Police officer Rick Grimes awakens from a coma to learn that the world has been overrun by, well, the walking dead. His wife and son are gone, and his hometown is all but empty of the living; with only the barest of plans, he sets off for Atlanta in the hope of finding his family, or at least a larger group of humans.
This is a bleak, bleak series. Interesting; well written; but make no mistake, it’s bleak. The apocalypse has happened and the survivors are running very low on hope. Many people die; some at the teeth of zombies, but more often at the hands of their fellow humans. The art style mirrors this: a lot of blank whites and grey tones, lending the book a sparse, washed-out atmosphere; the lack of reds don’t minimize the impact of the gore, however. The artist changed after the first trade, switching to a more realistic style, but the tone remains.
If you like your post-apocalyptic fiction dark, violent, and all but hopeless, this is the series for you. The current volume is 14; it is not known where the end will be. The series was also adapted into a TV show on AMC, which will be starting its second will begin on Halloween.