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The Walking Dead, Book One (The Walking Dead: Hardcover editions #1)

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This hardcover features the first 12 issues of the hit series along with the covers for the issues in one oversized hardcover volume. 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 5th 2010 by Image Comics (first published September 2004)
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Jul 23, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People Who Can't Speed-Walk
Book One is apparently volumes 1 & 2, but even though I've already read and reviewed the first one, I still ended up reading most* of it again as a refresher.

*In other words, I skimmed the first few pages, realized I'd forgotten all of the plot details, and started reading in earnest immediately.

Stop judging me, Rick!


Since I'm somewhat late to The Walking Dead phenomenon (Kelly has theorized that I'm some sort of ALIEN goddess from the stars), I'm going to try not to spoil anything for the
Oct 07, 2012 Carol. rated it liked it
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 did not like it
Shelves: 2011
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If you're a Walking Dead viewer wondering if the comic is as good as the series -- the short answer is that they both excel in very different ways... I'd call it a draw, and there's absolutely no reason to take sides. Even more than Game of Thrones and ASOIAF, the show has transcended the source material by altering the plot and the fates of several major characters, adding entirely new faces like Daryl Dixon ( who has become a wild card for comic fans and a favorite for many). As someone who fo ...more
I love the differences between TWD TV show and the graphic novels it was adapted from.

I've read The Walking Dead, Issue #1 which is a free book covering only the first day of TWD graphic novels just to see if I'd like this medium, and I can honestly say, TWD is my first graphic novel and now I'm addicted to this series.

Sadly, my library doesn't have book two but it does have the rest of the books so I'm forced to buy it because I'm desperate to know what happens next and how it diverges from the
Aug 28, 2010 Patrici rated it it was ok
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
Jun 03, 2009 Mikhaela rated it liked it
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
Sean Gibson
Apr 08, 2015 Sean Gibson rated it liked it
Well written, solid art...I get why people like it. Just didn't quite click for me.
Dec 12, 2014 Figgy rated it really liked it
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
Nov 16, 2011 Andrea Cleland rated it liked it
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
Thomas Edmund
Jan 22, 2013 Thomas Edmund rated it really liked it
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
Oct 05, 2010 Emily rated it did not like it
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
Not surprisingly...all the stars.

Since I can't have this...
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I decided to give the comic a try.

I really enjoyed this. I have never read a comic or graphic novel before this, but after all the amazing reviews I have read on GR, I thought it was about time. I am a HUGE fan of the show and I was really shocked how different this was. It was so fun to read and get both perspectives.

Book 2 here I come!!
Mar 30, 2013 Tracy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
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
Sarah AlObaid
Sep 10, 2015 Sarah AlObaid rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
4.5 stars
I enjoyed this a lot, i even liked the fact that it was very different from the tv show so i didn't know what would happen next. The artist changes though, starting from the 7th issue (or chapter 2 in this book) and it was kind of a let-down for me to be honest, because the art was absolutely flawless in the beginning. The art is still really good but i can't help but compare it to the first issues. The plot was great, though i gotta admit i liked that of the tv show better. I guess i s
Bookworm Sean
Mar 25, 2014 Bookworm Sean rated it really liked it
This is the first graphic novel I have read, as an adult, and am very impressed with the introduction into the genre. This is a great story of horror that has the reader literally sitting on the edge of the seat. What I enjoy most about the Walking dead the most in the unpredictability of it. Characters can die at any given moment. This creates continued suspense throughout producing a real page turner.
Jessica Halleck
2.5 stars.

I prefer the show, hands-down. The comic blows through plot points at a breakneck pace and relies on a whole hell of a lot of tell-not-showing. Characters feel flat and one dimensional. Dialogue is laden with exposition. There's almost a complete lack of tension or organic build-up to dramatic moments so they come across either abrupt or downright silly.

And the art, which was very good (often taking advantage of full-page single panels for a perfect, gorgeous, gory reveal) for the fi
Sep 27, 2013 Sera rated it really liked it
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
Oct 29, 2015 Redfox5 rated it really liked it
Like most people, I was introduced to The Walking Dead through the TV Show. I'm a massive zombie fan. I have no problem watching the cheesiest zombie films going. And I have my 'end of the world' plan in place. So it was great to have a awesome TV show to watch.

I fell in love with The Walking Dead instantly. Season one and two were amazing but after that the love started to sour slightly. I'm a binge watcher, I wait till everything is on boxset then go for it. But I started watching season 3,
Feb 01, 2013 Trike rated it it was ok
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
Dec 02, 2015 Elke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-rating
Dit boek is waarschijnlijk het boek van de maand bij de Jonge Nederlandse Lezers groep. Maar ik keek er zo naar uit om hierin te beginnen, dat ik gewoon niet langer kon wachten. Eenmaal begonnen kon ik niet meer stoppen. Mijn eerste ervaring met een Graphic Novel, maar wat is dit super ver zeg! Het leest zo snel en gemakkelijk en ik verwonder me hoe snel het verhaal gaat. Ik zie uiteraard veel gelijkenissen met de serie, maar nog veel meer verschillen. Je kan serie en boek makkelijk uit elkaar h ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok
Good plot as we all know, very poor dialougue. Incredibly Crude & Vulgar for no reason that I could see. I've read more than a hundred graphic novels and perhaps because of the awesome show, this book pissed me off. I wouldn't reccomend it.. had I read this first, I NEVER would of watched this show. And is it just me or does the writer just hate women?

I might read one more volume but it will probably only prove what I already know... Watch the show, don't waste your time on this.

Sep 16, 2014 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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 it was amazing
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.
Nov 29, 2011 Eric rated it liked it
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.
Dec 30, 2015 Eman rated it it was ok
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
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
Paul Eckert
Jun 30, 2013 Paul Eckert rated it really liked it
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
Oct 20, 2014 Kassie rated it really liked it
Shelves: diverse-sci-fi
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
Tim Lepczyk
Jan 25, 2011 Tim Lepczyk rated it really liked it
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
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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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