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Wonderful artwork and good writing I read this in French translation while in Paris, but I assume it was just as well done in the original BUT It doesn t really add anything original to the whole zombie thing, and starts the same way as 28 Days Later Not to mention that all the ass kicking and fighting is done by men, men, men the women wash the laundry and scream and run from zombies and drop their guns and are fought over by men And the only woman in the book who complains about this is portrayed unsympathetically If the later issues aren t any better on this front, I ll have to stop reading. How to review The Walking Dead It s a household name It s legendary Who knows the impact it s had upon indie comics, the horror genre, and drama television.Let s start with the zombie elephant in the room Maybe it s heresy to say, but Tony Moore is a better illustrator in my opinion His lines are sharp, his characters unique, his action unmatched Charlie Adlard is solid, but his character design is lacking by comparison I ve heard he gets phenomenal later on, but there was a huge shift between volumes 1 and 2 Hopefully later volumes are better without this awkward transition I really enjoy the black and white illustrations, even Adlard s because it was designed that way Bold lines and emphatic inks accompany a stark, dramatic story and it works perfectly Would it look great with colors like Outcast Sure But it would be a very different comic, and maybe incomparable The writing is fucking incredible Pacing, dialog, horror, suspense, characterization I love how much faster this story moves compared to the television show In just two volumes they go from the camp, to the farm, to the prison Even this early on Robert Kirkman knows what he s doing No complaints whatsoever.What s interesting is how the supernatural element in The Walking Dead compares to Outcast So the zombies are merely the stage upon which the characters play, where the drama takes place Whereas in Outcast the demons are integral to the plot and character development So if you don t like zombies you should still be able to enjoy this story, because it s really about human drama in a zombie world A short note on the Deluxe Edition It s fantastic The dust jacket less cover is durable and boldly designed, with an awesome spine It looks GREAT on the shelf The paper is thick and high gloss The binding is glued and very good, although a little tighter than Outcast But there s no gutter loss whatsoever A solid edition This review contains spoilers for the entire series, be forewarned Anyway, wow Homeboy does not like women There are a lot of things about this that were done really well, but I was actually feeling sick reading it because of the relentless misogyny I mean, really Some of the female characterization was downright offensive, like the unattractive, humourless middle aged woman who dies who dares to question the fact that the men are out hunting while the women are doing laundry she is brushed aside with the pithy explanation that, hey, we don t know how to shoot guns, and our menfolk don t know how to do laundry, silly And it remains this way even after it s discovered that one of the main female characters such as they are is a crack shot Some of the characterization is just non existent, like the pretty co ed who dies who lives with her sister and a much older man in a sexless set up apparently designed to give him comfort after his wife has left having women around to keep things neat and friendly is so nice for him, after all And then there s Rick s wife who dies , who cheated on her husband, so she s undermined constantly When she is legitimately pissed that her husband, without consulting her, decided that their seven year old son should start carrying a gun, she comes off as shrill and overprotective Then the kid shoots a zombie and saves her and she has to go cry to Rick about how wrong she was Never mind that the next time the kid goes out hunting with his dad, he gets shot Nope, Lori was 100% wrong women, am I right Why do these women only ever talk about canned food and their husbands What s up with the woman whose only real point of characterization is that she has a kid and used to be married to a low life who kills herself after a dude she hardly knows leaves her for someone else What s up with the dumb teenage girl who almost gets herself killed because she has to have sex with her boyfriend and then dies in a suicide pact gone wrong What s up with the sniper who s totally fine shooting people at the orders of a crazed despot, until he makes her kill a baby, and then her maternal instinct or whatever kicks in because didn t you know, WOMEN ONLY CARE ABOUT BABIES AND FOOD AND LAUNDRY AND THEIR STRAPPING MEN I have no beef with female characters doing questionable things, or being morally ambiguous, or cheating on their husbands, or wanting to have sex with their boyfriends, or being sad that they got dumped, or caring about canned food and laundry Those things on their own are fine it s when they become the only things they do, or things they are punished for the women in this drop like flies eventually men are dying too, but for a good while, aside from Shane, you just get the pleasure of a road trip with intermittent breaks for women to bite it , or the butt of unfunny jokes or thinly veiled misogynist speeches that I get riled up.Why do Lori and Rick neverrrr speak Why do all male female interactions last five seconds and end in sex, except for one time, when Andrea brings up a perfectly legitimate issue and is called a cunt and a bitch and ignored Why are all the decisions made by dudes, even after said dudes have made a million bad decisions Why, why, why Look I know feminists, both male and female, who love these comics And that s fine God knows I love some problematic shit, and I am confident in my and their ability to acknowledge what is shitty and separate it from the plot and not let it twist my view But I also know that a lot of people don t read things very critically, and all this is doing is reaffirming their belief that, yeah, women are pretty dumb, and they d totally suck in a zombie apocalypse in fact, they suck now Women Just do the laundry and let me play with my guns Like, really We couldn t get a well done post apocalyptic series with women who were actually interesting and not offensive Does that exist Can I read that instead When I began to travel the path of the Walking Dead in comics This is the first volume of the hardcover editions of The Walking Dead , collecting the comic book issues from 1 to 12. My general rating is an average result of the sum of the ratings of each chapter in this harcover edition.Creative Team Writer Robert KirkmanIllustrators Tony Moore Chapter One Charlie Adlard Chapter Two Additional gray tones to inking Tony Moore Chapter One Cliff Rathburn Chapter Two Chapter One DAYS GONE BYE Rating 5 stars Rick Officer Rick Grimes at your service. This chapter is the epic beginning of the mega popular franchise of The Walking Dead that first was comic books, then expanded to a TV series and now there are even prose novels.This first chapter has the great artwork by Tony Moore that certainly made it iconic The work of Charlie Adlard in the rest of chapters is really good too, specially on the details of things and backgrounds, but definitely if I d be able to choose, my pick would be on Tony Moore, it was sad that he won t keep doing the illustrations on the rest of the comic book series As additional info, Tony Moore remained in the creative team for a while doing the covers of the first twenty four issues and the covers of the first four regular TPBs.A good thing about The Walking Dead, if you want to enjoy it in comic books along with TV series is that both storylines are different, sure there will be connecting points here and there, and you will meet the same names of characters in some cases but they aren t the same persons, and trust me, while this is my first compendium in the comic book s storyline, I have been watching the TV series since its own beginning, and both stories are different, both truly great, but different, so don t afraid of spoilers in any of both formats, since the events are developed quite different You may think of the other storyline of any format, comic books or TV series, as the road not taken But truly loyal to the spirit of the franchise.Officer Rick Grimes, from the Sheriff Deparment in Cynthiana, Kentucky, suffers a shot injury on duty and he falls into a coma When he wakes up in a hospital bed, after several weeks, he finds himself alone in the building, or at least he thinks that he is alone Soon enough he meets several things , walking things that only a word, not matter how nonsensical it sounds, is able to describe those walking things ZOMBIES.And if things aren t bad enough, Rick doesn t know the whereabouts of his wife and son Rick s first stop on his own home leads him to meet Morgan and his son, Duane Morgan explains him how the world gone to hell while Rick was in coma.The US Government was asking population to go to big cities to be defended there by the army, and since Lori, Rick s wife, has family in Atlanta, Rick decides to go there to search for his wife and son, Carl.On Atlanta, he finds Glenn, an Asian American young man, who explains him how the world works now.Rick Grimes world would never been the same any Chapter Two MILES BEHIND US Rating 4 stars Okay What the hell are we going to do nowThe body count started on the first chapter making them to realize that ANYBODY may be the next one to fall.Ammo is scarce, so that s why that being able to shoot and doing it with precision becomes a vital skill where, Andrea, a young blonde woman, is showing to be the best shooter of the group.Rick s group is on the road, trying to find some safe place to survive in this nightmare that it s their reality now.However, that seems to be an impossible goal since there are zombies everywhere Any potential paradise reveals a hidden biting snake. After trudging through pages and pages of one dimensional character sludge and one too many sequences of dialogue about canned food, I just couldn t do it any I enjoy post apocalyptic survival stories as much as anyone, but I expected so much especially considering all the hype surrounding this title from the rave reviews on and GoodReads to the upcoming TV show From panel to panel, you get humans trying desperately to fulfill the first level of Abraham Maslow s hierarchy of human needs breathing, food, water, sex, sleep, homeostasis, excretion That is to say that Mr Kirkman, with a stunning mastery, reduces his characters and story to blank human slates both dead and alive that express only their most primal instincts and btw, his view of manly instincts vs womanly instincts may often be considered sexist I guess that s the point If you re into human psychology and the like, maybe you ll enjoy this as a sort of post apocalyptic case study of human nature But not at all will you walk away attached to any one character I didn t Except for maybe Rick, but even he lacked the spark of a memorable personality.Want an interesting post apocalyptic Yo Rick, read Y The Last Man. If you re a Walking Dead viewer wondering if the comic is as good as the series the short answer is that they both excel in very different ways I d call it a draw, and there s absolutely no reason to take sides Even than Game of Thrones and ASOIAF, the show has transcended the source material by altering the plot and the fates of several major characters, adding entirely new faces like Daryl Dixon who has become a wild card for comic fans and a favorite for many As someone who followed the comics before the series, I don t say this glibly, but while the comic was superior to the show for the first couple seasons, the show has gradually taken the lead in Season s 4 5 But the comic is still powerful storytelling, and remains the soul and center One thing Kirkman, Adlard, and the writers of the show deserve praise for is the way both storylines have diverged The Walking Dead is essentially two parallel worlds, both of them with the worst fucking luck imaginable, caught in the accretion disk of a black hole named Kirkman the fate of both worlds looks grim, their original casts getting smaller and smaller, to eventually be swallowed up Like Crossed , Garth Ennis pitch black, utterly horrifying and nihilistic imagining of a Rabies like viral apocalypse, there will be no cures, no miracles, no big plans, no daring rescues, no hope for a better tomorrow survival is everything If you know the comic, you will still have no idea what s going to happen in the show, and vice versa There are moments where both stories seem to coalesce, but then break apart to follow separate roads once again Episode 3 of Season 6 is a good example what the fuck Issue 100 of the comic had prepared me for a similarly unsettling exit, but it managed to capture the sense of sudden, shocking finality that the comic has excelled at No last second, improbable deus ex machine salvation the seemingly hopeless predicament is truly hopeless Whichever artist you prefer, original penciller inker Tony Moore or super long term replacement Charles Adlard, it s a moot point now, since the former did six fucking issues, compared to Adlard s 140 and counting Still, Moore did a fine job establishing the early look and feel, and it took me awhile to warm up to the new guy Considering Moore s 6 issues and covers gave him co creator status, that has to be one of the best paying assignments in comics history Art by Tony MooreArt by Charles AdlardThis is the format to buy, without question The deluxe hardcover is larger, the 8 x 11 oversized edition instead of the standard 7 x 10 Each hardcover book contains two of the softcover volumes so Book 1 collects Volumes 1 and 2 Every storyline is about the same length 6 comicbook issues So the Volumes are around 150 pages, and the Books are a bit longer, 320 or so pages they come with extras like the original single issue covers, and miscellaneous artwork from Charlie Adlard and Tony Moore that the softcover Volumes do not While Adlard has been the series artist for a very long time, and does a brilliant, remarkably quick, and consistent job, Tony Moore s art in Book 1 played a big part in the success of The Walking Dead unfortunately, he couldn t keep up with the unforgiving monthly pace Pricewise, each oversized, extra long hardcover Book is about the same price as the two softcover volumes it collects Oh, right it s about a group struggling to survive the zombie apocalypse Highly recommended The Adlard interiors have continued to improve, but Moore s covers for the first couple dozen issues were another critical factor in the book s success their inclusion in the hardcovers is a significant plus, IMOP.S The Compendiums are the most affordable way to pick up the comic collecting 48 single issues 8 Volumes 4 Books 2 Omnibus es Omnibae They re a bit awkward though The Omnibus is the super deluxe format, similar to the Absolute Editions from DC Image does as excellent job producing each. THE WALKING DEAD, Book One the continuing story of survival horror was a partial repeat for me, but still enjoyable.and a great October readThe story of Officer Rick Grimes and cohorts moves forward through a world of devastation and zombies to include the horrific accident near the farm all the way through to finding the prison.and what s behind all the fences and corridors inside. Book One also includes a short special holiday story featuring Morgan and Duane, some great character sketches to keep everyone straight, and some really cool color artwork designsThe one of Rick, Lori and Carl is my personal favorite with the creepy night time burial scene a close second. If I had a wish, it would be that this series of hardcover books were entirely in color, but that won t deter me from reading and purchasing the rest I am definitely now a bona fide WD junkie.quite a bit late to the party, I know, but still definitely hooked I love the differences between TWD TV show and the graphic novels it was adapted from.I ve read The Walking Dead, Issue 1 which is a free book covering only the first day of TWD graphic novels just to see if I d like this medium, and I can honestly say, TWD is my first graphic novel and now I m addicted to this series.Sadly, my library doesn t have book two but it does have the rest of the books so I m forced to buy it because I m desperate to know what happens next and how it diverges from the TV show I can t wait to get my hands on book two and I m glad I have lots of books to look forward to and that each of them contain 12 issues. I m 99% percent certain I ve never said this before, but I prefer the layered story of the television show.My first official graphic novel if one does not count the adventures of the Archie gang or Mad magazine at my cousin s house thirty years ago and I find that like McDonald s, graphic novels work better for me as rare treat instead of steady diet Still, its worth a try I came to the comic via the television series, curious to see Kirkman s original vision While it is interesting to see the concept for the show, I realized that I prefer details, whether visual or written It s clear there is a well conceived vision behind the comics The drawings are interesting, employing a multitude of perspectives that make it visually engaging The occasional large panel landscape panning does a nice job of showing desolation of an empty street or burning city Despite lack of color, the drawings still manage to capture zombie horror, particularly when chomping down on man or beast Sometimes the pictures are graphic, and sometimes they are a stylized mess, which I rather appreciated as a squeamish sort of person A funeral scene is done especially well, conveying the wordless desolation of a survivor Overall, the drawing stands out above the writing, which is limited largely to dialogue with the occasional exclamatory word, 60s Batman style BANG SPLAT POW Dialogue confines the amount of expression that can be conveyed, with bolded words for emphasis and bubble standing in for uncomfortable pauses Incidentally, zombies sound kind of silly when you write out their noises as nuh, gruh I can t help thinking of a conversation with a sullen teenager The show sounds so much frightening precisely because we don t have the word or construction that adequately conveys the growled or moaned sounds these zombies make.When it comes to plot, there are a fair number of areas where the show chose to go in different directions One clear difference, especially to fans that lasted through tv season two, is how fast the comics move Whether logical or not, these people are on the move, and that s part of what makes the comic entertaining, as movement usually results in some random zombie interactions Contrast that with the excruciatingly long plot thread of the show s farm set, and the result is a comic that stands above tv in action.Comic characters are a little flat haha compared to the show, although there are several interesting ones that seems to have been dropped by the show writers As generally slap worthy as women are on the show I m talking to you, Lori , they are even stereotypical in the comic They clearly and quickly become the secondary and inferior sex, and the one woman who calls it out is drawn as dumpy and fat with dialogue showing her being judgemental, unhappy and hypocritical On the other hand, there are black characters in the graphic novel with greater presense and variety of roles The show also does with the tension of group leadership Shane view spoiler gets killed off relatively quickly in the graphic version, while his character provides a foil for most of the second season on t.v I think keeping him provided dynamic tension, and made sense in the creating challenging group dynamics In the comic, he just seemed to go postal, while the show had a slower build that better demonstrated a mental unraveling hide spoiler `FREE DOWNLOAD ☟ The Walking Dead, Book One (The Walking Dead #1-12) ⇦ This Hardcover Features The First Issues Of The Hit Series Along With The Covers For The Issues In One Oversized Hardcover Volume Perfect For Long Time Fans, New Readers And Anyone Needing A Slightly Heavy Object With Which To Fend Off The Walking Dead