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« on: October 29, 2010, 01:31:23 pm »

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead is a monthly black and white American comic book series published by Image Comics beginning in 2003. The comic was created by writer Robert Kirkman[1] and artist Tony Moore, who was replaced by Charlie Adlard from issue #7 onward,[2] although Moore continued to do the covers until issue #24.[3]

The story chronicles the travels of a group of people trying to survive in a world stricken by a zombie apocalypse. A television series was announced to be in production on August 11, 2009. The series won the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series at the San Diego Comic Convention.

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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2010, 01:31:44 pm »

Plot synopsis
The Walking Dead is centered on Rick Grimes, a small-town police officer from Cynthiana, Kentucky, his family, and a number of other survivors who have banded together in order to survive after the world is overrun with zombies. As the series progresses, the characters become more developed, and their personalities shift under the stress of a zombie apocalypse, most notably Rick's.

In the beginning of the series, Rick and partner Shane are in a firefight and Rick is shot and enters a coma. Upon waking in a hospital, he discovers the undead are in the building and town. Rick returns home and shortly decides to go to Atlanta, where the survivors were told to await help, to find his wife Lori and son Carl. He discovers the city is crowded with zombies and bumps into Glenn, a scavenger for a band of survivors. Following Glenn, Rick discovers Lori and Carl are okay along with Shane, who is less than happy that his former partner has returned. He also meets new survivors.

The group searches for a place to call home, settling in several temporary camps, including a prison, which comes to the attention of an insane man calling himself the Governor. The Governor runs his local city, Woodbury, Georgia, like a dictator and tortures Rick and other members of his group, culminating in an all-out assault on the prison. Several of the main characters die in the battle, including the Governor himself. After the prison is made unsecure by the attack, Rick and the surviving members, after leaving with others to Washington, D.C. for a chance to cure the infection, encounter cannibals then a township that is enclosed and safe, but holds a secret.

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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2010, 01:32:03 pm »

The zombies
To date in the comic book series, every deceased human being has risen as a zombie, as long as their death did not destroy their brain. It is unclear how long a person must have been deceased before they are reanimated: Tyreese's daughter "comes back" within a few minutes after death, but Shane's body does not reawaken until after having been buried. Zombie body fluids getting on a human will not infect them. A person bitten by a zombie and infected with their fluids will grow sick and die within hours or days, rising as a zombie. A bite as seen so far will always lead to death if the infected body part is not cut away and cleaned immediately.

The zombies crave human or animal flesh. Some, dubbed "roamers", travel constantly and will chase prey or noises for many miles. "Lurker" zombies await prey to come close to them, making noise only if they are agitated, but will then behave as "roamers" do. Other zombies vocalize and make grunting or moaning sounds at times or constantly, but some do not. All the zombies move much slower and more irregularly than humans, and humans can easily outrun or even briskly out-walk a zombie. As depicted in the comics, the zombies can very briefly move more quickly, by lunging. None of the zombies have ever been depicted as able to grow tired. It is stated that zombies may follow something that has caught their attention for hours, after which they may follow in the general direction for days, even if they have forgotten what they originally were pursuing. Zombies may also follow other zombies, and this is explained as they believe the other zombies are pursuing a food source. This can create herds of hundreds or thousands of "roamers", all following each other under the assumption that some of them are pursuing victims, regularly growing in size and absorbing more zombies.

The only way to kill zombies is by destroying the brain, though some characters prefer decapitation, which leads to the heads still trying to bite. Zombies do not notice humans who smell like zombies, such as when a survivor rubs "zombie grime" on their body or stays in the vicinity of severely disabled zombies. Also, a zombie who is around a human for long enough will become acclimated to them and generally stop attacking. In Woodbury, the "Governor" kept his zombie daughter in his house long enough that she generally stopped attacking him, but would still attempt attacks on other humans in her presence. The character Michonne also traveled for an extended time by herself and was safe because she had tied the zombies of her boyfriend and friend to her (after removing their arms and jaws so they could not attack her).

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Cover of The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye  (May 2004), trade paperback collected edition. Art by Tony Moore.
Publication information
Publisher Image Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Genre Post-apocalyptic


Zombies in comics
Publication date October 2003 – present
Number of issues 78
Creative team
Writer(s) Robert Kirkman
Artist(s) Tony Moore (#1–6)
Charlie Adlard (#7–)
Creator(s) Robert Kirkman
Tony Moore
Collected editions
Days Gone By ISBN 1-58240-358-9

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