The Walking Dead, Volume 1: Days Gone Bye

The Walking Dead, Volume 1: Days Gone Bye

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by Robert Kirkman

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Collects issues #1-6

Sheriff Rick Grimes awoke from a coma in a world ravaged by zombies. He soon set out to find his wife & son, who left his town in hopes of escaping the zombie attacks. On the way, he learnt to survive in this post-apocalypse and met other people in similar situations.  See more details below


Collects issues #1-6

Sheriff Rick Grimes awoke from a coma in a world ravaged by zombies. He soon set out to find his wife & son, who left his town in hopes of escaping the zombie attacks. On the way, he learnt to survive in this post-apocalypse and met other people in similar situations.

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Publishers Weekly
Taking a well-worn genre-flesh-eating zombies overrun the world and the unlucky surviving humans must deal with the gruesome aftermath-and approaching it from a purely character-driven point of view propels this series into the spotlight from out of nowhere. This collection of the first six issues of the ongoing series opens with police officer Rick Grimes awakening from a gunshot-induced coma. From here, he's immediately dragged into a world where dangerous revenants are shambling amok without any sort of an explanation. From the moment Grimes comes to, it's a harrowing battle to avoid hordes of decomposing zombies and a hope-against-all-odds search for his missing family. Grimes makes his way to Atlanta, the nearest large city where there may be other living people, and events take several unexpected turns upon his arrival, as he meets up with a rural encampment of survivors. Of course, as in recent hit movies 28 Days Later... and Dawn of the Dead, the last humans may turn out to be as much a danger as the zombies. Forceful scripting that gives the book a strong grounding in reality, crisp b&w artwork, a shocking final sequence and brisk, gory proceedings elevate this book from the trash heap of pedestrian horror comics. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
★ 06/01/2014
This series features the finest example of the dystopian hero: the survivor. The continuing story of police officer Rick Grimes, his family, and other survivors of a zombie apocalypse, this is a nuanced portrait of human nature, fear, hope, and desperation. Yes, it's violent, but it is brilliantly written and illustrated and an absolute must. (Ongoing series.)

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The Walking Dead, Volume 1: Days Gone Bye 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 149 reviews.
Suvorov More than 1 year ago
Graphic novels are not my thing so giving this five stars is a really big thing. When I first saw the previews of the tv series, I wanted to read the comics first. I was hooked from the beginning. Since I am accustomed to very long books, The Walking Dead seemed a little choppy at first. In addition, I had some problems following the bubbles and would mix them up, which of course messes up the flow and tempo because I had to go back and re-read. But I quickly got the flow of it and the reading got easier. I am in the process of reading the series a second time. I am taking it slower and studying the pictures better, which obviously enhances the story- something I am sure any graphic novel/ comic fan would tell you is a must. I am enjoying it even more the second time around. For any first time readers, I would recommend reading slowly. It is tempting to get through it fast just to finish it, but it is much more satisfying to take your time. Also, you'll remember more and when you watch the tv series, that will help you compare the tv show with the series. I think Kirkman did a great job developing the characters quickly. Right away I had my favorites. Unfortunately, my least favorite character is Lori. She is a nag, nowhere near self-sufficient and has totally refused to accept that her environment has drastically changed and she will have to change with it if she wants to survive. It's annoying. And no one is safe. So while you may not be able to detach yourself from a particular character, don't be surprised if that character doesn't make it. Even main characters aren't safe. That is one of the things I really like about Kirkman. He can make me scream at a book. If you have already watched the tv series, you will notice a lot of differences from the very beginning. While the tv series stays true to the spirit of the books, the details are much different. Characters are different and they don't die in the same order or in the same way. I know some people don't like that, but I think it works in this case. If the tv series was exactly the same, there would be no surprises for me. This way, while I know the general direction of the tv series, I am constantly surprised. Bottom line, give it a try. This is coming from someone who had never read a graphic novel before this one. Now I follow 4 different series. The Walking Dead may make a convert out of you.
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
ROBERT KIRKMAN'S "WALKING DEAD: DAYS GONE BY" (A REVIEW) Once upon a time I was one of those women that was scared to death of zombies and I wouldn't even watch anything that had them on it. I didn't want to see pictures I would turn my head in disgust and literally run away almost screaming at the sight. I think deep down it was always the thought of 'what if' that kept me from wanting to have anything to do with a genre that is becoming rapidly more popular. Those days ended when my husband decided we were going to watch "The Walking Dead" on AMC. I was instantly hooked, and it really had nothing to do with the zombies as much as it did the humanity of the people that were still living. The books are no different. Having read the first one in a series I can honestly say I intend to seek them all out one by one. You get a feeling of what it would truly be like to live through such a horrible plague and discover that you are perhaps one of the last living people on the planet. There is emotion, turmoil, truth and sincerity in these graphic novels as well as the show on television. You soon even begin to feel sorry for those that have been turned and you have to ask yourself what you would do if that happened to someone in your family. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised and now I'm not as horrified by the zombies as I once was. Robert Kirkman has done a phenomenal job and I can only hope he'll continue with the story for as long as he can. -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
Mr_E58 More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of the series on AMC I thought the comic series might prove interesting. Jeeze was I right. Despite knowing the gist of some of the goings on in the beginning due to the tv series, I found the read still very addicting. The only time I became upset was when I finished reading because I needed more... All in all, Days Gone Bye is an awesome read and I suggest those interested should buy it. I know I will be buying the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how the conflict between humanity and survival plays such a vital role throughout these novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a zombie fan here at all but I got hooked on the tv series when Season 1 came out ton DVD. But I am intrigued I must say.
Bang2082 More than 1 year ago
Ok, this should be in your collection just because it's the only walking dead volume drawn by Tony Moore. The book is beautiful. Even fans of the t.v. show will still get enjoyment out of this. They are not the same, the tv show is almost a "what if". I'm on volume 7 and still find myself going "They didn't really do that did they" Characters show up that arn't on the show and characters die that are still on the show. I love it. But if you do get this book be prepared to get more of them. You almost beg to find out what happens. The later volumes are drawn by Charlie Adlard and while they are good still Tony wins in my book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Graphic novel was amazing,I was at B&N checking out books and stumbled across this series in the Comic Book section,I was somewhat interested when I saw the title cause I am a big fan of George A. Romero.So I began to read this first book in the series in the cafe and I also grabbed Vol. 2. Not even 10mins later I find myself checking out buying the first and 2nd book, I sat outside Reading the first one,finished it then began the second one, I was instantly hooked,I finished the 2nd one walked in and bought the third book couldnt wait to get home to read it finished that when I got home,The Art is beautiful and the storyline is well done filled with drama,action,terror,suspense,and romance. I am so stoked to get the rest of the serious I would highly recommend this series to anyone who likes George A. Romero,Zombie Apocalypse scenarios,Survival situations,and anyone who is open to reading new things buy it now
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When it comes zombies I am a huge fan and  other zombie fans should be satisfy when reading this book. The Walking Dead: Days gone bye is great because of story, characters, and action. For instance of this is when Rick Grimes is struggling to find his family during the zombie apocalypse. As Rick is trying to find his family he faces danger of zombies from many areas. Its a challenge that puts the main character in difficult situations. Zombies look great in this novel series gets me under my skin when I look at them. On the other hand the book is wonderful for people that are zombie lovers.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never really got into comics until this one which says alot...I honestly love this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great comic book. It is a lot better then the seris on tv cuz the graphic novel has more action, more suspense and more guts and blood. I am not saying that the tv seris is bad in all, i just liked the comics better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alternately funny and sad, "Walking Dead" is never preachy and walks the fine line of having morals, but not a lesson. As good a zombie story as you're likely to find.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my top ten favorite graphic novel series.If you are a zombie book lover then this is your comic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've ever read in my life. The story is about a cop, Rick, as he and a group of survivors try to live among the undead souls walking. It shows how people react to tragic moments in their lives and how characters die, such as Jim and Amy perish in the camp attack.This book gets a 5 out of 5. See my review on volume 2. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! I was impressed with Marvel Zombies but this is spectacular! Well written love the plot, but don't get to stuck to characters! And most importantly, learn who your friends and enemies are! Beware of... ZOMBIES!
Xheather360x More than 1 year ago
After reading the walking dead I was completely satisfied. So much good brilliant ideas perfectly placed in a comic book. Although being aware I do watch the series on Amc, I had it coming. But, the series differs from the comics which makes everything unique in their own special way. Keep them coming. Had me on the edge of my seat!
Piratesavvy More than 1 year ago
It's not often I give books, or any product, 5 stars. But let me say this series is beyond that! I discovered the Walking Dead at Comic Con of 2010 and ever since then I have been highly addicted. There is such a unique quality to this series. When you think of zombies, you think of blood and gore. There is blood and gore, but that's not the main focus of this series. It's about human survival. Human instinct, when it comes to living or dying. You begin questioning yourself, would you be up to the tasks these characters endure? Speaking of word, amazing. No, not because their personalities are so like-able, but because they are real! Each one has such a dynamic role in the story and you find yourself becoming emotionally attached to each of them, including the children! Bottom line? You want a good graphic novel series to start? Get this one! Do yourself a favor and let your mind travel to an apocalyptic world, filled with anguish, sorrow, humour, and on occasion, happiness.
thermodynamic_miracle More than 1 year ago
Undoubtedly one of the best comics series I've read. I'm not even a fan of the zombie or horror genres, but I picked it up due high recommendations from Blair Butler (Fresh Ink, G4 television network) and I read the whole series (through volume 9) in less than a week. The characters are believable, the plot well-developed, the art is amazing and the story draws you in. It isn't overtly graphic, but I wouldn't advise gifting it to anyone under 10 or so. Or anyone too squeamish for that matter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really don't buy graphic novels but I love those corny Zombie films. And I was amazed at how this story line grabbed me. This series is worth looking into.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Kirkman has done no less than write Greatest Zombie Story EVER. Think of the best parts of the George A. Romero films. Consider what are your favorite scenes in Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake. Ponder the best chapters and narrators in Max Brooks' World War Z. The Walking Dead has all of that, put together, plus a whole lot more. More in-depth, fully fleshed out characters, simple yet stunning plots, heartbreaking humanity, and buckets of zombie gore! Today, as in the zombie-infested future, this will be seen as a benchmark of the genre. The Walking Dead: There Is No Substitute.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The world of comics and graphic novels is new to me. I picked this particular one at my fiancés house. At first I thought, 'Oh great, another zombie, blood killing book' but, instead I found myself completely involved. I liked that Robert Kirman incorporated a bit of a love triangle. This was definitely a breath of fresh air from all the novels that I've been reading. I can't wait to get my hands on the remaining volumes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great story, believable characters and good art. Once i started, i couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the 2nd TPB!
Guest More than 1 year ago
its great if u love horror and the walking dead i read it in one night and i wish i never read it that fast it was so good i cant wait till the second one comes out
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first glance at the trade paperback from Image comics, I wasn't sure that The Walking Dead was something I wanted to invest both time and money into. The black and white artwork and an opening few pages that seemed more '28 Days Later' than innovative story-telling almost caused me to put the book back on the shelf. For whatever reason I still bought it and I can tell you it was well worth the purchase. The trade paperback which reprints the first six issues of monthly on-going comic book series 'The Walking Dead' introduces us to a world in which nothing is or will be ever the same. Flesh eating zombies are around every corner and the story follows non zombies (or non un-dead if you can figure out the double negatives) also known as human survivors as they attempt to stay alive. The characters are well thought out and the book has a gritty dark feel througout the story engaging the reader to turn 'just one more page.' Try it for yourself and I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Remember, comics aren't what they used to be. In a competitive market, artists and writers are more creative than ever.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I wanted to see how this would look on my nook being a graphic novel and all I got to see was the cover and the introduction. Because of that I will not buy the book.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This is an awesome book