When I had finished watching Season 3 of the TV show, there was a hole in my life that needed to be filled. In comes The Walking Dead comics.
I’d like to say I made the decision to start reading them all by myself like a big girl, but it actually took some badgering from Liam, who swiftly made his way through the released graphic novels. He was addicted and I had to have a slice of the action.
I am currently up to Volume 8, where something pretty major has happened, but apparently there is definitely more to come. The good thing about the comics is that after around volume 3, it goes down a different road to the TV show (or I should say that the TV show goes down a different road to the comics, seeing as the comics came out first). The comics are markedly darker than the TV show (which may seem surprising to anyone who finished watching the latest season), and some of the characters which are in both the comics and the TV show are actually quite different across the 2 mediums.Take for example Andrea – without giving anything away about the show, she is pretty much useless and seen as a bit of a slut. I’m sorry, but it’s true. However, in the comics she is quite badass, and much more admirable. Another notable difference is that you think they put the titular character Rick Grimes through a lot in the TV show, but the comics are really quite ruthless to him.
A character that is created by the TV show is in fact my favourite character (Daryl Dixon, the redneck), so it is initially quite disappointing that his type of character doesn’t exist in the comics (at least not so far). However, other characters in the comics do make up for it, and the storytelling is just incredible.
Considering my obsession with comic book art work, I’ve surprised myself for leaving it this far down in my post to discuss it. All of the artwork in the comic books/graphic novels is black and white. The only colour is on the covers. I was at first a bit concerned about this because I love beautifully coloured comic art, but I’ve really grown used to it, and actually appreciate it as a decision by the artists.
So why should you read The Walking Dead comics? Because the storytelling is amazing, the art work is awesome, and if you like the TV show you are guaranteed to love the comics. If you haven’t seen the show or read the comics, sort your life out.