Book Review: The Walking Dead, Book One by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathburn

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Walking Dead, Book One by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathburn
(Started: July 11, 2015; Finished: July 12, 2015)

This hardcover features the first 2 stories of the hit series along with the covers in one oversized hardcover volume. It is perfect for long-time fans, new readers and anyone needing a slightly heavy object with which to fend off the walking dead. (From Goodreads)

Review: 3 stars
Publication Date: October 12, 2010
Source: Borrowed from my friend, Nike of The ElectroMagnetChick

I got to finally delve into the world of comic books. Thanks to my friend, Nike, I'm recently reading more of them. I started with my Free Comic Book Day loot, and then eventually bought some that caught my interest. Enough segue and let me share my first The Walking Dead graphic novel review.

I first learned about The Walking Dead through their hit TV series. It had just started that time, and not a lot of people appreciate it as much as I did. I immediately got hooked when I watched the first episode. It was intriguing and action-packed as always. I'm always curious on how it is as a comic or a graphic novel. I really love to read it, but I never found the time until now.

Similar to the TV series, it started with Rick Grimes getting shot. The plotline was similar, and yet still different in more ways than one. It was not as thorough, but it was fast-paced. Some of our favorite characters were present, but a few did not exist. Events-wise, there was a bit of a difference, too, but so far, both are in the same track (referring to Book One & if I'm not mistaken, at least Season 1-2). It can actually serve as a refresher if you're catching up on the TV series. But please, do not compare both the comics and graphic novels to the TV series. Remember, that these are different mediums, and they cater to different types of audience.

I have a few issues with the events though. There were some situations that did not make sense at all. For example, we all know that Glenn and Rick raided a gun shop. Rick knows that they do not have much supply to sustain them in the long run. But the group kept using it for practice or in situations, in which they can use melee weapons instead. I think the comics have a few logical errors when it comes to how the characters would handle or deal with the situation at hand.

Visually, it was gruesome as expected. Hello, Charlie Adlard! To the first-timers when it comes to reading comic books or graphic novels, I suggest that you enjoy each comic panel and savor the artwork. You can finish it in a day so take your time, and give room for your imagination to kick in. It was engaging, but I think it lacks a strong emotional pull on the reader.

Overall, it was still an entertaining and engrossing read, that both a hardcore The Walking Dead fan, and a comic lover would enjoy!

Check out the quotes I got from this book on my Tumblr:

Happy Reading Everyone!

Love lots, xx

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