Kentucky sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes wakes up in an abandoned hospital after he was severely wounded by a gunshot in the line of duty. Spending almost a month in coma, he wakes up to shockingly discover that everyone has left the town a while ago except for the ones who walks around and feeds on living.
He managed to stand on his feet after much-less effort to patch himself up and then went on to explore the complex only to accidentally encounter a few undead corpses while wandering around. Rick is even attacked by a few of them at the cafeteria to his utter surprise but somehow managed to save himself from their grasp.
He found a decaying female corpse outside that has been reduced to bones near a bicycle and quickly escapes to his home. There he finds the house empty as well as his wife Lori and son Carl Grimes already gone. Rick is then hit with a shovel on back of his head before meeting up to a man named Morgan Jones and his boy Duane.
Duane actually mistook him as a zombie and he gets updated on how this plague of madness spread about a month ago that unleashed these flesh-eating monsters. Since the outbreak has hit mankind, he and his son are looking out for each other. Rick decides heading for Atlanta where he thinks Lori and Carl had moved to.
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They go to Cynthiana Police Department to collect some guns before parting ways and he made a stop midway to put the bicycle girl out of her misery. Then he ran out of gas and when trying to get some fuel from a nearby ranch, he finds rotten corpse of the owner and his family who already has committed group suicide.
As he was leaving, Rick finds a horse inside their barn and picked up a hatchet before resume his journey to Atlanta. They calmly make it to the big city with dead bodies scattered across every turn but while passing through apparently empty streets came under attack shortly by a large horde of Walkers that devoured his horse.
Trying to get a grip with what's happening to him, Rick starts hacking at zombies around him before unexpectedly meeting a survivor named Glenn in alleyways who saves his life. Learning almost everyone in Atlanta is most probably dead, he breaks down thinking of his family but they eventually reach to nearby camp anyway.
There Rick reunites with his family and this reunion made everyone present there happy, except for his best friend and former partner Shane, who is not too excited to see him back from coma. Rick is introduced to Allen and Donna with their kids Ben and Billy, sisters Amy and Andrea, mother-daughter Carol and Sophia.
After encountering a few wandering zombies near campsite, Rick suggests moving their camp from current location, which is close to a city full of undead hordes but Shane strongly disagrees calling it an isolated incident. So, he decides to sneak into the city with Glenn to get more weapons from gun store for better protection.
Using mutilated zombie body parts as camouflage, they managed to get in pretty easily but barely made it out alive from surrounding horde when rain starts pouring all of a sudden. Their stench got washed off, completely blowing their cover and a nervous Rick starts hastily shooting at them as they made a run for their lives.
At campfire during dinner, their camp came under attack by a surprise horde, which left behind heavy causalities. Tension starts rising between Rick and Shane regarding how to keep everyone safe and that lead to a violent conclusion.
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It introduced primary characters like small town cop Rick Grimes, his wife Lori, son Carl, buddy Shane and a newfound family of survivors. Other important people among their group includes Andrea, Carol, Dale and supply runner Glenn. Though some of them will live to see a long journey up ahead, some will most likely to die.
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Primary aspects of this book were adapted for pilot episode of acclaimed TV series The Walking Dead on AMC network, when it has debuted in 2010. Season 1 of that show also took many source materials to establish a base for it.
Kirkman tagged along artist/co-creator Tony Moore (Fear Agent, Punisher) on board to help bringing his vision to light. However, this one remains the only arc in entire series where Moore contributed as both cover artist and illustrator. "Days Gone Bye" is followed by "Miles Behind Us" story up next, also written by Kirkman himself.
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