While Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead might be the most iconic zombie comic of all time, one thing it never offered fans was a look at the post-apocalyptic zombie-infested world in full color. That ends soon, however, as Kirkman unveiled The Walking Dead Deluxe at the Skybound Xpo earlier this week, showcasing the series in full color for the first time thanks to colorist Dave McCaig (Pagan Death, Northlanders).
The plan is to collect the entire series in color with two issues being released each month, beginning October 7. Unlike Negan Lives, which was released solely for comic shops to help boost their business due to the pandemic, this deluxe edition will also be available for purchase online.
PORTLAND, Ore. 07/18/2020 — Read it again! Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment will revisit the historic independent series that took the entertainment world by storm 17 years ago—The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman (Fire Power, Oblivion Song) and Charlie Adlard (Vampire State Building)—with newly, fully colored issues. Featuring the stunning work of the masterful Dave McCaig, these new issues will launch in October with The Walking Dead Deluxe #1. Kirkman first announced the fully colored issues during Skybound Xpo, Skybound’s virtual pop-culture convention, earlier today. This deluxe revival of the series will also feature a memorable array of variant covers—by such artists as David Finch, Tony Moore, Julian Totino Tedesco, and Arthur Adams—commemorating major character introductions and the series’ most memorable twists and turns. Each issue will include a new installment of “The Cutting Room Floor,” featuring Kirkman’s original handwritten plots along with commentary on abandoned storylines and plot points that may have changed along the way. This definitive presentation of the story will NOT be collected into trade paperback any time soon, so fans and new readers should not trade-wait to experience this fully colored edition of the popular survival horror series. Issue #1 will be available on October 7. Each following month two issues will be released. The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 7.
The Walking Dead Deluxe issue #1 releases with five pieces of cover art by various artists, including:
- The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover A David Finch & Dave McCaig – Diamond Code AUG200027
- The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover B Tony Moore & Dave McCaig – Diamond Code AUG200028
- The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover C Charlie Adlard – Diamond Code AUG200029
- The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover D Julian Totino Tedesco – Diamond Code AUG200030
- The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover E Arthur Adams – Diamond Code AUG200031
This is definitely a series you’ll want to read if you’ve been a long time fan of the series, or if you’re one of those who was put off from the black-and-white art that the original run used. Either way, we’re now getting the best of both worlds.