This review contains minor spoilers!
The Walking Dead
Writer: Robert Kirkmam
Artist: Charlie Adlard
Welcome back to Newb to Nerd Comic Reviews (N2N), where today I will be review The Walking Dead, as a whole. Now, you are probably wondering why I would review a comic with 10 years under it’s belt. Well, as of December 2014 the only comic I had ever read was a random Batman comic given to my brother and I by our mom. I couldn’t tell you any more than that about said comic. My brother, who had worked at a local comic book shop, tried desperately to get me to read comics; it just wasn’t my thing. He loaned me a handful of Marvel comics which I attempted to read; they ended up acting as paperweights in my office for months until I finally returned them to him. A couple years later he decided to buy me The Walking Dead Boom #1. This book consists of the first 12 issues of The Walking Dead. Being a fan of the show, I decided to at the very least read through the book. That was it, game over, no looking back. I was hooked. After I killed off book one I went straight to a local comic shop and picked up book 2; it was my first comic shop visit. This trend continued up through about book 6. That’s when I finally decided to ask the comic shop for similar comics, and this inevitably led me to the obsession I have now. I have since then taken a college course on graphic novel literature, as well as writing a 12 page college research paper on The Walking Dead and zombie popularity (if your really bored here’s the link: Click Me!). The Walking Dead was my gateway drug into comic books. It has opened doors and windows to stories I otherwise would have missed out on; therefore, I felt it deserved a review by me. So, without further ado, let’s jump into my official, #1 review on The Walking Dead.
I’ll try to keep this short and sweet due to the overabundance of TWD reviews already out there. Starting with issue #2 my reviews will become more uniform in style and length, similar to #0.5.
[9.9 out of 10]
Writer: Robert Kirman
What can I say about The Walking Dead that hasn’t been said before? It has been around for a decade, it has gathered a cult following, two T.V. spin-offs, and even has businesses named after it. As most of you know, The Walking Dead is the story of Rick Grimes, originally out to find his family; we now follow him and “his” band of survivors as they fight off hordes of zombies as well as other people fighting to survive as well. With the amount of acclaim these comics have already received I don’t find it too necessary to dive deep into the story (or the art). Robert Kirkman does an excellent job writing his story. What really keeps me reading is the character development, and Kirkman’s ability to kill off any character no matter how much they have developed. I feel as though Kirkman does superb work keeping all of his characters on a level playing field; any character can fall victim to a Walker, or a murderous human. On the flip side, any one of his characters can pull out amazing feats of survival and strength. Man, woman, child, all of Kirkman’s characters come off as equals to me.
If I absolutely had to nit-pick the writing of The Walking Dead I could go as far as to say at some points the dialogue comes off as flat, or overly unrealistic. Other than that The Walking Dead is a masterpiece in it’s own way. I only wish I could have started reading this comic at release so I could have watched it develop slowly into what it has become today!
[10 out of 10]
Artist: Charlie Adlard
Adlard has been the artist (penciller and inker) since issue #7, and his art is the perfect compliment to Kirkman’s story. The choice to keep The Walking Dead in all black and white is an excellent one. Not only does it add to the dreariness of a world filled with the undead, it also allows the reader to use more of their imagination along the way. Even in B&W Adlard does an excellent job creating an extremely detailed world, as well as a multitude of unique characters. Though again not ground breaking, I am very impressed with his ability to create so many characters that are very easily distinguished from one another, as opposed yo some comics which seem to have a lot of characters looking extremely similar.
[10 out of 10]
I have nothing else to say! Sorry for such a lack-luster #1, but this issue of N2N was more for me than anything else. I highly suggest if you haven’t already experience The Walking Dead comics to head to your local comic shop ASAP and pick your the first issue, volume, or book and get on it; you will not be disappointed.
Thanks for reading yet again, I look forward to seeing you all with my next issue of Newb to Nerd #2: Secret Wars: Civil War!