Friday, June 15, 2012
The Steamworks: The Walking Dead Volume One: Days Gone Bye Review
So as I talked about not too long ago, I've been getting into a lot of TV shows, one being The Walking Dead in particular. I love the characters of the show, the plot, and the moral issues that the show puts these unlucky survivors through. Of course, once I saw season one of the show (which I will be reviewing in the near future), I had a natural urge to try to reading the comics. So today I'll be reviewing The Walking Dead Volume One: Days Gone Bye which contains Issues one to six of the comic. For those that don't know, The Walking Dead is a comic about the zombie apocalypse that is issued monthly. Each volume contains roughly six Issues.
So let's get down to the quality of the story. The story starts with a police officer named Rick Grimes and his partner, Shane Walsh, attempting to stop a few criminals. The criminals start shooting, and eventually Rick is shot. He's put into a coma, but doesn't wake up until a few weeks after the zombie apocalypse has already started. From there, he sets out to find his wife, Lori Grimes, and his son, Carl Grimes. The zombies in The Walking Dead are your typical Dawn of the Dead zombies; they reanimate anywhere from 3 minutes to a few hours after they die. They can't run or climb walls or really do anything other than walk, scratch, and bite. They also need a blow to the head to be killed, meaning even decapitation wont kill them.
Now I'm going to start talking about some spoilers only because I plan to review the other volumes as well, and for that I'm going to need to go into story detail. SO, if you're planning on reading this comic, I wouldn't read past this point:
So Rick goes into the city and is almost zombie dinner when a kid need Glenn saves him from the horde. He brings him back to a camp of other survivors, where it just so happens Shane, Lori, and Carl also took refuge. However, an interesting romance aspect comes into play; since Shane and Lori thought Rick was dead, they began to start a romantic relationship. This soon becomes a delima because, now that Rick is back and alive, Lori wants nothing to do with Shane. Shane quickly becomes jealous, and eventually is killed by Carl. Along with all this drama, we're introduced to several other characters including Dale, Andrea, Carol and her daughter Sophia, Allen, his wife Donna, and their twins Billy and Ben. There are others that are also introduced, but I did not include them because they do not continue past Issue 6.
In short, this comic is dynamic, original, and intriguing. It kept me interested in reading more, and ending with cliffhangers were constantly present. It definitely has reconfigured my moral compass and what I view as right and wrong. The art is great, graphic, and extremely detail. Anyone who enjoys zombies will love this comic. Good work Robert Krikman (Author) and Tony Moore (Illustrator)! Keep pumping them out!
Peter, The Steamworks