TheWalkingDeadV1Volume 1: Days Gone Bye
Image Comics
[collecting The Walking Dead #1-#6]

“In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living.”

Waking up from a gunshot-induced coma, police officer Rick Grimes’ world is turned on its ear — a mysterious zombie plague has taken over, turning the country into a desolate undead wasteland. Meeting up with a small group of survivors outside of Atlanta, they tenaciously hold onto their small hope of rescue. As the days pass, though, this hope slips, and Rick realizes that the zombie infestation is not the only danger the group faces…

I’ve known for a couple of years now of the buzz The Walking Dead has been getting. And up ’til now, as far as horror comics went, unless the book had Ghost Rider, John Constantine, or Morbius in the title, I wasn’t really interested. But, I thought I’d give the title a shot, and since I’m the type to start comics at the beginning (or at least at a decent jumping-on point), I got a reasonably priced TPB collection of the first six issues to see if it lived up to the hype. Reasoning that, if not, at least I’d have some decent zombie illustrations to look at.

After reading straight through in one sitting, my first thought was, “Great merciful CRAP! Where’ve I been all these years?!?”

To quote series writer Robert Kirkman in the introduction: “To me zombie movies are thought provoking, dramatic fiction… Movies that make you question the fabric of our very society are what I like. And in GOOD zombie movies…you get that by the truckload.” A man after my own heart, that one is…

The Walking Dead nails it. The drama of the story is just as hear-gouging as is the horror elements. Drama, thrills and gore, that’s a great recipe. Throw in a heaping helping of the beautifully-rendered black and white artwork from Tony Moore, which lends to a classic zombie flick feeling to the series, and you’ve got zombie gold, packed together nicely.

‘Bout the only gripe I have, besides the six issues going by way too soon (I didn’t want it to end, and I found myself cursing the fact that I only bought this one…the wait for my next bi-monthly trek to the comic shop is going to be a long one), is that there’s not much for extras. There’s no cover art included, which is nowadays a staple in trade paperback collections like this one. Only gripe, honest…

But now I’m babbling. I’ve found a new comic addiction. Zombie fans need to have this in their collection…

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