The Walking Dead (comic book)
|The Walking Dead|
|Publication date||October 2003 – July 2019|
|No. of issues||193|
|Created by||Robert Kirkman|
|Written by||Robert Kirkman|
The Walking Dead is an American post-apocalyptic comic book series created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore – who was the artist on the first six issues and cover artist for the first twenty-four – with art on the remainder of the series by Charlie Adlard. Beginning in 2003 and published by Image Comics, the series ran for 193 issues, with Kirkman unexpectedly ending the series in 2019. Apart from a few specials, the comic was published primarily in black and white, but the comic began publishing colorized versions issue by issue, colored by Dave McCaig, starting in October 2020.
It focuses on Rick Grimes, a Kentucky deputy who is shot in the line of duty and awakens from a coma in a zombie apocalypse that has resulted in a state-wide quarantine. After joining with some other survivors, he gradually takes on the role of leader of a community as it struggles to survive the zombie apocalypse. The Walking Dead received the 2007 and 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series at San Diego Comic-Con International.
The series was adapted into the AMC television series The Walking Dead, which premiered in 2010. The television program loosely follows the storyline of the comic book. The franchise has also spawned multiple additional media properties, including video games (such as The Walking Dead video game), two companion television series (Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond), webisode series (The Walking Dead: Torn Apart, The Walking Dead: Cold Storage, The Walking Dead: The Oath, and The Walking Dead: Red Machete), and various additional publications, including novels (The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor).
The original pitch by Kirkman and Moore was for a followup to George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead, with the series taking place in the 1960s. Image Comics co-founder Jim Valentino suggested using an original concept instead so the creators would own the property outright. The pitch was revised into an original story, taking a more traditional approach to a modern zombie survival tale. The revised pitch was again rejected, however, for being too "normal". Kirkman then pitched it again with a new added twist that the plague was sent by aliens, and that the comic would be more of an alien invasion story. Kirkman had no intention of making the comic about aliens, but felt that the lie was necessary to get the comic published, which it did.
The Walking Dead debuted in 2003, published by Image Comics, with art by Tony Moore for the first six issues and Cliff Rathburn shading the art after issue #5. Charlie Adlard took over as artist on issue #7, after he was approached by Kirkman. Moore also created the cover art for the first 24 issues and the first four trade paperbacks. The remainder were done by Adlard. Most issues of the comic featured "Letter Hacks", several pages at the end where Kirkman discussed the issue, oftentimes answering letters, mail, and emails sent by readers of the comic. Kirkman usually co-wrote the section with his editor, Sean Mackiewicz.
When the television series premiered in October 2010, Image Comics announced The Walking Dead Weekly. The first 52 issues of the series began to be reprinted on January 5, 2011, with one issue per week for a year. The series is periodically re-published in trade paperbacks which contain six issues each, hardcover books with twelve issues and occasional bonus material, omnibus editions of twenty-four issues, and compendium editions of forty-eight issues.
In May 2018, Image Comics and its imprint Skybound Entertainment, the company that has driven development of The Walking Dead comic series since 2010, jointly announced The Walking Dead Day. The fan-oriented event was for October 13, 2018 and coincided with the release of a Walking Dead #1 15th Anniversary Variant Edition, with cover art by Charlie Adlard. A select number of The Walking Dead Day participating local comic shops became part of the comic's story line, with their own special edition of Adlard's anniversary cover, featuring the store's logo incorporated into the cover art. The company also noted that additional limited edition collectibles and festivities would be announced at a future date, prior to the October 2018 event.
On July 3, 2019, Kirkman confirmed through the "Letter Hacks" section of Issue #193 that the issue had concluded the series, with no previous announcements or warnings beforehand. Kirkman opted to end the comic on his own terms; he stated in his letter in issue #193 that part of the reason to end was that he feared he lacked material to continue the series for several more issues. He had envisioned the series to end around the time that Rick Grimes and his allies reach the Commonwealth, a large human community protected from the walkers, as this would allow him to give a complete arc. However, he found he got there too soon in terms of issues, with the Commonwealth first appearing around issue #150, and Kirkman feared there was no way he could get to an issue #300 with what ideas he had left.
This ending came following the death of Rick Grimes, in issue #192. Kirkman kept the series' end a secret as he worked with Adlard to create cover art and solicitation information for Diamond Comic Distributors for non-existent issues through #196 that would have been released through October 2019, creating a storyline that hinted at the death of Carl Grimes, Rick's son, in the wake of Rick's death. Kirkman said that The Walking Dead comic was always built on surprise, and felt that it was necessary to surprise readers with the end of the series after covering enough of the aftermath of Rick's death in issues #192 and 193.
Image Comics announced in July 2020 that it will be republishing the full run of The Walking Dead in full color, with coloring by Dave McCaig. The first issue of the reprint was released on October 7, 2020, with subsequent comics beginning to be released twice a month from November 2020 onward. There are no present plans to release these in trade paperbacks.
|1||Days Gone Bye||May 4, 2004||1-58240-358-9|
|Rick Grimes, a sheriff's deputy from Kentucky, is wounded in the line of duty and emerges from a coma to find the world overrun by the undead. He is then led in to a small camp of survivors; among them are Rick's wife Lori, his son Carl, and his police partner Shane. Following a fatal zombie attack, Shane tries to murder Rick, having had a one-night stand and become obsessed with Lori. Carl then shoots Shane to protect his father.|
|2||Miles Behind Us||November 4, 2004||1-58240-413-5|
|Rick becomes the group's leader. The survivors leave Atlanta and travel across hostile territory in search of a safer refuge, during which Lori is revealed to be pregnant. After a few failed attempts, the group finds new friends, and eventually, an abandoned prison.|
|3||Safety Behind Bars||May 18, 2005||1-58240-487-9|
|Inside the prison, the survivors meet a few inmates alive. Two of the group members commit suicide and one of the inmates is executed after going on a killing spree.|
|4||The Heart's Desire||November 30, 2005||1-58240-530-1|
|The group manages to quell the inmates' attempted rebellion. A woman named Michonne arrives at the prison seeking refuge and causes tension among the survivors. Rick's leadership is questioned, and the survivors form a council with four co-leaders.|
|5||The Best Defense||September 27, 2006||1-58240-612-X|
|Rick, Michonne and Glenn find a small town called Woodbury, where a well-armed and organized group of survivors has taken refuge. Woodbury's leader, the Governor, captures Rick's group, then interrogates and tortures them.|
|6||This Sorrowful Life||April 11, 2007||1-58240-684-7|
|Rick and his group manage to escape from Woodbury with the help of other Woodburians. The Governor is badly mutilated by Michonne. Rick informs his group of what took place in Woodbury and tells them to prepare for battle.|
|7||The Calm Before||September 26, 2007||1-58240-828-9|
|The group continues their lives, and Lori's baby is born, until the Governor arrives at the prison, ready for a battle.|
|8||Made to Suffer||June 27, 2008||1-58240-883-1|
|The Governor's army attacks the prison but retreats. A few of the survivors decide to flee the prison to avoid the Governor's expected retaliation. The Governor attacks again, killing almost everyone inside. The guilt-ridden soldier who killed Lori and her newborn daughter on the Governor's orders kills him. With the prison burning and in shambles, Rick and Carl escape.|
|9||Here We Remain||January 1, 2009||1-60706-022-1|
|After the prison's destruction and his band is separated, Rick and Carl search for shelter. Rick's physical and mental state begin to unravel, while Carl grows increasingly independent and apathetic. They eventually reunite with their other survivors. Three strangers, Abraham, Rosita and Eugene, arrive and inform the group that they are on a mission to Washington D.C. to cure the plague. Rick's band decides to join their journey.|
|10||What We Become||August 12, 2009||1-60706-075-2|
|Rick, Abraham, and Carl head to Rick's hometown to find weapons. They discover Morgan, whom Rick met when he woke up from his coma, and he joins Rick's survivors.|
|11||Fear the Hunters||January 6, 2010||1-60706-122-8|
|Rick and company continue their journey to Washington and begin to suspect they are being stalked by someone in the woods. They meet a pastor, Gabriel, and join him at his church. Dale is kidnapped from the church during the night by a band of cannibals. Dale is reunited with his friends before he dies. Rick's group, enraged, hunt down the cannibals and torture them to death.|
|12||Life Among Them||July 21, 2010||1-60706-254-2|
|The group continue to Washington, during which they discover that Eugene was lying about having a cure to stop the outbreak. They run across a friendly man named Aaron who claims he is trustworthy and can escort them to a large, walled-off community of survivors called the Alexandria Safe-Zone, a walled community led by a man named Douglas Monroe. Rick's weary band finds Alexandria's stability a welcome change although they remain suspicious.|
|13||Too Far Gone||November 24, 2010||1-60706-329-8|
|Rick's group settles into the Alexandria Safe-Zone and take jobs in the community. Rick, as constable, tries to increase safety and stability when he stops a dangerous man inside the community. Scavengers arrive and threaten the community. Alexandria wins the battle but alert a massive herd of hundreds of zombies to their presence. Rick takes command of the community.|
|14||No Way Out||July 15, 2011||1-60706-392-1|
|Rick and company become community leaders despite objections from some of its residents. Alexandria's citizens discover they have bigger problems when they discover the zombie horde breaching Alexandria's walls and overrunning the community. During the battle, Douglas is killed after accidentally shooting Carl in the eye. Alexandria's residents face down the horde and save their town.|
|15||We Find Ourselves||December 7, 2011||1-60706-440-5|
|The Alexandria Safe-Zone recuperates from the horde's attack, and Rick makes decisions that will lead to Alexandria's long-term sustainability. Carl is in a coma following his injury; his survival is unclear. Some residents question the bold choices Rick makes for their community and attempt to seize control of Alexandria. Rick quashes the rebellion. Carl awakens with amnesia.|
|16||A Larger World||June 6, 2012||1-60706-559-2|
|Alexandrians encounter a man named Paul Monroe while searching the wastes for supplies. Monroe claims he is a recruiter for a nearby band of 200 or more people called the Hilltop Colony. Rick and others go to the Hilltop Colony and find its appearance seems to be even safer than that of Alexandria, although it has a dangerous enemy, The Saviors. The Saviors demand half of the colony's food and supplies, in exchange for killing nearby walkers.|
|17||Something to Fear||November 21, 2012||1-60706-615-7|
|Rick and crew confront the Hilltop Colony's enemy, the Saviors, a brutal gang led by a man named Negan. Rick underestimates the Saviors and dismisses their threat level until his best friends, including Glenn and Abraham, are savagely killed. Alexandria is forced to begin paying tribute — half of their supplies — to the Saviors. Enraged, Rick vows to kill Negan.|
|18||What Comes After||June 5, 2013||1-60706-687-4|
|Rick's band learns what living under Negan's rules really means. Rick devises a new strategy to deal with the Saviors, but a member of his group disappears after the Saviors collect their payment from Alexandria. Rick is forced to halt his plan. Paul takes Rick to request help from an exotic man named Ezekiel, leader of a community called the Kingdom. The Kingdom is based in Washington, D.C., where one of the Saviors makes an independent offer to help battle Negan.|
|19||March to War||November 19, 2013||1-60706-818-4|
|Rick, Paul, and Ezekiel decide to trust Dwight, a Savior, and launch their attempt to end the Saviors' reign. The three communities ally to formulate an assault, but Negan arrives early to collect his tribute from Alexandria. The alliance seizes the opportunity to assassinate Negan, but Negan retreats and declares war.|
|20||All Out War - Part One||March 5, 2014||1-60706-882-6|
|Rick leads his united army, with the Hilltop and the Kingdom, in an attack against the Sanctuary, the Saviors' base. Rick's forces seize an early advantage and trap Negan inside the Sanctuary, but their attack on Negan's outposts falters as many of Rick's closest friends fall. They wonder if their initial victory was simple luck. Negan mounts an eventual counterattack on Alexandria, and its situation goes from bad to worse.|
|21||All Out War - Part Two||July 23, 2014||1-63215-030-1|
|With the war at its peak, Negan attacks Alexandria and the Hilltop and destroys the former's defenses. On the brink of defeat, Rick offers Negan a truce as a trap. Negan falls for Rick's ruse. Rick slashes Negan's throat and demands that war cease. Negan survives the attack as Rick's prisoner.|
|22||A New Beginning||November 5, 2014||1-63215-041-7|
|Two years have passed since the war with Negan. Civilization has been rebuilt and the communities have established a successful trade network. Carl moves to Hilltop. A new group arrives in Alexandria, and they meet the imprisoned Negan.|
|23||Whispers into Screams||April 29, 2015||1-63215-258-4|
|A new threat emerges as living people disguised as walkers attack, calling themselves The Whisperers, whose leader is called Alpha. Tensions arise within Hilltop after Carl loses his temper. Some residents question both him and their leader. Meanwhile, Paul captures a member of the Whisperers and discovers the full implications of this new threat to Hilltop.|
|24||Life and Death||August 26, 2015||1-63215-402-1|
|Carl continues to learn more about The Whisperers, and a survivor's fate is decided while another steps down. Blunders are made, and a deadly promise given that is all too real. Lines are crossed that will affect everyone.|
|25||No Turning Back||March 30, 2016||1-63215-659-8|
|Rick reveals the survivors who died at the hands of Alpha and the Whisperers. Residents of the communities demand retaliation, and some question Rick's leadership. Rick declares war on the Whisperers and must use a former enemy as a last resort.|
|26||Call to Arms||September 26, 2016||1-63215-917-1|
|With the conflict against the Whisperers closing in, Rick must ensure the readiness of the community's newly formed militia while also dealing with various conflicts within the walls of each community, including the escape of a dangerous prisoner.|
|27||The Whisperer War||March 1, 2017||1-53430-052-X|
|The militia wars with the Whisperers; both sides suffer tremendous casualties. The Whisperers attack one of the communities and destroy its defenses. With one last trump card, the Whisperers lead an ocean of walkers towards Alexandria.|
|28||A Certain Doom||September 12, 2017||1-53430-244-1|
|The enormous horde of walkers reaches Alexandria so Rick and his community must survive while others try to steer the horde to the sea. The opportunistic Saviors make their move on an overwhelmed community.|
|29||Lines We Cross||March 13, 2018||1-53430-497-5|
|Recent events have thrown Alexandria into turmoil, and now Rick, Dwight, Eugene and Negan all have something to prove.|
|30||New World Order||September 11, 2018||1-53430-884-9|
|Eugene leads a group on a new mission to Ohio, where they encounter a new community unlike anything they have seen before.|
|31||The Rotten Core||March 6, 2019||1-53431-052-5|
|Rick leads the Commonwealth’s Governor, Pamela Milton, on a tour of the various communities aligned with Alexandria. Terrible things begin to happen very quickly.|
|32||Rest in Peace||August 13, 2019||1-53431-241-2|
|Tensions erupt in the Commonwealth, almost breaking out into a major war. Rick stands in the middle of a major conflict as he attempts to defuse it. Sebastian Milton, Pamela's arrogant son, murders Rick and is imprisoned for life. Decades later, society has been restored, and the major portion of the apocalypse, now known as "The Trials", has ended. Walkers are still around, but are few in number. Carl lives a simple countryside life with his wife Sophia and daughter Andrea, to whom he tells the story of his father. A large statue of Rick stands in front of the courthouse in Commonwealth One, located in Ohio.|
Michonne Special (March 16, 2012)
- A story featuring Michonne in the early days of the outbreak, that also reveals the identity of her two pet walkers.
The Governor Special (February 13, 2013)
- A story featuring The Governor in his early days as the leader of Woodbury, as well as the fate of Scott Moon.
Free Comic Book Day Special (May 4, 2013)
- A collection of Morgan's, Michonne's, The Governor's and Tyreese's specials.
Morgan Special (May 5, 2013)
- A short story consisting of six pages, featuring Morgan during the winter of the apocalypse.
Tyreese Special (October 9, 2013)
- The story of Tyreese, along with his daughter, Julie and her boyfriend, Chris, in the early days of the outbreak.
The Walking Dead: The Alien (April 20, 2016)
- The Walking Dead: The Alien is a brief story consisting of 32 pages, featuring Jeffrey Grimes as he deals with the outbreak in Barcelona, Spain
Here's Negan (April 27, 2016 – July 26, 2017, October 4, 2017 (Hardcover))
- Here's Negan is a stand-alone volume of Image Comics' The Walking Dead, featuring the backstory of Negan. The story was initially serialized in four-page installments within the first sixteen issues of Image's monthly in-house magazine, Image+, published from April 2016 to July 2017. In November 2017, the story was collected and published as a 72-page hardcover volume.
Negan Lives (July 1, 2020)
- Negan Lives is a one-shot story of Image Comics' The Walking Dead consisting of 36 pages, featuring Negan and following the character after Issue 174.
Rick Grimes 2000 (July 7, 2021 - August 4, 2021)
- Rick Grimes 2000 is a five-chapter, non-canonic follow-up on an in-joke from issue #75, in which Grimes, after being knocked out by Michonne in the main story, abruptly awakens in a science fiction scenario, with the zombie infestation being explained as the precursor of an alien invasion.
List of characters
Rick Grimes is the protagonist, a deputy who is comatose when the zombie apocalypse begins. With his wife Lori and son Carl, he joins groups with other survivors. He is joined by former best friend Shane, who secretly has a sexual relationship with Lori. The group consists of firm clerk and college graduate Andrea, her sister Amy, a mechanic named Jim, pizza delivery boy Glenn, car salesman Dale, shoe salesman Allen and his wife, Donna as well as their children, Ben and Billy. Lori and Carl form friendships with other survivors such as Carol and Sophia.
After leaving the camp, Rick gains a right-hand man and close friendship in Tyreese, who is accompanied by his daughter and her boyfriend. They soon find a farm run by Hershel Greene. Among Hershel's seven children is Maggie Greene, who forms a relationship with Glenn. As the group settle at a prison, they become conflicted with a group of surviving prisoners. Otis meets a katana-wielding survivor named Michonne, who is brought into the group, but struggles to acclimate, facing her own demons. Michonne, Rick and Glenn are later held in captivity by The Governor, a leader of a town called Woodbury who plan to take over the prison. Other Woodbury residents include Alice Warren, who changes sides to Rick's group and delivers Lori's baby, Bob Stookey, an army medic responsible for saving The Governor's life and Lilly, one of The Governor's soldiers.
After the prison assault, the remaining survivors regroup at Hershel's farm, and meet Abraham Ford, Eugene Porter and Rosita Espinosa. The group travel to Washington DC where they are hunted by Chris, encounter Gabriel Stokes, a priest, and are then recruited by Aaron and Eric to join the Alexandria Safe-Zone, a city run by congressman Douglas Monroe. Among the residents are Heath and Dr. Denise Cloyd, who quickly become close allies to the core group, and eventually the conflicted Nicholas. Douglas's son, Spencer tries to form a relationship with Andrea. Rick falls in love with Jessie Anderson, an abused wife. Abraham forms a relationship with Holly, a member of the construction crew.
A group of men, known as The Scavengers, tries to conquer Alexandria; the fight attracts a pack of walkers that invades the safe zone, which led to the death of many Alexandrians. After this, Rick and Andrea form a long-standing relationship.
Later, the safe zone starts a trading network with the Hilltop Colony, with help from its scout Paul "Jesus" Monroe. However, their safety is again threatened by the psychopathic Negan and his group known as The Saviors, who reside in a factory. The Hilltop and Alexandria join with The Kingdom, which is run by King Ezekiel, in a war against the Saviors. The war ends thanks to Dwight,a savior who decided to betray Negan.
After the war, newcomers such as Magna and Dante are introduced into the series. Another community (Oceanside) out at sea is established, as well as safety perimeters across the DC area, which are violated by the presence of the Whisperers, a tribe of people disguised as the dead who have rejected the notion of re-establishing civilization. The leader, Alpha, antagonizes Rick as her daughter, Lydia, forms a sexual relationship with Carl. When Alpha's second in command, Beta, takes leadership of the group, he declares war against the communities.
Rick's group classifies the undead as either walkers, roamers or lurkers, the former being more likely to venture toward a loud noise in search of human prey. Other names have been used by characters in the series, including biters and stinkers. The undead follow and mimic each other, which can result in enormous hordes travelling together, "walking nonstop, following a sound they've all forgotten," as Abraham puts it. When asked about the origins of zombies, Kirkman claimed that there was an answer but that it was unimportant to the story-line. At the same time, it was reported that when Kirkman pitched the series he had claimed that the virus was an alien biological attack in preparation of a full-scale invasion but that he had no intention of following this idea. In 2020, after the end of the series, he confirmed over Twitter that the condition had been caused by a "space spore."
The series received critical acclaim, winning the Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series in 2010 and prompting Eric Sunde of IGN comics to call it "one of the best monthly comics available". Among its fans are author Max Brooks. Because of the popularity of the series, which increased considerably when it was adapted into a television series of the same name, artist Tony Moore's original artwork for the series' early issues has gone up in value; on the March 28, 2013 episode of the VH1 reality television series For What It's Worth, Moore's original artwork for Page 7 of issue #1 was professionally appraised to be worth $20,000.
AMC picked up the rights to produce a show based on the comic in 2009. It ordered a pilot episode on January 21, 2010 and began filming on May 15, 2010. The series premiered on October 31, 2010 with high ratings. On November 8, 2010, after broadcasting two episodes, AMC renewed The Walking Dead for a second season of 13 episodes, which began on October 16, 2011. The TV show is loosely inspired by the comic, introducing new characters and deviating from the comic in certain plot points.
The fifth season premiered on October 12, 2014, with Scott M. Gimple as the show's third showrunner. Gimple has said that he would stay closer in line to the comic book series events "as much as possible", but ultimately remix stories with certain characters, referencing original characters introduced to the show and deceased characters alive in the comic book as a reason for this. Robert Kirkman himself has mentioned that the series will follow much closer to the comic series with Gimple's run. With the series' ninth season, which started broadcast in October 2018, Angela Kang was promoted to showrunner with Gimple now in charge of all Walking Dead properties at AMC. This also was accompanied by the largest deviation from the comics, with the departure of Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, from the show, though Lincoln will reprise Rick in three feature-length films to be produced as AMC Originals that continue Rick's story with Kirkman's involvement.
A companion television series, titled Fear the Walking Dead, debuted on AMC on August 23, 2015. The series features new original characters, and it is set in the city of Los Angeles, California starting prior to the zombie apocalypse. It explores these new characters as the apocalypse begins. The series was created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, with Erickson serving as showrunner for the series. AMC ordered the series for a two-season commitment, with the first season consisting of six episodes.
Telltale's The Walking Dead
Telltale Games, an adventure game developer, secured the rights with Kirkman to make an episodic video game inspired by The Walking Dead comic book series in 2011. While video games have frequently dealt with the zombie genre, Kirkman said of Telltale's game that "it [focuses] more on characterization and emotion than action". Telltale opted to take a new approach to the typical adventure game, making it so that players would have to make decisions through conversation trees or through quick time events, that would propagate through the episode and as determinants into future ones, as to give more weight to the character-driven nature of their game.
Telltale's game, The Walking Dead, first released in 2012, and followed the characters of Lee Everett, a former teacher convicted of murder, and Clementine, a pre-teen girl left alone at the start of the zombie apocalypse; it contained tie-ins with the comic by brief appearances of Glenn Rhee and Hershel Greene, narratively prior to their first appearances in the comic series. The series was a critical success, with much of the praise for the characterization of Clementine and Lee, and is stated to have caused a resurgence in the waning adventure game market since 2000. Telltale went on to develop a full-fledged series, with three additional seasons, additional downloadable content for the first season, and a spin-off title based on Michonne. In all but this spin-off, choices made by players in earlier games continued to set determinants used in later games as the stories followed Clementine's continued struggles to survive as she grows up in the years that followed.
In the midst of releasing the planned final season of The Walking Dead series during 2018, Telltale Games went into bankruptcy, laying off the bulk of the staff and cancelling all projects, including the last two episodes of The Walking Dead. By this point, Kirkman had established Skybound Entertainment and had been eyeing a gaming division. He took the opportunity to secure the rights of Telltale's The Walking Dead properties, and temporarily hired most of the staff that were working on the game so that the series could be finished as well as to close out Clementine's story, which he felt needed to be done. Additionally, with these rights, Skybound took over future publication of Telltale's series, and will publish a remastered version of all four seasons and additional content, featuring graphical improvements that Telltale had made ahead of starting the fourth season.
The Walking Dead: All Out War
In January 2016, the Kings of War creator Mantic Games announced plans to release a tabletop miniature wargame based on The Walking Dead, named The Walking Dead: All Out War. The miniatures game was funded through the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter. This product is available for order and first began shipping to backers on November 7, 2016.
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". 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 The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor, Bonansinga continued the Walking Dead novels as sole author, with Kirkman's name affixed to the title.
The series has so far been assembled into the following collections:
The trade paperbacks collect story arcs of six issues each, but contain only the story and none of the original cover art from the comics. Each paperback follows the convention of having a three-word title. The zombies in the cover art for each paperback form part of a larger image if placed end to end. This also loops, as the final zombie on Volume 32 connects to the first on Volume 1.
Each story arc is re-released in hardcover books containing two, omnibus editions containing four, and compendiums containing eight story arcs.
|Title||ISBN||Release Date||Collected Material||Issues Published||Hardcover Book Number||Omnibus Number||Compendium Number|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye||1-58240-358-9||May 12, 2004||TWD #1–6||October 2003 – March 2004||1||1||1|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us||1-58240-413-5||November 24, 2004||TWD #7–12||April 2004 – September 2004|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars||1-58240-487-9||May 18, 2005||TWD #13–18||October 2004 – April 2005||2|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 4: The Heart's Desire||1-58240-530-1||November 30, 2005||TWD #19–24||June 2005 – November 2005|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 5: The Best Defense||1-58240-612-X||September 27, 2006||TWD #25–30||January 2006 – August 2006||3||2|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 6: This Sorrowful Life||1-58240-684-7||April 11, 2007||TWD #31–36||September 2006 – March 2007|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 7: The Calm Before||1-58240-828-9||September 26, 2007||TWD #37–42||April 2007 – September 2007||4|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 8: Made to Suffer||1-58240-883-1||June 25, 2008||TWD #43–48||October 2007 – April 2008|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 9: Here We Remain||1-60706-022-1||January 21, 2009||TWD #49–54||May 2008 – November 2008||5||3||2|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 10: What We Become||1-60706-075-2||August 12, 2009||TWD #55–60||November 2008 – April 2009|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 11: Fear the Hunters||1-60706-122-8||January 6, 2010||TWD #61–66||May 2009 – October 2009||6|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 12: Life Among Them||1-60706-254-2||August 3, 2010||TWD #67–72||November 200 – May 2010|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 13: Too Far Gone||1-60706-329-8||November 23, 2010||TWD #73–78||June 2010 – October 2010||7||4|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 14: No Way Out||1-60706-392-1||June 22, 2011||TWD #79–84||November 2010 – April 2011|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 15: We Find Ourselves||1-60706-440-5||December 27, 2011||TWD #85–90||May 2011 – October 2011||8|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 16: A Larger World||1-60706-559-2||June 6, 2012||TWD #91–96||November 2011 – April 2012|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 17: Something to Fear||1-60706-615-7||November 21, 2012||TWD #97–102||May 2012 – September 2012||9||5||3|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 18: What Comes After||1-60706-687-4||June 18, 2013||TWD #103–108||October 2012 – March 2013|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 19: March to War||1-60706-818-4||November 13, 2013||TWD #109–114||April 2013 – September 2013||10|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 20: All Out War (Part One)||1-60706-882-6||March 11, 2014||TWD #115–120||October 2013 – January 2014|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 21: All Out War (Part Two)||1-63215-030-1||July 29, 2014||TWD #121–126||February 2014 – April 2014||11||6|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 22: A New Beginning||1-63215-041-7||November 5, 2014||TWD #127–132||May 2014 – October 2014|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 23: Whispers into Screams||1-63215-258-4||May 12, 2015||TWD #133–138||October 2014 – March 2015||12|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 24: Life and Death||1-63215-402-1||August 26, 2015||TWD #139–144||March 2015 – July 2015|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 25: No Turning Back||1-63215-659-8||April 5, 2016||TWD #145–150||August 2015 – January 2016||13||7||4|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 26: Call to Arms||1-63215-917-1||September 14, 2016||TWD #151–156||February 2016 – July 2016|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 27: The Whisperer War||1-53430-052-X||March 7, 2017||TWD #157–162||August 2016 – January 2017||14|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 28: A Certain Doom||1-53430-244-1||October 3, 2017||TWD #163–168||February 2017 – June 2017|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 29: Lines We Cross||1-53430-497-5||March 13, 2018||TWD #169–174||July 2017 – December 2017||15||8|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 30: New World Order||1-53430-884-9||September 5, 2018||TWD #175–180||January 2018 – June 2018|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 31: The Rotten Core||1-53431-052-5||March 12, 2019||TWD #181–186||July 2018 – December 2018||16|
|The Walking Dead Vol. 32: Rest in Peace||1-53431-241-2||August 13, 2019||TWD #187–193||January 2019 – July 2019|
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||978-1582406190||July 19, 2006||TWD #1–12||Rick|
|The Walking Dead: Book Two||978-1582406985||March 7, 2007||TWD #13–24||Michonne|
|The Walking Dead: Book Three||978-1582408255||December 19, 2007||TWD #25–36||The Governor|
|The Walking Dead: Book Four||978-1607060000||October 29, 2008||TWD #37–48||Lori and Judith|
|The Walking Dead: Book Five||978-1607061717||May 5, 2010||TWD #49–60||Abraham|
|The Walking Dead: Book Six||978-1607063278||October 26, 2010||TWD #61–72||Carl|
|The Walking Dead: Book Seven||978-1607064398||October 18, 2011||TWD #73–84||Rick|
|The Walking Dead: Book Eight||978-1607065937||September 26, 2012||TWD #85–96||Andrea|
|The Walking Dead: Book Nine||978-1607067986||September 17, 2013||TWD #97–108||Negan|
|The Walking Dead: Book Ten||978-1632150349||September 3, 2014||TWD #109–120||Ezekiel|
|The Walking Dead: Book Eleven||978-1632152718||February 25, 2015||TWD #121–132||Paul "Jesus" Monroe|
|The Walking Dead: Book Twelve||978-1632154514||September 30, 2015||TWD #133–144||Rick|
|The Walking Dead: Book Thirteen||978-1632159168||October 5, 2016||TWD #145–156||Alpha|
|The Walking Dead: Book Fourteen||978-1534303294||October 11, 2017||TWD #157–168||Dwight|
|The Walking Dead: Book Fifteen||978-1534308503||October 10, 2018||TWD #169–180||Juanita "Princess" Sanchez|
|The Walking Dead: Book Sixteen||978-1534313255||September 10, 2019||TWD #181–193||Rick|
Limited omnibus editions collect roughly 24 issues in a slipcase with several extras. The first volume is autographed by Kirkman and Adlard, with 300 copies printed. Subsequent volumes had print runs of 3000 each, along with deluxe limited editions (signed by Kirkman/Adlard) of 300 copies.
|Title||ISBN||Release Date||Collected Material|
|The Walking Dead: Volume 1 Deluxe HC||1-58240-511-5||December 14, 2005||TWD #1–24|
|The Walking Dead: Volume 2 Deluxe HC||1-60706-029-9||February 17, 2009||TWD #25–48|
|The Walking Dead: Volume 3 Deluxe HC||1-60706-330-1||February 2, 2011||TWD #49–72|
|The Walking Dead: Volume 4 Deluxe HC||1-60706-616-5||December 12, 2012||TWD #73–96|
|The Walking Dead: Volume 5 Deluxe HC||1-63215-042-5||November 19, 2014||TWD #97–120|
|The Walking Dead: Volume 6 Deluxe HC||1-63215-521-4||December 2, 2015||TWD #121–144|
|The Walking Dead: Volume 7 Deluxe HC||1-53430-335-9||November 7, 2017||TWD #145–168|
|The Walking Dead: Volume 8 Deluxe HC||1-53431-356-7||November 12, 2019||TWD #169–193|
Softcover compendium editions collect approximately 48 comic issues each. They are also available as limited hardcover editions (Red Foil Version for Compendium 1, Gold Foil Version for Compendium 2, and Gold Foil Version for Compendium 3).
|Title||ISBN||Release Date||Collected Material|
|The Walking Dead: Compendium One||978-1607060765||May 6, 2009||TWD #1–48|
|The Walking Dead: Compendium Two||978-1607065968||October 3, 2012||TWD #49–96|
|The Walking Dead: Compendium Three||978-1632154569||October 13, 2015||TWD #97–144|
|The Walking Dead: Compendium Four||978-1534313408||October 8, 2019||TWD #145–193|
|Title||Product code||ISBN||Release Date||Collected Material|
|The Walking Dead 15th Anniversary Box Set||Diamond Code APR188923||1-53431-023-1/978-1-53431-023-0||2018-10-13||TWD #1–144 (TWD Compendium #1–3), Here’s Negan & Other Stories|
Several ancillary books and a special edition have also been published:
|The Walking Dead Survivors' Guide||1-60706-458-8||November 1, 2011||A detailed guide to every character featured in the comics as of its publication|
|The Walking Dead 100 Project (hardcover)||1-60706-801-X||September 25, 2013||One hundred covers sketched by various artists commemorating issue #100|
|The Walking Dead 100 Project (paperback)||1-60706-799-4||October 8, 2013|
|The Walking Dead: The Covers – Volume 1||1-60706-002-7||October 6, 2010||Collection of the cover art for The Walking Dead #1–50 (Vol. 1) and #51–100 (Vol. 2)|
|The Walking Dead: The Covers – Volume 2||1-60706-595-9||July 9, 2013|
|The Walking Dead: All Out War Artist's Proof Edition||1-63215-038-7||October 1, 2014||All Out War parts 1 and 2, The Walking Dead #115–126, with its original pencil artwork; cover art features Rick and Negan|
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