Trade Tuesday: The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye

Published on November 2nd, 2010

If you missed AMC’s new TV series The Walking Dead fear not because there is a way to catch up for next week’s episode, The DVR! Oh… you didn’t record it and you missed it? Well you’re out of luck. Oh wait I forgot the TV show The Walking Dead is based on the comic book series, The Walking Dead. Well you are in luck because it’s Tuesday which means it’s time for Comic Impact’s Trade Tuesday! And in honor of AMC’s amazing new show we’re going to review, you guessed it, The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye written by Robert Kirkman with art by Tony Moore.

walking-dead-vol1-3The story is about deputy Rick Grimes who is shot while on duty and awakes from a coma to find himself in a deserted hospital in a deserted city. Deserted except for zombies. Rick leaves the hospital and heads to his house in search of his family, he finds his home empty and wanders outside where he is hit in the head with a shovel by a little kid named Duane. Duane’s father, Morgan realizes Rick isn’t a zombie and takes Rick inside. When Rick wakes up Morgan explains to Rick what happened and that most of the survivor’s headed for Atlanta. Rick figures Atlanta’s his best hope of finding his family and decides to go for it. When he reaches the city Rick doesn’t find a safe haven like he hoped for, instead he finds a city overrun with zombies. Rick takes off down an alley to escape where he meets a young man named Glenn. Glenn helps Rick escape the city and takes him to a camp with some other survivors that include Rick’s wife and son. This is probably about as happy as this book gets.

Among the survivors is Rick’s former partner Shane who took it upon himself to see to it that Rick’s family was kept safe. Shortly after getting there Rick starts stepping up as the leader of this group of survivors, and the first thing on Rick’s mind is keeping them alive. After making a trip back to the city Rick and Glenn are able to acquire some more guns and supplies so that every person in the camp can learn to use a gun safely and properly, including Rick’s young son, Carl. Later the camp is attacked by a group of zombies and two of the campers are killed. Rick and Shane blow up at each other over the incident, and I really don’t want to ruin the end of this book so I’ll stop here. It really is one of the best and most shocking endings I’ve ever read, and if you want to know how it goes you’re either going to have to read the book or keep watching the show. I recommend doing both.

This really is an amazing book, I’m a fan of the zombie genre in general, but this series may be the best zombie story ever written. What this book has over other zombie stories are great characters that you care about. Call me crazy, maybe even sadistic, but in most zombie movies I want to see people get killed, most characters are annoying and I just want them to go away. In this book, I don’t want anyone to die. I feel Kirkman did a great job at creating characters that you become attached to, and there are times were I’m reading this series and somebody dies, and I’ve had a tear in my eye. These are real characters trapped in an unimaginably horrible situation and all we can do is watch them do their best to cope. And it’s not just the writing, Tony Moore does a phenomenal job of expressing everything. It’s amazing how grotesque he can make a zombie look, and then in the next panel show a person’s reaction that makes you feel worse than the decaying zombie did.

As far this collection goes, read it. I can’t say enough good things about this book. There aren’t a lot of extras, in fact there’s only one, an introduction from Robert Kirkman. But I think that this introduction is worth the the money alone. And the book is only 10 bucks. Totally worth it, and you can pick up your own copy from Amazon for that price. By the way don’t read this book before bed.

Ken Zeider