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The Walking Dead (comic book)
The Walking Dead #1
Publication information
Publisher Image Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Publication date October 2003 – present
Number of issues 132
Creative team
Writer(s) Robert Kirkman
Artist(s) Tony Moore (#1–6)
Charlie Adlard (#7–present)
Inker(s) Stefano Gaudiano (#115–present)
Letterer(s) Rus Wooton
Colorist(s) Cliff Rathburn
Creator(s) Robert Kirkman
Tony Moore
Editor(s) Sina Grace (#67–96)
Sean Mackiewicz (#97–present)

The Walking Dead is an ongoing black-and-white American comic book series created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore. It chronicles the travels of Rick Grimes, his family and other survivors of a zombie apocalypse.

First issued in 2003 by publisher Image Comics, the comic is written by Kirkman[1] with art by Moore (issues # 1 - #6) and Charlie Adlard (issue #7 onward).[2] Moore continued to do the covers through issue #24.[3]

The series received the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series at San Diego Comic-Con International. A television series bearing the same name premiered Halloween 2010 on AMC. The series has inspired a Kirkman-approved prequel series of novels prologuing the comic book's timeline.


Shot in the line of duty, Cynthiana, Kentucky police officer Rick Grimes wakes from a coma in the hospital to find his town overrun with walking corpses, referred to as 'roamers'.[4] Rick learns from fellow survivors Morgan Jones and his son Duane that the government told people to find safety in Atlanta, Georgia. Rick travels to Atlanta in search of his wife, Lori, and son, Carl. He meets a scavenger named Glenn, who takes him to a small survivor camp outside the ruined city, where Rick reunites with his family.[5]

After a fatal roamer attack on the camp that leaves Andrea's younger sister, Amy, dead, and Jim infected, Rick criticizes its leader, his former police partner Shane, who had an affair with Lori before Rick returned to the camp. Shane pulls a gun on Rick and is then shot dead by Carl. Now the de facto leader, Rick decides the survivors need to find a safer home.[6] Upon meeting Tyreese, his daughter, Julie, and Julie's boyfriend, Chris, Lori reveals she's pregnant, but doesn't know if it belongs to Rick or Shane.

Rick's early settlement attempts are disastrous. Donna, mother of twins Ben and Billy, is killed after the survivors move into a gated neighborhood infested with roamers.[7] After Carl accidentally gets shot, a farmer, Hershel Greene, invites the group to stay on his land, where Glenn strikes a relationship with Hershel's middle daughter, Maggie,—until roamers kept in the barn break free and kill two of Hershel's children.[8] The group's fortunes improve when they discover an abandoned prison with a roamer-proof fence.

Joined by four surviving inmates, Hershel, his remaining family, and a few other friends met along the road, Rick's group fortifies the prison against walkers. In a suicide pact gone wrong, Julie is shot by Chris, but then reanimates as a roamer and is shot by him again. After a vengeful Tyreese strangles Chris, the group learns that survivors do not have to be bitten or scratched to become a roamer, but will reanimate when they die except in the case of significant head trauma. After Rick goes to Shane's resting place to kill his reanimated body, danger comes from within: a psychotic inmate decapitates Hershel's two youngest daughters,[9] and is then shot by a vengeful Maggie. Soon after, Rick kills another inmate during an attempted coup against his group, and one inmate decides to leave his fate to the roamers.[10] As the last surviving inmate, Axel, and katana-wielding survivor, Michonne, are welcomed by the group. Allen, the twins' father gets bitten and dies from a long battle against blood loss after having his infected leg amputated by Rick. Becoming increasingly erratic and brutal as he struggles to keep order, Rick steps down as the group's leader and is replaced by a committee run by him, Hershel, Tyreese, and the group's oldest and wisest member Dale.

Rick, Glenn, and Michonne leave the prison to investigate a nearby helicopter crash and stumble upon Woodbury: a survivor town ruled by an insane tyrant called The Governor, who kills other groups of survivors to take their supplies and keeps their severed heads as trophies.[11] When his visitors refuse to tell him where they came from he imprisons them, cutting off Rick's right hand and forcing Glenn to listen to him sadistically raping Michonne.[12] The Governor eventually allows the three to escape, along with his head of security Martinez and nurse Alice, hoping to tail them back home. On her way out of town, Michonne captures, tortures and mutilates The Governor and leaves him for dead.[13] The group returns to find Hershel's farmhand, Otis, partially eaten and the prison overrun by roamers, which they quickly dispatch. Rick soon realizes that Martinez has double-crossed them and is returning to The Governor to tell them where the prison is. Rick runs over Martinez with the RV and strangles him before he can give away their position.

The prison dwellers prepare for a reprisal attack, but slip into complacency and distraction after weeks with no sign of Woodbury forces. With the help of Alice, Lori gives birth to a baby girl that she names Judith.[14] Dale gets bitten on the leg but survives after having it amputated and gets a wooden peg as a replacement. Glenn marries Maggie[15] and they “adopt” Carol's daughter Sophia after Carol commits suicide by allowing a roamer to bite her, while Dale and his forty-year younger girlfriend Andrea adopt the twins. Rick and Hershel are admiring the courtyard vegetable garden when The Governor (having been revived by former Army medic Bob) and a small army rolls up to the prison fence.[16]

Despite their better weapons and larger numbers, the Woodbury forces take heavy casualties and retreat.[17] Convinced they will return, Dale, Andrea, Glenn, Maggie, Sophia, and the twins flee in Dale's RV.[18] Michonne and her lover Tyreese are captured while attempting a preemptive strike on Woodbury.[18] Michonne escapes into the wasteland but The Governor decapitates Tyreese outside the prison gate with Michonne's katana before launching his second assault.[19]

The Governor's forces use a tank to break down the fence and massacre the prison dwellers, killing Lori, Judith, Hershel, his son Billy, Axel, Alice and Otis' ex-girlfriend Patricia; the noise from the gunfire cause hundreds of roamers to pour in through the broken fence.[20] One of The Governor's soldiers, Lilly, shoots him in the head for making her kill Judith, before his army runs out of ammo and presumably perishes.[20] A devastated Rick and Carl flee to a nearby town.[20]

Rick and Carl reunite with Michonne and those who fled in the RV, and the group returns to Hershel's farm.[21] Overnight, they are joined by trio headed to Washington, D.C., consisting of Sgt. Abraham Ford, Rosita Espinosa and Dr. Eugene Porter. Eugene claims to be a government scientist in radio contact with survivors in the capital.[22]

A distraught Maggie attempts to hang herself over the death of her family. Rick, Abraham and Carl bond during a supply run to Cynthiana as they confess to the killings they've each committed to survive. Upon returning to Cynthiana, Rick encounters Morgan, but discovers Duane has become a roamer. Though he is extremely grief-stricken, Rick allows Morgan to join the group.

Ben becomes mentally unstable and kills his own brother, before secretly being killed overnight by Carl.[23] While mourning the twins' deaths Dale gets bitten again and sneaks into the forest to die alone, but is kidnapped by a group of cannibals known as the Hunters, who eat his remaining leg before he dies.[24][25] Rick, Andrea, Michonne and Abraham find, kill and mutilate the Hunters to avenge Dale and everyone else they've eaten. A priest who recently joined the group, Fr. Gabriel Stokes, is the only person among them appalled by their brutality.[26]

On the outskirts of Washington, Eugene admits he is actually a high school teacher and has no contact with the government. The same night, the group is approached by Aaron, a recruiter for a peaceful, walled-off town of about forty, the Alexandria Safe-Zone.[27]

Worried the Alexandrians have forgotten the dangers of the outside world, Rick gradually asserts authority over them. As town constable, he secretly carries a gun[28] and disobeys Alexandria's leader, Douglas Monroe, by intervening in a domestic dispute.[29] After Rick beats down the abusive Pete Anderson, Pete tries to kill him with a knife but accidentally kills Douglas' wife Regina instead. With Douglas' permission, Rick executes Pete, but the gunshot alerts a group of bandits to Alexandria. After defeating the bandits,[30] Douglas admits Rick is a better leader and steps down.[31]

The gunfire during the bandit attack attracts a herd of roamers, who surround and break through Alexandria's wall, killing Bruce and Tobin (two guards), Morgan, Pete's wife Jessie, and her son Ron.[32] The surviving residents retreat to their houses while roamers flood the town.[33] When Rick and Carl get surrounded, Douglas tries to help them, but accidentally shoots Carl in the eye before he is killed himself.[34] Rick carries Carl to Dr. Denise Cloyd, Alexandria's last surviving doctor, then returns outside and—along with some of the other residents—destroys the entire herd. The victory convinces Rick that roamers are a manageable threat if everyone puts their issues aside and works together, and he resolves to rebuild civilization at Alexandria.[35]

Carl wakes from a coma with amnesia. [36] Rick quashes a small rebellion against him, led by Nicholas, but forgives the transgressors. [37] Andrea confesses she loves Rick, and at first he tries to spurn her advances, until he finally admits his feelings for her too. [38]

Paul "Jesus" Monroe, who claims to represent a nearby community known as the Hilltop Colony, of about 200 survivors, offers to trade supplies with Alexandria, claiming he already does so with several other survivor groups in the area. [39] Fearing a trap, Rick imprisons Jesus and prepares Alexandria to defend against an attack, but soon has a change of heart and decides to trade with Jesus' group. Once arriving at the Hilltop, Ethan, a resident there attempts to kill the leader, Gregory, for an enemy named Negan, until he is killed by Rick. Jesus reveals that Negan is the psychopathic leader of a group known as the Saviors who clear out roamers but take half of a group's supplies as payment. Jesus asks Rick to help him eradicate the Saviors so they can live in peace, and he accepts.

The Alexandrians manage to repel two Savior attacks but Abraham gets killed by an arrow through the eye by Savior lieutenant Dwight. While returning to the Hilltop with a small group to get more information on the Saviors, Rick gets ambushed by Negan , who beats Glenn to death with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire as punishment for killing his men. Before leaving, Negan demands that Rick hand over half of Alexandria's supplies soon. Once returning to the Hilltop, Maggie and Sophia decide to remain there as it was Glenn's last wish that they stay for their safety and Maggie's unborn child. With Jesus by their side, the group returns to Alexandria, where Dwight has been captured. Pretending to be scared and giving authority to Negan, Rick releases Dwight and has Jesus secretly follow him to find more information on the Saviors. Though he gets captured along the way, Jesus escapes.

Thinking his father is too scared to do anything, Carl sneaks into a Savior truck and kills many Saviors using Abraham's rifle, but is subdued by Dwight. Negan takes a liking towards Carl for his hard-headedness and returns him go to Rick, proving that he can be reasonable. Jesus decides they need help from another large survivor community known as the Kingdom. As Rick meets "King" Ezekiel, they are approached by Dwight, who claims that he wants to kill Negan for what he's done to him and his wife Sherry, and offers to reveal Negan's secrets.

While preparing to battle the Saviors, Jesus prevents Hilltop patrolman Kal from ratting out the attack plans to the Saviors. While Rick and a small group make plans at the Kingdom, Negan comes to Alexandria to collect half of its supplies. He is approached by Douglas' son Spencer who wishes Negan to become Alexandria's leader and kill Rick. Disgusted by Spencer's cowardice, Negan disembowels him, irking Rick. After angrily giving Negan half of Alexandria's supplies, Rick stages an ambush with the Alexandrians and prepares to kill Negan, but Negan reveals he has Savior snipers surrounding them, leaving Rick cornered. Sensing the danger, Jesus and Ezekiel come to the rescue, forcing Negan to flee. Furious over the betrayal, Negan announces to the Saviors they will battle Alexandria, the Hilltop, and the Kingdom for their desire to kill him.

Rick gathers soldiers from all three settlements to attack Negan's stronghold, the Sanctuary. After being threatened by Rick, Negan reveals he has taken Gregory hostage. Gregory shakily announces the Hilltop's allegiance is to Negan, and that anyone from the Hilltop in Rick's force must stand down. When only eight men walk away, an angry Negan, kicks Gregory off a ledge. A firefight between the two armies attracts numerous roamers, which walk freely into the Sanctuary after its gates are taken down by Holly, Abraham's former lover. While Rick orders a retreat, Negan tells his men to take shelter inside, and captures Holly.

Gregory returns to the Hilltop, denouncing Rick and earning Maggie's ire as a result. She rallies the survivors there to support Rick's ongoing war. Meanwhile, Rick and Ezekiel lead separate attacks on Savior outposts. Although successful, Aaron's boyfriend Eric, Ezekiel's pet tiger Shiva, and many of Ezekiel's own men perish, leaving him disheartened. After Rick returns to Alexandria, Negan arrives with Holly, who has a hood over her head, and allows her to walk through the gate. However, it turns out Holly was executed and had turned, and as she bites Denise, Negan calls for his men to attack. As Rick kills the undead Holly, Denise's boyfriend Heath gets his leg blown off by a grenade leaving Denise to ultimately decide to help revive him than to have her infected limb amputated to save her own life. While Alexandria succumbs to the grenade fire, Maggie, now the de facto leader of the Hilltop arrives and repels the Saviors away.

In the aftermath of the Savior attack, Denise succumbs to her bite and dies. Eugene is taken hostage by Negan (who regards him as valuable due to his knowledge of making bullets), and Rick's group moves to the Hilltop after declaring the Safe-Zone a loss. Once the Alexandria and the Kingdom survivors arrive at the Hilltop, they begin to prepare for Negan's inevitable attack. While at the Saviors camp, Dwight confesses to Eugene that he is on Rick's side and realizes that other members of the Saviors would be willing to back him up. Negan comes up with a plan to wipe out his enemies by covering the Saviors weapons with roamer blood so that the slightest scratch from any weapon would infect the opponent. Rick gets shot by an arrow by Dwight in an unexpected attack on the Hilltop by Negan. Negan believes that since they covered their weapons in roamer blood, Rick will die. Many Hilltop residents, including Nicholas, die from the infected weapons; however Rick remains uninfected, revealing Dwight shot him with a clean arrow, proving he's really on their side. Rick soon meets Negan for a final confrontation, and after feigning a peaceful truce between the two opposing sides, he cuts Negan's throat with a knife. Negan breaks Rick's right leg in retaliation, but soon passes out from blood loss. Instead of immediately killing Negan, Rick has him revived and locked away from everyone, allowing him to witness Rick and his group thrive in this new society as he rots away in "prison" for the rest of his life.

Years later, the communities continue to thrive. Alexandria has expanded to include a farm and windmill, and its inhabitants have devised a system to herd large groups of roamers. During one such herding, the roamers are steered into the path of some other survivors led by a woman named Magna. Jesus saves the group and brings them to Alexandria, where they are welcomed by Rick, and Magna is interrogated by Andrea. Magna's group grows suspicious of the community, viewing it to be too good to be true. Rick and Carl travel to the Hilltop, where Carl will be the apprentice of Earl Sutton, the blacksmith. While Rick is away, Magna and her group discover an imprisoned Negan. Negan tells the group that Rick and his people are animals and begs Magna to release him. Magna however, does not believe him. Negan then says it was worth a shot, introduces himself, and says he'd like to meet Magna's group. They then walk back upstairs. As Marco and Ken, two injured guards, take cover from roamers, they hear whispers. Rick arrives at The Hilltop and is surrounded by civilians. He explains to Maggie that he hates being noticed, and they go together to meet Maggie's baby, Hershel. Carl goes to Earl, only to walk off sadly, as Earl already has a apprentice. Marco, heavily hurt, is escorted into The Hilltops gates, and says how he left Ken. He then talks about the whispers, and says to the others they came from the roamers. Maggie, who does not believe his story, sends out a search party, who find Ken's clothes in a barn, before being ambushed by roamers. Meanwhile at dinner, Earl tells a disappointed Carl that he never said he could only have one apprentice and accepts him. After dinner Rick tells Maggie that he misses Michonne after all this time. Back at Alexandria, Andrea is ambushed by Magna and her group, demanding answers from her. Meanwhile, the search party for Ken, led by Dante, is ambushed by zombies, some of which talk and wield knives. After his companions and all but one of the other roamers are slain, Dante kills his attacker, whom he realizes is actually a human wearing zombie skin as a disguise. Another disguised survivor sneaks up on him with a gun, telling him not to move.

List of characters[edit]

Story arcs[edit]

  • Volume 1: Days Gone Bye (Issues 1 - 6)
This volume begins the story of Rick Grimes, a sheriff's deputy from Kentucky, who is wounded in action and emerges from a coma to find the world plagued by the undead. Upon returning home, he finds his house ransacked and his wife and son gone. Rick travels to a military evacuation zone in Atlanta to find his family and joins a small group of survivors along the way, all the while trying to adapt to life in this new world.
  • Volume 2: Miles Behind Us (Issues 7 - 12)
This volume picks up after the events of Volume 1: Days Gone Bye. After the death of Shane, Rick Grimes and the rest of the survivors leave Atlanta and travel across many miles of hostile territory seeking a safer home. The group picks up new members and loses old ones as they attempt to survive the brutal winter. The group eventually finds shelter at a small farm, though it is discovered that Hershel Greene, the owner of the farm, and his family are keeping a dark secret.
  • Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars (Issues 13 - 18)
After being forced to leave the farm, Rick's group stumbles upon what seems to be a permanent sanctuary, an abandoned prison. Soon after clearing one cell block and settling in, the survivors learn that they are not the only residents of this prison and realize for the first time that the greatest threat to their survival in this new world may not be the dead, but the living.
  • Volume 4: The Heart's Desire (Issues 19 - 24)
The group manages to quell Dexter's rebellion and further secure the prison. At the same time, a katana-wielding woman named Michonne arrives at the prison seeking refuge. Her arrival leads to a major schism within the group, and Rick's role as leader is questioned as the others start to fear for his sanity. The volume ends with one simple proclamation that will forever change the survivors of The Walking Dead.
  • Volume 5: The Best Defense (Issues 25 - 30)
After the dramatic events of the last volume, Rick, Glenn, and Michonne leave the prison after spotting their first sign of other survivors. Their search brings them to a small town called Woodbury where a large, well-armed and well-organized group of survivors have taken refuge, led by a man called The Governor. Rick and his comrades quickly learn, at a terrible cost to themselves, that they have fallen into the hands of the most dangerous group of people they could have imagined.
  • Volume 6: This Sorrowful Life (Issues 31 - 36)
In this volume Rick, Glenn, and Michonne manage to escape from Woodbury with the help of some others wishing to be free from The Governor's insane rule. They manage to safely arrive back at the prison, but they are completely unprepared for what they have found.
  • Volume 7: The Calm Before (Issues 37 - 42)
The group attempts to settle down again after their nightmarish experiences at Woodbury. Relationships among the survivors at the prison continue to grow as Lori enters the last stages of her pregnancy. All the while, the group tries to prepare themselves for the sure revenge of The Governor and his town of psychotic survivors.
  • Volume 8: Made To Suffer (Issues 43 - 48)
The Governor has finally found the prison and attacks with amazing force. The group is torn over what action to take. While many choose to stay, others leave to fend for themselves. As the body counts rises and more and more damage is done to both sides, things will literally never be the same again for Rick Grimes and his fellow survivors.
  • Volume 9: Here We Remain (Issues 49 - 54)
After the prison is destroyed and the group is scattered, Rick and Carl attempt to find shelter in a nearby town and reunite with surviving members of the group. Rick's physical and mental state begin to unravel, while Carl starts to grow more independent and apathetic. They eventually manage to reunite with the other survivors. However, before they can recover fully, three new survivors arrive and present an unbelievable opportunity for the group if they join them.
  • Volume 10: What We Become (Issues 55 - 60)
This volume takes place as the group is on the road making its way to Washington, D.C. with a scientist, Eugene Porter, who can apparently end the outbreak. Rick is immediately at odds with Abraham over their methods on how to lead. With Carl in tow, the three travel to Rick's hometown for any supplies left at Rick's police station and come across an old friend in the process. Along the way, Rick finally sees just how far he is willing to go to protect the family he has left.
  • Volume 11: Fear the Hunters (Issues 61 - 66)
While Rick Grimes and his group continue on their way to Washington D.C., they start to suspect they are being stalked by someone in the woods. Suddenly, Dale is kidnapped in the night and Rick, Abraham, Michonne, and Andrea set out to find this new threat and stop them. But, these survivors may finally see their humanity torn to the last shreds with the actions they take to protect their own.
  • Volume 12: Life Among Them (Issues 67 - 72)
In this volume, Rick Grimes and his group run across a seemingly trustworthy man named Aaron who escorts them to a large, walled-off community of survivors called the Alexandria Safe-Zone led by a man named Douglas Monroe. It is a welcome change for the weary survivors, but they soon suspect that it may be too good to be true.
  • Volume 13: Too Far Gone (Issues 73 - 78)
The members of Rick's group settle into their new roles in the Alexandria Safe-Zone, and Rick, as constable, tries to make the place safer by stopping a dangerous man inside the community. But, could Rick and his battle-scarred compatriots be too far gone to live a peaceful life again?
  • Volume 14: No Way Out (Issues 79 - 84)
After the murder of Douglas' wife, Rick and his people begin to step up as the leaders of the Alexandria community against the wishes of many residents. But, the people of Alexandria have a much bigger problem that they must deal with together when they discover that they are surrounded by a massive herd of roamers.
  • Volume 15: We Find Ourselves (Issues 85 - 90)
As the Alexandria Safe-Zone finds itself recuperating from the herd attack, Rick begins making decisions that will lead to the long term sustainability of their community. Carl is still unconscious from his injury and it is unclear whether he will survive. Some people also question the bold choices Rick has made for the community and try to take over Alexandria.
  • Volume 16: A Larger World (Issues 91 - 96)
In this arc, Rick is hoping to restart a civilized and peaceful life inside the Alexandria Safe-Zone, but his group realizes they're not the only survivors out in the world. They encounter a new survivor in the wastes named Paul Monroe, who says he is a recruiter for a group of possibly more than 200 people nearby called the Hilltop Colony. The colony appears to be even safer than Alexandria, but the group soon learns that the people of the Hilltop Colony have some very dangerous enemies.
  • Volume 17: Something to Fear (Issues 97 - 102)
Rick and his group confront the Hilltop Colony's enemy, The Saviors, a group of brutal people led by a man named Negan. However, Rick severely underestimates The Saviors and does not take them seriously as something to be feared until some of his best friends begin dying in brutally savage ways. In the end, Rick is forced into an ultimatum that puts the lives of everyone in Alexandria on the line.
  • Volume 18: What Comes After (Issues 103 - 108)
While the group learns what living under Negan's rules really mean, Rick devises a new strategy to deal with The Saviors. But, before it can be put in motion, a member of the group disappears after The Saviors collect their payment from Alexandria. Rick and Jesus must now call on the help of an exotic man named Ezekiel and his "kingdom" of survivors to have any chance of defeating The Saviors.
  • Volume 19: March to War (Issues 109 - 114)
Rick, Jesus, and Ezekiel decide to trust Dwight and move forward with their attempt to end The Saviors' reign. The three communities come together to formulate a plan, but when Negan shows up early to collect his offering from Alexandria, things get very out of hand.
  • Volume 20: All Out War - Part One (Issues 115 - 120)
In this volume, Rick leads his newly formed "army" with the Hilltop and the Kingdom in an attack against the Sanctuary. Things go smoothly at first as Rick's forces manage to trap Negan inside the Sanctuary, but as they attack Negan's outposts many of Rick's closest friends begin dying and they wonder if their initial victory was just luck. Eventually Negan mounts a counterattack on Alexandria and things go from bad to worse.
  • Volume 21: All Out War - Part Two (Issues 121 - 126)
With the war at its peak, Negan attacks Alexandria, destroying its defenses. On the brink of defeat, Rick offers Negan a truce. Tricking him, Rick slashes Negan's throat and calls for the war between the Alexandria Safe Zone, Hilltop, The Kingdom against the Saviors to stop. Negan survives the attack, and is sentenced to life imprisonment by an injured Rick.
  • Volume 22: A New Beginning (Issues 127-132)
Two years on after the war, civilization has rebuilt. But when a new group of survivors arrive to Alexandria, they begin to question what the community is hiding. Meanwhile, after initial suspicions that the undead can talk, a new group is discovered- posing a potential threat to the Alexandria Safe Zone.


Rick's group classifies zombies as either walkers, roamers or lurkers, the former category being more likely to venture toward a loud noise in search of human prey. Zombies follow and mimic each other, which can result in enormous hordes travelling together, "walking nonstop, following a sound they've all forgotten," as Abraham put it.[22]


  • Tony Moore: #1–6 (2004) (interior), #1–24 (covers) (2005), collected trade paperback volumes 1–4 (covers).
  • Charlie Adlard: #7–present (interior), #25–present (covers), collected trade paperback volumes 5–present (covers).[2]

The Walking Dead Weekly[edit]

Due to the popularity of the TV show, in October 2010 Image Comics announced The Walking Dead Weekly. Starting on January 5, 2011, the first 52 issues of the series were reprinted, one issue per week, for a year.[40]

Collected editions[edit]

The series has so far been assembled into the following collections:

Trade paperbacks[edit]

The trade paperbacks collect six issues each, and cover art specific to the trade paperback. Each paperback follows the custom of having a three-word title. If you place every paperback next to each other, the zombies within the cover art align.

Title ISBN Release Date Collected Material Issues Published Book Number
The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye 1-58240-358-9 May 12, 2004 The Walking Dead #1–6 October 2003 – March 2004 1
The Walking Dead Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us 1-58240-413-5 November 24, 2004 The Walking Dead #7–12 April–September 2004
The Walking Dead Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars 1-58240-487-9 May 18, 2005 The Walking Dead #13–18 October 2004 – April 2005 2
The Walking Dead Vol. 4: The Heart's Desire 1-58240-530-1 November 30, 2005 The Walking Dead #19–24 June–November 2005
The Walking Dead Vol. 5: The Best Defense 1-58240-612-X September 27, 2006 The Walking Dead #25–30 January–August 2006 3
The Walking Dead Vol. 6: This Sorrowful Life 1-58240-684-7 April 11, 2007 The Walking Dead #31–36 September 2006 – March 2007
The Walking Dead Vol. 7: The Calm Before 1-58240-828-9 September 26, 2007 The Walking Dead #37–42 May–September 2007 4
The Walking Dead Vol. 8: Made To Suffer 1-58240-883-1 June 25, 2008 The Walking Dead #43–48 October 2007 – April 2008
The Walking Dead Vol. 9: Here We Remain 1-60706-022-1 January 21, 2009 The Walking Dead #49–54 May–November 2008 5
The Walking Dead Vol. 10: What We Become 1-60706-075-2 August 12, 2009 The Walking Dead #55–60 January–April 2009
The Walking Dead Vol. 11: Fear the Hunters 1-60706-122-8 January 6, 2010 The Walking Dead #61–66 May–October 2009 6
The Walking Dead Vol. 12: Life Among Them 1-60706-254-2 August 3, 2010 The Walking Dead #67–72 November 2009 – May 2010
The Walking Dead Vol. 13: Too Far Gone 1-60706-329-8 November 23, 2010 The Walking Dead #73–78 June–October 2010 7
The Walking Dead Vol. 14: No Way Out 1-60706-392-1 June 22, 2011 The Walking Dead #79–84 November 2010 – April 2011
The Walking Dead Survivors' Guide 1-60706-458-8 November 1, 2011 The Walking Dead Survivors' Guide #1–4 April–July 2011 N/A
The Walking Dead Vol. 15: We Find Ourselves 1-60706-440-5 December 27, 2011 The Walking Dead #85–90 May–October 2011 8
The Walking Dead Vol. 16: A Larger World 1-60706-559-2 June 6, 2012 The Walking Dead #91–96 November 2011 – April 2012
The Walking Dead Vol. 17: Something To Fear 1-60706-615-7 November 21, 2012 The Walking Dead #97–102 May–September 2012 9
The Walking Dead Vol. 18: What Comes After 1-60706-687-4 June 18, 2013 The Walking Dead #103–108 October 2012 – March 2013
The Walking Dead Vol. 19: March To War 1-60706-818-4 November 13, 2013 The Walking Dead #109-114 April–September 2013 10
The Walking Dead Vol. 20: All Out War (Part One) 1-60706-882-6 March 11, 2014 The Walking Dead #115-120 October 2013 – January 2014
The Walking Dead Vol. 21: All Out War (Part Two) 1-63215-030-1 July 29, 2014 The Walking Dead #121-126 February–April 2014 Not Released
The Walking Dead Vol. 22: A New Beginning X-XXXXX-XXX-X November 5, 2014 The Walking Dead #127-132 May–October 2014


All hardcovers contain the contents of the comics, including the covers, and in some cases bonus material. The books' trim size is larger than the paperbacks. Each hardcover contains two story arcs from the series. Signed versions of the books are available, each limited to 310 pieces.


Title ISBN Release Date Collected Material Cover Character
The Walking Dead: Book One 1-58240-619-7 July 19, 2006 The Walking Dead #1–12 Rick
The Walking Dead: Book Two 1-58240-698-7 March 7, 2007 The Walking Dead #13–24 Michonne
The Walking Dead: Book Three 1-58240-825-4 December 19, 2007 The Walking Dead #25–36 The Governor
The Walking Dead: Book Four 1-60706-000-0 October 29, 2008 The Walking Dead #37–48 Lori and Judith
The Walking Dead: Book Five 1-60706-171-6 May 5, 2010 The Walking Dead #49–60 Abraham
The Walking Dead: Book Six 1-60706-327-1 October 26, 2010 The Walking Dead #61–72 Carl
The Walking Dead: Book Seven 1-60706-439-1 October 18, 2011 The Walking Dead #73–84 Rick
The Walking Dead: Book Eight 1-60706-593-2 September 26, 2012 The Walking Dead #85–96 Andrea
The Walking Dead: Book Nine 1-60706-798-6 September 17, 2013 The Walking Dead #97–108 Negan
The Walking Dead: Book Ten 1-63215-034-4 September 3, 2014 The Walking Dead #109-120 Ezekiel

Other Hardcovers[edit]

Title ISBN Release Date Collected Material Cover Character
The Walking Dead: The Covers 1-60706-002-7 October 6, 2010 The Walking Dead #1–50 (covers) N/A
The Walking Dead 100 Project September 25, 2013 N/A N/A
The Walking Dead: The Covers – Volume 2 1-60706-595-9 TBA The Walking Dead #51–100 (covers) N/A
The Walking Dead: All Out War Artist's Proof Edition 1-63215-038-7 October 1, 2014 The Walking Dead #115-126 Rick and Negan

Omnibus editions[edit]

Limited omnibus editions collect 24 issues in a slipcase with several extras. The first volume is autographed by Kirkman and Adlard, with 300 pieces available. Subsequent volumes were released with 3000 pieces each. There is also a deluxe limited edition (signed by Kirkman/Adlard) with 300 pieces available.

The Walking Dead Volume 1 Deluxe HC
Title ISBN Release Date Collected Material
The Walking Dead: Volume 1 Deluxe HC 1-58240-511-5 December 14, 2005 Collects #1–24
The Walking Dead: Volume 2 Deluxe HC 1-60706-029-9 February 17, 2009 Collects #25–48
The Walking Dead: Volume 3 Deluxe HC 1-60706-330-1 February 2, 2011 Collects #49–72
The Walking Dead: Volume 4 Deluxe HC 1-60706-616-5 December 12, 2012 Collects #73–96
The Walking Dead: Volume 5 Deluxe HC TBA November 19, 2014 Collects #97-120

The Limited Edition Retailer Giveaway is a limited hardcover of the softcover Volume 1, with black faux-leather cover and red foil highlights.

Compendium editions[edit]

These are 48-issue softcover editions, also available as limited hardcover editions.[41]

Title ISBN Release Date Collected Material
The Walking Dead: Compendium One 1-60706-076-0 May 6, 2009 Collects #1–48
The Walking Dead: Compendium Two 1-60706-596-7 Oct 3, 2012 Collects #49–96
The Walking Dead: Compendium Three TBA Late 2015 Collects #97-144


A series of novels based on the comics, written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga, were released between 2011 and 2014 focusing on the antagonist "The Governor".[42] Taking place in the initial outbreak, the books chronicle his experiences from surviving in the newly ravaged world, to the establishment of himself as leader of Woodbury, and finally tying up the conclusion to the prison arc storyline in the comics.

Following Kirkman's third novel in the series, Bonansinga picked up the reins to continue the Walking Dead series. With the release of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead "Descent",[43] Lily Caul struggles to rebuild Woodbury after the Governor’s brutal reign of terror. Faced with the super-herd lurking closer each day, Lily and her fellow survivors join forces with a rogue church group to help turn the tide against the zombie horde. However, this new group led by Jeremiah, have a hidden, dark secret that gradually begins to unravel.[44]

Title ISBN Release Date Author(s)
The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor 9780312547738 October 11, 2011 by Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury 9780312547745 October 16, 2012 by Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor Part One 9781250020642 October 8, 2013 by Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor Part Two 9781447266822 March 13, 2014 by Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Descent 9781250057174 October 14, 2014 by Jay Bonansinga


Co-creator Robert Kirkman signing a copy of the first issue at the 2011 New York Comic Con.

The series received critical acclaim, winning the Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series in 2010[45] and prompting Eric Sunde of IGN comics to call it "one of the best monthly comics available".[46] Max Brooks told Kirkman that he read The Walking Dead and liked it.[47]

IGN ranked main protagonist Rick Grimes as the 26th Greatest Comic Book Hero of All Time in 2011, stating that Kirkman "has an endless supply of ringers [sic] to run Rick through."[48] IGN ranked Michonne, another protagonist, as the 86th Greatest Comic Book Hero of All Time the same year.[49] It ranked the Governor as the 86th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time in 2009, describing him as "a sadistic evil that 'The Road Warrior' forgot."[50] Wizard magazine ranked The Governor as the 131st greatest comic book character of all time.[51]

Other media[edit]

Television adaptation[edit]

AMC picked up the rights to produce a show based on the comic in 2009.[52][53] It ordered a pilot episode on January 21, 2010[54] and began filming on May 15, 2010.[55] The series premiered on October 31, 2010 with high ratings.[56] On November 8, 2010, after broadcasting two episodes, AMC renewed The Walking Dead for a second season of 13 episodes,[57] which began on October 16, 2011.[citation needed]

The TV show is loosely inspired by the comic, introducing new characters and deviating from the comic in many plot points. The Walking Dead TV series currently finished its fourth season on March 30, 2014. The fifth season premiered on October 12, 2014.

Frank Darabont wrote, directed and served as an executive producer until AMC fired him on July 25, 2011. Kirkman and Charles H. Eglee are currently writers and executive producers.

Animation comic[edit]

AMC released an animated film of the first part of Issue #1 of the comic with animation by Juice Films, voice acting by Phil LaMarr and art by Tony Moore.[58]

The Walking Dead: The Game[edit]

On February 18, 2011, Telltale Games announced plans to create an episodic video game based on the series,[59] which was scheduled to debut in fall 2011 and was released worldwide in April 2012. The Walking Dead: The Game consists of five episodes, released between April and November 2012. Additional downloadable content, 400 Days was released in July 2013. Kirkman has said that, unlike typical zombie games such as Left 4 Dead, "it [focuses] more on characterization and emotion than action".[60]

The first episode of the sequel, The Walking Dead: Season Two, was released in December 2013 with episode 2 being released in March 2014, episode 3 being released in May 2014, episode 4 being released in July 2014, and episode 5 being released in August 2014.

The Walking Dead: The Game received widespread critical acclaim, with reviews giving praise for the emotion and characters of the plot. It received many awards, including over 90 Game of the Year awards.

OVERKILL's The Walking Dead[edit]

On August 14, 2014, Overkill Software announced plans to create a First-person shooter based on the series, which is scheduled to release in 2016.

Other products[edit]

Taverncraft has produced The Walking Dead pint glasses and steins, and has a license to release lighters for the series as well.[61]

Kirkman's The Walking Dead Board Game from Z-Man Games was scheduled for release late summer 2011.[62]

Action figures resembling the characters in the comic book were manufactured by McFarlane Toys for September 2011 release. In addition, action figures resembling characters from the TV series, including Rick Grimes, Daryl Dixon and a dismemberable Walker and Biter, were set for release in November 2011.[63]


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  31. ^ The Walking Dead #79
  32. ^ The Walking Dead #81
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