Series: The Walking Dead,
Also in this series: Miles Behind Us, Safety Behind Bars
Published by Image Comics on 26 September 2006
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Graphic Novel
Also by this author: Miles Behind Us, Safety Behind Bars
Place(s) Traveled To: Atlanta, Georgia
First Line(s): This is not good.
I picked up The Walking Dead graphic novel after I’d blitzed through the first three seasons of the TV show and I kind of wish that I’d done this in reverse. I fell hard for the TV show, the characters and the story and I was jonsing for a fix as I waited for the new season to start. I though what better way to work through my addiction than to check out the the graphic novel it was based one. Now while I have heard that the graphic novel and the show take differing paths initially they are pretty similar. And its these similaries that made it a bit tough to get into the story as I knew what was coming.
There is a certain element of suspense to the show where you are always on the edge of your seat wondering what is around the next corner. Since the start of the graphic novel is fairly similar to the show there wasn’t as much suspense to the story. I already had all these preconceived notions on the characters and so its hard to like and care for someone that you know will die or turn into a douche.
Despite knowing what’s to come I did enjoy The Walking Dead – Days Gone Bye graphic novel. I thought it was fast paced and I enjoyed the artwork. It was fun seeing how these images were mirrored on the TV cast like Carl’s paw print tee shirt and Glenn’s baseball hat. The Walking Dead – Days Gone Bye is a quick read and I read it in a very short time. It was nice revisting certain aspects of the TV show but it was hard to see the graphic representations of the characters as the ones of the TV show are so firmly ingrained in my head.
Right now I am debating on if I want to continue with the graphic novel series or not. As I said about I know that the show and the graphic novel do start to take separate paths. Though it is sad to know that one of my favorite characters on the show doesn’t appear in the novels at all. That and the fact that the first volume of Walking Dead didn’t wow me as much as the show have me hesitating. Perhaps during the next read-a-thon I’ll try out the next volume as graphic novels are always a nice when the eyelids are getting heavy.