THE WALKING DEAD: The Official Magazine
Issue #1 November/December 2012
Edited by Martin Eden and Toby Weidmann, the official magazine of THE WALKING DEAD covers all aspects of THE WALKING DEAD universe—comic books, graphic novels, video games, and the television show.
The inaugural issue has an interview with Walking Dead creator and writer Robert Kirkman about the differences between the books and show and why he treats the two as separate entities. There is also an interview with the comic’s main artist Charlie Adlard and how he keeps his artwork fresh.
This month’s features include a guide of issues 1 through 100 of the comic series to help catch up those who may have never read the series. It gives the ins and outs of some of the biggest storylines and characters. There is also a feature on the current season (the third, btw) and what the viewers might expect in the wake of recent introductions of the Governor (David Morrissey) and Michonne (Danai Gurira). Be warned, this look at season 3 may or may not contain spoilers. It all depends on what is carried over from the comic to the show. There is a great interview with Gurira about her character and next month’s issue features an interview with Morrissey.
One of the highlights—for me as an avid reader—is an exclusive short story by Jay Bonansinga. “Just Another Day at the Office” tells of the death and rebirth of the town of Woodbury and acts as a bridge between THE WALKING DEAD: The Rise of The Governor (2011) and THE WALKING DEAD: The Road to Woodbury (2012). Both novels are written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga and published by Thomas Dunne Books.
Overall, the magazine’s layout is well-done, with features, interviews and a section of regular bits that give fans a heads-up on what is new to the world of THE WALKING DEAD. Issue 1 is currently available on newsstands and online. THE WALKING DEAD: The Official Magazine is a must-get for Walking Dead fans as it will keep you up-to-date on the goings on in the wide world of one of the coolest zombie franchises out there.
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