On October 31, 2010, the first episode of The Walking Dead aired on AMC. I, for one, am not a fan of horror, but for some reason the commercials leading up to the first episode had me intrigued, so I watched it, sometimes hiding behind a pillow or cringing. After the tank scene when Glenn talks to Rick on the radio, I was hooked.
If you’re hesitant to watch the show because it’s horror, I recommend just giving it a try anyway. There’s only a few scenes with zombies. The story is mostly about the survivors. The humans are the real monsters. Other humans are the enemy. Some of them have to do horrible things for their own survival. It’s a pretty interesting show and you start to fall in love with all of the characters.
I’ve recently wanted to read the comics and compare them to the show for myself. I know I’m working backwards here, watching the show first and then reading the comics. My intentions are to share my thoughts on the similarities and differences of The Walking Dead comics and show.
In volume one, it starts off the same. We first meet Rick, the protagonist of the story, in the hospital. He was shot while on duty. Once he gets out of bed and explores the hospital, he realizes everyone is missing and stumbles across zombies, or rather walkers. Naturally, he’s horrified and runs out of there.
He still meets Morgan and his son. They think he was bitten due to the bandages he wears. Morgan’s son hits him, which this time around in the comics, is comical due to the sound displayed in words and Rick’s facial expression when he goes down. A lot of the actions are exaggerated. It’s understandable though since there are only so many panels in a comic book, and on television, actors can express themselves better. Sometimes actors don’t even need words to get a message or feeling across.
When Rick heads into the city on horseback, he concludes it’s probably the worst place to be. It’s overrun by zombies. Glenn comes to his rescue fortunately, but unlike the show, no one else is there. They escape the city together with the help of zombie guts, disguising themselves.
Shortly after, they reach Glenn’s camp and as luck would have it, his wife Lori and his son Carl are there. They have a happy reunion.
One awkward moment however is when Dale straight up tells Rick that Shane and Lori had a fling going on. I also had to laugh because it was just so blunt! On the show, there’s sideways glances and Rick picks up on the clues himself (he’s a cop after all). It’s a little more subtle than the comics.
Towards the end of volume one, Shane and Rick have a fight. Carl tags along with them. He gets upset that Shane is yelling at his father that he ends up pulling the trigger of the gun he’s carrying. Shane’s death in the comics is quite abrupt. I really liked his character on the show and glad that they kept him around a little longer. What I found really interesting about the comics is that Carl, a child and someone who should be innocent, is the first person to kill another (living) human being.
I quite enjoyed the graphic novel so far. If you wish, feel free to read-a-long with me. Let’s explore the comics and show’s similarities and differences together. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on volume two: Miles Behind Us.