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The Walking Dead, Compendium 1 (The Walking Dead #1-48)

4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  48,475 ratings  ·  1,662 reviews
Introducing the first eight volumes of the fan-favorite, New York Times Best Seller series collected into one massive paperback collection.

In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living. With The Walking Dead #1-48, this compendium features more than one thousand pages chronicling the start of Robert Kirkman's Eisner Award-winning story of zombie horro
Paperback, 1088 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Image Comics (first published 2009)
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*

I had no clue that the books to this were so much different than the show. You have some completely different characters and different endings for so many of the characters.
If you haven't read the books because of being afraid to spoil the show..don't worry. It's different enough that you don't know anything about anything.
Some of my favorite characters don't exist in the books

and yet I still loved this book.

There is a darker feel to the books. More sex, more dying, more fighting between the
The world we knew is gone... we live in the world of The Waking Dead!!!

This is the first volume of “Compendium Edition” of The Walking Dead, collecting the comic book issue from #1 to #48 (including the Christmas Special story). This is equivalent to the first 8 regular Trade Paperbacks of the comic book series.

My general rating is an average result of the sum of the ratings of each chapter in the collected edition.

Creative Team:

Writer: Robert Kirkman

Illustrators: Tony Moore (Chapter One
This is my second go-around with this sprawling, epic compendium in preparation for tackling the follow-up. I'm so glad I did a re-read because there was a lot I had plain forgotten and much more I had gotten tangled-up with the television series. Only reading the source material again, did I realize just how much the producers of the show actually changed from Kirkman's comic. The fundamentals of the story are essentially the same, but the devilish details have undergone quite a makeover. I hav ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
I cannot believe the dark places this graphic novel delves. No one, and I mean no one, is safe in this ongoing saga. It takes place after the dead have risen and destroyed everything and follows a handful of often rotating survivors as they try to get by in a frightening new world. It starts out a little slow as everything is set up but once it gets going I didn't want to put it down.

It is less focused on the zombies than its core of characters and their interaction and relationships but there i
I really, really love zombie movies, and anything really that involves zombies. (Yes, even Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. If you can't like that idea at least a little bit, then I can't like you.) But pretty quickly after my zombie obsession started, I realized that what interests me about these stories isn't the zombie killing aspect at all. Instead, what really fascinates me about zombie apocalypse movies is how they portray the breakdown of society, and how people deal with this. Blowing zo ...more
The increased public awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder has had a positive effect on zombie comix.

Before recent wars and criminal adventures and subsequent psycho-medical research and publicity, PTSD was all but ignored by zombie comix.

Characters would be terrorized by zombies, displaced from their homes by zombies, see friends, loved ones, and coworkers die and then become zombies, but with the exception of some tears and wailing there were no real emotional consequences to zombie-rela
(Some spoilers for both the show and the graphic novel herein. I tried not to include too many. You have been warned.)

Okay. Forget everything you know and hear me out: Zombies are the great equalizing scourge.

One of the first books my younger self fell hopelessly in love with (which probably explains an awful lot) was Stephen King's "The Stand." The book's been out for, like, more than three decades, so it's your own fault if this is a spoiler but all you need to know for this review of an entir
Lolly's Library
Feb 26, 2013 Lolly's Library rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with solid upper body strength
I was going to write reviews of the first three volumes of this series, but I decided to save my creative juices (and they are so little) for the compendium. So here we go...

First off, a general overview: The story concerns a local cop, Rick, who wakes in the hospital to discover the world has gone to hell. All the people have been turned into the walking dead. (I know, overtones of 28 Days Later, but go with it.) We then follow him as he struggles to find out what has happened, where all the zo
Wow. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement.

Where to begin? I really enjoy reading comics (or graphic novels, if that's the term you prefer) and am constantly on the lookout for something new to enjoy in the genre. For the most part, I tend to read classic, well known stuff like Alan Moore's work or Maus or things like that. Recently I got the itch to try out something a bit more, well, recent! Something new and fresh.

It seems like everybody's reading The Walking Dead nowadays, and

I am a fan of the show, a serious fan. I found myself looking for something to hold me over between show/seasons so I looked into the books. I'm not a big fan of many comics so I went for the novels on Woodbury and the Gov. Oh my, if you haven't read this get to them, fast. I finished those 6 books quickly so time to try the graphic. I should have known these aren't a best seller for nothing. I am now officially a Robert Kirkman fan.
This is what a zombie book should be, gross, bloody, gore plus
Gary Butler
2nd book read in 2015.

Number 99 out of 430 on my all time book list.

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This compendium is a monster. If I were doing this whole Walking Dead thing again, I would have AVOIDED the compendium all together and just stuck with the trades. Because the compendium is HUGE. Seriously, I was afraid I'd break a limb just dropping it from the top of the bed to the floor. It's heavy, it's awkward to hold (particularly if you are the type to take it to bed to read before going to sleep), it's non-transportable (good LUCK tak
Zombies are boring.

There. I said it. And I'm not ashamed.

They are, though. Zombies have no real motivation, they have no goals other than to kill all humans. They are mindless, a kind of twisted force of nature whose great terror lies in their sheer numbers and their unstoppability. As a concept, zombies are interesting, and as a symbol or a metaphor there's a lot you can do with them, but the zombies themselves are kind of dull. They lurch about, slowly decaying, looking for people to devour. N
Joshua Batson
I took the all to trite path of tv then book. The series was amazing and I couldn't put the story on hold while they filmed the next season so I picked up my first comic book since pubescence.
First off the two are not the same. They are similar in a few keeps points and milestones but the events and characters diverge greatly from the separate story lines.

Thankfully the one thing the televised version got right was that the Zombies are only a minor part of the story. The writing focuses more o
* How I found it: a friend recommendation
* Type: Paperback
* My initial thoughts: A comic book? Am I a prepubescent 13 year old boy? This book is THICK.
* Why I said "yes": Show is great (which was also recommended from above mentioned friend) and pure realization that I need to step out of my comfort zone when it comes to entertainment. ((You mean I can't read dirty romance novels and period pieces for life?))

This was the only comic book I have ever read before. AMC based a show (which is fantast
A bit slow at times but overall really great! I can't wait to read the next compendium.
Jason Parent
This was fantastic. I wouldn't say it was better or worse than the show. I think the two complement each other nicely. There the same, but different. ;)
I started to read this series after watching the first season (however short it was) of The Walking Dead tv series. I had head it was based off a comic series but knew little else. When I spotted this massive comic at the library, I just had to check out out. So glad I did!

The book is similar to the tv series yet lots of differences. I don't want to spoil one or the other by saying what. But if you have seen the series and are thinking that since you have, there is no need to read this, then you
Alex Ristea
I had no idea graphic novels could make me think about so many fundamentally human ideas.

The Walking Dead has been one of my favourite things lately, and it all comes down to one thing: character.

A zombie apocalypse is a great premise and a fantastic vehicle for exploring human nature, and Kirkman really went to town in this series. Because it's not about exploring the zombie theme. The world-building is next-to-none, and there are scant details about any of the larger issues around the world. I

The Walking Dead is, firstly, undeniably entertaining, and equally as thrilling. I mean... zombie apocalypses usually are, but TWD takes it to a new level. It's a lot more fast-paced and -- I'm tempted to say -- more lively than the TV series in my opinion (but really, go watch it. I mean it. Go). It's far, far more interesting to see the deteriorating psychological states of these characters as opposed to th
First, a critique of the format... This was my first graphic novel (read outside of college) and my newbie status just threw my whole summer off track. I bought this book with the intent of reading it all summer long. It's about four inches thick; no way I'd finish it in less than a week. Well, here I am, it's not even officially summer, and I'm done with my summer reading. Graphic novels = too many pictures.

Now, some more about me... I became a fan of this story line through the TV show. I don'
I've tried to think of what I want to say about this, but my status updates (with many spoiler tags re: the TV series) pretty much says it all in a far more entertaining way.

In short: I knew before going in that comic books weren't my thing (even though I haven't read that many), that I'd feel cheated out of heft and weight to the story and characters. It's like expecting opera at a Broadway musical. Ain't gonna happen.

But what confuzzled me most was how this became such a phenomenon that made p
Leah Polcar
I don't read a lot of comics, uh, graphic novels, so I am unsure really how to rate this. I can't rate it against other comics given my lack of expertise and I sure don't think it is fair to compare it to any actual novels. So, from a naive point of view: if you like the zombie apocalypse or are a fan of the show, you will probably enjoy this. I did. As a note, something I wanted to know before reading was whether the comics contain spoilers that would ruin the show, but I couldn't seem to get a ...more
I FINISHED IT!! I really enjoyed this a lot! I'll wait a little before before I pick up the next one though. I need a break from it.
I've watching The Walking Dead TV show since it premiered in 2010. I am a big fan of the show and have wanted to read the comics for a while.

Well, I've finally got a chance to and I decided to read this since it contains the first 8 volumes of the comics. There are definite similar things that happened in the comic that also happened in the show, but there are differences. Quite a few, actually.

The comic follows Rick and his family and many, many other characters. Some of the characters are intr
Scott Rhee
I'm probably not going to add too much more to all that's been said about this graphic novel/ TV show, other than to say that, yes, I am one of THOSE types who religiously watch the show and eagerly await every Sunday night like it was Halloween. I was hooked from the pilot (which is hard to believe was three years ago), and have been dutifully following the heart-stopping and gut-wrenching escapades of Rick and his family and the band of survivors that fans have grown to love (and, in some case ...more
Although I gave it 5 stars, I cannot say that I liked this book, because this is some truly nasty, scary s***! I haven't been this upset, freaked out, disgusted and thoroughly absorbed in a story for a very long time.
Modern-day America is no more. Not only are there no video games, no Internet, no hot showers or even running water, but at any moment you and your loved ones could be eaten by a zombie. It's about as horrific a scenario as they come, not so much because of the scary gory monsters
Apr 20, 2012 Dan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Q: why did i read this? A: because i can't resist zombies. in any form. i've watched the dumb tv show too. and i'll probably continue watching it. i'm 35 years old. what is wrong with me?

i know this series is a fanboy darling, but count me out. the walking dead comics suffer from the opposite problem of the tv series. on the show, everything unravels at a snail's pace and it feels like the only things that ever happen are a million idiotic trips to "the town" for supplies. in the comics, however
Okay, I'm going to say this right up front, and everyone can get as huffy as they'd like: it's all true.

The Walking Dead is highly overrated.

The writing is melodramatic as all get-out. I didn't get the impression that the writers had any idea what characters they had intended to survive - it's an amateurish device to kill off your characters, particularly given how dependent the story becomes upon characters constantly dying. Sure,it's meant to convey the new reality - but we all know how zombie
I don't know that there's much I could add to this in terms of a review. This book was fantastic and has had me in its grips for the past few days. When I feel like I'm one of the characters in the story, the author has accomplished more than just telling a story. This is so much more than just a story about zombies, it's about how society gets built back up in a world that is no longer safe, a world where sacrifices must be made and losses endured, a world where every minute of the day you have ...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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