The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye

The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone ByeWritten by Robert Kirkman, Art by Tony Moore

Publisher: Image Comics

Format: Softcover, black and white, $14.99

Category: Adult Action/Adventure

Dewey: 741.5 KIR or FIC KIR

Subjects: Comics and comic books, etc.; Drama--fiction; Science fiction.

ISBN-13: 978-1-58240-672-5

Reviewed by: Kat Kan

I grew up scared of horror movies. I couldn't sleep after watching Mothra (I was eight years old), and from then until well into adulthood, avoided horror movies at all costs. So, I never watched such films as Dawn of the Dead. Once I grew up, I could handle some movies, like the various vampire movies, and now I love horror graphic novels. Go figure. But I still won’t watch zombie movies. Then along comes Robert Kirkman with The Walking Dead – it's a zombie story, oh my God. And I read it. Guess what? It's good.

The story focuses mostly on one man, small town policeman Rick Grimes. He gets shot, goes into a coma, and wakes up in a hospital that seems empty of people. As he stumbles around trying to find a doctor or nurse, he finds dead people and walking dead people – zombies. He has no idea what has happened to the world. When he goes home, he finds one man and his young son holed up next door, and everyone else is a zombie. His wife and son are gone, and the man tells Rick the government had asked people to go to the big cities for protection. Rick heads for Atlanta (where relatives live), where he finds more zombies – and one young man who takes him to a camp where he’s reunited with his wife and son. Nowhere is truly safe, the cities are taken over by the dead, and no one really knows what happened. Life as they knew it is gone, probably forever, and the small band of survivors must find a way to stay safe and alive.

Tony Moore draws great, gross dead people. I'm so glad this book is in black and white, probably the only thing that allowed squeamish me to read it. Anyone who enjoys zombie movies, including those wonderfully trashy movies that Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson cut their directorial teeth on (if anyone doesn't know who these two gentlemen are, where have you been?), will love The Walking Dead. Due to gross images of dead people with pieces of their bodies missing and getting hacked up and blown apart, this book is more appropriate for older teens and adults.