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.