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By Lee Roberts

The Walking Dead Comic Book Series vs The Walking Dead Television Show

So I’ve been reading the Walking Dead comic, made it up to issue 8 right now. I figured with the re-airing of the show that AMC did this week I would talk about the comic versus the show.


With all the movies and shows that have been made based off a comic, it’s a short list for the ones that stay true to the comic. It’s gotten a lot better in the recent years, which makes fanboys like myself happy. So it’s been with a great pleasure that as I read the comic series of The Walking Dead I’m seeing that the show has kept true to the comic.
Though there is still some parts that the show has changed from the comic. To be expected though, and that’s why I’m writing this blog.
Oh, before I go on…

WARNING SPOILERS FOLLOW
DANGER!DANGER! IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE SHOW OR READ THE COMIC SKIP THIS CAUSE I WILL GIVE OUT SPOILERS!!! THOUGH I SUPPOSE IF YOU HAVE SEEN THE SHOW AND/OR READ THE COMIC THEN WHAT I TALK ABOUT HERE WON'T BE ANYTHING NEW TO YOU OTHER THEN ME SAYING I LIKE THE COMIC MORE, SO IN FACT IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE SHOW OR READ THE COMIC OR HAVE DID ONE OF THE TWO BUT NOT BOTH AND YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE THAN GO AHEAD AND READ ON IT MIGHT BE INFORMATIVE.

 

You have been warned so don’t say I didn’t tell you so!
So the comic vs. the show, what is different and which is better?
Hmm, that latter question is actually tough to answer. I love zombie flicks and this show, though at times is a little slow, overall it’s made on the level of some zombie movies. Hell, it’s actually got a lot of them beat in the way the zombies look and the effects they have on the show. And because I love comics as much as I do zombie movies having one that’s been this good on tv as well as a comic being good, it’s tough to decide which one is better.

With some thought though I would have to side with the comic. Sure the show is awesome, the effects are just as great, and they have some decent actors on it. The comic book though has all that but on printed form and the story has a quicker pace to it than the show.
So far in the 7 issues that I’ve read the story is that Rick Grimes has woke up after being in a coma from being shot. On the show it’s the same though it had Rick being shot by guys that where being chased by the cops. In the comic Rick and his partner Shane were in a shoot out with a guy in a truck that was stopped in the middle of the road. Where on the show Rick didn’t see the last guy crawling out of the over turned car to shoot him, the comic has Rick trying to draw fire away from Shane so Shane can shoot the bad guy. Instead Rick gets shot, in both show and comic, ends up in a coma, then later wakes up to find zombies.

So far both have been the same. But the comic is better cause it moves along quick from seeing the shooting to all of a sudden zombies and then boom Rick is meeting Glen in Atlanta. Actually everything has been the same that I can see except for 2 main things.
The first being is Merle Dixon on the show, he’s not in the comic so far. Now I can’t say for sure that he won’t appear, for all I know he might come into the comic in issue 8 but since I haven’t read it yet I wouldn’t know. However, I do know he’s not in issues 1-7 but he was on the show pretty quickly. Still, there’s a lot of comics I have left to read, 71 in fact, and that leaves a lot of room for his character to appear.

 


Second thing that’s different from the comic and the show is Shane. Not in the way he acts or how he wants Ricks wife Lori and how those two had a little fling while Rick was in a coma and zombies were overtaking the world. All that’s been seen in the show with Shane is the same as in the comic, aside from the comic moving at a quicker pace. Difference between the two is that by the end of issue 6 Shane was dead. He didn’t die in a nice way, though he wasn’t ate by a zombie so he didn’t die horrible either. Still, in the comic, he’s dead. Though I’m thinking that with it being a comic on zombies and they buried him after being shot in the throat, that Shane will be coming back again in zombie form. On the show however, Shane is still alive and kicking and still looking at Rick with hate and with lust for Lori.

Still, the comic so far has been much better. They are fun to read, have some great artwork that can tell the story with just looking at the expressions on the faces of the characters (which when doing it with drawings is something amazing when done correctly), and has a great flow to the story. One of the aspects that makes the comic have a good impact is that it’s done in black and white. No color in this comic. I think if it had been in color it wouldn’t be as good as it is. Something about the black and white pages that make the story and the artwork stand out more than color would.

Anyways, that’s that difference between the comic version and the televised version of The Walking Dead. I can’t wait to read more on the comic and see season 2 of the show and hopefully by the time season 2 starts I will have read all of the comics so I will know even more. Till next time, braaaainnnssss!
 

The Official Walking Dead site www.hiddenrobot.com/WALKINGDEAD/

The official Walking Dead AMC TV show site www.amctv.com/originals/The-Walking-Dead/