The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor Hardcover | Kindle
By Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga
St. Martinâ€™s Press
Release Date: October 11, 2011
In The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor, the reader gets a previously untold back story on one of the greatest villains from the Walking Dead universe: The Governor. In this first of three prequel novels from St Martinâ€™s Press, fans of the Walking Dead comics and television show get a treat and learn about the origins of The Governor and how he became the vicious psychopath that we meet later in the comic book series.
Iâ€™ve been a fan of the Walking Dead for a very long time. When a new issue of the comic is released, itâ€™s the first thing I read on my weekly stack of comics. When St. Martinâ€™s Press announced that they were releasing a trilogy of prequel novels, I was excited and hesitant at the same time. I wanted the novels to have the same level of excitement as the comic series and the television series.
Once I got a copy of the first prequel novel, I was pleasantly surprised at how much the Walking Dead works in the prose medium. The novel hooked me from the first page. As a fan of the comic, I had some knowledge of who The Governor is from reading the issues. I just didnâ€™t know how he became what he would eventually become. The novel explains a lot of the missing pieces. The novel also reveals information that changes certain parts of the comic that Walking Dead comic fans thought they knew but really donâ€™t until reading the novel. I wonâ€™t spoil this critical information, but if youâ€™ve read a comic by Robert Kirkman before, the ending will surprise you.
The novel by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and novelist Jay Bonansinga is a solid read. If youâ€™re a long-time fan of the Walking Dead comics, youâ€™ll be in for a well-deserved treat. If youâ€™re a fan of the AMC television series, I think youâ€™ll be in for a treat as well seeing as we will probably be seeing this character in the television series eventually. If youâ€™re not familiar with the comic series or the television show, then I suggest you read the novel anyway. Itâ€™s a solid zombie survival story that begs to be read.