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The Walking Dead: Compendium One

by Robert Kirkman, Charles Adlard (Illustrator), Tony Moore (Illustrator), Cliff Rathburn

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As indebted as I feel to Robert Kirkman for creating the source material for one of my favorite TV shows of all time, I was a little disappointed in the comic. The pacing seemed way off sometimes, and the dialogue was often clunky and on the nose. I probably would have been easier on the comic if my expectations weren't raised so high by the rave reviews for it, as well as by the great TV series. ( )
  cvalin | Jan 24, 2016 |
Fairly realistic, given the subject matter, of how a near-future apocalyptic world would work. Plot varies from grim realism to page-turning action to soapy melodrama. The Governor storyline offered the best of realism and action, showing how society might regress back to a feudal age.

The children were depicted realistically, which was refreshing. Not precocious and not as innocent as adults like to think. I also appreciate that the women were actual women. Comics have taken a turn toward softcore porn, and real women are in danger of extinction in their pages. The Walking Dead offers women of various sizes, ages, and life experiences, and none of them wear bikinis, cat-suits, or stilettos. Sad commentary on the comic book industry that I have to commend that, but it is appreciated. Also appreciated? Lori doesn't spend her pregnancy in a constant state of bat-sh*t crazy.

I'm conflicted about the sexual politics. I liked that society's taboos on sex break down. Morality has been fluid throughout history, and a post-apocalyptic world would likely have new rules on behavior, or no rules. However, the women had the attitude of, "We could die tomorrow! Let's get freaky!" while the men were mostly: "Oh? You want to get it on like two meth-fueled monkeys? Well, okay, I guess..." Also, the men who actively sought sex were both EVIL. It was a recurring theme, and I'm not sure what they were trying to say. Without society's influence, women will own their sexuality, and men will stop trying to be studs? Men's desire for sex is evil? Nymphos are awesome?

The dialogue had a few moments of brilliance, but generally there was too much exposition/pointless chatter. A little discussion on where they get clothes/food goes a long way. No need to bring up how to make shorts, where to park the shopping cart at Wal-mart, etc.

Characterization was mixed. Rick and Lori are well-developed, with histories and motivations. Tyreese and Andrea were compelling and sympathetic. Michonne was a fascinating mystery. Everyone else was: Old Guy, So-and-So's Son, Lady with the Big Hair, and other Red Shirts.

I liked the choice of black-and-white artwork to reflect the grim realism of the story. However, this makes characterization all the more important. Some visual details are lost without color, so I depend more on the character's "voice," or personality, to clue me in on who is who. Unfortunately, most of the characters spoke in the same style, so I often spent several seconds staring at the panel, trying to figure out who was talking.

In comparison to the TV show, the graphic novel was faster paced, with lots of sudden left turns. Many details on how to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, and more realistic than what's on the show. I wanted to know what happens next, so it was worth the read. The TV show offers better dialogue and more (if sometimes inconsistent) characterization. And Daryl. Rock on, Daryl! I hope the writers of the book will take cues from the show and move into deeper emotional explorations.
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  Malora | Jan 18, 2016 |
I should start by saying that I've never really been into graphic novels (although this is only my second one). I am, however, obsessed with the Walking Dead tv show and so my husband got me the compendium for Christmas. It contains episodes 1-48.

I don't really know how to rate this because I feel like I am very biased having watched (and loved the show) first. Therefore, this is more a series of thoughts rather than a cohesive review. I didn't really like it too much but I think that's because I really love the TV show especially because of two characters: Daryl and Carol. There's no Daryl (at least in the comics) and Carol of the novels is a completely different character -weak and fragile. Thankfully Glen is somewhat similar in the books and show and maybe the only really likeable character. Lori was equally annoying in both. The episodes from the compendium start at the same place the show does (with Rick getting shot and walking up in the hospital) and continue through to a cliffhanger at the prison. The show does follow the same general storyline and has some of the same characters but for the most part the two are very different. There are characters in the show who aren't in the books and characters in the books who do completely different things and live/die in very different ways than they do in the movie. For example Tyreese is a main character in the first compendium but he doesn't make an appearance until much later in the show. And the character who loses his leg in the t.v. show is different from the person in the book. Then there were many others who were killed off early on in the show who in the books are central characters that make it much further (some who are still alive at the end of the compendium I read). Then the sex & hook ups. There were all kinds of people hooking up all over the place in the book and I couldn't get the tv characters out of my mind while reading it. It all messed with my head.

The novels are much darker and the characters much less likeable - it's hard to root for people in the novels. I guess the novels are more realistic (if we can call a zombie apocalypse realistic) in the ways in which people break down and behave towards each other. I could say it was way too violent but complaining about violence in a zombie book is like complaining about there being relationships in a romance novel. But, oh the scene with the governor is so much worse in the books. I had to skim over certain pages because it was too disturbing.

Did it increase my interest in graphic novels? No. The artwork was good but I tend to like traditional books where I can create the images for myself in my head. ( )
  JenPrim | Jan 15, 2016 |
I came to this book as a devotee of the television series. As I expected, the two are very, very different and it's important to remember that if you're going to enjoy it.

That being said, I loved this book. It is dark, disgusting and delightful (surprisingly). These are not the people from the show and some of the characters are frustrating. But I do feel like it's showing a group that are dealing with horrors and trauma without having the opportunity to process what's going on around them. The narrative is fast paced and unrelenting with fantastic art. All these elements come together to create a realistic world that is completely falling apart. ( )
  LordKinbote | Jan 8, 2016 |
Bleak and gory with enough humanity to keep it interesting.

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2015 | Task 49: Book turned into a TV show. ( )
  Bodagirl | Dec 26, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Robert Kirkmanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adlard, CharlesIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Moore, TonyIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Rathburn, Cliffmain authorall editionsconfirmed

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Please do not combine with The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye, The Walking Dead Book 1 or The Walking Dead Volume 1 Deluxe HC. The "volumes" are trade paperbacks which collect 6 issues, while the "books" are hard covers which collect 12 issues, the "Deluxe HC" collects 24 issues and the "compendium" collects 48 issues.
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"An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled-- no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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