10 Reasons Why The Walking Dead Comic Is Better Than The TV Show

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I know what you’re thinking – “Great, here’s another pretentious comic-loving hipster whining about how AMC is soiling the name of his beloved The Walking Dead. Kirkman already stated he views the TV show as a way to explore his existing story with different choices, so you have nothing to complain about. They’re completely separate entities. Go back into your basement where you live with your Mom and cry about one of your favorite comic book properties becoming mainstream, wiping the tears away with fingers covered in Cheese-Doodle residue. We get it, you liked The Walking Dead before it was cool, but nobody cares you poor attention-seeking bastard.”

Jeez Internet, take it easy! Trust me, I respect the fact that AMC’s zombie juggernaut is breaking records left and right, so enough of the population are eating up the show like a horde of walkers tearing through a few measly survivors, but the bitter, judgmental critic in me just CAN’T ignore how unfathomably frustrating Rick and the gang’s on-screen exploits are. I’m dumbfounded by the ratings numbers personally, as hype only builds while quality spans highs and lows more uneven than Lori’s emotional teetering, but I’d really like to know how many viewers have actually bothered to read the vastly superior comics.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying The Walking Dead is the worst show in TV history, because I’ll still watch it and overall I’ll still stay pretty middle-of-the-road on the whole thing, but I am saying the show doesn’t portray the graphic beauty and brilliant storyboarding that the comic is so well-known for. The show is nothing but a shallow zombie-drama that fails to deliver moments that have left me emotionally drained, physically sickened, and joyously entertained like Kirkman’s comic has.

I think it’s safe to say spoilers are to follow, between both the show and the comic, but I’ll try to leave out anything too different or show-stopping so you television fans can give the comics a try, which I emphatically recommend – especially if you think AMC’s show is as monumental as it’s become.


1) Emotional Impact Of Character Deaths

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The best quality of Kirkman’s comic is hands down its ability to establish these wonderful characters, give them a proper backstory and personality, get us emotionally invested, and then have them suffer a horribly gruesome and grizzly death which hits you like a sucker-punch to the stomach.

Compare that to the show, and every single death has been like getting poked and prodded with a wet noodle – you don’t even give a damn. Hell, I’ve even found myself rooting for characters on the show to die not because I hate their personalities or actions, but because they’re lifeless wastes of space who don’t add important substance to the show.

Specific Examples:

Dale in general is a perfect example for the show’s character misuse, but his death is especially wasteful and forgettable. Jeffrey DeMunn’s Dale was nothing but a rambling old man who only interjected fartsy senior wisdom and lectured the camera, while the comic version of Dale was a savior to one of the most important survivors, not to mention being a lover to that same character – which raised some pretty morally ambiguous relationship points about what flies in the apocalypse.

Either way, when Dale is torn open by that field-wandering zombie that Carl let free, all I could think about was how such a prolific comic book character was unjustly re-invented for the screen without an iota of the same gripping presence. Then compare that to his death in the comic, and it’s even more disturbing, as Dale goes out in a blaze of heroic glory that saves the entire group from an outsider threat. I won’t say who or how, but I can guarantee you his final actions are in no way what you’re imaging right now. No guns or fighting – just trickery and self-sacrifice.

Other Examples:

See pretty much every death in the show thus far – including Andrea.

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2) Terrible Season Finales

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Another cornerstone of Kirkman’s comic are these epic, game-changing story shifters that are equivalent to television season finales, changing the tone of the comic and restructuring the group in ways that leave you breathless from intensity. The show on the other hand has done nothing to tie up each season in a way that drops any bombshells, and ends up causing more harm than good.

Season 1 of course has the grand CDC ending, which really was a bowl of fail-pasta covered in lamesauce. All that work just to get Rick into a building where some scientist can whisper a secret, Andrea can almost make a bad decision, and then have some crazy lunatic self-destruct a perfectly livable area? Cue Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again” and watch everyone drive into the sunset. Pass.

Season 2 was a little better, as Hershel’s farm is overrun by zombies and the group fights to get away safe. People are split up, there’s some decent action, and Andrea meets Michonne. OK, sure, even though season 2 was a steaming pile of nothing (which I’ll get to soon), I’ll admit the season finale was the only thing that made me continue on to season 3.

Don’t even get me started on the season 3 finale though. Whatever credibility was built during the first half of season 3 and our first glimpses into Woodbury are completely wasted by ending the season on such a sour note, leaving a bad enough aftertaste to overpower a strong seasonal start that had me gearing up for a brand new ass-kicking rendition of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Why Season 3′s Finale Sucked:

I mean, why didn’t it? The whole Governor arc was left wide-open so he can lurk around the jail and attack at random, but with what army? At this point all he has left as backup are Martinez and Bowman, and even they are getting flaky on their maniacal leader. But still, even armed to the teeth, it’s 3 against a whole town now. Hell, the Governor couldn’t even beat Rick’s gang by attacking with like 20 foot-soldiers, what’s he going to do with three people? What could have been a grandiose shootout turned into nothing but an old-timey western where bullets fly freely but never seem to hit a single person. Didn’t Shane teach everyone how to shoot, dammit?!

Let’s not ignore the fact that Rick had the chance to take Woodbury for himself, and didn’t. I mean, OK, given the choice, where would you want to make camp? In the gloomy old jail cell which has a gaping hole in the back discovered by Tyreese, or the tried and true fortress that is Woodbury, a place that’s actually meant to house people in an entire town-like setting complete with amenities? Nah, let’s just pile everyone in a bus, leave the completely secure and walled-in town alone, and stuff everyone behind some chain-link fences that no longer are protected by guard towers because Martinez blew the shit out of them with his grenade launcher. Everyone can get a cell, it’ll be great!!

It’s the happy ending nobody wanted, that made zero sense.

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3) Inconsistent Quality From Episode To Episode

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I’ve already pointed to the horrible ups and downs that The Walking Dead forces viewers through, but let’s really analyze it. Why is it that after one good episode, we’re always stuck with two stinkers? In Kirkman’s comic, I always feel on-edge about even the most mundane moments because shortly thereafter some twist always hits out of nowhere. Oh, everyone is happy in the prison and the convicts are nice? Let’s turn one of them into a closet serial-killer who mutilates two children and cause a tremendous commotion. OK, a horrid and disgusting example, but Kirkman’s comic never lets you catch your breath, and is relentless with how easily major characters can be killed and how quickly our survivors world can turn to utter shit.

The show on the other hand moves as sluggishly as a 400 pound man running a mile, only able to exert exorbitant amounts of energy in small spurts. For every attack or rescue Rick has to pull off, we’re given two following episodes where our shallow characters whine about their feelings, cry about the events, and blandly walk around with seemingly nothing to do. Honestly, the jailhouse story-arc should be done with by now, but apparently AMC thought it best to drag out this utter silliness for an entirely new season?

Specific Examples:

Season 2, Episode 4 – the original title of the episode is Cherokee Rose, but it can just been re-named “The Gang Finds A Zombie In A Well,” complete with a scene out of Looney Tunes where the survivors try to lower Glenn in the well without dropping him…BUT ALMOST DROP HIM! GASP! AHHH!!

Hell, I might have enjoyed it more if they DID drop Glenn and he died – at least the event would have been more in-line with Kirkman’s comic.

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4) Blandness Of Characters

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Another super-sore point with me is how underdeveloped our TV show characters are compared to our comic characters. Want an example? Look no further than T-Dog! Seriously, was his only purpose to die in season 3? There were entire episodes throughout season 1 and 2 where all T-Dog did was stand against a tree in the background, sit on a stoop in the background, or walk aimlessly in the background. All and all, he’s a BACKGROUND character, yet all of a sudden is given a martyr’s death like we’re supposed to give a damn? Yes, I know some people are out there singing T-Dog’s praises after his move that saved Carol, but all I saw was another weak attempt at some moving moment wasted by having a character who didn’t mean a damn to the show.

In Kirkman’s comic though, I’ve literally become choked up over certain deaths due to the immense emotional connection and more vibrant personalities. I’m trying to think of a specific example that won’t give too much away, but I can’t even. Maybe because in the comic our artists can draw the exact emotion needed for that exact moment, or because it’s easier to create a backstory on paper with speech bubbles, but you learn so much about each and every survivor through the pages it’s hard not to feel some sort of connection. Sadly, I haven’t had that happen to a single character in the show. Rick could die right now and I wouldn’t bat an eyelash.

Specific Examples:

See Dale, Lori, earlier versions of Carl, T-Dog – the list goes on.

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5) The Comic Trumps The TV Show In Brutality

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Ignoring the much gorier season 3 of The Walking Dead, AMC’s show hadn’t come anywhere near how graphic and grotesque Kirkman’s comic is, missing out on certain horror elements and more horridly squeamishness moments. Sure, I’m glad Glen Mazzara injected some much needed life into the show with much more approvable zombie deaths and some pretty gruesome scenes, but his unforgivable season finale seriously makes me question whether it was all worth it. The body count rose, creativity definitely improved, but it also doesn’t make up for the fact that seasons 1 and 2 were missing this new-found excitement for entirely too long. It shouldn’t have taken until the season 2 finale just to give us something worth biting into.

The comics on the other hand have literally made me cringe through some scenes – and not even deaths. Not to spoil any momentous events, but pretty far into the story something happens to Carl during a zombie attack, and there’s a full pane where he just looks at his dad displaying the wound, and my heart literally jumped into my throat. In the comic realm, Carl has seriously been put through the ringer, and I respect that character so much more than our now TV show “badass” who’s been desensitized to violence, and that panel literally knocked the wind out of me – something I don’t think TV Carl can accomplish.

Specific Examples:

The things done during Rick’s war with The Governor are entirely more brutal and vicious than the TV show. I’m not sure if that’s where they’re going with season 4, but up to now, Kirkman’s comic spilled gallons more blood than AMC’s version of the Woodbury vs. Jail territory war.

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6) Crazy Rick = Worst Rick

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Alright comic fans, this is where I need your support – isn’t AMC’s version of Rick a total bitch? I don’t expect non-readers to understand, but he’s got so much more gusto and machismo in the comic, while also being entirely human. He’s a leader, father, but also an extremely flawed character who makes mistakes like the rest. Still though, he does so with much more gumption and presence than his show counterpart, which was really evident to me when he started seeing Lori’s ghost.

Ignoring the fact that apparently a zombie ate Lori whole, her death in the show came as a sigh of relief due to her increasingly annoying nature. In the comic, Rick starts hearing his wife’s voice on the phone, which is carried over into the show when Rick picks the phone up and hears voices, but then AMC took it a step too far in the crazy direction by making Rick start hallucinating Lori’s ghost. OK, he’s distraught, not sleeping, angry, depressed, Rick’s a whole lot of emotions bursting out at once, but to do something as cliched as having Lori’s ghost haunt him? I honestly couldn’t stand the scene where he wandered around outside the jail aimlessly trying to chase Lori’s ghost in the woods, striking a super-low character point for Rick. Honestly, this arc was nothing but laughable.

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7) Season 2

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Where do I start with season 2, or “Rick And The Gang Work On A Farm” as I like to call it.

Certain points of season 2 were detrimentally inexcusable, from including entire episodes which just show our survivors jawing away with Hershel’s clan, botching Shane’s death compared to the comic, and dragging on the search for Sophia longer than necessary. Season 2 also happens to be the biggest offender of inconsistent quality mentioned before, only containing probably two hours of gripping television versus the other eleven or so hours of nothingness. The whole thing just felt like a ho-hum family drama taking place during a zombie apocalypse that apparently ignored a little plot of rural farmland leaving plenty of time for characters to argue about love-triangles, episodes to pass excruciatingly slow, serious life lessons to be learned – hell, at least it gave us plenty of time to learn why we should hate Lori!

Boredom, nothing but absolute boredom was found on the farm. Boredom, bland speeches from Rick to his son, the gang learning to shoot weapons, Shane’s inevitable downfall, Lori’s frustrating emotional rollercoaster, some deaths no one cared about, the before mentioned well-walker, and lots, lots, LOTS of downtime.

I feel like I slept through season 2 honestly. One minute I was watching the CDC explode, the next I’m watching Rick stumble upon the jail – or maybe that’s just how I wish it happened.

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8) The Television Show Is Frustratingly Safe

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I need your help again comic book fans. Is it just me, or is Kirkman’s comic more dangerous and boundary-pushing? I can’t help but shake this feeling of safety and caution during the creation of AMC’s show. Kirkman’s comic is grittier, darker, and questions apocalyptic thinking in a way that absolutely has the biggest set of balls. No topic is too taboo. Love, survival, morality – storylines get deep and don’t avoid the dirty stuff.

Specific Examples:

Shane’s Death is the first instance that comes to mind, so let’s recap that real quick. In the show, the build-up to Shane’s death sees him at odds with Rick for most of season 2, until finally ending in a showdown with Rick at high-noon (or just at a random location away from the farm). Rick ends up killing Shane, his corpse reanimates, and Carl kills zombie Shane. My reaction – “OK, Carl killed a zombie, someone who has already been killed. Meh.”

Now jump to the comics and it’s something completely different, and entirely more meaningful/edgy. You’ve got the same type of standoff but Shane has Rick unarmed and dominated. Pleading for his life, Rick tries to reason with Shane, but it’s no use as he yells about how Rick never was meant to live and he was never meant to come back. But just as all seems lost and Shane goes to cock his shotgun, a bullet rips through Shane’s neck, killing him – and this is in the very first volume mind you. A child is forced to kill a human being, one who he grew close to and became connected with, but Carl did what he had to in order to save his father. Gut-wrenching, powerful, and completely out of left-field – and also the perfect way to set a precedent of deeply disturbing material.

Kirkman takes risks with his comic material that may seem too forward and progressive for AMC, but that’s also a major reason why his comics kick so much ass. The Carl example happens early on and is similar to the show, which is why I picked it to exemplify this point, but trust me when I say there are moments 10x more appropriate that I can’t bring myself to spoil. All I’ll say is Lori’s baby. Season 4, you know what to do.

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9) No Zombies?

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So I guess I’ll be a little positive after being such a downer, because season 3 took care of my next complaint, but I still have to raise it just because of historical reasons.

I mentioned before that The Walking Dead show felt like a drama taking place during the apocalypse, and that’s majorly because entire episodes would go by with only one or two walkers seen in the background. Again, not to harp on a single season, but how can we NOT look to the farm for this. Am I correct in saying there were one or two episodes where we didn’t see a SINGLE zombie? I tend not to vividly remember because, well, there wasn’t much worth remembering in season 2, but one aspect I couldn’t understand was the lack of “walkers” in a show called The Walking Dead.

Season 1 did a decent job of peppering in the undead, even though we lost time when our survivors took refuge in the CDC – but that was understandable. What wasn’t understandable was how we survived most of season 2, from stumbling upon the farm all the way to the finale where there finally was an attack, with minimal zombie action. Otis and Shane’s wild ride was one episode, and Shane and Rick’s tussle was another – but what else?

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10) The Comics Are Perfect, Why Change It?

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There’s an argument to be made that a TV show that differentiates from the comic is a good thing because of the reasons Kirkman has voiced before. It could be a totally different creative rehash of past events that keep comic fans guessing while reeling in new fans that may pick up the comics for a completely different experience. I don’t argue that – hell, I think it’s a novel idea. So what’s my problem? AMC’s The Walking Dead has been trying this for three seasons now, and has failed mightily in this respect.

Any way you look at it, Kirkman’s comic exists in a league of its own compared to the show. It’s the minors versus the majors. Rookies versus the Veterans. Pros Versus Joes.

But it’s not just here and there – it’s every aspect. Story, horror, gore, character depth, tension, action, entertainment, replay value, excitement, insanity, creativity, boundary ignorance, morality questioning, mental stimulation – the television show is nothing but a hollow shell of a larger, better, faster, stronger version of The Walking Dead. I know some people aren’t into reading and don’t want to suffer the stigma of owning a comic, but I can’t stress enough how hooked I was after only reading Volume 1 of The Walking Dead. Since then, I’ve never finished a volume in less than one consecutive reading, being entirely too gripping to peel myself away from.

If you’re struggling with the TV show, there’s no doubt you’ll appreciate the comic – it’s hardcore horror with an amazing take on a post-apocalyptic zombie world. If you love the TV show and think it’s intense, the comic will blow you away, but if the show is already too much to handle, then approach the comics with caution – but still try it.

I think I’ve said enough on the topic, but I want to hear what you think. Comic fans, do you agree with me? Television fans, am I being too harsh? Sound off in the comments!

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  • Shawn

    This show should have been on HBO or Showtime. The censorship on AMC is too limiting for a zombie apocalypse..

    • skunkybeaumont

      maaaaaaaan… WHAT censorship??? Aside from the word ‘fuck’ and nudity what’s missing? We’ve seen more internal organs than a hot dog factory.

      • Ryan Colson

        I think most comic fans know the censorship, like Dale and Andrea and Carl and Shane. It shocked me that season four finale actually let there be a Rick unhinged scene, albeit censored again in regards to what it could have been.

    • anonymous

      omg thank you! I’ve said that since the pilot episode

  • Cameron Demmings

    The comic is not better than the tv show. In the comic a lot of the characters are written as being ridiculously hostile and chaotic even in the environment of an apocalypse and the whole “humans are more dangerous than the dead” theme is pushed a little too hard. We get it. Humans bad. At least on the tv show the plotting and writing is more even handed and the character development is handled much better. No racist slutty Michonne or Charles Manson Governor. Instead we have enigmatic, kickass Michonne and ted Bundy Governor…a man who is more cerebral and less helter skelter.

    • phillipkslick

      Michonne on the show is just a ball of pint up angry for little to no reason, she had a reason to be angry in the comic. Also, why call Michonne racist? She made on off comment about Tyrese being with a white woman when she was trying to seduce him because she knew he wanted her chocolate. Overall, though, characters are handled much better in the comic, which surprises me that Kirkman writes some of the worst episodes of the show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gabriel.wingman.1 Gabriel Wingman

    outstanding… well said on all counts! You really took your time to cover all points and it’s much appreciated. Good to know someone out there is sharing the same frustrations about the show. The one thing I wanted to add, and I know u did touch upon this with characters like T-Dog, but I am actually astonished by how many characters on the show are introduced, and not as minor characters, but potential major ones and then are killed off a couple episodes. In particular I’m thinking of Oscar and the other surviving prisoner. It almost seems like they are just testing out characters and what an actor can bring to the show and like the producers turn around and say, yeah um, Oscar not really working out, just kill him off. I mean when Oscar chose to kill that whack job prisoner over Rick that implicated to me that this was the start of something… that the guy is going to have some weight on the show because he was introduced that way…. then over the next couple of episodes you could see the decline. He got less lines each show and then none, then dead. I actually liked the other prisoner…. thought he was an interesting character, and i was expecting something to come out his experience with motorcycles…. like a scene where maybe he gets Daryl out of hot water by rigging his downed cycle. I hate how the show introduces people and objects in a way that makes you think you’re going to see some development of that character or an object like photo of Rick and family kid gets from bar… why hasn’t that element come into play again? The amount of pure canon fodder on the show is really making me question whether I will even invest anytime watching season 4. And, yes season 3 finale sucked… the whole woodbury vs. prison story arc was way to stretched out, and the sad thing, amc isn’t done…. they want to go into the next season. Anyway, had to get that out of my system. Thanks again.

  • Chris

    i have only just caught up on the walking dead just last week. i would have been up to date if it was not for season 2, i just had to stop watching a few times out of sheer boredom. season 3 on the other hand i could not wait to watch the next episode and plowed through them over 2 weeks, at least the show is getting better.

    since finishing season 3 i have started making my way through the comic, so far i have only just gotten to the initial woodbury aftermath with deputy stumpy and i am loving it.. your right, rick seems to be a lot more together in the comics.. i guess they feel that with all these extra badasses on the TV show we can spare rick to be the crazy one.

    • Jester1137

      Comic Rick is both more and less badass.

      He’s got his crap together a lot more, but he can’t just magically beat down men twice his size like TV Rick.

  • Mauro

    The TV show will never have that epic “WE are the walking dead” speech given by Rick in the prison. Also, I think they missed on the chance of making that epic woodbury vs. prison final battle.

    • rvernon

      The latest twists in the comic make the Woodbury showdown look like patty cake.

    • AndreaswGw

      Did´nt you watch the Sinale Scene of Season 2 this was Ricks Speech, but even better than in the comics.

      • Ryan Colson

        Worse than comics.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.zimmermann.90 Matt Zimmermann

    A better title for this would be “The FIRST 10 Reasons Why The Walking Dead Comic Is Better Than The TV Show”

  • skunkybeaumont

    Woodbury was much more open to attack than the prison. Without people on the walls at all times keeping watch (and even that’s not perfect, see: The Governor’s eye fiasco) things would have fallen apart QUICKLY.

    • Vjetrovnjak

      Which probably WILL happen at the start of the next season.
      Governor will lead Randall’s people, and attack the prison.
      Just my hunch, though.

  • rvernon

    You MIGHT be able to safely mention the story arc where the group is still traveling on the hwy and stumbles onto the path of a group of “civilized cannibals”. Same books where they met the priest holed up in the church. The end of that arc REALLY drove home the idea that the humans WERE the walking dead. It was brutal. Brilliant.

  • jenkins

    is it just me or are the hour long episodes only 15 minutes of show and 45 minutes of commercials for how amc plays the walking dead?

  • http://www.facebook.com/JeffroSkull Jeff Irvine

    I actually am getting tired of this reaction to the Walking Dead show. Is the comic book superior? Yes it is. But does that mean that the show isn’t good also? No, I don’t think that it does. I will admit that the vast majority of season 2 was crap, but even you should be able to admit that once Darabont was out and Mazzerra took over at the halfway point, that things started to get better. Is the show without flaws, certainly not, but hell is it entertaining, and keeps me wanting more.

  • Vjetrovnjak

    I understand your gripe, but there is a good thing in all of this.
    People WILL buy the comic more and people WILL like it more than the show, probably – and that’s because of the show itself.
    I’m saying this from a personal experience:
    From 2001-2003, I was hooked on the Lord of the Rings films.
    I ADORE them.
    And those films made me buy and read the books.
    And when I read them – I got hooked, and read all of the other Tolkien’s books.
    Now, I can honestly call myself a Tolkien nerd.
    When I look at the films now… Well, I don’t find them as good as before, but I could never be ”angry” at them, because they introduced me to the books.

    Same thing is with Walking Dead – it’s a flawed show, but I watch it every week.
    And, actually, I will buy the comic book in a few days.
    So, the show was good ENOUGH to make me buy a comic, and potentially hooking me on it.

    • Nouseforaname

      I agree on that. I too don’t care much about the show having started reading the comic book before, but many times mediocre shows or movies have pointed me towards great books and comics.

    • Jester1137

      I think really short shrift is given here to the first six episodes.

      Really, to all of Season 1 prior to the CDC.

      I didn’t read the comic until I saw show either. Now, I’d say the first six episodes were as good as the comic, and the rest of Season 1 was close.

      The comic episode 1-100 was much better than the show Season 2 through current.

      The comic is slipping now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.garvey.334 Andrew Garvey

    A few things the TV show does better – Daryl is a great character, as is Merle, the governor is more believable as a a character and as a leader of other people (since in the comic he’s obviously mental from first glance. Also, while I agree on Shane’s death, the character has much more time to dvel and is far, far more interesting. And finally, “the comic is perfect”??? No, no, no. Have you read some of the recent issues? Negan is a thuggish governor retread and that bloke with the tiger and all the nonsense with all these different settlements is getting more ludicrous by the issue.

    • Ian

      I’d have to agree with your last comment. The last few issues of the comic have become boring and stale. Much worse than season 2.

      • Jester1137

        Kirkman has said a few times that he felt he killed the Governor off too soon.

        He’s going way to far in the other direction with Negan.

    • Jester1137

      The Governor was more believable right up until he turned into superman in the last couple episodes of season 3.

      Yeah. Merle couldn’t scratch him. He can mow down 30 people with one magazine.

      The Governor in the comic is just a guy. He’s not even particularly physically tough, even before Michonne produces the first episode of “Extreme Makeover:Psychopath Edition”.

      That’s part of what makes him so damned frightening. He’s just a total bastard with no ordinary human sense of compassion, not some unkillable superhuman.

    • Negan

      The governor was nothing compared to Negan. If anything the governor was a thug leading a gang of thugs. Negan is like a general leading an army.

  • Nouseforaname

    I think the article is correct. I won’t bother with the specific numbers, but the overall points it gets through are right. The comic book is an emotional trip that as a long time comic reader, book reader, movie goer etc. I can compare to few others. Frankly I have pushed myself hard to try and watch the 2nd season of the show and I haven’t done it yet. There are shows out there that are way worse than The Walking Dead which is a good zombie story, but the comic’s real feeling never made it ti TV.

  • Jeremy N.

    It’s really tough for me to watch the tv show anymore, especially when I’ve grown so close to the characters in the comic. Yes, the comic does have its flaws at points, but the bottom line is Kirkman brings you into a world that is so horrific and emotional..that you don’t want the comic to end.

    With the show..when the episode ends..I just want to go to bed.

  • http://twitter.com/T0NSTER333 ÇℜΔÇK_ℵΙℵℑΔΔ

    Yawn… comicbook fanboys. The show is 10x better than the comic. Who in their right mind thinks drawings on a page have more excitement and emotion attached than well acted and written tv series!? I’l tell ya who…. goddamn fanboys. Comics were fun when I was a kid but they are just pieces of paper. How can you have so much attachment to them?

    P.S. Star Wars fanboys are the worst kind, as Star Wars is a steaming pile of kiddies shit

    • kingderp II

      I would not expect you to understand unless you read the comics. also the show is pretty slow paced and bland with lackluster acting and an inaccurate plot line. there could be 100 reasons why the comics are better in my opinion.

    • Negan

      Go back to your cave you fucking philistinic troglodyte.

  • Maverickx25

    “Why change the comic?”
    Well, unfortunately, there are restrictions for TV shows. I’m kinda put off that there were soooo many moments in the comic that were changed on the show, and that’s because it’s still on television, and if they get too carried away, censors will come around and shut down the show, I’m sure.

    I like most of the reasons here though.

    • Matt Donato

      Yeah, the TV restrictions are true. Sadly I know they can’t get away with EVERYTHING at AMC, but that’s why it might have been better to go an HBO or STARZ route with more freedom. I mean, it’s gory and all, don’t get me wrong, but imagine if the show were given a true 100% green light to do anything it wanted to….

  • FlippityFlop

    Ok i’m confused. In that first paragraph you just described yourself. Aren’t you the one “cry[ing] about one of your favorite comic book properties becoming mainstream” just with this article. You’re, well kinda stupid and definitely shouldn’t be writing opinion pieces. P.S. I stopped reading after the first paragraph because I DEFINANTLY don’t agree with someone like you.

    • Matt Donato

      I don’t even really want to respond to this, but, most obviously, I’m not sure you can call me stupid and bash my ability to write an opinion piece without, you know, reading my opinion?

    • http://mikevo.wordpress.com/ Mike Van Orden

      if you’re going to bah on him, make an informed argument after reading the entire article. Otherwise, you’re just a troll

  • Thomas L. Cunningham IV

    There’s NO comparison. The comic books are better in nearly every way (the side story of the husband who couldn’t kill his zombie wife is an exception that I was grateful to see return in season 3). I loved the first season and it inspired me to grab a few back issues just to see what the differences might be. I was amazed at how rich the story was. I raged through all the back issues (putting me well ahead of the coming seasons) and looked forward to seeing how they would play out. Major disappointment. And season three was a travesty. Though Michonne hews pretty close to the comic, Andrea was ridiculous. No tears shed at her season 3 conclusion. Knowing the characters to come in the comics, there is NO NEED to have the Governor hanging around. Compared to Negan? Really?

    • Matt Donato

      I agree 100%. They lost me by not tying up the Goveror’s arc come the end, and the whole plot of moving everyone into the prison? The prison should be over and done with. I’ve always been iffy on the TV show, but Season 3′s end pretty much confirmed how different (and not in a good way) the show is from the source material.

  • KPierce-girlyboy

    The tv show was what drew me into The Walking Dead, the comic book was what got me completely hooked. I do agree that the comic books are better (it’s easier to draw gore, and explain plot through words, and control and focus emotion) but I am still totally enthralled with the show, and want to see how the tv show lines up with the comics; having somethings brought to life from the comics is amazing. I feel they are two separate entities, and although I enjoy watching the show (somewhat for Darryl), I still cling to and impatiently wait for the comic books and their further progression of the story. It’s a guilty pleasure knowing more of the story than the show chooses to tell. As previously stated, I see them as different things, and love them somewhat separately. I love tv Rick in a different way I love comic Rick and etc.

  • AndreaswGw

    I have to agree with you with the Dale Thing, his Death was pretty bad and unrealistic as hell, but in the others Point, youre mostly wrong.

    Every Season Finale had great Character Development und was an exiting set up for the next season. Season 1 with Shane. Season 2 with Rick, Andrea, Lori. Season 3 with The Governor, Rick and Carl.
    To the “Weak Episodes”. Do you remember the 9th Volume “Here we Remain” ? How many crying and losing faith was in this entire Volume ? That was way more annoying that anything the TV Show ever brought up.

    In The Comics there are also a lot of uninteresting charcters dying. And if you heard to the audience T-Dogs Dead shocked the Viewership.

    First of all: I belive that the Big War will come in Season 4 and second: Are you watching the Show for good Drama or Splatter ?

    To be honest i found the way they handeled Rick in the TV Series way more interesting than in the comics.

    I have to agree a bit. Season 2 was a bit lacking, could have been more action in it.

    This is the worst example ever. Shanes Storyline was 100000 Times better than in the comics. Way more Development, way more shocking Moments thanks to him and a better Finale. And even a better aftermath in Season 3 were he is still mentioned a lot.

    Season 2 had Zombies in every single Episode, not in the quantity of Season 3 but it had.

    Comics are´nt perfect at all. The TV Series made so MUCH improvements compared to the Comics. And also wouldn´t it be boring seeing the exactly same thing from the Comics on the Screen ?

  • Name

    This is old, but I feel like I have to point this extremely obvious fact out.

    “I mentioned before that The Walking Dead show felt like a drama taking place during the apocalypse”.


    This is exactly what’s wrong with a lot TWD “fans”. They seem to think the show is just another action-filled zombie show where it needs to be non-stop action and bloodshed. The Walking Dead IS a drama taking place during the apocalypse.

    • Name

      Also, if the show was a carbon-copy of the comics, I would have no interest in it. I don’t really want to watch a show when I know exactly what’s going to happen next. The show hasn’t completely failed; only in the pacing of Season 2 and 3, and most of the episodes on the back half of Season 3 (Minus Clear, This Sorrowful Life, and Arrow to the Doorpost).

    • Matt Donato

      You’re right, not the best choice of words there, because TWD is absolutely a drama taking place during the apocalypse, I agree, but the comic breaks up that pacing and makes you forget. The show, on the other hand, will gone one entire episodes without raising a pulse, only to then take the easy way out. I care about the characters in the comic, not the TV show.

  • Pat

    They didn’t blow up the CDC, they just couldn’t stop it from blowing up.
    How they could just walk away from all the military equipment still sitting outside was stupid though. A few million rounds of ammo and military grade weapons, why take any of that?
    The best part of the TV show so far has been finally killing off Lori, hated her so much.

  • phillipkslick

    We have to differ when it comes to season 2 as a whole, I think it’s the best season. That’s not saying much since I really disliked season 1 and gave up the show before being convinced to gilve season 2 a try, now, I’ve given up again and doubt I’ll watch season 4. Everything else we agree on. Also, you do know there are issues of the comic where there’s no zombies, right? Just pointing that out since that was your number 9 complaint about the show. In fact season 2 felt more like the comic to me, also Rick’s speech in the final moments of the season 2 finale is the one and only time AMC’s Rick felt like his comic counterpart.

  • Jester1137

    The show has NO Frontalot.

    That alone makes it dramatically inferior to the comic.

  • MIke

    The comics go multiple issues without zombies.

  • Con

    Dale’s death in TV was a great “fuck you” to fans of comics. Jesus, he survives two separate bites, ’til the second bite kills him, and that even takes like 12 hours or something. He also loses his both legs, fuck, the dude’s almost 70, and he pulls shit like that off! Dale’s death in comics was one of the best and memorable deaths of all time, but in TV…