The Walking Dead is an ongoing black-and-white 18 days comic book pdf book series created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore. The Walking Dead received the 2007 and 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series at San Diego Comic-Con International.
The original pitch by Kirkman and Moore was for a followup to George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, with the series taking place in the 1960s. The Walking Dead debuted in 2003, published by Image Comics, with art by Tony Moore for the first six issues and Cliff Rathburn shading the art after issue five. 7, after he was approached by Kirkman. When the television series premiered in October 2010, Image Comics announced The Walking Dead Weekly. The first 52 issues of the series began to be reprinted on January 5, 2011, with one issue per week for a year.
The series is periodically re-published in trade paperbacks which contain six issues each, hardcover books with twelve issues and occasional bonus material, omnibus editions of twenty-four issues, and compendium editions of forty-eight issues. Rick Grimes, a sheriff’s deputy from Kentucky, is wounded in the line of duty and emerges from a coma to find the world overrun by the undead. He returns home to find his house ransacked and his wife and son gone. Rick travels to a military evacuation zone in Atlanta to find his family, but finds Atlanta has also been overrun. He is rescued by Glenn Rhee, who takes him to his small camp of survivors. He and the remaining survivors leave Atlanta and travel across hostile territory in search of a safer refuge.
The group meets Tyreese, his daughter and her boyfriend. Everyone takes shelter at Wiltshire Estates, a gated community, but are forced to leave when they stumble upon its zombie infestation. The group eventually finds shelter at a small farm after Carl is shot. The group begins to clear the prison yard and one cell block for living quarters. They meet some surviving inmates when they break into the prison’s cafeteria. Rick invites Hershel and his family to come live in the prison and they accept.
Two of the group members commit suicide and someone begins to murder other group members. This inmate, a convicted serial killer, is eventually captured and killed. The group manages to quell the inmates’ rebellion and secure the prison. A katana-wielding woman named Michonne arrives at the prison seeking refuge and causes tension among some of Rick’s survivors. Rick, Michonne and Glenn observe a helicopter crash in the distance and leave the prison to search for it.