I’ll admit that, while I’m pretty well-versed in zombie pop culture, there are a few holes here and there in my knowledge of things undead. While I’ve seen most of the zombie movies that are deemed “important” (with the still-embarassing exception of Cemetary Man), when it comes to other media — books, comics, video games — there are some things I’ve missed. I mean, the market seems to be so saturated with zed heads these days, that who can keep up? But… I’m making excuses for myself.
Until recently, I hadn’t read Max Brooks’ brilliant World War Z (a problem that was remedied by our own Leighcifer; and I loved it, Leigh!) and somehow I got on the Walking Dead kick reeeaaaally late in the game.
How late? Last weekend.
Last Saturday while killing some time in Barnes & Noble, I picked up the first volume of Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead series and decided, hey, why not? That volume collected the first six issues of the series, and I devoured it immediately, and was left wanting more. (I’d have gone back for Volume 2, but B&N didn’t have it in stock and by this time the comic stores had closed).
Luckily, before I was able to hunt down the other volumes (each trade paperback sells for $9.99 each), I found out that something else had been released. Something I’d wish I’d discovered, ya know, before I bought Volume 1.
The Walking Dead: Compendium One. While the previous volumes collected a mere six issues apiece, this new compendium collects the first 48 issues of the series! For those not good with math, that’s eight volumes of the trades, which would carry and $80 price tag.
But this compendium — which clocks in at a whopping 1088 pages! — retails for only $60, but it’s selling for the ridiculous price of $37.79 on Amazon right now.
My only cavaet is that the book isn’t available in hardback, since I question the duability of a 1000+ page paperback, but there’s no way we’d get it at this kind of price in hardcover, so let’s take what we can get, huh?
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Note: If you click that Amazon link, you’ll notice that it takes you to the Send More Cops store. This is something I’ve been working on and it’s still somewhat a work in progress. I’m looking to get some sort of graphic made for the front page here to serve as a link (since WordPress won’t let me embed the flash-based widget that Amazon offers) so if you’re interested in helping out, let me know.