My friend bought me this book from a comic convention that isn’t the San Diego Comic Con. I think he gave it to me RIGHT before AMC aired its first episode of The Walking Dead. At that point Season 1 followed the story line faithfully.
I recently decided to go back and re-read this to see how far the show has come. I know that as movie franchises and TV shows gain popularity, the writers, directors, and producers always have the option of inserting their own plot into the mix and exercise their “creativity.” The other option is to again, stay true to the original. When filmmakers choose the latter route, I’m so appreciative. I understand there are certain qualities that work well with the screen which are needed to portray something else in the book that would otherwise go unnoticed. As I see more and more examples of this, my appreciation for book adaptions grows.
Now back to the graphic novel. The illustrations are great. The dialogue is raw. One scene always sticks out to me – when Rick rides into Atlanta on the horse and gets surrounded. The panel showing the horse being overtaken by walkers is realistic but not too gory.
The first time I read the book I didn’t read the introduction/letter from the author. I thought it insightful. He states that while zombies are cool, the series is meant to focus on the people, relationships, reactions to an extreme situation. I feel as if he achieves his goal. Each of the characters reflect on their thoughts to the group. They make themselves vulnerable.
I totally forgot that Shane is shot right outside Atlanta at the campsite. By Carl. Despite how far TWD has gone on AMC, I’m intrigued to read the rest. I’ve ordered Compendium 1 and 2 for that purpose. More then!