Review: The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman

TWD Vol 1 Days Gone ByeHow 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The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility.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 found the concept simple enough and as a fan of the show, I had already seen several parts reanimated a few months ago. The graphics weren’t exactly as detailed as I would have liked or expected for such a popular series. I understand that with comics, it’s not always suppose to be graphic and highly detailed, but sometimes the lack of detail in character facial expressions left much to be desired.

For anyone who has seen the show, this volume pretty much covers everything you see in the first season. Unlike the show, the characters give you a better time frame of how long into the apocalypse. They inform Rick it has been about a month since everything happened. This is amazing, because you can’t help but wonder how Rick managed to survive so long while in his coma.

It has pretty much the same group of characters as seen on the show, with the exception of Daryl, Meryl and Carol’s husband. The story line of the show is pretty parallel to that of the comics. Rick’s journey from waking up in the hospital to making his way to Atlanta is set pretty much the same way as what I saw on the show. From there, things go their separate ways, but there are some parts that meet up. For example, just like the end of the first season, the campground is attacked by a group of walkers.

What makes this story so interesting is not the people’s struggles with the dead, but their struggles with one another. Though Rick is happy to see his old partner, Shane and grateful for him protecting his family, Shane is less than thrilled due to his feelings for Lori. This causes a rift between the two at a time when they need to work together. While Rick wants to seek shelter elsewhere because he feels the campground leaves the group to vulnerable, Shane is convinced the military will be coming any day now and will have an easier time rescuing them if they remain on the outskirts of Atlanta. After the attack on the campground costs both Jim and Amy their lives, Rick and Shane have it out. But as Shane raises his gun to shoot Rick, Rick’s son, Carl, kills him. This is a defining moment in both the comics and the show. However, since the show didn’t let this happen until season two, I was a little surprised for it to come to a head so early on in the comics.

Overall, this is a good comic and though the graphics lack at times, the story of the survivors (the walking dead) is what really draws you in.


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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

2 comments on “Review: The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman

  1. Great review ! I was planning on collecting the volumes myself. I’ve always heard that that comic had much more.. R-rated content compared to the show and I wanted to see it for myself. I guess I can still wait a little more and focus on other great series out there that don’t have TV show adaptations for now. 😀

    – Lashaan

    • I would have to agree with the violence rating for the comics. For example, what Michonne does to the Governor was both awesome (considering he beat and raped her brutally and repeatedly). Also my favorite antagonist, Neagan, is supposed to be introduced or at least it’s supposed to be set up at the end of this season. I doubt they’ll do him justice, because The Governor was really tame. But I’m looking forward to it.

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