Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Review: The Walking Dead, Compendium 1 by Robert Kirkman @RobertKirkman

The Walking Dead, Compendium 1 
Published: May 19, 2009
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: Horror, Zombies, Comics, Graphic Novels


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 horror, from Rick Grimes waking up alone in a hospital, his band of survivors seeking refuge on an isolated farm and the controversial introduction of Woodbury despot, The Governor.

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Officer Rick Grimes wakes up in a hospital after being in a coma due to a gunshot wound while on duty. He steps out into the hall to find a nurse or someone at least but as he starts walking down the hall soon realizes no one is there. The rooms are all empty. There no sign of people, no patients, no nurses, do doctors, no visitors the hospital is empty or is it? Just as he is making his way to an exit he hears something and realizes that there is something behind that door something or someone has been locked in. Now why would anyone lock a bunch of people in like that? But he is soon over run by a bunch of people that want nothing than to bite him. What is wrong with these people? He takes off down the street trying to get away from them before they eat him when he runs into to a man Morgan and his Duane who explain to him what is going on and that the world has been overrun with zombies.

Rick goes home to find his wife, Laurie and son Carl missing. Well I guess you can imagine what his first thought was but then he remembers that Laurie has family in Atlanta and figures that she would go there so he packs his bags and take off for Atlanta. He finally finds Laurie and Carl with a group of people camping in the mountain area. His best friend and partner Shane helped his family to get to Atlanta safely.

Well they have not been reunited long with zombies over take their campsite and they have to hit the road looking for a better safer place to stay. All they want now is just to survive and live another day while ridding the world of a few more zombies. They come upon a farm on their travels and decide to stay awhile but the farmer Hershel Greene won’t let them stay and sends them on their way. One of own Glenn decides that he is going to stay at the farm as he has fallen in love with the farmer’s daughter Maggie.

So the crew find themselves back in the same position as before you know back on the road again looking for a safe place to stay. They come upon a prison which just happens to be overrun with zombies. But they figure they can clear it out and it would be a great place to live. So they start to rid the world of a few more zombies and kill the prison zombies. So the Prison folk move into the prison. As they are making sure the prison is all clear of the pz they find that the cafeteria has been boarded up so naturally when they open the door they are expecting to see more pz but they are so wrong. What they do find are more pf; prison folk who lived there before zombies ruled the world.

So now the pf have settled in to a new way of life at the prison fighting off the pz that congregate at the fence and outside the prison. But their peaceful life doesn’t last long with the Governor comes to take over the prison. The pf do not only have to fight the pz they have to fight the living as well to keep their home. But they are outnumbered and soon find themselves back on the road again looking for a new safe place to stay and ridding the world of a few more zombies in the process.

The Walking Dead is my favorite tv show ever. I have watched it from the very beginning. I tell everyone don’t call my house when The Walking Dead is on because I will not answer the phone. Do not miss with my Walking Dead or we are gonna fight. So when I was given the opportunity to read The Walking Dead I couldn’t say no. Although the book is different from the tv show I still loved it just as much as ever. I have always loved blood and gore. The bloodier and gorier it is the better I like it and I do love me some zombies. I love the world that Robert Kirkman has created for The Walking Dead. The characters come alive on the pages they all have their everyday life problems even if some of them are petty childish things that need to be put behind them. But that just makes them human I guess. Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down and I really can’t wait to read the next book to see how different it is from the tv show.

Yes I would definitely recommend reading The Walking Dead if you love the tv show or if just love zombies with a lot of blood and gore mixed in. 

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