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The Walking Dead Comic Universe is a series of The Walking Dead media that is canon within the same universe as the original Comic Series. The universe consists thirty-two volumes of the Comic Series, eight specials, three graphic novels, ten novels, six video games, two shorts, and a podcast.
- 1 Comics
- 2 Novels
- 2.1 Robert Kirkman Novels
- 2.2 Jay Bonansinga Novels
- 2.3 Wesley Chu Novels
- 3 Games
- 4 Shorts
- 5 Podcasts
- 6 Timeline
- 7 Character Appearances
- 8 Trivia
- 9 References
Image Comics' The Walking Dead is the original series of comics, written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment, which started The Walking Dead franchise. The series starred Rick Grimes and his group, The Survivors, trying to survive and adapt to the new world. It consists of 32 volumes (193 issues), it began on October 8, 2003 and officially concluded on July 3, 2019. Starting October 7, 2020, the series was rereleased bi-monthly in full color as The Walking Dead: Deluxe.
The Walking Dead Specials are a series of short, one-off stories starring multiple characters from the Comic Series and Video Game. The first four specials were released together as the Free Comic Book Day Special.
The Michonne Special is a 6 page issue, published on March 16, 2012, starring Michonne Hawthorne along with her boyfriend, Mike, and his friend, Terry. The story shows Michonne's origins during the early days of the apocalypse, before her appearance in Issue 19.
The Governor Special is a 6 page issue, published on February 13, 2013, starring The Governor along with Scott Moon from the novel series. Bob Stookey and Megan Lafferty also make an appearance. The story explores the origins of The Governor's fish tanks during his early days as leader of Woodbury. The story takes place during the events of The Road to Woodbury and before Issue 27.
The Morgan Special is a 6 page issue, released on May 5, 2013, starring Morgan Jones and his son, Duane during Christmas in the apocalypse, around Issue 7. It was included at the end of Issue 34 as a flashback.
The Tyreese Special is a 6 page issue, released on October 9, 2013, starring Tyreese alongside his daughter, Julie, and her boyfriend, Chris. The story shows the origins of Tyreese's hammer during the early days of the apocalypse, before his appearance in Issue 7.
The Alien is a 32 page issue, released on April 20, 2016 and written by Brian K. Vaughan, the story stars the brother of Rick, Jeffrey Grimes. The story is set in Barcelona, Spain before the events of the Comic Series.
Here's Negan is a 16 chapter, stand-alone volume, written by Robert Kirkman, starring Negan before the events of Volume 16. The story was first released on April 27, 2016. It tells the backstory of Negan before and during the early days of the apocalypse and explores the very beginning of the Saviors. The story also features characters such as Dwight, Sherry, Tara, Amber, Martin, and John.
Negan Lives! is a 36 page issue, written by Robert Kirkman and released on July 1, 2020 to support comic book stores during the COVID-19 pandemic. It stars Negan living in isolation after his exile in Issue 174.
Clementine Lives is an 12-page story, written by Tillie Walden and released on July 7, 2021 as part of Skybound X starring Clementine one year after the events of The Final Season of the Telltale Video Game series. The story follows Clementine leaving Ericson's and being confronted by Alvin Jr..
Clementine is an upcoming trilogy of graphic novels and a continuation of the story in Clementine Lives, written by Tillie Walden. It will once again star the character of the same name.
Book One is the first issue in the Clementine series, set to be released in July 2022.
Book Two is the second issue in the Clementine series.
Book Three is the third and final issue in the Clementine series.
Robert Kirkman Novels
Alone, Together is a short novel written by Robert Kirkman as part of the anthology "The Living Dead 2", published on September 1, 2010. The novel stars Timothy Stinnot recalling events leading up to current events. The novel is set either during or between Volumes 9 to 10. Michonne Hawthorne and other members of the Survivors are briefly referenced.
Jay Bonansinga Novels
The Jay Bonansinga Novels are a series of seven novels and one short story written by Jay Bonansinga and Robert Kirkman. The series stars the Governor and Lilly Caul. Each novel was published by Thomas Dunne Books.
Rise of the Governor is the first story of the Novel Series which tells the origin story of Brian Blake, his journey to Woodbury, Georgia, and his eventual rise to villainy as the Governor. The novel takes place before the events of the Comic Series. The novel was released on October 21, 2011.
Just Another Day at the Office is a short novel set right after the events of Rise of the Governor, originally intended to be it's ending. The story was included as a part of the first issue of the Official Magazine on October 23, 2012.
The Road to Woodbury is the second story of the Novel Series. This novel tells the origin story of Lilly Caul and Bob Stookey before they meet the Governor and after settling into Woodbury. The novel was released on October 16, 2012.
The Fall of the Governor is the third story of the Novel Series. The events of this novel take place simultaneously with Volumes 5 to 8. Not counting different perspectives shown from the point of view of Lilly and the Governor, more than 40 comic characters are featured in this novel, including Rick Grimes and several members of his group, many Woodbury residents being named for the first time since their appearance in the Comic Series. The novel was divided into two parts, the first being released on October 8, 2013 and the second being released on March 4, 2014.
Descent is fourth story of the Novel Series. This novel tells the events after The Governor's death and Lilly's struggles to rebuild Woodbury and become it's leader. As well as the dealing with a new religious cult who join the town. The novel was released on October 14, 2014.
Invasion is the fifth story of the Novel Series. This novel concludes the arc set up in Descent, as the survivors of Woodbury gear up for war one last time against Jeremiah and his new group. The novel was released on October 6, 2015.
Search and Destroy is the sixth story of the Novel Series. This novel follows Lilly leading a small group to rescue their children from a military group searching for a cure in Atlanta. The novel was released on October 18, 2016.
Return to Woodbury is the seventh and final story of the Novel Series. This novel follows Lilly leading her new group back to the town of Woodbury to start over again, while dealing with a new enemy along the way and keeping their children safe. The novel was released on October 17, 2017.
Wesley Chu Novels
Typhoon is a stand-alone novel, written by Wesley Chu and published by Skybound Books. The story follows Chen Wenzhu and a group of survivors as they try to survive in military compound in post-apocalypse China along with a Typhoon of dead almost a million strong. The novel was released on October 1, 2019.
All six games are available together on Steam as The Walking Dead: Ultimate Steam Bundle.
The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series is a video game series developed and was originally published by Telltale Games and later on by Skybound Entertainment. The game consisted of four seasons and a mini-series. All 23 episodes were remastered and included in The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series.
Season One is the first season of the Video Game series. Consisting of five episodes, the game follows Lee Everett trying to protect a little girl named Clementine in the post-apocalyptic world. The first episode was released on April 24, 2012 and the last episode was released on November 20, 2012. The first episode features the characters of Hershel Greene, his son Shawn, and Glenn. The events of the game takes place before Issue 1.
On July 2, 2013, a special episode titled 400 Days was released as an DLC. It focuses on five different protagonists: Vince, Wyatt, Russell, Bonnie, and Shel, each in their own short personal stories in a tight geographic area. There is an epilogue starring Tavia, which brings the 5 stories together. "400 Days" bridges the gap between the players choices in Season 1 and the events of Season 2. The episode takes place before Issue 91.
Season Two is the second season of the Video Game series. Also consisting of five episodes, this time around the game follows Clementine as she is forced fend for herself after Lee's death in the first season. The first episode was released on December 17, 2013 and the last episode was released on August 26, 2014. The game takes place between Issues 126 and 127.
Michonne is a three episode mini-series that stars Michonne Hawthorne being haunted by her past. The first episode was released on February 23, 2016 and the last episode was released on April 26, 2016. The game is also set between Issues 126 and 127. It also features Pete, Siddiq, Michonne's daughters Elodie and Colette, and briefly, her ex-husband Dominic.
A New Frontier is the third season of the Video Game series. Consisting of five episodes, the game follows Javier García, journeying to find his family, meets Clementine and their fates are bound together. The first and second episodes were released on December 19, 2016 and the last episode was released on May 29, 2017. The game also features Paul "Jesus" Monroe before the events of Issue 127.
The Final Season is the fourth and last season of the Video Game series. Now consisting of four episodes, Clementine returns to being the playable character, as she journeys to find her and Alvin Jr. a home. The first episode was released on August 14, 2018 and the last episode was released on March 26, 2019. The game also features the character James who was once a member of The Whisperers. This season takes place after Issue 192.
Saints & Sinners is a VR video game developed and published by Skydance Interactive in partnership with Skybound Entertainment that was launched on January 23, 2020. The game follows a tourist as they survive in the flooded remains of New Orleans, Louisiana. Throughout the game are several easter eggs related to the Comic Series and Video Game. The game takes place between Issues 90 and 91.
Aftershocks is a free expansion to Saints & Sinners which continues the story after the main campaign. The expansion follows the Tourist on a mission to get supply caches left by the Reserve. It was released on September 23, 2021.
The No Going Back Trailer Bonus Scene appears at the end of the trailer for fifth episode of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: Season Two. In the trailer, we see Clementine with her babysitter Sandra talking to her parents, Diana and Ed. The scene takes place before the events of Season One. It was released on August 21, 2014.
The Saints & Sinners Cinematic Trailer is a short trailer for The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. It stars Linh during the beginning and in the middle of the apocalypse. The trailer follows Linh's backpack as it's taken by several survivors before finally being reunited with Linh.
Two versions of this trailer exist. One was the official cut which was released on October 2, 2019 and the other is a director's cut, which differs a bit from the official version.
The Supernatural Skeptic's Guide to New Orleans is a 10-part podcast series and a prequel to Saints & Sinners. In the series, we follow Sarah Bennett, the creator of "The Supernatural Skeptic's Guide to New Orleans" radio show. In the show, she investigates locations around New Orleans that are said to have paranormal activity. Sarah than tries to debunk this paranormal stories. She is in the middle of investigating the LaRouche House, a place said to be haunted by the spirit of Quentin LaRouche, a slave owner that was known for torturing his slaves. The podcast was released on November 26, 2019 and takes place before Issue 1.
- Main article: Comic Universe Timeline
This is a list of characters that have physically appeared in two or more mediums in the Comic Universe and which series they appeared in.
- The apocalypse (later known as "The Trials") in the Comic Universe began on July 19, 2003.
- Michonne Hawthorne and Clementine have appeared in a total 4 different mediums in the Comic Universe, the most of any other character.
- The Comic Universe has a total of 23 different protagonists.
- The eight confirmed to be alive are Carl Grimes, Michonne Hawthorne, Lilly Caul, Clementine, Negan, Javier García, Sarah Bennett, and the Tourist.
- The seven with unknown statuses are Timothy Stinnot, Vince, Wyatt, Russell, Shel, Tavia, and Linh.
- The seven confirmed to be deceased are Brian Blake, Tyreese, Morgan Jones, Lee Everett, Jeffrey Grimes, Rick Grimes, and Chen Wenzhu.
- Bonnie's status is determinant, as she can either be deceased or unknown.
- Tyreese, Lee (Determinant), Rick, and Wenzhu are only protagonists who reanimated.
- If Clementine doesn't shoot Lee, then he is the only protagonist who was not put down.
- Michonne Hawthorne, Brian Blake, Clementine, and Negan are the only characters in the Comic Universe to be protagonists of more than one medium.
- Andrea Grimes currently possess the largest kill count out of any character in the Comic Universe, with a total of 35 victims. 10 of these were alongside other survivors, meaning Andrea has directly killed 25 people, which is still the highest of any character in the universe.
- Overkill's The Walking Dead, along with it's five cinematic trailers, were originally canon to the comic universe, however due to Skybound's dissatisfaction with the game's commercial performance and terminating their contract with Starbreeze, the game was cancelled before the six remaining episodes could be released and taken off Steam. Thus, it's safe to assume the events are no longer canon.
- Additionally, the presence of special zombies known as "Bloaters" adds to more evidence of the game not being canon.