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The Walking Dead, Compendium 1

(The Walking Dead Compendium Edition #1)

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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
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Curtis The comics are much better than the tv series, there are more characters and more story lines that are sort of similar to the show yet so much differe…moreThe comics are much better than the tv series, there are more characters and more story lines that are sort of similar to the show yet so much different, with every page you never know whats coming.
Also in the comic there are some scenes that are much too gory to ever be shown on tv and theyre very shocking, which makes it even better imo, nothing is held back lol.
Because the story/characters are different their deaths and how long theyve lived are also different, so even though youve seen the show you wont get spoiled about anything. The characters are much more developed and none feel like a "filler", theyre all there for a reason. But yes you should definitely pick them up, its so intense especially the first 2 compendiums (which are huge btw). Hope this helps! (less)
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Shelby *trains 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 betwee
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 O
Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
If you watch The Walking Dead aka stalking Daryl Dixon, throw any notions you may have about the show paralleling the comics right out the fucking window.

This version does not have this:

Or that:

I may have even missed this a tiny bit:
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It does have this:

And that:

Although our friend the Governor on the show is rated G compared to the comic version.

Now take all the sick, twisted, and fucked up things that happen on the show and multiply the fucked-upness by a gazillion. Throw
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: zombie addicts, post-apocalyptic junkies
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
Sep 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
My actual rating is 4.5 stars.

It's unfair to compare the comics to the TV series. The two are very different from each other and I am coming into it from the wrong side, having watched and fallen in love with the show first and then discovering the comics. However, comparisons are inevitable as they still share so much in common. They have the same basic plotline's, the same locations, and a lot of the same characters (even if these characters can sometimes be very different). I admit that I do
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Originally read in early 2012.
Reread May 2016

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 there are lots of differences. I don't want to spoil one or the other by saying too much. But a few things include: No Darryl. Tyrese has a

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
Lolly's Library
Oct 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Asghar Abbas
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Heck yeah, this will get you in the mood. Lovely corpses, all those bones, that skull, mermaid skeletons and skeletal trees. All the cranium juice for you to drink, delicious.

What I am saying is, I loved this huge ass volume. It was everything I expected it to be and more. Everything I look for in a source material. This graphic novel has eluded me for so long, I've been meaning to read it for such a long time, so this felt like homecoming to me. In more ways than one.

This also gave a nice not
Johann (jobis89)
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a huge fan of the show, I decided I wanted to read the Walking Dead comics and this was actually my first real encounter with comic books. These comics are absolutely awesome!! This compendium covers issues 1-48, which is also equivalent to the first 8 regular Trade Paperbacks of the comic book series.

I knew that the show had deviated from the comics in a number of ways, but there were FAR more differences than I anticipated. Lots of new characters, characters having storylines that were very
Brad Carl
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Knowing that the AMC TV series is based on these books/graphic novels made this an even more entertaining read. For as much as it is like the TV show, it's also NOTHING like the TV show in SOOOO many ways. While reading, you really won't know for sure what's coming next even if you've watched the show, to date. These books aren't cheap, but they are worth the price of entertainment and insight into the TV series.
Gary Butler
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
2nd book read in 2015.

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

Follow the link below to see my video review:

Dec 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Crystal Starr Light
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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
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
* 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
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Wren (fablesandwren)
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it

com•pen•di•um (kəmˈpendēəm) noun.
noun: compendium; plural noun: compendia; plural noun: compendiums

a collection of concise but detailed information about a particular subject, especially in a book or other publication.

Compendium 01 of The Walking Dead includes:
Collections of Issues: #01 - #48
Collections of Volume: #01 - #08

Overall Thoughts:

It's a pretty great read. It could have been an amazing read if the women weren't portrayed as incapable idiots 75% of the time.
Samantha A
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Oh. My. God. I can't even. My feels are completely broken after reading this.. How can I possibly wait until MONDAY to get my hands on Compendium 2? EVERYTHING I LOVE DIES. It's like, I heard some of these things were going to happen, but WHEN they happened I couldn't help but cry.

This was my first experience with graphic novels and it's not going to be my last!!

Jason Parent
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
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. ;)
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
Scored this sucker today for cheap. Hells yeah. Finally I can start reading this thing.
Scott Rhee
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, favorites
Truly amazing. It is a far grittier concept than the show (for obvious reasons) and it makes for interesting reading as the overarching similarity is there but there are many differences. Characters who are dead in the show are still around and vice versa. Overall the black and white art is quite appropriate to the series and well done. The dialogue as well. It is far darker than what tv shows and is certainly more graphic. If you like zombies or the show I would highly recommend this series.
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if it was overrun by zombies? What if there weren't any more law enforcement to assure peace and order? What if you had to strive to survive on your own, looking for food and shelter, and to always be compelled to look over your shoulders? The world would be an ugly place. The people in it would be worse. Writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore thus had an idea and offered fans around the w
Lorryn Woodward
I knew it was different than the TV show but HOLY COW. It's so different. They are basically just something that has a few same character names and there happens to be zombies. That's about all the similarities. They are more like cousins instead of siblings. (Hopefully that make's sense to you, it did to my brain.)

I liked this so much more than I actually thought I would. Everyone is more intense in the comics. The Governor is so much more psycho than he is in the show. He's a literal monster.
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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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