Comic Review: The Walking Dead Vol 1: Days Gone Bye - Robert Kirkman

Release Date: September 26th 2006
Published By: Image Comics
Pages: 144
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Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis: 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: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. Rick Grimes finds himself one of the few survivors in this terrifying future. A couple months ago he was a small town cop who had never fired a shot and only ever saw one dead body. Separated from his family, he must now sort through all the death and confusion to try and find his wife and son. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living.

Review: I truly feel that even if you don’t enjoy reading comics (or even if you have never read a comic before), you would still love The Walking Dead.

The introduction, written by the author Robert Kirkman tells us that this is the most emotional story he has had to write, with good reason. This might be a series about zombies, yes. But it’s about so much more than that. It’s about people and their relationships. It’s about surviving the worst imaginable elements and trying to protect your loved ones at any cost. And it’s a story of death and loss also. It’s as real and emotional as any fiction book out there with the added benefit of illustrations.

We’re introduced in the beginning to police officer Rick Grimes who was shot and ends up in hospital. Rick has been in a coma for three months and when he wakes up, the hospital is absolutely deserted. He ventures out into the streets, and sees… humans, that aren’t quite human. Without really understanding what has happened, Rick at least understands that something seriously is not right. He runs into some assistance from Morgan and his son Duane who find Rick in the street and explain to him that what he is seeing are “walkers”. Zombies. Rick’s son and wife are missing, and he soon decides he is going to head into the city by all means to see if he can be reunited with his family at a refuge.

Yeah, there’s a whole lot of carnage that ensues. Many zombies, many heads explode. Many of you will be happy to know this comic is in black and white. lol And if the TV show is too gruesome for you, then I highly recommend checking out the comic, since it was easy to digest!

What sets The Walking Dead apart from every other zombie comic on earth is the feels. This book is filled with emotion, and you become emotionally invested in each one of the characters, so when something happens to them or their lives are at risk, you’re right there with them hoping for the best.

I loved this so much, that I’ve gone out and ordered the whole Walking Dead Omnibus Vol 1 from The Book Depository ($50!) which contains this volume, plus more (it’s a whopping 1088 pages), and I intend on ordering the second volume of the Omninus also to complete my collection at some point.

Amazing series!


This is my first graphic novel/comic review. I’m interested in feedback from you - my readers! I normally review only YA novels, but comics are a big part of my life also, and I am keen to add a review every now and then of a comic that has grabbed my interest. I think this will add a new dimension to Book Nerd Reviews. The YA novels are here to stay - these are my passion. But I am interested in adding diversity also!

What do you think?

  • I haven’t ever read a graphic novel before. In the past my view of them was those are just something that teenage and young boys (even grown ones at times) read. It’s all Spiderman and X-Men and things of those nature. Super hero stuff. Which, the occasional movie was fine with me but that’s the extent of my desire for that. Of course now I know that wasn’t very open minded of me and I’ve seen that there’s more out there. I’ve been thinking about trying them out especially since I’ve found that the Twilight series has a set of graphic novels which is probably how I’d like to break into them (Laugh if you want it’s okay :P) and eventually work my way to something like The Walking Dead. I just got into that show a couple months back and zombies weren’t my thing before that…but of course now I’m hooked. I still need to work my way up to the graphic novel wise but I’d like to give them a try. I think your idea of throwing in a review every so often is a great idea! I wouldn’t mind it :) and I enjoyed this one.

    Oh yeah and sorry for such a long comment…I sometimes have a problem being brief lol

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks heaps for the feedback Sheri! I appreciate it!

      I know a lot of people out there haven’t read a graphic novel before, but I really feel they don’t get the credit they deserve sometimes. After all, it’s a story just like the books we read, but it’s presented in another format.

      Whilst many comics/graphic novels out there ARE superheroes, there are so many out there that aren’t. I think I am going to start reviewing some of the “easier” ones, but to be honest, the only way to start enjoying them is to jump in and start reading!

      I have the Twilight one also, so no laughing here! You should definitely get into it! Marvel released a beautiful version of the Wizard of Oz series… I am thinking of reviewing this soon because I think YA readers would naturally gravitate towards it. And the illustrations are cute as!

      Thanks for your comment, I love getting into discussions about things like this! If I can get people interested in something new, then my job is done!
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