How many hours are in a day when you don’t spend half of them watching television?
When is the last time any of us REALLY worked to get something we wanted?
How long has it been since any of us really NEEDED something that we WANTED?
The world we knew is gone.
The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility.
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.
I’ve decided to try and add a bit of variety to my site so the plan is to hopefully have a film review up every two or three days and to try and fill the no film days with other content, particularly comic reviews. After what I thought was a fantastic introduction of Negan into The Walking Dead TV show it inspired me to reread the comics again. Then I thought why not just whack a quick review up, I will warn you though that the scores are likely to be high as outside of only a handful of comics I consider The Walking Dead to be one of the very best.
The job of this first graphic novel is to set the scene, they do this by showing Rick and Shane trying to stop a man with a shot gun during their days as police officers before the zombie apocalypse. Unfortunately for Rick he ends up being shot by the man and the next thing we see is him waking up in hospital. Awake, alone and scared Rick tries to escape from the hospital and runs into a lot of walkers, he clearly doesn’t have a clue what’s going on.
It’s from here that he heads to his house and discovers that everywhere is deserted apart from the walking dead. He’s suddenly smashed round the head by a young lad who thought he was a walker, the young lad’s dad takes him back to his house. When Rick awakes they get talking he tells him his name is Morgan and he’s sorry what his kid did to him. Rick accepts this and explains he’s on the hunt for his family after Morgan tells him what’s going on. After a visit to the police station Rick heads to Atlanta where apparently everyone was told to head to to be “protected” from the zombies.
Once in Atlanta Rick is swarmed by zombies and rescued by Glen. Glen then takes Rick back to his camp where coincidentally Rick’s family and Shane are waiting for him. From this point we’re introduced to the rest of the cast, there’s Dale who lives in his RV with Andrea and Amy who he met on his way to Atlanta, Jim who is disturbed from what he’s seen since the break out and when you find out what it is you will see why, there’s Allen and the annoying Donna with their two kids, Carol and her daughter Sophia, Glen the adventurer, Shane and Rick along with Lori and Carl.
We get to see their various battles to survive, efforts to learn new skills, interaction between the group, before the stress of the whole thing starts to fracture people. Leading to a big confrontation at the end between Rick and one of the group, not everyone makes it out alive as you’d expect.
I love the way this book sets the scene, it’s quick and to the point. There’s also an emphasis on the interactions of the group not everyone gets along which is to be expected. Glen is probably the best character out of the group and it’s hard to believe how different everyone ends up through this story. I love origin stories and stories where we’re first introduced to the bigger world of the comic.
The illustration is fantastic and it remains that way despite volume two having a new artist on it. I must admit black and white can put me off a bit at times but this and Judge Dredd really don’t need colour as it adds to the world to see it in black and white. Overall this comic does a great job of setting up the wider universe of The Walking Dead and it made me want more, especially given the sort of half cliff hanger ending we get.