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The Walking Dead: Compendium One (edition 2009)

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

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Title:The Walking Dead: Compendium One
Authors:Robert Kirkman
Other authors:Charlie Adlard (Illustrator), Cliff Rathburn (Illustrator), Tony Moore (Illustrator)
Info:Image Comics (2009), Paperback, 1088 pages
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The Walking Dead: Compendium One by Robert Kirkman

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I started reading the graphic novels and found this humongous book that had the first 8 volumes in it and thought why not? I started reading the graphic novels and found this humongous book that had the first 8 volumes in it and thought why not?

For the rest of the review, visit my blog at: http://angelofmine1974.livejournal.com/122057.html ( )
  booklover3258 | Feb 16, 2017 |
So I finally read this after finally starting to watch the tv show. PhauxCon this all your fault!

Yes, there is a bit too much Marty Sue and insta love. And yes, it takes awhile before the female characters are allowed to step up -[the prison leadership discussion was particularly stupid, and I don't buy it. Additionally, it seemed to be brought up and then dropped right away. And what is it with the women always on top except for Lori?

But I still enjoyed it. ( )
  Chrisethier | Jan 10, 2017 |
I have only watched a little bit of the show, but I thought I'd check out the comics. This is an interesting story, with lots of action. I'll pick up and read more of the series. ( )
  EllsbethB | Dec 4, 2016 |
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 |
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Adlard, CharlesIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Moore, TonyIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Rathburn, CliffIllustratormain 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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