"The Walking Dead Book One" by Robert Kirkman et. al


Rick Grimes awakes from a coma to find that he is the only patient in the hospital and there are no doctors or nurses.  However, he quickly learns that he is not alone.  The hospital, and the world, has been overcome by zombies and Rick must think quick if he wants to survive.  When he meets a group of fellow survivors they band together in hopes of finding a safe place to live and learn along the way that nowhere is safe from the zombies.

The Walking Dead Book One by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn contains the first 12 issues of the graphic novels that spawned the successful television series.  The artwork is fantastic and realistic (or as realistic as you can be about a zombie apocalypse) and the story is character driven and well written.  There is the perfect balance of zombie attacks and character development.

I decided to read the graphic novels after watching the television show.  I absolutely love the show and needed something to hold me over until the next season starts.  Fans of the show will thoroughly enjoy this.  There are actually a lot of differences between the book and the show, in terms of events and characters, which makes it fun to read.  It also gives you a new appreciation for the television series and shows the work it took to translate the story from the page to the screen.

I'm not a reader of graphic novels so I don't have much to compare this one to.  However, my husband is a big reader of them and he's impressed by this one so far.  So I think readers and non-readers of graphic novels will enjoy this one.  There is strong language and obviously a lot of zombie killing so it's not for everyone.  But I believe that a lot of people who think this might not be their cup of tea will find that they really enjoy this book.  I can't wait to get started on the next volume.

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