhhhhh Yeah- I'm hooked!
Jul 07, 2012 Sparrow rated it liked it
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
Dec 04, 2013 Lou rated it it was amazing
Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
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.
Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
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
Jessica (priceiswong)
Jun 25, 2015 Jessica (priceiswong) rated it really liked it
I really liked this! I've watched a few of the first episodes on TV, and honestly I liked this so much more. Maybe it's because I'm a baby and I don't think the zombies look as scary as in the show? Maybe that's part of the reason. But this was really good!
Brendon Schrodinger
For everyone not in the know I have a soft spot for apocalyptic fiction. My first SF read as a burgeoning nerd was The Day of the Triffids. It certainly moulded me into the reader that I am today. But although these stories are fiction, the more scientifically removed from reality zombie type apocalypse is by far not my favourite. Nuclear fallout, deadly virus, environmental collapse; these all seem entirely plausible. But there is no precedence for zombies despite fans holding onto the parasite ...more
Dec 12, 2015 Justin rated it really liked it
I'm a complete amateur when it comes to this stuff, but I'm really enjoying my time exploring comics and graphic novels. It's hard to rate them because I don't have anything else to really compare them against since I've only read two, so four stars is my baseline for now.

I watched the first few seasons of the show, but then I lost interest when they just wandered around a farm for episode after episode. I get bored easily so I moved on to something else, probably Breaking Bad or something, I d
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
Dirk Grobbelaar
I’m also one of the stooges who came to the party late. That’s to say, I watched the series before reading the book, or graphic novel to be exact. Heck, when I purchased “the complete season one” I wasn’t even aware that it was based on a book. Now, when something like this happens, there is absolutely no way to undo it. There is no way to un-remember the visual medium and any first impressions, so it’s all spilt milk.

But it is every goodreader’s sworn duty, if you’ve enjoyed the show, to read t
Oct 05, 2008 An rated it really liked it
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
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Wow. I probably won't review all of these, but I really enjoyed this one. Shane was cuckoo crazy, Lori is still as annoying as she is on the tv show. No Daryl, but he wasn't in the books. Looking forward to more!
Anthony Chavez
Aug 01, 2011 Anthony Chavez rated it it was amazing
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,
Dec 20, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, graphic-novels
I don't watch the TV show but I really enjoyed this comic. It was interesting and I liked how it focused on people and what would happen to people if there was a zombie apocalypse. I loved the introduction. I really liked the work Tony Moore did too. The comic has left me wanting more and I can't wait to see what happens in the rest of the comics.
Sam Quixote
Feb 20, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
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
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
Raeleen Lemay
Feb 01, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphicomanga
So far it's really interesting to see how DRASTICALLY different the TV show is... I mean, SHANE. WHAT.
Dylan Williams
Nov 04, 2014 Dylan Williams rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Really different from the TV show, but also really, really good! I loved how well the characters were drawn, it was really easy to tell them all apart - which is a good thing because there are a lot of characters! In the intro to my edition the author makes it perfectly clear that his aim is to focus on the development of these characters rather than a traditional zombie plot - which he definitely does - the characters were fantastic! The pacing is also really great, it's fast when it needs to b ...more
Sep 07, 2015 Cathryn rated it liked it
I'm intrigued enough to continue on. I'm a big fan of the TV show so I know some of what's going to happen and I'm enjoying the elements that are different already. (view spoiler)

I haven't read many graphic novels so we'll see how this goes.
I’m really glad my initial review was deleted by my computer. -_-
Take #2


I told myself, despite the huge amount of hype, that I wasn’t allowed to watch the show until I read the graphic novels. The stars have finally aligned!

I loved this. Although there have been many movies, books, etc., of late about zombies, this graphic novel still managed to make the topic fresh and entertaining. I particularly enjoyed following Rick, the main character, as he awakes from a coma and discovers that the wor
OMG !! Am really liking the walking dead !!!!!
I never thought I would !!!
Erma Talamante
The Walking Dead. It's a thing now, and has been for the last few years, so I knew it was only a matter of time before I read the graphic novel that started it all - and reviewed it!

This. Was. Incredible.

This takes the beginning of the story - Rick wakes up in a hospital room, with vague memories, alone. At first glance, the hospital seems empty, but Rick finds that's not quite true.

He makes it out and on toward home, in a surreal wave of post hospital haze, borderline starvation, and situationa
Sep 05, 2014 Abbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Rick wakes from his coma to be thrust into the arms of the undead. When his wife and child are gone, he fears the worst...

I'm not a huge fan of comics, and these seem to be the only ones I can stomach... so naturally, I read them.

The storyline differs from the tv series and is better in some ways and worse in others. Like how a fair amount of information is not given in the comics but loads of information is given in the series.

The images are really
May 16, 2015 Courtney rated it really liked it
Volume 1 contains Issues #1-6.

Before I review this, let me point out by stating that this is the first graphic novel that I've read. Gladly, It didn't disappoint. I'm not sure If i'm just so hyped over the TV show on AMC or what, but I enjoyed it. Let me also say how excited I was to find out Rick and his family are from Kentucky, aka my home state!

Now, for the Review!

The Author, Robert Kirkman, wrote a note in the beginning of the book, explaining to the readers that Rick was the main character
Apr 22, 2012 Lynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.
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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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