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Posted on October 31, 2010. Filed under: Reviews |

By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

Happy Halloween, everybody!  To celebrate that, to conclude Robert Kirkman month, and to let you know what to expect from AMC’s new show, today we’re going to be doing The Walking Dead!  Read on:

The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye

Image Comics, $9.99

Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore

Collects The Walking Dead #1-6

The Walking dead starts off very normally.  We see Rick Grimes, ordinary small town police officer who gets injured in the line of duty.  From there, we go to a situation that brings 28 Days Later to mind, but while the coincidence springs to mind fairly readily, once you get past the first few panels of him wandering around the hospital, it falls out of your mind fairly quickly.  The first part of the book shows you, fairly well, the character of Rick Grimes.  He seems like a solid guy who just wants to get back to his family.  While some other men might have abandoned all hope, Rick sets out to try and find them.  He sets out after raiding his police station for some essentials and eventually meets up with other survivors outside Atlanta.  What happens from there I cannot do any justice.  Kirkman has gone on record saying that the title is a dual reference, to both the survivors and the zombies, but what this book has you caring about is characters.  Rick and the other survivors he meets up with have you caring about what happens to them as the story plays out, and Kirkman is not shy about showing you that no one is safe in his universe either.  I think that might be my favorite part of the book.  You can read the entire trade, and get to the first few, grow strong attachments to the characters, and at any time, they could walk around the corner and be attacked by zombies.  The danger for everyone involved is very real.  For my money, this is Kirkman’s best book.  The artistic element in the book is also very good.  This was one of the first books I ever read that was entirely black and white, but once you get past the first few pages, you kind of stop noticing.  Everything is illustrated beautifully.  Also, keep an eye out for the MC Frontalot zombie.

Odin’s Beard 5/5

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