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What issues of The Walking Dead are in which volumes?

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.

Individual issues of The Walking Dead come out each month.
The release cycle for paperback volumes is generally every May and November. Certain marketing factors can fudge the release a bit.
The hardcover books generally come out once a year, late fall.

Here’s a super helpful map of the different versions:

book-map

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

  1. Bastet April 12, 2013 at 2:18 am - Reply

    I wish the covers were inserted in the books at the beginning of the issues instead of at the back of the books. That would kill a couple birds with one stone.

  2. Bastet Ahmun April 12, 2013 at 9:14 am - Reply

    About what issue would align with the show where it stands now?

  3. Bastet April 12, 2013 at 9:16 am - Reply

    About which issue would the show be at, right about now?

    • Brian April 12, 2013 at 9:47 am - Reply

      Given the variations between the show and the comic it’s hard to say, but I think through Volume 7 is a good guess. Volume 8 wraps up the Governor/prison story line, and that’s still playing out on the show, so maybe hold out on that one.

      • Bastet April 12, 2013 at 9:53 am - Reply

        Could I safely read “Rise of Gov”, “Road to Woodbury”,& “Fall of Gov”?…Well, maybe the first 2 & hold off on that 3rd?

        • Brian April 12, 2013 at 9:57 am - Reply

          Yeah I think you’d be fine with the first 2. The Governor is very different in the comics. More straight evil from the outset. And the prison storyline is so different I’m not sure how many spoilers there would be.
          I was reading the comics well before watching the show and I never felt like anything was “spoiled.” Robert does a really good job keeping you guessing on the show by intentionally changing the sequence of events, character introductions, character deaths, etc.

          • Bastet April 12, 2013 at 10:28 am

            Thanks for that! Neither the comics nor the show is predictable & I love that! Happy to have something to read while I wait for Season 4.

          • Jack Caldiero April 12, 2013 at 8:53 pm

            Hey Bastet..It’s very safe to read the books you mentioned. They are pretty damn awesome and as a fan you have to check them out..I think the newest one comes out in October and I can’t wait. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

          • Bastet April 14, 2013 at 8:25 am

            I’m enjoying them a lot more than I expected! Was trying not to read past where the show is but it’s reeeeeeaaaallllly hard!!!

          • Jake C. April 14, 2013 at 3:12 pm

            They’re so damn good..Enjoy them. I find the Printed media like the comics and novels is just so different then the TV show…It never really spoils anything.

  4. Philippe Morin April 14, 2013 at 5:21 am - Reply

    Now, I’ll TRY to wait for Volume 19 before reading new issues… I say I’LL TRY. 😛

  5. Matt D. Mako January 27, 2014 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    It might be time to revisit this

  6. Scott Perrett February 5, 2014 at 9:44 am - Reply

    I’m curious what content that’s in the monthly comics is cut from the Trade Paperbacks? I ask because while tracking down the issues that have reference material for the Minimate figures, I notice some of the official reference material doesn’t show up in the TPB Volumes


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