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Updated Issue to Volume Guide!

WE’VE UPDATED THIS POST WITH NEW ISSUES AND RELEASE DATES.

At conventions and on Twitter we get a ton of questions about how the trade paperbacks (individual volumes) relate to the hardcovers, how the hardcovers relate to the compendiums, and how to switch between them. The short version is that The Walking Dead is generally broken into 6-issue arcs. Every trade paperback volume collects 6 issues. Every hardcover “book” is 2 trade paperbacks, or 12 issues. And then there are the compendiums, which are each comprised of 48 issues (8 trade paperback volumes). Oh, and if you want to get fancy, we sell Deluxe Hardcover Onmibuses, which collect 24 issues (or 4 paperback volumes, or 2 hardcover books). The Omnibuses are over-sized editions which also include cover artwork and come inside a slipcase.

Barring the accelerated pace of the ALL OUT WAR arc, individual issues of The Walking Dead come out each month.
The release cycle for paperback volumes is generally two a year and hardcover books generally come out once a year, late fall.

Here’s a map of the different versions, some of these are being forecasted pretty far out and have loose estimates:

Issue-to-Trade-Guide

Our “Story” page in the comics section (update in progress) has an issue break down as well as plot details (so don’t expand unless you want to know).

  1. mejjos June 21, 2013 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    I told myself I’d wait for Compendium 3, but 2 years is too long.

  2. Chris Bigger April 8, 2014 at 2:57 pm - Reply
  3. Aaron Lingren April 8, 2014 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Figured since All Out War was bi-monthy we would get 2 Hardcovers in the same year… :

  4. Bastet April 8, 2014 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Although I’m on the single issues now, I’m still going for those hardcovers! They are awesome!

  5. TheZildjman April 8, 2014 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    The long waits between volumes is why I’m glad I’m buying then as single issues.

  6. Stuart Ormston April 9, 2014 at 6:43 am - Reply

    when you look at it like this, those compendiums look huge! I knew they were 48 issues but just seeing it like this, oh man, those things must weight a ton, lol

  7. Raymond Eddie April 9, 2014 at 9:07 am - Reply

    sept? great I know what I want for my birthday !

  8. Roscoe Simmons April 9, 2014 at 10:57 am - Reply

    I bought the Omnibus 1-4, I can wait for #5 to come out, I just hate waiting till 2016 for #6

  9. Drew April 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    I don’t understand why Hardcover 10 won’t come out until September when we are on 125 already. I understand the book isn’t on a normal schedule but to wait so long really sucks. By the time Book 10 comes out, TWD will be on 131 or 1 away from a complete Book 11.

  10. Zomby April 10, 2014 at 10:32 am - Reply

    i love the softcovers but I cant wait until july! I don’t know what to do! probly gonna have to buy the single issues now or I might lose my mind 🙁

  11. Zomby April 10, 2014 at 10:53 am - Reply

    where is the best place to purchase the single issues?

  12. Joe Razzano April 11, 2014 at 8:43 am - Reply

    I’m just starting to get into the books since i love the show. Should I be looking to get the hardcovers or the compendium volumes to get myself up to speed? And Once I get caught up, i can just do the single issues or the softcovers?

    • Bastet April 11, 2014 at 9:17 am - Reply

      If your ultimate goal is to get caught up, be sure to keep in mind what each format covers. For example, the compendiums are a collection of a lot of issues, but the latest compendium is #2 & it stops at issue 96. You’d have to get another format to fill in the gaps to cover 97 through the current, like picking up hardcover 9 & softcovers 19 & 20 & then the single issues 121 – 125. Or you could pick one format & wait for the next one to come out. There’s also the cost of each format, depending on where you buy them from. You might find 2 softcovers more expensive than 1 hardcover. Lastly, if it’s just a little more than catching up for you, there are differences in the formats. For example, the softcovers do not contain the covers, whereas the hardcovers do. The omnis have extras, whereas the compendiums don’t. Most people I’ve chatted with who are on a reading binge go right for the compendiums.

      What I did:
      The compendiums were a little too beefy for me and I collect certain books. I don’t like to crack spines on books, so I would have had a hard time reading what’s near the spine. I went straight for the hardcovers. The pages are bigger and they include the covers, which is something that I wanted to have. I bought all 9 hardcovers, then found a lot on eBay that covered single issues 109 – 121 and then started picking up single issues from there on out.

      Hope that helps!

      • Joe Razzano April 14, 2014 at 10:26 am - Reply

        Definitely helps! I think I’ll go for the hardcovers too, the compendiums ARE beefy!! I like to keep my books in good shape and on the shelf. I’ll start looking for them now…are any of them in color or all black and white? Probably a dumb question…

  13. justin redmond April 23, 2014 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    is there a places where you can subscribe to the series and get the issues as they come out (like subscribing to a magazine)


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