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The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye

(The Walking Dead (Collected Editions) #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  201,603 ratings  ·  4,038 reviews
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The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility.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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Cristina Monica
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This is so, so, so, so good. It doesn’t try to be disgusting and it doesn’t mainly focus on the zombies, surprisingly. It’s more about the little community of survivors and their relationships, their helping each other out, their trying to find a way out of this pit of death. I felt desolate to see some characters gone too soon or left behind, but I have some hope of seeing new ones in the future that will make me stop missing the departed ones.

Great, great comic series.
Jun 03, 2016 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
Dec 21, 2010 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 an
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
Tina Haigler
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Honestly, I'm probably the one person on the planet that hasn't watched much of the TV show but I was surprised at how much more quickly things in the comic happen. I feel like season one was probably Vol. 1 and 2 combined. Rule number one for reading this: Do not get attached to any of the characters! At least one person dies in each one, at least they do in the first three volumes, and in most cases it's 2 or more deaths per volume. You can like or dislike characters but do not get attached. A ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The days won't be same anymore!

This is the first volume of the softcover editions of "The Walking Dead", collecting the comic book issues from #1 to #6.

Creative Team:

Writer: Robert Kirkman

Illustrators: Tony Moore

Additional gray tones to inking: Tony Moore

Chapter One


Rick... Officer Rick Grimes at your service.

This chapter is the epic beginning of the mega popular franchise of The Walking Dead that first was comic books, then expanded to a TV series and now there are eve
Sean Barrs
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
Oh yeah......I'm in. "The world we knew was gone."

As it begins, the gunslinging Officer Rick Grimes, hurt in the line of duty, wakes up alone....well almost alone in the hospital. No wife and no best friend-partner watching over him; no nurse or anyone answers his call, and then he finds some of them and realizes the world is not the same.

THE WALKING DEAD comic graphic novel was a quick way to introduce me to the story that family and friends have recommended to me for years....and now I'm ho

Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We all know about the show. I never enjoyed the show.
But this.
Now, this I liked a lot.
Ohhhhhhhhhh Yeah- I'm hooked!
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye (The Walking Dead (Collected Editions) #1), Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead is an American post-apocalyptic comic book series created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore.
Volume 1: Days Gone Bye (Issues 1–6): Rick Grimes, a sheriff's deputy from Kentucky, is wounded in the line of duty and emerges from a coma to find the world overrun by the undead. He is then led in to a small camp of survivors; among them are Rick's wife Lori, his son Carl, and
Oct 30, 2015 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

Meredith Holley
Nov 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Meredith 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 15, 2011 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
Laurie –A Court of Books–
"It's not the same as killing the dead ones, Daddy."
"It never should be, son.
It never should be."

I'm so glad I finally decided to read the comic! It was so powerful to have more depth and more layers to the story, and the comic form is as addictive as the series. It is basically the same story in both but it still gave me the feels.

I felt peace, hope and calm

I felt pain, sorrow and grief

I felt hatred, heartbreak and disappointment

It is so weird to see the character so unawar
Jun 25, 2015 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!
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A little bit of horror, a little bit of drama, this is a great addition to the graphic novel genre, with the author clearly having a passion for zombies. It’s the social aspect of the apocalyptic world that’s explored in greater depth here, with convoluted and complicated characters with complex problems greater than that simply of a zombie attack. If this was just about zombies it wouldn’t work. It needs Rick, Carl, Lori, Shane and all the others to bring the story to ‘life’.

I admit I’m a litt
Dec 01, 2015 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
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
B Schrodinger
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
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!
Courtney ♡ librarycutie
second read: April 8, 2020
new rating: 3 stars

so, reading this for a second time i want to try and actually read the series now that it’s complete, but i wasn’t 100% in love with this volume as i thought i was in 2015. reading tastes changes in 5 years! i enjoyed the story still and like that it just jumps right in, getting you familiar with the world quickly and learning on the way as the characters are learning.

first read: March 6, 2015
old rating: 4 stars
Volume 1 contains Issues #1-6.

Oct 05, 2008 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
Sam Quixote
Feb 20, 2014 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
Anthony Chavez
Jul 31, 2011 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,
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z2015, 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.
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I know I'm late getting on this bandwagon...

4 stars. Good start to the story.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I've been watching The Walking Dead for years on AMC (though I'm not up to date on the latest season), but this was my first time picking up the graphic novel series that inspired it. I've been told by so many people that the graphic novels are incredible, so I finally decided to see what the hype was about. Those people were not wrong, let me tell you!

I LOVED this graphic novel. The art is fantastic (and I was amazed by how similar some of the characters look to the actors/actresses who were c
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