Recent Reads: The Walking Dead Vols. 1-6 5 comments

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead Vols. 1-6

After six seasons of watching AMC’s The Walking Dead, I finally broke down and purchased the graphic novels (six volumes at a time) by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Tony Moore. For those like me who haven’t read the comics/graphic novels, I’m not going to go into spoilers unlike my earlier Season 6 Finale musings. Some thoughts…

Since taking the above picture, I just realized that each cover is a single piece in the panorama. I never considered this until placing them side-by-side.

I’m surprised at the number of story differences between the two mediums – mostly characters and motivations since the plot is relatively similar.

So far, TV-version Rick is more tempered than the comic book Rick-tatorship character.

So far, I like the comic book version of Carol far less than the TV version.

So far, both comic book and TV versions of Lori are equal and I’m not sad about their paths (provided the comics tread the same path).

So far, comic book Andrea provides a bit more story and makes TV’s Dale far less creepy.

So far, comic book Michonne is a bit more intriguing than TV Michonne (although I really like both).

So far, comic book Glen & Maggie are similar. The weird thing is I think a case could be made for each version to say they’re more realistic characters.

So far, I like TV Tyreese more than his comic book counterpart. There’s just a depth that I haven’t seen yet in the comics.

Carl is Carl. ‘Nuff said.

Okay, if you’ve read the series or watched the series, feel free to weigh in here. I’ll ask that you leave spoilers out for those who may not have caught up. Thanks and I’ll see you in the comments section.

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5 thoughts on “Recent Reads: The Walking Dead Vols. 1-6

  • Darren Pierrot

    It’s hard to discuss any specifics without spoilers. Knowing where the comics go etc. I will say that the TV show is different enough from the comics that it always keeps me surprised while at the same time generally following the comics. And yes, Carol is a far more interesting character on the the TV show than in the comics. Andrea on the other hand. Well I much prefer her comic version to her television version. And Dale was not creepy on either the TV show or the comic.

    • pcalderone

      Hi Darren, welcome to the blog! Yes, discussing without spoiling is difficult, but I know that there are others who read this who aren’t caught up with either version. So…

      I liked Andrea on the show, but that might be because I’m a fan of Laurie Holden since the X-Files days. I don’t know that I was quite clear regarding Dale. His dynamic with Andrea on the show is less creepy given the intent of their relationship in the comics. I don’t think he is creepy on his own in either context. Like you, I’m finding I enjoy both versions of the story for their own nuances. Don’t be a stranger!

      • Darren Pierrot

        Pete, let us know when you catch up to current on the comics. Interested in hearing your thoughts. I’m excited to see where this season of the TV show goes as it was the beginning of a major story arc in the comics that comes to some surprising ends. I’m anxious to see what they keep and what changes.