The Walking Dead: Compendium Three by Robert Kirkman

Title: The Walking Dead.
Series: Compendium Three
Volume: #17-24
Writer(s): Robert Kirkman.
Penciler(s): Charlie Adlard.
Inker(s): Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano.
Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn.
Letterer(s): Rus Wooton.
Publisher: Image Comics.

Format: Paperback – Omnibus.
Release Date: October 13th, 2015.
Pages: 1088.
Genre(s): Horror, Comic Book.
ISBN13: 9781632154569.
My Overall Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Previously in the Walking Dead Series:
The Walking Dead: Compendium One by Robert Kirkman.
The Walking Dead: Compendium Two by Robert Kirkman.


While society could crumble under the weight of an apocalyptic menace, humanity remains in its survivors’ hearts. Against unbelievable odds, pummeled to the ground by the relentless assault of hopelessness, humans can still find deep within themselves an iota of beliefs that holds them together, remind them of the good that they can collectively accomplish, and channel the remainder of their strengths into building the utopia that they can only envision. Building up his phenomenal dead-infested franchise, writer and creator Robert Kirkman masterfully continues his thorough and bleak exploration of human nature within a context of survival and a desperate search for happiness. Collecting issues #97-144 (volumes 17-24) of the series, this compendium further portrays a broken and grim world with brio.

What is The Walking Dead: Compendium Three? With Rick Grimes and his community finally on the verge of building the village they could only have dreamed of while the dead lurk around their walls, a new force of evil surges into their life and he has no mercy for those who do not kneel to his vision of the world: Negan. As this confrontation leads to tremendous losses and sacrifices, as well as unlikely alliances and leaps of faith, the war brings out the worse in the survivors who will do anything for a semblance of peace rather than absolute calamity. As the Negan saga ends, this compendium also introduces readers to the arrival of the mysterious and outlandish Whisperers. Can Rick and his followers ever outwit and overcome the challenges ahead or succumb to the terror that others seek to unleash upon them?

“You see, Rick. Whatever you do… No matter fucking what… you do not mess with the New World Order.”

— Robert Kirkman

The story collected within this compendium continues to evolve cyclically, whether it’s in the emotional intensity of events (calm versus chaos) or the narrative structure (peace versus war). The highlight of this compendium lies in the entirety of the war against Negan and, oh boy, is he a menace to humanity. You just know, at every instance that he appears, that something absolutely wild and unimaginable is bound to happen or be said. Any casualty that occurs by his hands is bound to know a severe and eye-gouging death, beautifully insisting on a terrifying fact: humans are the most monstrous creatures in the world, even when the dead walks the earth. While Negan does easily steal the show in this compendium, there’s an unparalleled balance attained in the exploration of the psychological plights of several side characters, offering enough fruit for thought on countless universal themes but within a post-apocalyptic setting, whether it’s love, war, family, good, evil, justice, life, and death.

The black-and-white artwork by artist Charlie Adlard is once more beyond reproach. The accuracy with which he captures emotions through facial expressions, demeanours, framing, and the atmosphere is incredible. The dynamic qualities of his drawings also offer a gorgeous, cinematic, and vivid style. Rarely are readers ever lost in the story as each panel speaks a thousand words and brilliantly translates writer Robert Kirkman’s ideas. Ideas of perseverance against that of defeatism are also wonderfully captured by the unique artwork. However, just don’t forget, when the gore begins, it goes strong, and when it goes strong, it delivers a gut-wrenching punch into your mind, effortlessly creating reactions of horror and disgust when most appropriate. With that being said, sacrifice is key in this story arc as Rick Grimes tests an old saying that sometimes you just have to lose a battle to win a war. However, expect said sacrifices to be a visual treat for dark and terrifying ideas.

The Walking Dead: Compendium Three is another phenomenal volume packed with atrocities brought forth not only by the dead but two of the most terrifying antagonists in the franchise: Negan and the Whisperers.



7 thoughts on “The Walking Dead: Compendium Three by Robert Kirkman

  1. Well, no luck w the computer.
    Magic released a small collection of Walking Dead cards. A lot of babies made a lot of noise because Negan was included n they were ‘outraged’. Made me roll my eyes so hard.
    It made me realize that so many people have ZERO knowledge about the rest of the world’s warlords. I don’t want them to have to experience that kind of horror, but ignoring reality like that pisses me off.

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    1. Ahhh yes. That reminds me of how a particularly gory scene concerning the death of one of the main characters caused an uproar (because it’s toooooo violent, blablabla) when it was adapted into the TV series (yet I didn’t find that they pushed it as far as they could’ve with what the comic actually shows too).

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  2. How do you find the comics compare to the tv series? Are they vastly different, or relatively close with some differences? Do you find yourself leaning more toward one versus the other, or do they both stand out on their own?

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    1. I find the comics superior to the show. There’s so much packed into so little through the medium. However, in the show, up to where I did stop (around season 9?), there are several story arcs that are quite well adapted. They also did a great job with casting for several of the comic book characters. The show, also, however, changes up some key relationships, kills off some people who shouldn’t die, and added new characters who never existed to make them central. As a fan of the comics, I think it’s fair that they did it that way. It gives the show something original and different while maintaining the spirit of the comics. However… when they DO change things up from the comics, it’s a lot easier to get frustrated. The show’s pacing is also hit or miss, with loads of filler when you just want things to go straight to the fun parts but sometimes it’s necessary just so viewers can connect with the characters. For the time being, I’d gladly reread these comics through the years. The next and final compendium also contains a story arc that I didn’t see in the TV series so I can’t say how loyal they were to the source material. Maybe someday I’ll rewatch the show and finish it up just to see how it changes from the finale of the comic.


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