The 10 Best Walking Dead Books

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This wiki has been updated 19 times since it was first published in February of 2018. Before it was popular on TV, "The Walking Dead" was a beloved comic book written by Robert Kirkman. Whether you've been a fan of this zombie apocalypse series since it was first reviewed in "Wizard" magazine in 2003 or you're inspired to read further after getting hooked on the TV show, you'll be able to find the collection, spin-off novel, or humorous book that's right for you here. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Compendium One

2. A Continuing Story of Survival Horror, Book 1

3. Days Gone Bye

Editor's Notes

May 21, 2020:

The release of the Walking Dead TV show brought a plethora of new fans to the series, many of which are unfamiliar with the original comics. We wanted our list to appeal just as much to newbies as it does to die-hard comic buffs who have been following the series since its inception in written form.

If are taking your first foray into this dark and gruesome universe, or simply want to relive its early days, we have a few options for you. Compendium One condenses the first 48 issues of the comic book into one tome, so it will not only get you hooked, but provide you with enough material to keep you entertained while you wait for your inevitable order of the second book, Compendium Two, to arrive. Conversely, A Continuing Story of Survival Horror, Book 1 and Days Gone Bye are much shorter, only containing the first 12 and 6 issues, respectively, so if you already have books containing the latter issues, these can be a good choice.

For those who know they are going to be hooked and want something that spans almost the entire series, we recommend Compendium 15th Anniversary Box Set. It covers issues 1 - 144 of the comics, which roughly translates to seasons 1 through 9 of the show.

If you are interested in backstories of some of the most infamous villains, rather than material that is already covered in the main plot, Here's Negan and Rise of the Governor should appeal to you. They each provide the origin story of their namesake character, giving some insight into how they became the violent, nefarious people they are.

If you have already read every comic, book, and graphic novel, and are all caught up on every episode of the show, you might enjoy a novelty item like the The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide or The Pop-Up Book instead. The former contains both real recipes you can serve to friends and family now, as well as a number of somewhat distasteful options that are better reserved for after the zombie apocalypse, while the latter makes a fun, if a bit gruesome, coffee table book, with its vivid 3D artwork.

After you have finished pouring over every Walking Dead book, you may want to branch out to some of the other best Zombie books.

Special Honors

The Walking Dead Comic Book Box If you already own a large collection of Walking Dead comics and you need a place to store it safely, this themed option from Image is a cool choice. It is covered with themed artwork, has double thickness handles to make it easy to move, and a reinforced bottom for protection. It is stackable and can hold up to 175 issues.

4. Compendium 15th Anniversary Box Set

5. Volume 5: The Best Defense

6. Rise of the Governor

7. Compendium Two

8. The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide

9. Here's Negan

10. The Pop-Up Book

Brett Dvoretz
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