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The Walking Dead
Cover of The Walking Dead #1 by Tony Moore
Publication information
PublisherImage Comics
FormatOngoing series
Publication dateOctober 2003 – July 2019
No. of issues193
Creative team
Created byRobert Kirkman and Tony Moore
Written byRobert Kirkman
  • Tony Moore (#1–6)
  • Charlie Adlard (#7–193)
  • Tony Moore (#1–6)
  • Charlie Adlard (#7–193)
  • Stefano Gaudiano (#115–192)
  • Robert Kirkman (#1–19)
  • Rus Wooton (#20–193)
  • Tony Moore (#1–5)
  • Cliff Rathburn (#6–193)
  • Dave McCaig (#1-, colored reprint)
  • Aubrey Sitterson (#55–70)
  • Sina Grace (#67–96)
  • Sean Mackiewicz (#97–193)

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[1] – with art on the remainder of the series by Charlie Adlard.[2][3] 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. It began publishing colorized versions issue by issue, colored by Dave McCaig, starting in October 2020.[4][5]

The comic book series 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 AMC television series The Walking Dead (2010–2022) loosely follows the storyline of the comic book. The Walking Dead franchise has also spawned multiple additional media properties, including four companion television series (the first two of which were Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond), eight webisode series, video games (starting with The Walking Dead: The Game), and various additional publications, including novels (starting with The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor).

Publication history[edit]

Kirkman was a fan of zombie films such as the Living Dead series and Zombi 2 as well as zombie video games such as Resident Evil.[6] The original pitch by Kirkman and Moore was for a follow-up to George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead, with the series taking place in the 1960s.[7] Image Comics co-founder Jim Valentino suggested using an original concept instead so the creators would own the property outright.[7] 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.[8]

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.[3] 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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

Story arcs[edit]

No. Title Release date ISBN
1Days Gone ByeMay 4, 20041-58240-358-9
Rick Grimes, a sheriff's deputy from Cynthiana, Kentucky, is wounded in the line of duty and emerges from a coma to find the world overrun with 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.[16]
2Miles Behind UsNovember 4, 20041-58240-413-5
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.
3Safety Behind BarsMay 18, 20051-58240-487-9
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.
4The Heart's DesireNovember 30, 20051-58240-530-1
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.
5The Best DefenseSeptember 27, 20061-58240-612-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.
6This Sorrowful LifeApril 11, 20071-58240-684-7
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.
7The Calm BeforeSeptember 26, 20071-58240-828-9
The group continues their lives, and Lori's baby is born, until the Governor arrives at the prison, ready for a battle.
8Made to SufferJune 27, 20081-58240-883-1
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.
9Here We RemainJanuary 1, 20091-60706-022-1
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.
10What We BecomeAugust 12, 20091-60706-075-2
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.
11Fear the HuntersJanuary 6, 20101-60706-122-8
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.
12Life Among ThemJuly 21, 20101-60706-254-2
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.
13Too Far GoneNovember 24, 20101-60706-329-8
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.
14No Way OutJuly 15, 20111-60706-392-1
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.
15We Find OurselvesDecember 7, 20111-60706-440-5
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.
16A Larger WorldJune 6, 20121-60706-559-2
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.
17Something to FearNovember 21, 20121-60706-615-7
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.
18What Comes AfterJune 5, 20131-60706-687-4
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.
19March to WarNovember 19, 20131-60706-818-4
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.
20All Out War - Part OneMarch 5, 20141-60706-882-6
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.
21All Out War - Part TwoJuly 23, 20141-63215-030-1
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.
22A New BeginningNovember 5, 20141-63215-041-7
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.
23Whispers into ScreamsApril 29, 20151-63215-258-4
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.
24Life and DeathAugust 26, 20151-63215-402-1
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.
25No Turning BackMarch 30, 20161-63215-659-8
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.
26Call to ArmsSeptember 26, 20161-63215-917-1
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.
27The Whisperer WarMarch 1, 20171-53430-052-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.
28A Certain DoomSeptember 12, 20171-53430-244-1
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.
29Lines We CrossMarch 13, 20181-53430-497-5
Recent events have thrown Alexandria into turmoil, and now Rick, Dwight, Eugene and Negan all have something to prove.
30New World OrderSeptember 11, 20181-53430-884-9
Eugene leads a group on a new mission to Ohio, where they encounter a new community unlike anything they have seen before.
31The Rotten CoreMarch 6, 20191-53431-052-5
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.
32Rest in PeaceAugust 13, 20191-53431-241-2
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.[17][18]

Clementine Lives! (July 7, 2021)

Clementine Lives! serves as a bridge between the video game series and the Clementine graphic novel series.

Clementine (June 22, 2022 – )

The story follows Clementine, set sometimes after the events of the fourth game where she begin a new journey for a fullfil purpose.[19]

List of characters[edit]

Rick Grimes is the protagonist and a former police deputy. The story begins when he wakes up from his comatose state in a hospital. Though he is initially separated from the two, Rick soon joins his wife Lori and his son Carl and their new group of survivors. Among the survivors are his former best friend Shane (who secretly has a sexual relationship with Rick's wife, Lori), firm clerk and college graduate Andrea, her sister Amy, a mechanic named Jim, a pizza delivery boy named 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 forms a close friendship with Tyreese, a man accompanied by his daughter and her boyfriend. They soon find a farm run by Hershel Greene, after one of his hunters, Otis, accidentally shot Carl while hunting a deer. 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. Oceanside, another community 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 romantic relationship with Carl. When Alpha's second in command, Beta, takes leadership of the group, he declares war against the communities.

The undead/reanimated[edit]

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.[20] 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.[21]


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[22] and prompting Eric Sunde of IGN comics to call it "one of the best monthly comics available".[23] Among its fans are author Max Brooks.[24] 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.[25]

Other media[edit]

Television adaptations[edit]

AMC picked up the rights to produce a show based on the comic in 2009.[26][27] It ordered a pilot episode on January 21, 2010[28] and began filming on May 15, 2010.[29] The series premiered on October 31, 2010 with high ratings.[30] On November 8, 2010, after broadcasting two episodes, AMC renewed The Walking Dead for a second season of 13 episodes,[31] which began on October 16, 2011.[32] 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.[33] Robert Kirkman himself has mentioned that the series will follow much closer to the comic series with Gimple's run.[34] 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.[35][36][37][38]

A companion television series, titled Fear the Walking Dead, debuted on AMC on August 23, 2015.[39] 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.[40]

Animation comic[edit]

AMC released an animated short of the first part of Issue No. 1 of the comic with animation by Juice Films, voice acting by Phil LaMarr and art by Tony Moore.[41]

Telltale's The Walking Dead[edit]

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.[42] 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".[43] 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.[44]

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.[45] 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.[46][47][48] 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.[49]

The Walking Dead: All Out War[edit]

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.

Title ISBN Release Date Author(s)
The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor 9780312547738 October 11, 2011 Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury 9780312547745 October 16, 2012 Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
A Walking Dead Short: Just Another Day at the Office 9781466831964 December 8, 2012 Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor Part One 9781250020642 October 8, 2013 Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor Part Two 9781447266822 March 13, 2014 Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Descent 9781250057174 October 14, 2014 Jay Bonansinga
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Invasion 9781250058508 October 6, 2015 Jay Bonansinga
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Search and Destroy 9781250058515 October 18, 2016 Jay Bonansinga
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury 9781250058522 October 17, 2017 Jay Bonansinga
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Typhoon 9781508297116 October 1, 2019 Wesley Chu

Collected editions[edit]

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

Trade paperbacks[edit]

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 Collected Material Release Date ISBN Issues Published Hardcover Book Number Omnibus Number Compendium Number
The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye TWD #1–6 May 12, 2004 1-58240-358-9 October 2003 – March 2004 1 1 1
The Walking Dead Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us TWD #7–12 November 24, 2004 1-58240-413-5 April 2004 – September 2004
The Walking Dead Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars TWD #13–18 May 18, 2005 1-58240-487-9 October 2004 – April 2005 2
The Walking Dead Vol. 4: The Heart's Desire TWD #19–24 November 30, 2005 1-58240-530-1 June 2005 – November 2005
The Walking Dead Vol. 5: The Best Defense TWD #25–30 September 27, 2006 1-58240-612-X January 2006 – August 2006 3 2
The Walking Dead Vol. 6: This Sorrowful Life TWD #31–36 April 11, 2007 1-58240-684-7 September 2006 – March 2007
The Walking Dead Vol. 7: The Calm Before TWD #37–42 September 26, 2007 1-58240-828-9 April 2007 – September 2007 4
The Walking Dead Vol. 8: Made to Suffer TWD #43–48 June 25, 2008 1-58240-883-1 October 2007 – April 2008
The Walking Dead Vol. 9: Here We Remain TWD #49–54 January 21, 2009 1-60706-022-1 May 2008 – November 2008 5 3 2
The Walking Dead Vol. 10: What We Become TWD #55–60 August 12, 2009 1-60706-075-2 November 2008 – April 2009
The Walking Dead Vol. 11: Fear the Hunters TWD #61–66 January 6, 2010 1-60706-122-8 May 2009 – October 2009 6
The Walking Dead Vol. 12: Life Among Them TWD #67–72 August 3, 2010 1-60706-254-2 November 2009 – May 2010
The Walking Dead Vol. 13: Too Far Gone TWD #73–78 November 23, 2010 1-60706-329-8 June 2010 – October 2010 7 4
The Walking Dead Vol. 14: No Way Out TWD #79–84 June 22, 2011 1-60706-392-1 November 2010 – April 2011
The Walking Dead Vol. 15: We Find Ourselves TWD #85–90 December 27, 2011 1-60706-440-5 May 2011 – October 2011 8
The Walking Dead Vol. 16: A Larger World TWD #91–96 June 6, 2012 1-60706-559-2 November 2011 – April 2012
The Walking Dead Vol. 17: Something to Fear TWD #97–102 November 21, 2012 1-60706-615-7 May 2012 – September 2012 9 5 3
The Walking Dead Vol. 18: What Comes After TWD #103–108 June 18, 2013 1-60706-687-4 October 2012 – March 2013
The Walking Dead Vol. 19: March to War TWD #109–114 November 13, 2013 1-60706-818-4 April 2013 – September 2013 10
The Walking Dead Vol. 20: All Out War (Part One) TWD #115–120 March 11, 2014 1-60706-882-6 October 2013 – January 2014
The Walking Dead Vol. 21: All Out War (Part Two) TWD #121–126 July 29, 2014 1-63215-030-1 February 2014 – April 2014 11 6
The Walking Dead Vol. 22: A New Beginning TWD #127–132 November 5, 2014 1-63215-041-7 May 2014 – October 2014
The Walking Dead Vol. 23: Whispers into Screams TWD #133–138 May 12, 2015 1-63215-258-4 October 2014 – March 2015 12
The Walking Dead Vol. 24: Life and Death TWD #139–144 August 26, 2015 1-63215-402-1 March 2015 – July 2015
The Walking Dead Vol. 25: No Turning Back TWD #145–150 April 5, 2016 1-63215-659-8 August 2015 – January 2016 13 7 4
The Walking Dead Vol. 26: Call to Arms TWD #151–156 September 14, 2016 1-63215-917-1 February 2016 – July 2016
The Walking Dead Vol. 27: The Whisperer War TWD #157–162 March 7, 2017 1-53430-052-X August 2016 – January 2017 14
The Walking Dead Vol. 28: A Certain Doom TWD #163–168 October 3, 2017 1-53430-244-1 February 2017 – June 2017
The Walking Dead Vol. 29: Lines We Cross TWD #169–174 March 13, 2018 1-53430-497-5 July 2017 – December 2017 15 8
The Walking Dead Vol. 30: New World Order TWD #175–180 September 5, 2018 1-53430-884-9 January 2018 – June 2018
The Walking Dead Vol. 31: The Rotten Core TWD #181–186 March 12, 2019 1-53431-052-5 July 2018 – December 2018 16
The Walking Dead Vol. 32: Rest in Peace TWD #187–193 August 13, 2019 1-53431-241-2 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 Collected Material Release Date ISBN Cover Character
The Walking Dead: Book One TWD #1–12 July 19, 2006 978-1582406190 Rick
The Walking Dead: Book Two TWD #13–24 March 7, 2007 978-1582406985 Michonne
The Walking Dead: Book Three TWD #25–36 December 19, 2007 978-1582408255 The Governor
The Walking Dead: Book Four TWD #37–48 October 29, 2008 978-1607060000 Lori and Judith
The Walking Dead: Book Five TWD #49–60 May 5, 2010 978-1607061717 Abraham
The Walking Dead: Book Six TWD #61–72 October 26, 2010 978-1607063278 Carl
The Walking Dead: Book Seven TWD #73–84 October 18, 2011 978-1607064398 Rick
The Walking Dead: Book Eight TWD #85–96 September 26, 2012 978-1607065937 Andrea
The Walking Dead: Book Nine TWD #97–108 September 17, 2013 978-1607067986 Negan
The Walking Dead: Book Ten TWD #109–120 September 3, 2014 978-1632150349 Ezekiel
The Walking Dead: Book Eleven TWD #121–132 February 25, 2015 978-1632152718 Paul "Jesus" Monroe
The Walking Dead: Book Twelve TWD #133–144 September 30, 2015 978-1632154514 Rick
The Walking Dead: Book Thirteen TWD #145–156 October 5, 2016 978-1632159168 Alpha
The Walking Dead: Book Fourteen TWD #157–168 October 11, 2017 978-1534303294 Dwight
The Walking Dead: Book Fifteen TWD #169–180 October 10, 2018 978-1534308503 Juanita "Princess" Sanchez
The Walking Dead: Book Sixteen TWD #181–193 September 10, 2019 978-1534313255 Rick

Omnibus editions[edit]

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.

The Walking Dead Volume 1 Deluxe HC
Title Collected Material Release Date ISBN
The Walking Dead: Volume 1 Deluxe HC TWD #1–24 December 14, 2005 1-58240-511-5
The Walking Dead: Volume 2 Deluxe HC TWD #25–48 February 17, 2009 1-60706-029-9
The Walking Dead: Volume 3 Deluxe HC TWD #49–72 February 2, 2011 1-60706-330-1
The Walking Dead: Volume 4 Deluxe HC TWD #73–96 December 12, 2012 1-60706-616-5
The Walking Dead: Volume 5 Deluxe HC TWD #97–120 November 19, 2014 1-63215-042-5
The Walking Dead: Volume 6 Deluxe HC TWD #121–144 December 2, 2015 1-63215-521-4
The Walking Dead: Volume 7 Deluxe HC TWD #145–168 November 7, 2017 1-53430-335-9
The Walking Dead: Volume 8 Deluxe HC TWD #169–193 November 12, 2019 1-53431-356-7

Compendium editions[edit]

Softcover compendium editions collect approximately 48 comic issues each. They are also available as limited hardcover editions (Red Foil Version[50] for Compendium 1, Gold Foil Version[51] for Compendium 2, and Gold Foil Version[52] for Compendium 3).

Title Collected Material Release Date ISBN
The Walking Dead: Compendium One TWD #1–48 May 6, 2009 978-1607060765
The Walking Dead: Compendium Two TWD #49–96 October 3, 2012 978-1607065968
The Walking Dead: Compendium Three TWD #97–144 October 13, 2015 978-1632154569
The Walking Dead: Compendium Four TWD #145–193 October 8, 2019 978-1534313408

Box sets[edit]

Title Collected Material Release Date ISBN
The Walking Dead 15th Anniversary Box Set TWD #1–144 (TWD Compendium #1–3), Here’s Negan and other stories[53][54] October 13, 2018 978-1-53431-023-0

Other publications[edit]

Several ancillary books and a special edition have also been published:

Title Description Release Date ISBN
The Walking Dead Survivors' Guide A detailed guide to every character featured in the comics as of its publication November 1, 2011 1-60706-458-8
The Walking Dead 100 Project One hundred covers sketched by various artists commemorating issue #100 September 25, 2013 1-60706-801-X
The Walking Dead: The Covers – Volume 1 Collection of the cover art for The Walking Dead #1–50 October 6, 2010 1-60706-002-7
The Walking Dead: The Covers – Volume 2 Collection of the cover art for The Walking Dead #51-100 July 9, 2013 1-60706-595-9
The Walking Dead: All Out War Artist's Proof Edition All Out War parts 1 and 2, The Walking Dead #115–126, with its original pencil artwork; cover art features Rick and Negan October 1, 2014 1-63215-038-7
The Walking Dead: Cutting-Room Floor Behind-the-scenes look at Robert Kirkman's original, hand-written plot lines for the early issues of the Walking Dead January 6, 2015 978-1607065203
The Walking Dead: Here's Negan Here's Negan story originally serialized in IMAGE+ magazine October 10, 2017 978-1534303270
The Walking Dead: Alien Alien story originally serialized on August 4, 2020 978-1534316591
Rick Grimes 2000 Rick Grimes 2000 story originally serialized in Skybound X June 7, 2022 978-1534322233
Clementine Book One Original graphic novel based on the character from the Walking Dead games by Telltale Games June 28, 2022 978-1534321281


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