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The Walking Dead, Book One (The Walking Dead #1-12)

4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  22,783 ratings  ·  981 reviews
This hardcover features the first 2 stories of the hit series along with the covers in one oversized hardcover volume. It is perfect for long-time fans, new readers and anyone needing a slightly heavy object with which to fend off the walking dead.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Image Comics (first published September 2004)
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Oct 07, 2012 Carol. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: graphic novel fans, WD fans
I'm 99% percent certain I've never said this before, but I prefer the more layered story of the television show.

My first official graphic novel--if one does not count the adventures of the Archie gang or Mad (magazine) at my cousin's house thirty years ago--and I find that like McDonald's, graphic novels work better for me as rare treat instead of steady diet. Still, its worth a try. I came to the comic via the television series, curious to see Kirkman's original vision. While it is interesting
Sep 17, 2011 Erin rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
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After trudging through pages and pages of one-dimensional character sludge and one too many sequences of dialogue about canned food, I just couldn't do it anymore. I enjoy post-apocalyptic survival stories as much as anyone, but I expected so much more; especially considering all the hype surrounding this title (from the rave reviews on Amazon and GoodReads to the upcoming TV show).

From panel to panel, you get humans trying desperately to fulfill the first level of Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of
Wonderful artwork and good writing (I read this in French translation while in Paris, but I assume it was just as well done in the original). BUT! It doesn't really add anything original to the whole zombie thing, and starts the same way as 28 Days Later. Not to mention that all the ass-kicking and fighting is done by men, men, men--the women wash the laundry and scream and run from zombies and drop their guns and are fought over by men. And the only woman in the book who complains about this is ...more
Over the next ten weeks, I will be reviewing one Walking Dead book per week, to try and stave off the hunger for more episodes of the show. I will try and keep these a spoiler free as possible, but readers should be aware that a review may mention spoilers from previous books in the series.

Each one of these books comprises twelve issues of the comic.

Officer Rick Grimes wakes up in the hospital after being shot by an escaping prisoner. No one responds to his calls for a nurse, and when he ventu
Andrea Cleland
I wish I had read these before I watched the show. The characters are much more raw, and I identify with them less. I even dislike most of them, including Rick. I do realize that in an actual situation like a zombie apocalypse, it would be extremely unlikely that one person would remain the voice of reason in every stressful situation. Everyone would snap once in a while. The lack of a reliable "leader" made each setback almost unbearable. I have to say that I like Rick's character better in the ...more
Sean Gibson
Well written, solid art...I get why people like it. Just didn't quite click for me.
T. Edmund
I was introduced to the Walking dead via the television series, which I especially enjoyed so I've been keen to see how the originating graphic novel compares.

So the comic? I found it a slightly strange experience. Rather than balance dialogue with narration, the Walking Dead is only populated by the out-loud voices of the characters. At first this did wonders leading towards the bleak setting, however I struggled at times with panels dominated by speech bubbles.

The artwork is gruesome as to be
Since I have become somewhat obsessed and season 3 is coming to a close, I thought perhaps I should give the Graphic books a try. This would be my first experience with a Graphic book. I was a little bit hesitant at first and will admit it did take me a bit to get into the groove, but once I did I actually enjoyed it more than I thought. I am not so sure I would have, had I not started with the TV series, but I definitely think that the two together enhance The Walking Dead experience on a whole ...more
It's readable, but these zombie apocalypse stories are starting to feel a little redundant to me. There's certainly nothing new in this one, and the writing is decidedly sub-par.

It really lost me at the sexism, though -- just like World War Z. I guess it's good to know that someone's going to be looking after the laundry when the world ends...? On the other hand, Kirkman's grasp of masculine behavior struck me as cartoonish and inauthentic as well. Does every man have a secret cowboy deep insid
Sep 27, 2013 Sera rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sera by: Joe
Since the series is too violent for me to watch on TV, and my husband watches it over and over and over again, he bought me the graphic novel for my birthday. It's the first graphic novel that I've ever read, and I enjoyed the experience. As for the book itself, I found the story to be very compelling and the characters well drawn, but then it has this zombie thing going on, which I understand is the whole purpose of the book. The title is "The Walking Dead" so one doesn't have to be a rocket sc ...more
Paul Eckert
I’d heard of The Walking Dead comics before the TV show, but never got into it. After years of putting off the TV show, I’m now a fan and watched all three seasons this year. So now I’m going back and reading the comics.

It’s unfair to judge one media versus another, but it is interesting to compare where one excelled better than another. For most purposes I think the TV show does a better job in most respects because it takes it’s time with characters and the story line because it can. If the c
Tim Lepczyk
I'd heard of The Walking Dead , but haven't read any comics for quite a few years. My source for comic books had always been my childhood friend who now co-owns Top Comics. Throughout college and those years between degrees, he'd fill up a long box of comics when I was home and sort it according to: titles I like to read, titles I should read, superhero comics, and random titles that he didn't care whether I read or not. My guess is The Walking Dead would be in the "titles I should read." It's ...more
Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
This is my first graphic novel and I loved reading it. There were some issues with it though. How women are portrayed in the comics.. Weak and only useful as sexual objects..except Michonne that is. I also had trouble with the timeline as a reference.. The only indicator was the seasons. I also like the fact that there's characters in the book that aren't on the tv show.
Nov 25, 2014 Eman rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: I recommend the TV series, not the comics
As a big fan of The Walking Dead TV series I am utterly disappointed after reading the comics. Well, yeah it's a zombie apocalypse survival concept and I shouldn't have expected much since I'm not particularly into that genre, but as an exception I found the TV series surprisingly splendid, therefore I had high expectations on the original comics which the series was adapted from.

My first impression was on the script, it was so poorly written. The characters had no depth whatsoever. I preferred
M.G. Bianco
Finally got around to reading the Walking Dead graphic novels, my first foray into graphic novels, to be honest. A note about graphic novels in general: they seem to be able to do things that traditional novels cannot. A graphic novel can have an image from a previous scene while displaying text (conversation) from the next scene (or vice versa) the same way a television show or movie can transition in that way. While a novel, on the other hand, cannot move the images in my head to another scene ...more
In depth rating: 4.5 stars.

So due to my going through Walking Dead withdrawal after the TV show went on hiatus, I stole my uncle's Walking Dead comics. If you are going through similair feelings of withdrawal, I 100% suggest you find the comics and read those until it comes back to TV in February.

The artistry is beautiful. The way everything is drawn so sharp, so defined, and then the muddiness of the zombies pops up to contradict that definition, and it's so beautiful.

The characters are so in
Frankly, Kirkman isn't a very good writer. His characters are weak and his dialogue rarely rises above clunky. What generally carries one of his books is the high concept behind it and the plot driving it. Like Invincible, The Walking Dead is mostly plot-driven. The characters are thinner than the paper they're printed on and their motivations are just as flimsy.

The TV series is far better in this regard, with a firmer grasp on how to dole out the story as well as sustaining tension. It was a go
A couple of years ago I attempted to watch this and decided after the first episode that it was too scary! Fast forward a couple of years and one of my favorite teenagers insisted that I give the graphic novels a try. So glad I did. This was the perfect balm and getaway after a rough day. My only quibble is that I found some of the characters difficult to distinguish- they just look too much alike.

Looking forward to Book 2 & 3.
And I might just give the tv adaption a try.
Lindsey Albright
May 17, 2015 Lindsey Albright rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lindsey by: Erik Hart
It was wonderful. I was so glad that it was different from the show. I find the show very interesting and I enjoy it very much, but the comics are refreshing. I might have to pick up Book Two and I should really thank my friend for allowing me to borrow his copy of the first book.
Jason Bootle
What a gripping read. Characters are brilliant and the tension and stress of living amongst the zombies is really well written. Love the illustrations too, wonderfullly graphic, gory undead! Cannot wait to get started on Book 2 and also watch the TV series.
Nov 29, 2011 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of post apocalyptic zombie stories
Recommended to Eric by: Zach Connelly
While zombie apocalypse stories aren't really my thing, this was a well-written, nicely illustrated take on the well-worn trope. My interest began waning by the end of this 12-issue volume, though, so I'm not sure I'll continue on with the series.
Great treatment of an overexposed genre --zombies. This graphic novel has a solid balance of action, artwork, and character development. Normally I shy away from black & white graphic novels, but in this case it was alright...I suppose the grimness of the topic merited a bleak look.

It is written with a nice flow; almost movie-like in the way it jumps from an establishing shot to an action sequence. I like the fact that the characters are not all that likeable, which I believe is a more reali
Caitlyn Pickerill
I really didn't like this as much as I thought I was going to. My main issues were that the time passed almost too quickly, sometimes it was hard to distinguish exactly how much time had passed between the last event and the current one. I don't mind big time skips but some distinction would have been nice. My other main issue was that the female characters throughout the graphic novel are treated like complete shit by the majority of the male characters (not all, but most). I think that is the ...more
I started reading The Walking Dead back before zombies was the cool thing to be into and way before the TV show. What I like most about the Walking dead is that it really isn't about zombies. Shocker! Yes, it is set in a post apocalyptic time where zombies roam the earth, but so much of this series is about human relationships. It is about what different people do in survival-type situations, how they react and how they treat other people. Who steps up to be the leader, who takes what role in a ...more
The Walking Dead was the first graphic novel that I have ever read. It took a bit of time understanding and getting used to how graphic novels are read but once I got use to it I really enjoyed it. So much so that I had to convince the fiancé now to open up book 2 so I could start reading it. I did watch Season 1 and Season 2 before I read the novels. (We will talk about my thoughts on the novel vs. the show later)

I enjoyed the story and the artwork in the first two volumes. I liked that fact t
This is the first time I've ever read a graphic novel, but it has good ratings on Goodreads, I like the television adaptation, and a friend recommended that I try it so I decided to give it a go! Since I don't have anything to compare it to directly, as I've never read any other graphic novels, I'm not really sure how it compares, but I can say it wasn't bad. It took me a little bit to kind of get into the groove of reading it, but then my brain figured out how to read the words and illustration ...more
Mar 27, 2012 Brittany rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Walking Dead fans
How I Came To Read This Book: I've been watching the series on AMC over the last year and a bit, and requested this from the library at the close of Season 2.

The Plot: The book is basically a compilation of the first 12 Walking Dead comics, which happen to coincide quite nicely with the first two seasons of The Walking Dead TV series. We follow the story of a small town police cop named Rick Grimes as he wakes up from a coma in what appears to be an abandoned hospital. Rick begins venturing aro
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Posted on my book blog.

After all the hype surrounding this series, I came to it with my expectations maybe a bit too high. Post-apocalyptic stories about zombies have been done before, so I wasn't expecting an incredibly original story, but I was hoping for some good character development and a solid storyline.

Did this book have it? Yes, though not as much as it could. The story starts a bit too suddenly and I had trouble getting into it at first. Also, I didn't connect with any of the character
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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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