The Walking Dead Comic Book Review

What it is:
You’re joking right? The Walking Dead is the comic that spawned the AMC television series that you foam at the mouth for week after week. For those of you that live in a cave, or anyone that loves the show but somehow missed that the whole thing started as a comic, The Walking Dead was created by the critically acclaimed and gosh darn cuddly looking Robert Kirkman (Invincible, Marvel Zombies, Ultimate X-men), and the above mentioned Deadpool artist Tony Moore. The book tells the tale of several survivors of the inevitable zombie apocalypse, as they try to make their way through the world as they’ve come to know it.

Tony Moore has since moved on, and been replaced by the equally capable Charlie Adlard, but the book has not skipped a beat in his absence. The book just recently hit a milestone 100 issues, and obviously has spawned a hit television show of the same name.

Why you should read it:
Most of those familiar faces from the beloved TV series are here, including Rick, Carl, Andrea, Michonne, Maggie and Glenn, as well as all those familiar settings like Hershel’s farm and The Prison. However, much to the delight of the comic fans who have been reading since 2003 and didn’t want to just watch what they’ve already read, the comics that preceded the show often took different turns and plot twists that might interest and will definitely entertain any fan of the series.

Be forewarned, the comic book, unhindered by cable censors, can be a little more adult at times (occasional, but not frequent, nudity, and more profane language) but to some of you that may even be a selling point. Also, the fan favorite character T-Dog, who was created for the show, is nowhere to be seen in the books. Neither of those things prevent the book from being the momentous powerhouse that it has been for the past decade.
Bonus: In the comics the character of Lori isn’t the same useless idiot we all grew to hate.

Where to start:
As I’ve mentioned, the book has recently hit a whopping 100 issues. I recommend grabbing most of them in trade (collected volumes) form, as finding 100 individual issues might prove to be quite a feat. Not to mention early issues probably go for a small fortune due to the popularity of the series.
Look for the first volume at your local comic retailer, big chain bookstores, or amazon.

Matt Cadrette

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