This is a review of what I believe is the best book of 2009
Book of the Year 2009
Every so often there is one of those books; it has this immersive power to draw you in from the second you read the first couple of pages; however the book that I have selected for book of the year has the power to draw you in from the very first page. This is one of those books that you wish was a phenomenon and makes you wonder what is wrong with people, why don't they read this? First off let's get what most people will look at as a negative: This is a comic but it is also a masterpiece. Anybody who knows me would be able to say that I have never been a fan of Zombies, or of the horror genre as a whole; however in May of this year a compendium was released of possibly the greatest horror series to have ever been created, perhaps even one of the greatest series ever.
The Walking Dead.
At first I was a bit hesitant towards this series; I had only recently gotten into comics and only vaguely knew the name Robert Kirkman and felt that it could be overrated like Darwyn Cooke (which everyone will moan at me for saying). But for some reason I bit the bullet and bought The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1 as I was astounded by the great price.
However any fears or concerns that I had about the series instantly disappeared when I opened the book and was treated to the beautiful art of Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard (although for different reasons). The story starts off on a perfectly set scene where we meet the main character of Rick Grimes, a local police officer who falls into a deep coma after a fatal bullet wound, he wakes up later to see that the world he had grown used to and the life that he had was destroyed by an apocalypse of Zombies. It is unknown how or when the apocalypse started but personally I didn't care, the main character of Rick has this power to draw the audience in for a reason I cannot explain, he sets out to find his wife Lori and his son Carl (even though he has no reassurance that they survived).
That is the basic story that is summarized in the first couple of the pages of the book, yet what follows is one of the most engaging and epic stories that has ever been printed on paper, as we follow Rick and the other survivors that he had caught up with. It is shown to us that if there was in fact a Zombie apocalypse, that the Zombies would not be the thing to fear, it is the desperation of the human being.
Contained in this compendium is the first 48 issues of the fantastic series and it stands at 1,088 pages and I read it in two days, I actually took a day off school just so I could read it, I was mesmerized in the series and the cast of characters that was constantly changing due to the questionably better-than-Shakespeare mindset of the fantastic Robert Kirkman. I only hope that one day I can meet him to thank him for giving the world this fantastic series.
There are a million things that I could say about the walking dead, yet there is only one thing that needs to be said: Buy it! If you don't like comics, give it a try. If you don't like Zombies, still give it a try. Then hopefully one day it will receive the world wide phenomenon that it deserves.
Thank you Robert Kirkman I only hope that the story I created can be 0.0000000000001% as good as what is contained in the Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1.