A second Walking Dead Compendium will arrive just in time for Halloween and, of course, the next season of AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series. The massive volume, collecting issues #49-96 of the Walking Dead comic book, arrives Oct. 3 and retails for $59.99.
Robert Kirkman told USA Today it’s his favorite format for the comic. “It’s just such a big, huge book that really offers a lot of bang for your buck,” he said. “The idea of having Volume 1 and 2 sitting next to each other on a reinforced shelf really excites me.”
Like its predecessor, it collects eight trade paperbacks into one 1,068-page volume. It also sports a similar cover to the first volume, featuring the main characters at the top and “zombiefied” mirror images of them below.
Check out the full cover by Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn after the jump.
Update: Here’s the official press release on the book’s release:
ROBERT KIRKMAN’S THE WALKING DEAD: COMPENDIUM TWO COMING OCTOBER 3
On October 3, 2012, Skybound and Image will release The Walking Dead: Compendium Two (ISBN 978-1-60706596-8) with story by The Walking Dead creator/writer Robert Kirkman and art and cover by longtime The Walking Dead artists Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn. The volume contains the second eight volumes of the groundbreaking, Eisner Award-winning graphic novels and issues 49-96 of the comic series into one massive 1068-page paperback collection sure to delight any fan of comics or the Emmy Award-winning hit series.
The Walking Dead: Compendium One, already in its sixth printing, made it to #1 on both the New York Times’ best-seller lists for graphic novels in paperback and Amazon’s best-seller list of comics and graphic novels. Kirkman is scheduled to win the Innovator Award this month at the Saturn Awards for his continuing story of survival horror and his body of work in general. The Walking Dead: Compendium Two begins with Rick Grimes’ struggle to survive after the prison raid. In a world ruled by the dead, our survivors are forced to finally start living in this new world and it becomes apparent that the walkers are the least of their worries — it’s the living who create the greatest threat.
In this volume, the avid devotee of the comics and the fans who joined them after getting hooked on AMC’s The Walking Dead television series will both understand why The Walking Dead continues to grow in popularity. From the comics and graphic novels to the best-selling “Rise of the Governor” novel written by Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga (St. Martins) to the platinum-selling Telltale game inspired by the comics, the exclusive clothing and accessories at Skybound.com, the figures from McFarlane Toys and many others, The Walking Dead always surprises and never disappoints. This magnificent volume will sell for only $59.99, a bargain price for the magnitude of material inside.
The Walking Dead: Compendium Two is the perfect way to catch up prior to Season 3 debuting later in October on AMC, where Kirkman is an Executive Producer and Writer on the show. In Season 2, the show became the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the United States and broke international records as well.
Update #2: Image sent out another press release today on a hardcover version of the first compendium that’ll be available in San Diego next week:
HARDCOVER THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM AT COMIC-CON
Special, limited edition collects first 48 issues
Berkeley, CA – July 3, 2012 — Fans of THE WALKING DEAD got a sneak peek at the hardcover edition of THE WALKING DEAD Compendium, Volume One at Emerald City Comicon in March, and now they’ll get a second chance to purchase one of the coveted tomes at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
The one hundred copies of the gold-stamped, hardbound edition brought to Seattle sold out in a matter of minutes, leaving 900 copies left to sell at Comic-Con, which takes place in the San Diego Convention Center on July 11-15. The hardcover Compendium collects issues #1-48 of THE WALKING DEAD by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn, and is $100.
Because of the limited quantity, attendees will draw tickets at the Image Comics/Skybound booth (#2729) for a chance to purchase a Compendium. Attendees will draw from a bowl of tickets, and if the ticket they draw is a winner, they will get to purchase one copy of the Compendium. A limited number of Compendiums will be sold each day and are limited to one copy per person. Each attendee may draw tickets only once per day. The tickets will be available each day at the opening of the convention, beginning on July 11 (Preview Night), and will be available until all of that day’s compendiums are sold out.