Big old bump but we don't need two threads for the one book, no matter how brilliant it is - mind you I've still got to buy the audiobook of WWZ as it's another year until Pitt's film is out.
From the library I got hold of the UK volumes 3 to 8 of The Walking Dead
collected graphic novels of 5-6 issues at a time - these will be series 3 of the TV show, although I don't think they will literally do three volumes for each half of the season - and a good prep to see the differences.
How the hardcore fans spent nine years waiting for these issues every single month (or two years for the weekly reissues) I'll never know, I jumped in and read the lot in one five hour speed-read, some of it I knew about from the wiki but hadn't seen the artwork or laughed at the gallows humour, I'm not surprised the series has grown and grown as a bestseller from 2003 to now.
The fact that there's an issue's interlude at the start of Made To Suffer before continuing to the end, builds up to more of Kirkman's recurring Western with Zombies theme, with a decent dollop of Romero's allegories at the same time, mean that you could actually buy this 8th volume by itself, with its massive peak in the storyline I'm not surprised that that's where the first UK paperback compendium ends. Kirkman seems to have gone for a similar big shock around issue 100 as with 48-50.
The next 8 volumes are on order at the library, I've got the single book #101 coming from Ebay and #102, which ends the Somthing To Fear storyline, the single is out next week and will form collection 17 out at Christmas.
What I noticed is how Andrew Lincoln's portrayal of Rick in the show seems toned down compared to the graphic novel where he's almost as much of a nutter as the human opponents they meet. If any characters point out to him the times that his decisions get people killed, they don't tend to last long afterwards
We'll have to see how things change after issue 103 when there's at least one other no-going-back turn to the storyline.