The hit comic book series “The Walking Dead” comes to AMC on Sunday as a television miniseries.
Starting Sunday, fans can watch county Sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) traverse the U.S. after the world is ravaged by a zombie epidemic.
The show will premiere with a 90-minute episode at 9 p.m. Halloween. The show is written and executive-produced by three-time Academy Award nominee Frank Darabont (“The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Green Mile”), who also directs the pilot.
Image Comics, publishers of “The Walking Dead,” will give fans a new way to catch up on the comic book series in 2011. The story lines have been collected in trade paperback form, but for fans who prefer the single-issue comic book format, the series will be reprinted as single issues in 2011.
Called “The Walking Dead Weekly,” each week will bring a reprinted issue of the hit series in order of release.
“Keeping a series like this going year after year is all about creating good jumping-on points for new readers,” series creator and writer Robert Kirkman says in a news release. “And what better way to jump on than with the very first issue? Making this series available in single-issue form will make it easier for new fans to jump on board and for old fans to fill in any gaps in their collection.”
“The Walking Dead” was created by Kirkman and artist Tony Moore. The first issue was released in 2003. Charlie Adlard has been the artist since issue No. 7. The most recent issue of the series, No. 77, is available now.
Also by Robert Kirkman:
“Haunt”: A priest must work with his recently deceased brother, a government agent, as the supernatural force Haunt. Issues 1-5 are available in a trade paperback; issues 6-10 are available in comic-book format. Kirkman cocreated “Haunt” with Todd McFarlane, the creator of “Spawn.”
“Invincible”: A teen has inherited his father’s superpowers. Collected in 13 trade paperback volumes (so far). Issue No. 75 is scheduled for release Wednesday.
“Astounding Wolf-Man”: A man mauled and left for dead becomes a superheroic werewolf. The final issue of this series is scheduled for release Wednesday.
“Guarding the Globe”: This miniseries spinning off from “Invincible” features the superheroes of Earth. Two issues have been released.
- By Matthew Price
From Friday’s The Oklahoman