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The Walking Dead: Compendium Two, by Robert Kirkman, is one of my “To Be Read” books for my 2017 Reading Challenge.



TWD Compendium 2


I gave Compendium One four stars, and I waffle between two and three stars on this one. I'm leaning toward three stars, because part of the problem may be that I have read this and watched the show multiple times, so it didn't keep my interest as well this time around.

It starts out strong with the group scattered after the showdown with the Governor. The introduction of Abraham, Rosita, and Eugene lends some much-needed new blood and a sense of purpose to the storyline. The biggest problem for me is that all too often, Rick or someone (but usually Rick) goes off on a long, boring, info-dumping monologue. It's not even once or twice but time and time again. There are better ways to get the info across, especially when you have the chance to literally draw things out and show everyone first hand. The book really suffers from this one glaring weakness.

I devoured it the first time, eager to know what happened. Once you know, well, the execution of it isn't nearly as captivating. It's still an important part of The Walking Dead world, but it definitely feels like a middle book just biding a chunk of time until Negan arrives.