The Walking Dead: The Rise of the Governor

By Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga

Book Description

In the Walking Dead universe, there is no greater villain than The Governor. The despot who runs the walled-off town of Woodbury, he has his own sick sense of justice: whether it’s forcing prisoners to battle zombies in an arena for the townspeople’s amusement, or chopping off the appendages of those who cross him. The Governor was voted “Villain of the Year” by Wizard magazine the year he debuted, and his story arc was the most controversial in the history of the Walking Dead comic book series. Now, for the first time, fans of The Walking Dead will discover how The Governor became the man he is, and what drove him to such extremes.


  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin; Reprint edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250008395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250008398
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches

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8 thoughts on “The Rise of the Governor

  1. The Man With No Name on said:

    This is the most poorly written book I have ever read. Every page or two there is a ridiculous phrase, terrible figure of speech, or overdone description. I’m halfway through and for a book that claims to show how the Governor became who he is there is no character development. It’s a stretch to call the protagonists of the book “people,” so thinly are they drawn.

    “He has the farmer-tanned face of a cigar-store Indian” is the sentence that sticks out the most because there is so much that is wrong with it. This one is good too: “…little Penny still clinging soporifically to his back, like some kind of sleepy, traumatized monkey.” That’s one of the worst descriptions I’ve ever read. I’m not sure if it’s because I just came off Martin Amis, but I don’t think I’ve ever come across prose so badly written after the 10th grade. This book is incredibly disappointing. It isn’t worthy of the Walking Dead brand.



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