Comic: "The Walking Dead: Compendium One"
Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Tony Moore , Charlie Adlard

Reviewer: Nick
Posted: 9/13/2010

Plot: A small town police officer awakes from a coma to discover a world besieged in hellish creatures. Can he find his family within this nightmare he has awoken to?

Review: In this day and age of unoriginality and remakes the easiest thing for me to say is that zombies have been done to death (ha-ha, get it, oh man I'm great.). Seriously, everyone and their grandmother have done a comic about zombies from the main comic czars like Marvel and DC comics to ridiculous tie-ins based on George Romero movie's, absolutely everyone has a zombie comic in some form or another.

Luckily there is at least one decent zombie series out there that I find to be A-Okay in my books, and that is The Walking Dead. This series has been going on since 2003, and I hope it doesn't end anytime soon. I admit, the series doesn't have the most original title out there, but with a title like The Walking Dead it doesn't leave any room for you to guess about what its contents could possibly be about.

Now is a great time for newcomers to jump in and catch up to the monthly series as Image Comics released The Walking Dead: Compendium One last May. This big boy collects issues #1-48 of the series in one, gigantic behemoth of a novel, which I am almost certain, can also, be used to crush small animals and children if the need arises for one of either to be crushed. Sure, it may cost around $50.00, and you may be living on Ramen noodles and tap water at the moment, but it's the cheapest and easiest way to read the series outside of illegally pirating it off the internet (Editors note: I-Mockery does not condone pirating awesome books of the internet illegally, no matter how much we do it.) seeing as your next best option would be to buy all the monthly issues or trade paper backs separately.

Within this tome of awesome-ness you will find the story of Rick Grimes, police officer from the small-town of Cynthiana, Kentucky. Rick was injured in the line of duty while trying to take down a rabid hillbilly, no doubt fighting the "man", and was admitted to a hospital where he had lapsed into a coma. Having awoken sometime later he is surprised to find that he has found himself in a post-apocalyptic hellhole just crawling with zombies. Doing what anyone true-blooded American would he sets off in search of his family and a safe haven away from these nasty ankle-biters.

I can't give you much more detail than that as it would completely spoil the story for you, and with a book like this that would completely ruin the experience for you. Though, sadly the title of the book does contain a huge spoiler, but as long as you don't stare at it too much, you should be fine. What I can tell you is what I find to be the greatest thing about this series. All the characters in this book are quite human, and as humans are, quite frail as well. It's a common fact that people die, and this book is happy to let teach you just that. Absolutely no character is safe in this series and it just breaks your heart to see one of your favorites get ripped to shreds by zombies, even if does look pretty cool, but that is life.

Luckily, the artists make sure not to let any gory detail go missing, and with a zombie series that is just great. Some of you may be interested in the series' black and white art style, but when your pencilers are great at what they do, you don't need color. Luckily, Robert Kirkman does a good job of keeping the story grounded in reality, and makes it seem that this is exactly what someone would do to survive in a horrific world no filled with zombies. The characters not only struggle to survive the undead that hunger for their flesh but the people who have regress to more animalistic way to insure that they survive, all whilst trying to keep their sanity and humanity in check as well.

I would love nothing more than to give this series as a whole a 5 pickle review, but sadly it does slow to a crawl halfway through, but you'll be too engrossed in the story and the characters to care. Now that the series has picked up again, I for one can't wait to see what becomes of our poor survivors. I suggest you all jump on while the getting's good, and join me.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

hanging out
Sep 14th, 2010, 10:37 AM
IS the upcoming tv series based on this?
Sep 14th, 2010, 10:48 AM
I was just thinking that. What's the scoop Nick?
Punk Rock Hamster
Sep 14th, 2010, 11:37 AM
Yes, this is the comic that the new AMC show is based on. It's a great read, hope they do it justice.
Sep 14th, 2010, 01:35 PM
One can only hope the TV series doesn't suck. We live in an age of good comic adaption, but it seems not everyone got the memo.
Sep 14th, 2010, 02:10 PM
Stonewar, 10,000 Volt Ghost: Bobbidyboo is completely correct. The new AMC show is a direct adaptation of the comic series. I had completely forgotten about it, thanks for reminding me. It premieres this Halloween, we should all watch it as well! :D
You'll thank me later...
Sep 15th, 2010, 12:37 AM
From what I understand there will be very real changes to the plot of the series. We know the comic is good and the series could go the other way, straying from the established story. Personally I'd rather be glass half-full guy and assume we're going to see some more or less of some cast members.
Sep 15th, 2010, 12:52 AM
Hmm AMC???? Wtf is up with channels that are inheriantly not supposed to have new programming, suddenly having new programming???

Also I need to complain a bit more because we don't get amc in hi-def, and amc generally doesn't show anything gory so the series will probably be heavily censored. Long story short, don't get your hopes up guys.
Forum Virgin
Sep 15th, 2010, 01:09 AM
Kirkman is on board with the what they're doing, and there is a lot of talent working on the show. AMC has been hitting them out of the ball park lately. If you haven't seen the comic-con trailer (must be living under a rock) check it out. It looks amazing!
The Goddamned Batman
Sep 15th, 2010, 11:52 PM
Damn ya, Nick, I had JUST written a review of the first hardcover to put up and here you go and review the first compendium! Ah hell, I can't stay mad at you.

I gave the first book 4 pickles as well. Eh, Rog may decide to post it down the line since it's technically not the exact same thing. I am looking forward to diving into book 2.
Sep 16th, 2010, 12:49 AM
Protoclown: My bad, homeboy. I had to search the site because I was just absolutely sure that you had reviewed it already, imagine my surprise when I found that you had not. By all means, make Rog use your review too.
Sep 16th, 2010, 02:42 AM

We must be seeing different things, because what I saw was a lot of so-so acting and over-serious garbage with limted blood and poor special effects (what the show will be) mixed in with one or two visually spectacular shots ("the hook" or what they want you to THINK the show will be). I reserve judgement until it's out and ready for me to watch.
Smooth Operator
Sep 16th, 2010, 05:04 PM
I have to disagree with HowardC (I'm a poet).I think the special effects look good for a television show. This show has me very excited, as I've been reading the series (in trade form) for a few years now. I can honestly say that I won't be upset if the shows plot strays a bit from the book. If they don't then there wouldn't be any surprises for fans of the books.
Forum Virgin
Sep 17th, 2010, 12:53 AM

I reserve judgement too. All I said was the trailer looks amazing. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, so long as you realize mine is right. :P
Sep 18th, 2010, 01:22 AM
I can't see how this would make a good tv show for one reason: Kirkman's predilection for offing whomever he feels like whenever he feels like.
Sep 18th, 2010, 04:12 PM
That would work pretty well for a TV show, actually. Actor want's more money? Zombies eat them. Actor wants to quit? Zombies hits them. It's basically win/win!