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The Walking Dead Compendium, Volume 1

The Walking Dead Compendium, Volume 1

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Introducing the first eight volumes of the fan-favorite, New York Times
Best Seller series collected into one massive paperback collection! Collects The
Walking Dead #1-48. This is the perfect collection for any fan of the Emmy
Award-winning television series on AMC: over one thousand pages chronicling the beginning of Robert Kirkman's Eisner Award-winning continuing story of survival horror- from Rick Grimes' waking up alone in a hospital, to him and his family seeking solace on Hershel's farm, and the controversial introduction of Woodbury despot: The Governor. In a world ruled by the dead, we are finally forced to finally start living.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607060765
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication date: 05/06/2009
Series: Walking Dead
Pages: 1088
Sales rank: 33,974
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 10.20(h) x 2.20(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

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John Hogan

The Walking Dead is all about the living, the people who struggle to retain their humanity in the face of the unspeakable. So what does that mean? What good is being human when you're no longer the dominant species on the planet? And what's really left to hold on to? The Walking Dead is an examination of all those questions and more.
—John Hogan (The Graphic Novel Reporter)

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The Walking Dead Compendium, Volume 1 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DO NOT BUY THE NOOK VERSION - This review is strictly for the NOOK version of this item. The NOOK version is not the comic. It's a 15 page text document - probably from Wikipedia or some such place - that talks about the TV show. If you buy this item, GET THE PHYSICAL BOOK. I just got a refund from B/N for the NOOK version, so no harm, no foul, but I was pretty steamed when I got what I did.
Troma More than 1 year ago
I have been collecting this comic since the beginning. It will change how you view the zombie apocalypse. The author is not afraid of shocking and pissing you off. You may find a character that you love and that seems crucial to the story line and then like if the end of the world was actually happening they get snatched away from you. I get lost in these comics, they are just amazing. If you love comics, read it. If you don't like comics, read it. If you can't read, learn to read and then read it. No joke, it's that good.
BenjaminBailey More than 1 year ago
There are things in life you can count on, that you know for sure you will have to deal with one day. Remember the famous saying, "Nothing is certain except death and taxes and the dead rising from their graves to feast on the living."? Well, in order to prepare for the inevitable zombie holocaust, in between games of Left 4 Dead, read The Walking Dead. Drawn in stunning black and white, The Walking Dead is far from your typical comic book tale. It is a story we all know, one of zombies infesting the world, wiping out most of mankind and a small group of survivors that must learn to work and live together in order to survive the horrors of the world. Where The Walking Dead separates itself, is that it never promises hope. There is no cure, no army waiting to save our survivors, nothing. It is about survival, pure and simple. Writer Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard deliver the bleakest book on the shelf, and it is incredible. Each issue horrifies and pushes the limits of the horror genre in any medium. The characters are never safe, and just when you get attached to someone, they are consumed by the never-ending wave of undead or worse yet, one of their fellow survivors. The Walking Dead can be hard to read at times, and that's part of what makes it so good. So, before there is no more room in hell and the dead begin to walk the Earth, read The Walking Dead. It's an awesome comic book and you might even learn a couple survival tips. If nothing else, it will keep you from running to the nearest shopping mall like an idiot when the undead begin to roam free. That's the first place they'll look for you.
travellinguist More than 1 year ago
The graphic novel series, which inspired the TV show, is a wonderful commentary on society. As others have pointed out, the "walking dead" in the title are not actually the zombies, but the survivors who simply try to endure in a dead world without civilization. Kirkman delivers a masterpiece of zombie fiction that transcends horror stories to be a truly creative commentary and satire on American life.
CandidaAlbicans More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I should of read the reviews. If you have a Nook HD Plus do not order, it's 15 pages of text overview of the tv show. No comic at all, the customer service put me on hold for over 30 minutes to get my refund. Infuriating. B&N please fix this issue. Love the show though.
suitedude55 More than 1 year ago
WAY cheaper than buying the volumes as themselves...1000 pages of goodness.  Highly recommend. I enjoy the TV Show a bit better though because I am a film fanatic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I decided to start reading this series because I'm obsessed with the TV show...this is one of the best ways to read the first half of the series without searching for all 48 comics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rarely read comics, but this one came highly recommended by a friend. After watching the TV show and being somewhat disappointed, I was apprehensive about the comic. I LOVED the comic. The characters are complex, interesting, and the plot is ever-changing and interesting. I read the entire compendium in one sitting. I could not put it down. Great stuff. The content is very adult and violent, but also very well done and tasteful enough for a mature young adult. Absolutely superb storytelling. I highly recommend it.
JacobMB More than 1 year ago
This is nice! First time I read it. Was good.
Chris1980 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this since it doesn't quite follow the show so I don't actually know what is going to happen next.
DeadManWriting More than 1 year ago
Warning : Beware of spoilers!!!! I decided to read this compendium because I really love the tv show. I really did like the comic storyline but there are some major difference between it and the tv show. I like the overall storyline of the comic but would not put it in the top ten of comic titles that I have read. I was quite shocked when Shane died early on here. It had a major impact on how both the arc of the tv show and comic developed. Only time will tell where the story goes from Herchel's farm on tv. Its hard to compare the two. If anything, I think the comic has given me a better appreciation for the process of developing the show and why certain characters were added. If you are thinking of reading the comic, go with this edition for 35 bucks. The art is good and the "Governor" story arc is definitely greatest strength of this part of the story line. You will be shocked at the ending of this volume.
Book_Lover_Bre More than 1 year ago
I hunted up and down for this collection of volumes 1 through 8 of The Walking Dead series and I will never regret it. This book will wrap you in not because of the zombie slaughtering but the emotions and the changes that you see the characters go through. You will cry, fall in love with characters, and hate certain characters(ex: the Governor). I recommend this book for anyone who loves comic books but the content in this book is not meant for little ones under 14 years of age and I say that because I am a 15 year old who is allowed to read the series but, it contains a lot of blood and some sexual content. If your into comic books or want to get into them buy this book and you'll be looking out for the next volumes like I am currently awaiting volume 11:Fear the Hunters.
dpiacun on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of a man who wakes up to a world full of the walking dead. This is a good drama about the effect of a bad situation on a group of people.
TheAlternativeOne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Walking Dead Compendium, Volume One (Graphic Novel) Robert Kirkman (Author) Charlie Adlard (Illustrator) Cliff Rathburn (Illustrator) Tony Moore (Illustrator) Trade Paperback Publisher: Image Comics Publication date: 5/6/2009 ISBN-13: 9781607060765 1088 Pages I¿ve reviewed my fair share of post-apocalyptic and zombie novels over the years (i.e. Patrick Cronin's The Passage, Mira Grant's Feed, Z.A. Recht's Plague of the Dead and Thunder and Ashes, to name but a few.) The reason for this is because I believe the two compliment each other in many ways and, being devoted to both, I just can¿t seem to get enough of either. It should come as no surprise then that I'm a fervent fan of the AMC TV series The Walking Dead. This particular review will contain elements of both the Graphic Novel and the AMC TV series but primarily focuses on the graphic novel and why I think it's better than the TV show, although the show gets a few well-deserved compliments, as well. The Graphic Novel 1) The zombies in the graphic novel are infinitely more frightening to me than those in the TV show. And, not for the reasons you might think. The TV series depicts the zombies in all their gruesome glory and they are disgusting and hyper-ugly (and totally freakin¿ awesome, BTW) but the illustrations in the graphic novels treat the zombies in a way the TV show can't. The graphic novel artists have created zombies that somehow seem slightly more human than zombie and there is an emotional severing that takes place when they are destroyed. And that freaks. the. daylights. out of me. The zombies on TV, on the other hand, are obviously monsters that have lost all humanity and putting a bullet (or any other metal object) into their heads feels justified and necessary, like putting down a rabid animal before it hurts someone. [The only real exception to this idea was the deeply emotional demise of a zombiefied Sophia a few episodes ago.] The artwork in the graphic novel is compelling and poignant and makes zombie killing feel more like murder than an act of mercy or compassion. It¿s not just a chore that needs to be done and there is a perceived sympathy depicted in the body language and facial expressions of the characters after each zombie slaying. (All bets are off during a zombie mob attack, though.) You¿ll see that the dichotomy of these opinions and feelings mirror those of two main characters; Herschel, who saw the zombies as people who might eventually be cured, and Rick, who knows better. 2) The deaths of a few of the main characters in the graphic novel feel more logical and better spaced than in the TV series. In one case it took much too long for a certain character to be red-shirted. Now, this might simply be a matter of having read the book first and may be influenced by the events of the graphic novel but I feel the TV show might have flowed better had they followed similar arcs. But again, that's clearly only my opinion. NOTE: MAJOR SPOILER ALERT AHEAD - If you have not had a chance to view the second to last episode of Season 2 ¿Better Angels¿ (Air Date 3/11/12) please read no further. A major spoiler will be revealed in 10, 9, 8¿ Last chance¿ 7, 6, 5¿ Turn back now¿ 4, 3, 2¿ You¿ve been warned. 3) The front cover of Compendium One is a brilliant and a significant depiction of the entire essence of the story. If you look closely enough you'll see mirror images of the same people both as humans (on the top) and as zombies (beneath.) So, this tells me that either everyone in the story becomes a zombie at some point or... everyone in the story is already infected and doomed to become a zombie when they die. With Shane dying at Rick¿s hands and then coming back as a zombie without being bit it's a sure sign that everyone will soon find out that they carry the strain of the plague within them that will, after their death, turn them into zombies. 4) What the graphic novel does with dialogue is very clever. It¿s short and conci
jbrubacher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Police officer Rick Grimes awakens from a coma to find the world in disarray due to zombie apocalypse. He begins searching for his wife and family while trying to stay alive himself.The very beginning of this story is so exactly like '28 Days later' that it's tough not to compare them. But as the story moves on it's not much like most zombie stories, mostly because this is very much about very real people--not heroes, not bigger-than-life people, but real people, just trying to stay alive. This is a strength of the story, though it can also be a weakness, as nothing altogether enormous happens. They just continue to try to survive, and often they fail.The art is right on and the sight of the zombies never really gets tired. Our hero, Rick, changes as the story changes, and after the big finale at the end of this compendium he's likely to change a lot more. This is sort of a zombie-based soap opera: it just keeps going, just like life, albeit in a difficult and strange world.
wenzowsa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a fantastic addition to my library collection. It is compiled of 40+ issues of "The Walking Dead", and, believe me, each issue keeps you hooked.Read it!
RosyDorey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was never a big lover of graphic novels,until now this is an awesome series cant wait to get book 2 its worth it
SwampIrish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Everything you would expect from any zombie literature; surviving and killing zombies. This 1000 page tome contains the first 8 volumes of this acclaimed graphic novel series. It is very well drawn and adequately written. I do feel the TV writers have distilled the story in a good way and have even added some personal touches that, to me, give the story more texture.
allison.sivak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I barely *read* this -- I just skimmed the images, scanned the dialogue, in order to find out a plot twist here or there. I guess western pop culture's interest in zombies has to do with fears of the world coming to an end, as opposed to being afraid of illness from blood disease (vampire interest). Reading the same computer-generated lettering over and over --- there's something numbing about that.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely freaking amazing. This book will blow your mind. I am a huge fan of graphic novels and picked this one after hearing about the show based on it. I was blown away. Other than having a slightly hard time remembering some of the characters names (and really, why bother since they come and go so frequently) and distinguishing faces here and there, I was in awe of this story. I could not put it down (and really wanted to at times because it is REALLY physically heavy). This is a story, not so much of man trying to overcome zombies, but man trying to survive the people that are left behind. Often the survivors are not the good, kind people that quietly lay down and die, they are those that are willing to go to any lengths to survive...
BooksWithBrooke More than 1 year ago
Easily 5 stars. Love this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the series. I read this book in December of 2015. It was fun to compare the novel vs. TV versions of the characters. The Compendium is a GREAT value.
Eli24 More than 1 year ago
I got this one and the second book and they both are really good.
Punkygomez More than 1 year ago
Great! I love it!