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Maw Reviews: The Walking Dead, Zombie Comic

Posted on 18 March 2009 by maw

I have been unwell and couch ridden for the last week or so, and asked my husband to continue a tradition started by my folks when I was a tonsillitis ridden youth and get me some comics to entertain me. He returned with the first issue of The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye: Days Gone Bye v. 1, an American comic which comes in graphic novel/trade format and follows the lives of a group of zombie apocalypse survivors.

I read issue 1 and was instantly hooked, have since enjoyed issue 2 and will be getting the rest as soon as I can reasonably spend more of my grown-up pay on comics.

The first issue follows a policeman who has woken from a coma to discover that the world has become overrun with zombies. He travels towards the city in order to find his wife, and being a comic he soon does, along with a camp of survivors, disposing of a few zombies along the way.

Despite the amazing luck of finding his wife and child the story is pretty bleak and doesn’t shy away from human misery and the odd zombie inflicted death. However, as much as I love zombies, the beauty of the story lies in the relationships of the survivors and how they cope with the extreme situations they repeatedly encounter. While there are obvious nods to great zombie stories it is more reminiscent of post apocalyptic tales like Day of the Triffids.

So far I would rate it as a great comic, very readable and some great zombie art.


6 Comments For This Post

  1. geekgirls Says:

    This is by far the best zombie anything out there. There was a point when I had almost given up on zombies, just one dissappointing movie after another, until I found this. And if you’re only on issue #2…then, DUDE!!! it’s gets so much better!

    Additionally, it’s not even so much about zombies, as it is an amazing study on human nature during incredibly horrible circumstances. The characters react and develop in a way that seems completely real, as if there was a zombie apocolypse and this story was created out of first hand experience.

    BTW, I went to SDCC ’07 and had to wait in line to see everyone…and found Kirkman sitting at a booth on my way out! He’s awesome!

  2. Foomandoonian Says:

    I recently managed to hunt down issue 9, which is the latest of the graphic novels available, I think. I can tell you that the series continues to improve. Just don’t get too fond of any particular characters!

    The writers seem to be in this for the long haul, so I’d also be prepared to be reading this series years from now. I hope so anyway.


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    LOVE Walking Dead. Is great.

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