19. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Apocalyptic, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Horror · Tags:

The Walking Dead Compendium Vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman, 1088 pages, read by Angie, on 01/09/2012

I have to admit that I read this because I have been watching the AMC series. I wanted to see how the comic differed from the series. It is basically the same storyline about a ragtag group trying to survive the Zombie Apocalypse, but there are differences that made this book a fascinating read. The story is brutal and honest and definitely not a pretty one. People die horribly and it becomes a part of life. It makes you question how you would act at the end of the world. Would you retain your humanity or become one of the monsters? Because in this world the zombies are not the only monsters…men are just as evil and they don’t have the excuse of being dead. I always like books that explore this aspect of humanity…who we really are and what we would become when societal conventions and laws are taken away.

My complaints about this book are the fact that the book itself is heavy! It is huge and weighs a ton. This is not something to lug around in your bag and in fact you might want to read it at a table. My second complaint is that I didn’t always find the drawings clear. It was sometimes hard to distinguish characters as a few of them looked a lot alike. But the illustrations also were fabulous in the way they carried the story.

I think I am going to have to check out more of the series to find out what happens next since of course this ends on a cliffhanger.

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