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The Walking Dead, Compendium 2

(The Walking Dead Compendium Edition #2)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  17,023 ratings  ·  880 reviews
Returning with the second eight volumes of the fan-favorite, New York Times bestseller series, The Walking Dead, collected into one massive paperback collection!

This is the perfect collection for any fan of the Emmy Award-winning television series on AMC: over one-thousand pages chronicling the next chapter of Robert Kirkman's Eisner Award-winning continuing story of survi
Paperback, first, 1068 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Image comics (first published October 3rd 2012)
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Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Waking Dead returns in this second compendium!

This is the second volume of “Compendium Edition” of The Walking Dead, collecting the comic book issue from #49 to #96.

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: Charlie Adlard

Additional gray tones to inking: Cliff Rathburn

Chapter Nine


Rating: **** ( 4 stars )

What if everyone dies on your way there?

A new compe
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
The season for Walking Dead has ended and my library finally got in my copy of this book. *fangirls*

I very rarely watch tv. Everyone asks how I read as much as I do and it is that simple of an answer. The Walking Dead show is one that I do make time and get a bit cray-cray if someone calls me during it.

It's amazing to me how different they have made the show but been able to keep some of the elements of the books. I honestly think I'm more of a fan of the show than the books, not that they aren'
The second compendium of The Walking Dead was excellent. I knew what to expect, (mostly), from watching the show, but there were a few significant changes. Even though I don't think this volume was as quite as good as the first, it was still above average, and I do plan to continue on with the series.
My first impression of Kirkman's The Walking Dead series after reading all 1088 pages (and 5 lbs) of Compendium 1 was of:
a post-apocalyptic zombie soap opera, where the soap is made out of lye. The story is harsh -- almost nihilistic in its way -- extremely violent, and peppered throughout with characters hooking up in almost sure to be doomed relationships.
Now, after wading through another 1068 pages of Compendium 2 I can't say much has changed.

Other than the fact I'm completely, utterly ex
Johann (jobis89)
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
"After everything we've been through, all the people we've lost... I suddenly find myself overcome with something I thought we'd lost... hope."

Compendium 2 is made up of issues 49-96, i.e. volumes 9-16. Following the loss of the prison and the devastation that followed, Rick and the group must move on. They very quickly come upon a community protected by walls, but the solace does not last long...

It's difficult to review these comics as they're so fast moving and so much happens!! That's one of
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just so fucking good.

I can definitely say that The Walking Dead has cemented itself as one of my favorite comics. I'm never bored while reading because there are just so many different facets explored; the fight against zombies, the trials and successes with other communities, and the human condition in general. Amidst all of the violence and pain you find so much damn heart and humanity. I can't even praise this series enough. Go forth and read... do it!
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reading the Walking dead in these compendiums is both great and awful. It's great because I get to read four years of Walking Dead in a single night. It's awful because now I have to wait four more years to know how everything turns out.

I'd recommend that you don't wait four years to read this compendium.
Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
This review covers both Compendiums One and Two (i.e., Issues 1-96) of The Walking Dead graphic novel series--

Who'da thunk it? Me, the great lover of literature would find myself a rabid fan of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead graphic novel series, and the equally amazing AMC TV series. Actually it was the TV series that got me onto the cult phenomenon of the graphic novels. I happened to notice that AMC was running all of Season Two of TWD the weekend before the premiere for Season Three. I im
RJ from the LBC
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's not quite as good as the first compendium, which (after a slow start) culminated in the prison storyline. The second compendium eventually lands our group in the Alexandria "Safe Zone" and the action gets less frequent and the story moves forward much more slowly. The final part of the book sees the very gradual start of the Negan storyline which will kick into gear around issue 100 (early in the third compendium). So, yeah, it's slow in stretches but still it's a ridiculous amount of conte ...more
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: seen-movie, usa, 2016
Took me just over a day to finish this beast of a book.
Really loved this.
Got so much more into this big volume rather than the single editions.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful illustrations with all kinds of hidden stuff to look at. Interesting characters and emotional expressions I can interpret. I'd reread this may times-it earned it's 5 stars all the way
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Awesome! That's what I thought. The first bit of it was so agonizing to read/watch unfold before my eyes. The amount of pain and hurt people endure in this story is truly brutal. In fact alot of this novel was really dealing with alot of heartache and how people go on in the midst of it all.

However by mid way the story got more positive. Still dealing with a real threat of the walkers, and really dealing with what it's like to be living in a time like that. How do people carry on? What sort of t
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it
It had its ups and downs. Boring parts and interesting parts. I'm not as hooked to the story as I was when I finished the first compendium but I don't dislike it. Will wait a few weeks/months before reading the 3rd compendium though.
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
2016- I like this series so much! I was really just going to skim this in preparation for Negan's appearance on the television series, but got sucked in! I am so happy that the show doesn't follow the comics as closely as some would prefer. If they were exactly the same we would have no reason to keep reading/watching. The story is always about the people and Kirkman is a genius at finding the situations that show us the most. I will, of course, now have to read volume 3. AGAIN!

I find this
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As I said in my review of the first Compendium, if you're not a follower of comics (like me), but if you're a fan of zombies (also like me) and particularly The Walking Dead (like just about everyone), then there's no better place to start than this.

More of the same. And that's a good thing.
Asghar Abbas
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

While not as compelling or engrossing as Volume One, but still good enough. Like Amy Lee, it was good enough for me.

Here I stand still, still addicted to zombies. Just not to the living ones. Or the ones I came across in Paris circa 2016.

This was way better than the Zone One and definitely better than the low quality, really bad Fear of the Walking Dead. I am still watching that though.


illustrations still blows me away. Just amazing. Oh, we write reviews to recommend books, generally. So
This stuff is like a slab of chocolate...a really, really, BIG slab of chocolate. It's OK until you start it, then it gets really difficult to stop chomping through it until it's gone...even though you know it would be wiser to quit now and save some for later...

...also, Rick is a psycho.
Stephen Arvidson

By the time readers get around to wading through the one-thousand-plus pages of The Walking Dead: Compendium Two, they’ll see that Robert Kirkman's hard-hitting world of the zombie post-apocalypse has hit its stride, and the ground rules firmly established. The vast majority of mankind has long since been wiped out by an inexplicable pandemic, one that has left hordes of shambling corpses in its wake. Society has crumbled. Supplies are scarce. No one is truly safe—anywhere. People die with hear
Allan Nail
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Good. It is good. Now, I need to decide how far I pursue this story.

When I first heard of The Walking Dead, I was excited about the possibility of a never-ending survival story featuring zombies. Now I'm wondering if there wouldn't be better story telling if there was an end in sight. The Walking Dead Compendium 2, while fulfilling my need for a continued experience with familiar and beloved characters, starts to repeat itself. New place to live, new zombie invasion. New place to live, more huma
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After the events of the first compendium, this one sees Rick and the survivors trying to cope with their losses and then they are invited to become part of The Community, a town which is working to survive the apocalypse. But after so long on the run, can the group ever adjust to normal life again? And is the community as safe as it first appears?

My favourite thing about this is that it's a great mixture of zombies and apocalypse surviving. It's mostly about surviving and people trying to rebui
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My God. That was not what I was expecting, at all. The first compendium built up a rapport of emotional strain, and the second one finally sees that rapport begin to splinter. The first half of the book was absolutely devastating... not to mention revolting. One scene in particular (involving Dale, of course) was so downright gross that I had to stop reading. But I forged on, because I couldn't bear to leave the remaining cast of characters in their horrible predicament. And, boy, was I rewarded ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book weights nearly a metric ton but it is stock full of blood in black and white. I really appreciated the format for reading at home on the couch even if the stories eventually get a bit repetitive in the Walking Dead universe.
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic, zombies
Lets just say that I went right from reading this one to the next compendium.
I still have not watched the series, maybe I will some day, but I hear that they are very different.
This one was not my favorite set but it certainly ended on a cliffhanger that demanded I read on!
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
This compendium had a slower build, but I loved the end leading up to introducing Negan. I'll wait for the show to return in February before I continue with the next compendium, though.
For those of you who are fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead but haven’t read the graphic novels, let me assure you: you aren’t missing anything. My apologies to Robert Kirkman, but the tv show is a million times better. The show’s characters are more fleshed out and the storylines are much more complex. Most of the time I think it’s a good idea to read the book that a movie or tv show has been adapted from because the book usually gives you a more in depth look at the characters or story, but that d ...more
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel, series
I have become a true fan of The Walking Dead, at least in graphic novel format. I am in love with the story, in love with the characters, and I hate knowing there is a third compendium in the future cause I wanna read it NOW!

Although this was over 2000+ pages by the end of Compendium 2, and 96 volumes worth of story I still wanted more. I’ve read a couple of reviews where people have complained about the story getting repetitive in Book 2, but in my opinion, it has not seemed that way for me. T
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I thought this was better than the first compendium, or at least I found it more enjoyable. I still feel like none of the supporting characters have a distinct voice but at least most of the catch-phrases are gone. Except for "man" and EVERYone says that. All the time. There's a lot of pointless exposition. Rick does something or something happens to him and he immediately has to recount what we just saw to another character for no reason. There is a revolving door of characters who act as Ricks ...more
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-the-library
What can I say other than WOW! With the show on hiatus until February, I'm trying to fill in that sad, empty space that I've been left with. The books are quite a bit different from the show which in a way is nice. For somebody going from the show to the books or vice versa, there really aren't spoilers. The weird thing for me is seeing Carl stay a little boy in the book, but on the show the actor has become a teenager. And I have to say I kind of like the Rick in the book more than the one on t ...more
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
More zombies. More brutality. More death. Now that we have that covered, let’s move onto volumes 9-16! Warning- some spoilers.

Compendium 2:
Gary Butler
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
31st book read in 2015.

Number 172 out of 459 on my all time book list.

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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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