Well with issue 90 coming out, season 2 starting up, book 7 being released and a third omnibus and an original novel about the Governor all dropping very, very soon, I thought this would be the right time to start a thread on the comic book series.
For those that don't know, the Walking Dead is written by comic book writer Robert Kirkman, known for such cape series as Invincible, Brit, The Astounding Wolfman, Capes, The Irredeemable Ant-Man #1-12, Marvel Team-Up and the creator of Marvel Zombies (for better or worse, depending on how you look at it), the man has already had a storied career in less than a decade. He has 2 long lasting ongoing series, Invincible, and the highly popular, now entering its second season on AMC, the Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead, as you all probably know, is the continuing story of Rick Grimes and the people that surround him, from his family to the people he meets up with on his neverending escape from zombies. Being a sheriff before the ish hit the fan, he's been the defacto leader through the good and the bad, and it has weighed heavily on him. If you're up to day, you can tell he's about to crack, and I think the series will be finding a new lead protagonist soon, which I think could be either Abraham or Andrea (the former might be unfamiliar if you don't follow the book).
I've been following the comic since issue 50 dropped, but I've read all 89 that have been released so far (I own the first hardcover 6 books, which are 12 issues each and oh so worth the money invested in them). You can see a few issues in Kirkman's writing style, but the overall world he's weaved and story he's told has been a fantastic one and I can't suggest the series enough.
If you don't want to drop $140 on the first 4 HC books, they released a 48 issue compendum, which is still in print (saw one in B&N just today) and is a relatively good price for a 1000+ page book.
Read this, you must, any way you can. If you DL it, support it with a purchase afterwards. Trust me, you will not regret it.
It is a fantastic read. Scott recommended this to me and I have recommended it to many other who love it as well. I started reading it online and after I got through issue 3 I ordered all the available hardcovers.
It's got everything in it. Great characters, amazing story and of course, good gore. It's very story driven and not just using the humans as bait like many other crap zombie comics out there. You learn about the characters and grow to care about them, which makes it that much more traumatizing when one of them dies (and it's not always due to the zombies). What's even better is that NOBODY is safe, so people you think will live can bite the dust faster than someone who seems like they should be next.
The show is quite different from the book, so reading it won't really give you spoilers if you're worried about that. But seriously, check it out. you won't regret it.
Where could I read an issue or two online? I'll try it out. I'm sure I'll like it, so I'll end up buying what I can of the comic, but I'd like to read at least one just to see. After these two posts, I really want to give an issue a read.
Comparing this to the show, I need to know how the show will incorporate Hershel's farm, the prison and the Governor. Before Darabont was removed from the show, he announced he planned to start incorporating those elements starting season 2. And I need to see how this is done if they continue to go with it. I hope they do, because these are crucial storypoints in the comic that help develop the characters further into what we read today.
Only mention it because I am watching episode 2 right now and loving seeing how Guts used one of the best ideas from the first 6 issues of the book.