I just noticed that the first issue of the Walking Dead is currently free on Amazon.com. Well, the Kindle/Comixology version is free. I love the Walking Dead and I love free so I decided to check it out. I downloaded both the Kindle and Comixology version. I also had to download the Comixology app because I’m not much of a comic book reader. After a quick comparison of the reading experiences on both the Kindle app and Comixology app, it was on the Comixology app that I decided to read the Walking Dead #1.
The Walking Dead #1 is quite close to the first half of the first episode of the TV show. But even then, the TV show embellishes quite a bit and has a bit more character development. Of course, there are only about 34 pages. It only takes a few minutes to read, whereas the first episode of the TV show is 40 minutes long.
I think that many people who have watched the TV show will remember that Rick shot a little zombie girl at the beginning of the show. This doesn’t come up in the comic book, at least not in the first issue. Hannah (also known as the Bicycle Girl Zombie), the girl missing the bottom half of her body is in the comic and while she is more intact than in the TV show, the important point is still there. Rick goes back to put her out of her misery. We are learning what kind of man the protagonist, Rick Grimes, is. In that respect the TV show is quite faithful to the comic.
As I said, the Walking Dead #1 is quite short, so don’t expect to learn more than you already know. At least from the first issue. But if you are interested in the Walking Dead, you might as well read it because the first issue is free (at the moment). I recommend using the Comixology app on a tablet if you have one. I read mine on a Galaxy S6 though and it was fine.
This issue was first published in 2003 by publisher Image Comics. The comic is written by Robert Kirkman with art by Tony Moore. There are currently 149 issues, most of which you can read on Kindle/Comixology for $0.99 each.
Of course you may not be into reading on digital platforms. If not, the best way to catch up the Waking Dead comic book might be to buy the three compendiums.