Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Walking Dead Review-Intro

Hello I am the movie encyclopedia and if no one else will see it, I will.

I have always been fascinated by comics. The style, the pictures, the wording and the way the words are spread across a page, it's all breathtaking. I am by no means a huge comic reader but every now and again I will find a comic that really draws me in and makes me want to read it. Along with Scott Pilgrim, this year I have been engulfed by the entity known as The Walking Dead.

This Eisner award winning series has been going on since 2003 and it wasn't until my purchasing of the first Compendium containing the first four books last month that I became a fan. I mean I've heard about it from all of my comic loving friends and as a zombie film lover I've certainly heard plenty about it from various zombie related news sources but I had never gotten into reading it. Usually when I read a comic it is the entire series packed into one or two books. For me having to wait and wait is killer, especially if the writing is good. That's partially the reason I stopped reading most comics or graphic novels, there was just too much wait. But while I was waiting in Borders one day I found a copy of the first Compendium and after flipping through it, I had to buy it.
On top of that AMC and Frank Darabont, director of The Shawshank Redemption, have teamed up to make a television adaptation of it. And since I am a television critic as well as a film critic, it was hard for me to pass up this chance in case October roles around and I need some filler for my review of the first season.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be covering the Walking Dead in great detail. There will be spoilers, there will be lengthy paragraphs but I can assure you it will certainly be interesting. Unlike my play by plays I do, I'm keeping this condensed, easy to follow and I will cover all the aspects from plot to character development to art style and even how the zombies behave. The best part about the Walking Dead though is that it's broken up into chapters. Right now it's in the middle of Chapter 13 as we speak and so I think having each article be about each chapter will really be able to bring you all in and ease you into TWD.
The way I'm splitting it up is into a few different categories:
  1. Plot Outline-Where I try to give a to the point overview of what happens during that Chapter.
  2. Character Developments/New Characters-Where I talk about each character, how they are growing/developing/changing and how they are dealing with the events in this chapter. Usually I'll split it up by character, making it easier for you to understand
  3. Action-How much action and suspense is in the chapter
  4. Zombies-How the zombies behaved and acted in this chapter
  5. Art Style-Where I analyze the ever changing art style of TWD
Hopefully you will all enjoy this, be sure to leave comments/concerns or questions in the bottom and I can't wait to bring you on this continuing adventure of Survival.

FIRST UP-Chapter 1: Days Gone By


  1. I know nothing about The Walking Dead but alas, I have noted you in a post...


  2. Thanks Simon. That's actually kind of the point with my coverage of The Walking Dead. A lot of people have no idea what it is so I'm here to enlighten people.