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8 Reasons The Walking Dead Comics Should Be Your New Obsession

Need something new to get into that’s not on Netflix? Look no further than The Walking Dead comics! Not a fan of comics or reading? Do you think since you’ve seen the show the comics will be repetitive or spoilery?? THINK AGAIN. We’ve laid out 8 simple reasons why The Walking Dead comics should be YOUR new obsession. To convince you even further we’ve asked our Twitter fans to back us up. Let’s do this:


1. The Comics Are Drastically Different From The Show

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A badass Andrea, an alive Sophia, and a handless Rick? That doesn’t sound like the show at all! The Walking Dead comics have deviated storylines a LOT. In fact, the majority of Season 6 so far (which included Rick’s plan to drive the walkers away, Morgan’s insane backstory with Eastman, Glenn’s fake out, and the Wolves massacre) are nowhere to be found in the comics. So even though both series converge with locales the JOURNEY getting there is disparate. (Also Carl is 100 times better in the comics). Our comic fans on Twitter agree:

2. Andrea’s Alive…And She’s Totally Awesome

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WE KNOW…a lot of you didn’t care for show Andrea (no offense to Laurie Holden). In the comics, not only is Andrea still alive…but she’s a TOTAL badass. She basically inhabits a version of Sasha…it began in Episode 507 when Sasha was given a sniper rifle to guard the Grady cops. It continued when she became the Alexandrian watch tower look out in Episode 513…which is ANOTHER role that Andrea played in the comics. More notably comic Andrea is Rick’s love interest (Carl literally calls her Mom) and they’re AMAZING together. We know it’s hard to believe, but comic Andrea is one of the toughest women in the show. She’s nothing like this:

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We asked our fans what they like more about the comic than the show and here’s what they said:

3. Cursing!

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As wonderfully graphic as the show is, it DOES adhere to AMC guidelines. In fact, we’re STILL unsure how they’ll handle upcoming villain Negan’s colorful vernacular in future seasons. But in the comics…everyone from Rick to Michonne to Maggie all curse! And let’s be honest, if you’re in a zombie apocalypse you’re going to let f bombs drop like Kid Cudi’s rap career. We’re not alone in this:

4. Charlie Adlard’s Art

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Charlie Adlard’s art makes it easy for fans to feel like they’re a part of the zombie apocalypse. His illustrations hold nothing back…the world he shows us is brutal and unforgiving. The suspense and emotion jump off the page and may be the best reason to dive into the comics. Here’s what his fans had to say:

5. More Backstory & Character Depth (AND Less Farm!)

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Wouldn’t you have loved to see a Michonne/Tyreese romance? What about a story where they don’t have to constantly worry about a baby? The comic (now up to 150 issues) digs DEEP into character relationships, backstories, and story depth. A lot of questions you have for the show are answered in the comics! Think of it as an exciting encyclopedia into your favorite characters. Here’s some fans who agree:

6. More Gut-Punching

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Believe it or not, The Walking Dead comics are WAY more brutal than the show. Specifically, moments involving Lori, Negan, and spiked heads come out of NOWHERE and perpetuate a feeling that no one is safe. That kind of unpredictability makes every page turn exciting (and nerve-wracking) than almost any other comic you’ll read. Just let the fans explain:

7. Robert Kirkman’s Writing

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Walking Dead creator/writer Robert Kirkman writes every.single.issue. The writing never falters and is the MAIN reason you should start reading the series. In fact, you’re unknowingly already familiar with his writing! Here are some of the most iconic episodes he’s penned:

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Here’s why our fans love his writing:

8. EVERYTHING Else!

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It’s impossible to limit the reasons to read The Walking Dead comics to just 8. So here are some more unique answers that might help sway you.


If you DO want to try the series out head over to our Walking Dead shop and check out Compendium One. It’s the first 48 issues and a GREAT way to get started.
OR better yet: grab our awesome starter pack! Happy reading 🙂

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  1. grimeyrick February 1, 2016 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    this is a nice post. if you haven’t read the books, YOU ARE MISSING OUT. personally i love the books a million times more than the show; dont get me wrong, i still love the show like its my child, but the books are way better. most of the reasons mentioned above. if you’re worried about spoiling, then you have no reason not to read. while the show gets inspiration from the books, they are two independent stories.

    HOP ON THOSE COMPENDIUMS AND STOP MISSING OUT

    • Exo Epic February 1, 2016 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      I stopped missing out since August 2013 when I started buying the single issues, being caught up with everything… I feel old. Well, 2 1/4 years older, but whatever. And since then, I’ve been published a total of 5 times in Robert Kirkman comics, 3 of them being on The Walking Dead (issue #125, 126, and 150) and the others on Invincible and Outcast.

  2. BASTET. February 1, 2016 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    All my points are covered except I’d add that the Spoiling Dead Fucks can’t touch the comic!

  3. mcoppa123 February 1, 2016 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    IF YOU DON’T READ THE COMICS YOU ARE MISSING OUT!!!! START READING. I have never read a comic in my life….then I started reading The Walking Dead, now my life is complete.

  4. Agenta521 February 1, 2016 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for featuring my tweet. I love the comics so much. Can’t wait for 151

  5. Exo Epic February 1, 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    God, this post is for me. I’ve been reading since 2012, and collecting the single issues since Issue #113. This comic is MY LIFE. Seriously, this comic book is the HUGE reason why I started drawing and I haven’t stopped since. Without Charlie Adlard’s artwork, or Robert Kirkman’s mind put on a couple pages a month, I would not be where I am now. Some people who vernture to this site know that, and I’ve been friends with some people on here for over a year now.
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    Other than that, here’s a drawing of Carl that I did a while back:

  6. KingDead February 4, 2016 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    I encourage everybody I know who loves TWD TV show to read the comics and or always talk about the comics to them. They really are great. Read the comics folks I just read 151 and shall I say OMG

  7. MikeLacey February 6, 2016 at 9:31 am - Reply

    I only got into the Comics Book after I’d joined he show in season three and then netflixed my way up to date. I got caught up in the TV show and then read the comics for about three weeks until I hit #100 and was caught up there as well. (There was something special about #100. Wasn’t that the one where…? No. it’s gone, couldn’t have been important.)

    I can’t honestly say which is better, they’re the same but… different. It’s fascinating watching the show weave in and out of what I can’t help thinking of as the real story-line – the comic books.

    • Exo Epic February 12, 2016 at 3:56 am - Reply

      I always get all jittery and excited when something that was AWESOME in the comic appears in the show. When the Season 6 Mid-Season Finale happens post-credits. When that specific “N” word (Not that other N-word that was once used in the comics and the show) was mentioned, I almost flipped my shit in happiness.

  8. mick reavey February 6, 2016 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Both TV and comics are brilliant. If you’ve not read the comics I’d say Michonne’s brutal treatment of the Governor alone, is more than enough reason to take the plunge. I doubt any mainstream TV would even attempt to recreate that.


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