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The Walking Dead, Compendium 1 by Robert Kirkman
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Apr 19, 12

Read from April 13 to 17, 2012

The obvious theme here in Kirkman's excellent take on the classic "living dead" zombie scenario is that left to our own devices, human nature is more dangerous than a horde of mindless undead. Zombies generally take a backseat here, occasionally popping up to bite someone in the ankle. The focus is more on the random band of survivors around Atlanta and how they come to make a home in a large prison complex. This compendium, which collects the first 48 issues of the comic series, begins to sag in places from over-the-top violence and a predictable kind of megadeath (the subtitle of this collection really should be "Eventually Every Character Dies"). Some of the moralizing subplots are boring, and the suspension of belief required in parts is too much. For example, Dale dies when Rick chops his leg off but the Governor somehow returns after he's horrifically tortured with various objects? Overall this was an entertaining read with some great art, but I feel like the action could have moved in better directions.
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