So when The Walking Dead started making the waves, a few years ago, I justifiably gave it the cold shoulder. I didn't want to watch another teen show, glamorizing the dead. (I really believed it was a teen show making zombies look like lovable creatures.). When my brother started watching this show one evening, I scornfully looked at it in passing. That went for about three episodes. Fourth episode on, I was sitting with him, wide-eyed, engrossed, and all chores forgotten. I have no idea how it got there, and to this day, I still haven't rewatched the first three episodes that I watched snippets of.
All this yada-yada-ing is just leading to this - this show has great merits. Sure, there are zombies and they are super disgusting. But the show has some excellent motifs that it really is not just about zombies. You could take these characters and put them in Cormac McCarthy's The Road, or Suzanne Collins Hunger Games, and their arcs would still make plenty of sense. I loved how the zombies were the scariest things in the first couple of seasons, but after that? You wouldn't believe the things that humans are capable of. Man, I wanted that Governor dead on day one itself - and I generally feel that villains are good to have.
The Compendium 1 is really 8 volumes together (out of the 20 released so far), or a total of 48 issues (out of the 120 released). Each focuses on different themes so I'm not going to go about analyzing them, but I enjoyed each volume tremendously. The darling husband got me the Compendium 2 for Christmas, and he was very excited to see me actually whoop in delight (I'm usually more laid-back with my thanks). It is taking every ounce of my perseverance to not pick it up right now because I have made my Armchair reading priority. Both Compendium 1 and the TV show Season 4 mid-season ends at the exact same point, so I really have no idea where the books go from here. That makes it harder to not read the book. Speaking of which, The Walking Dead returns this Sunday. Who's planning to watch?
This book is from my personal library.