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The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone By (Book) Review

 
The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone By (Book) Review
The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone By (Book) Review
The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone By (Book) Review

 
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Page Count: 144 pages
 
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  • Very well written
  • A compelling page turner
  • Arguably the best zombie story

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  • Is a quick read


Final Fiendish Findings?

The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone By is a compilation of the first six The Walking Dead comics. During the zombie apocalypse, survivors must cope with a new world in order to survive.

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Posted October 30, 2012 by

 
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The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone By (Book) Review

If you think you’ve had a bad day, you should take a walk in Georgia police officer Rick Grimes’ shoes.  Rick awakens in a hospital bed, having been shot in the line of duty weeks earlier, to find himself alone.   As me makes his escape from the abandoned hospital, he finds himself the building’s sole survivor during a very terrible disaster: the zombie apocalypse.

The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone By is a compilation of the first six The Walking Dead graphic novels.  This compilation was originally released in 2006, but is still relevant today.  Thanks to the pop-culture phenomena of the supernatural, existing in practically every aspect of today’s entertainment, from mutants and superheroes, vampires, werewolves, and the undead, zombies are extremely popular.   The Walking Dead franchise is also very popular today, there is a television series, which is in its third season, as well as a serialized adventure game. Both have received a lot of praise.

I probably not alone in thinking that The Walking Dead is the best zombie tale ever told.  The writing is far better than the reliance on simple shock, gore, and frights of past horror masterminds.  Yes, its even better than anything that George A. Romero was involved in, minus perhaps the original 1968 Night of the Living Dead.

The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone By (Book) Review

The reason it’s so good, is that the storytelling is brilliant and the way that writer Robert Kirkman develops his characters and the situations they get into is extremely compelling.   Artist Tony Moore puts all of Kirkman’s apocalyptic world on the page.  All of the artwork, minus perhaps the front and back cover, is in black and white.

The Walking Dead is a human tale, that takes place during a zombie apocalypse, and focuses on a group of survivors, and the transformations that they must go through to cope and survive in a horrible new world.

The rules and laws that govern life and civilization are gone, and it’s interesting to watch how the survivors struggle between the morals and ethics they grew up with (or enforced) and the new, simple and real rules of kill-or-be-killed.  Trust nobody and keep an eye on your back at all times.  Even though the undead walk the world, and kill indiscriminately and cannot be reasoned with, man is still the greatest threat to its own survival.

Fans of the television series should also check out The Walking Dead graphic novels, as the story paths are different enough that you can enjoy both television and comic and still not be able to predict the outcome.  Characters and storylines in one medium might not necessarily occur in the other.

The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone By (Book) Review

Kirkman is also not afraid to kill off his characters, even important ones, which makes reading the series all the more compelling.

With The Walking Dead you never know what to expect.  There is no traditional safety net, and I love it!  If you’re looking for a good read this Halloween, or have enjoyed the television show but haven’t read this graphic novel it’s based on, I highly recommend it.  It’s very good!

The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone By is 144 pages long and can easily be read in one sitting, or over the course of a weekend.   It is available in traditional book format, or in digital format.


Troy Benedict