2.5 stars. Disclosure. I've only read the first volume of The Walking Dead
. I'd been meaning to get around to these books quite some time before the show started, but it wasn't until the show that I decided it was time to take the leap. So, I've read the first volume and, as of this writing, I'm reading the novel, The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor
. I figured it wouldn't hurt to read this because it was going to be all about Michonne's life before meeting up with Rick and the gang, and I wouldn't be lost. Right? Ha!
The story begins with Michonne running home from work during the start of the zombie apocalypse. We learn meet her boyfriend and his idiot best friend (who inadvertently doomed the both of them). We learn that she turned them into her pet zombies to help her bypass the walkers. We learn that she talks to them to remind herself of who they were before turning and to have someone to talk, but that's about it. After that, I'm guessing the rest of her story coincides with one of the comics in the main arc because she saves Otis and is granted admission into the prison. I don't think it's really accurate to say that this is a Michonne special since so few pages were actually dedicated to her actual personal story. It wasn't poorly written, but just disappointing and misleading.