Read: 1 February, 2012
I’m enjoying AMC’s The Walking Dead TV show, so I thought I’d give the graphic novel a try. The beginning of Days Gone Bye is very similar to the beginning, although differences do start to creep in.
The artwork is gorgeous. Tony Moore’s work is at once realistic and expressive. The zombies are rendered in far more detail than the living, making their grotesqueness stand out from the page. Injuries, rot, flies burrowing under skin, all is meticulously drawn for maximum effect. Walking Dead isn’t a “jump out and get you” horror, but the artwork adds a creepiness to the zombies that drew me in to the story and to the fear felt by the main characters.
I was a little disappointed by the lack of depth. The TV series gives far more time to each episode and allows for more character exposition, while the graphic novel seems to glide through at a much faster pace. As a result, I’m not feeling like I know the characters the way I did while watching the show.
It’s a good series and I’ll definitely be reading more.
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