Book Review: The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor

The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor
Hardcover | Kindle
By Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga
St. Martin’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 Martin’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.

I’ve been a fan of the Walking Dead for a very long time. When a new issue of the comic is released, it’s the first thing I read on my weekly stack of comics. When St. Martin’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 didn’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 don’t until reading the novel. I won’t spoil this critical information, but if you’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 you’re a long-time fan of the Walking Dead comics, you’ll be in for a well-deserved treat. If you’re a fan of the AMC television series, I think you’ll be in for a treat as well seeing as we will probably be seeing this character in the television series eventually. If you’re not familiar with the comic series or the television show, then I suggest you read the novel anyway. It’s a solid zombie survival story that begs to be read.

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