The Walking Dead phenomenon on the screen has helped to spread the zombie frenzy, but did you know it was first born as a graphic novel by Robert Kirkman? The story begins the same, but the story line tends to veer from the one that AMC presents. Some characters are the same. Others are new additions. Some scenes can be found in both. Others are completely unique to the medium. Both have me coming back for more!
Each of these books contain only black and white illustrations. I typically prefer color, but with these tales, black and white proves to be a much more powerful medium. The range of emotions that the characters demonstrate is simply awe-inspiring. The development of characters via the "silent" screens is beyond impressive. I just don't think the story of the dead walking would be quite as powerful if it were in color! The reader would find themselves focusing more on the blood, gore, and death, then on the characters fighting to survive. And, the characters are what make the stories!
Speaking of the characters, I have very strong reactions to many -- I either loved them (i.e., Rick, Glenn, Andrea, Michonne) or I loathed them (i.e., Shane). It kept me turning the pages to determine if they get what they deserve along the way. Some do, others do not.
The next two books in the series are sitting on my shelves right now thanks to my local library. I cannot wait to dive in to see where the next chapters take the survivors.
Are you a fan of The Walking Dead? Do you prefer the books or the television series? Which characters are your favorite(s)?