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“Having seen the television show, was initially excited to read the story in graphic format. Do know that there are strong differences between the TV adaptation and the original source material. Some characters from the show aren't in the book, and many characters in the book aren't in the show....”see full review » see other reviews »
“I want to read this book”Marcus Crockett wrote this review Thursday, October 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So this is very different than the tv series; both are good but graphic (obviously) definite increase in language and sexual situations in the comics. Major difference in characters, deaths and events in the show and the comic series. I would recommend to watchers of the series but with a strong caution for age appropriateness and maturity level. I know kids watch this stuff (and much more) but this isn't going to make it in our high school library. ”DaShannon L wrote this review Friday, October 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The graphic novel continues to be more shocking, more gruesome, but also more heartfelt than the show. This series is really very well written and executed. If you can handle the never-ending horror and depression - then it's a must read. ”HemingwayHeroine wrote this review Thursday, October 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have watched the show and now read the first 8 books, which are collected in this compendium 1. I found what was intriguing in the series was intriguing in the book but most was not up to my interest. I thought I'd read the books because there might be more depth in the story than in the show but while they are different and the show expands on the books, both lack insight and depth. Predominantly, I think both the series and the books are about how many ways can a zombie be killed and in which ways can violence and killing be meted out on humans. I thought there might be more but I don't think so. The authors at one point describe it as a neverending zombie comic and I think that is true. It just really isn't my cup of tea and I expect better in my books. ”Lellingw wrote this review Saturday, August 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A great story with realistic, fleshed out believable characters. What's brilliant about it is the comic is a character drama not a zombie story. The character conflicts take center stage here and it makes for enthralling reading. Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in comics or graphic novels. Cannot wait to get my hands on the second compendium!”Alexander Whiting wrote this review Friday, August 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ I really wish I had read these before starting to watch the television show, but I am so glad that the series became popular because of the show. I love the show, and I think I loved the comics even more.
The comics are darker, grittier, and gorier than I was expecting. I mean, I knew it was going to be all of those things, but somehow a black and white comic portrays more gore than most things in color. And I really loved how everything is black and white - I really think it adds so much to the story. The artwork is fantastic, and I hardly even noticed when the illustrator changes near the beginning (I only know because I read somewhere that it happened).
I like so many more of the characters so much better in the comics than in the show. Andrea is one of my favorites - she's strong, skilled, unafraid, and willing to do quite a bit to protect Dale, the twins, and her friends. It's like she's a completely different person. A much more likable person. Rich is also less annoying in the comics. He's a better leader, and he understands his limitations much more. And he doesn't take crap from anyone. Carl is more child-like, and doesn't try to shoulder so much responsibility. He also actually listens (for the most part) and doesn't leave the house when someone tells him to get in the house.
And then there's the Governor. He's much crazier and scarier than anything that would have been able to be shown on television. And most people know he's crazy, they just don't want to get on his bad side. He's a perfect villain, and even though we don't know too much about his background we gt enough of a glimpse to see what fuels him. Most of the scenes with him were incredibly shocking, and not at all what I expected. Compared to the comic book version, the television Governor is tame.
The story is excellent, and the world building is pretty great too. It's amazing how much of this world we can learn about just through dialogue. I think that's part of the reason I love comic books/graphic novels, and why this one is so good. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who watches the TV show but hasn't read the comics yet. Or to anyone who wants a fantastic zombie story. Or to anyone who enjoys comics/graphic novels. I wouldn't recommend it to a younger audience (I'd probably say it's at least PG-13). I loved this collection, and I can't wait to start the second compendium to find out what's next for everyone! 5/5. ”
“Having seen the television show, was initially excited to read the story in graphic format. Do know that there are strong differences between the TV adaptation and the original source material. Some characters from the show aren't in the book, and many characters in the book aren't in the show.
The artwork in the first chapter is very strong and expressive. The rest of it seems a little bit weaker. It has more of a noir feel to it, but isn't as lush or well-drawn as the first.
I was a bit disappointed to see weak character development. I wasn't attached to the characters, despite liking their on-screen counterparts.
Do know, this is definitely NOT for children. Even as an adult I found some of the stuff pretty shocking. Language is pervasive throughout the entire story - even to the point of being unrealistic. Hershel dropping f-bombs? I don't buy it. Most of the sex seemed forced into the story and unrealistic. Some was... uncomfortably weird. Angela and Dale? Urk.
That being said, the strong plot matter does make for an interesting setting. Survival, zombies, dangerous rival groups - this is all great stuff. I was just hoping to be emotionally involved with these characters... and sadly, was not. :(
“Not overly impressed with the artwork (would love to see it in color), but the storylines are convincing and intriguing.”xniekx wrote this review Wednesday, June 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Incredible book, very similar to television show yet gives you something fresh and exciting. Very interesting and keeps you reading. Characters have strong backgrounds and author helps you connect with each and every person you meet.”Lukas wrote this review Sunday, June 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No