Hard Cover VOLUMES 1-4 collects single issues 1-48 (12 single issues in each volume)
Black and White
Written by Robert Kirkman
Art by Charlie Adlard (replacing Tony Moore from issue 7 onwards) and Cliff Rathburn
When I think of The Walking Dead heroin is what springs to mind. The reason being that every single person I know who started reading this became instantly addicted to it. Yes it is that good. If you don’t believe me, all you have to do is buy yourself a copy and see for yourself.
Zombie stories in both the comic and movie world are a dime a dozen, but what makes The Walking Dead stand out from the rest of pack is it’s cleverly drawn plot.
The story starts in conventional enough fashion with policeman Rick Grimes waking up from a coma in a hospital to find the world he used to know is now plagued with zombies. From this point onwards the story takes a life of its own, because what Kirkman created here is an ongoing zombie series telling the story of what happens as the survivors meet with others and continuously struggle to survive and re-built their lives.
Attempting such an ambitious project does have a lot of pitfalls, but so far Kirkman has not only managed to avoid them, but he did so with style and panache which in my book makes him one of the best writers around.
The story in essence is dramatic, but violent action sequences are in abundance. The characters which inhabit it are three dimensional and are all interesting. The story is simply mesmerizing and once you start reading you’ll keep craving for more. The magnificent plot twists that Kirkman creates keeps you guessing what’s to come, and I’ll bet my left nut (it’s cancerous anyway) that they’ll always take you by surprise.
Complementing such great storytelling skills, are the artists who work on this project. Moore’s creations are simply fantastic, and Adlard who had the not-so- easy-task of coming on board from the 7th issue onwards managed to ensure a smooth transition while still making his mark. The artwork flows according to the mood of the story. The artists never shy away from being explicit, and I firmly believe that the artwork is one of the main reasons why the story comes out so strongly. Being a writer (of sorts) myself I tend to prefer the story over the artwork, but with this title I developed a routine of admiring the artwork once I’ve read through the story.
In conclusion please be warned that despite my attempt, my writing skills do not do this book any justice. That said if I had to recommend only one comic book to everyone, this would be it.
Chris Le Galle