'The Walking Dead': Check out the cover art for the 'Rise of the Governor' novel -- Exclusive


Is gubernatorially-themed science fiction one of this year’s hot trends? Could be. It only seems like, oh, six weeks ago that EW broke the news about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Governator TV show and comic book. Meanwhile, this September will see the publication of the novel, The Walking Dead: The Rise of the Governor, whose cover art you can see to the left and below.

Co-penned by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and horror genre vet Jay Bonansinga, this first Walking Dead novel details the back story of the villainous Governor, who in the comic book version of Kirkman’s zombie saga rules the small town of Woodbury with an iron fist (and Kirkman fans will know that one fist is all he has left, thanks to the sword-wielding Michonne). The Rise of the Governor is the first of a three book series Kirkman will write for Thomas Dunne Books. All three novels will be set in the Walking Dead universe.

Those who would like to sample Kirkman’s prose work should check out his excellent short story Alone, Together in the recent zombie anthology, The Living Dead 2. Meanwhile, the Walking Dead TV show, on which Kirkman is a writer and executive producer, is expected to return to AMC this October.


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Comments (18 total) Add your comment
  • crispy

    It takes 3 things to make a trend. And also, one of them can’t be hacky, corporate shill that’s going to flop so hard Maria Shriver will die of laughter.

    • loop

      Ummmm… yeah that made sense.

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      • Ick

        crispy’s “wit” only works when he’s defending Twilight.

    • Jax

      I believe Crispy is responding to the writers comment about gubernatorially-themed science fiction. It’s not a trend if it’s only happens twice. Also, the Maria Shriver comment is in reference to Arnold’s “Governator TV show.”

      • crispy

        Thank you!! And didn’t Ah-nuld recently admit that he hadn’t told his wife she’d be appearing in The Governator (I can’t even type it without giggling), which contributed to their marital issues?

    • dorkbuster

      get a life

      • Ick

        I guess I’ll need to keep an eye on you as well.

  • KC

    Man, I can’t wait to get this. I’m a bit disappointed it’s not a graphic-novel though.

  • F

    I’ll pass. I love the comic, but spin-off novels of ANYTHING are usually terrible, especially if they’re “co-written” with some hack no one’s ever heard of.

    • Cris

      Not commenting on the expected quality of the book, just saying, just because YOU’VE never heard of Jay Bonansinga, doesn’t mean he’s a “hack.”

  • Ryan G

    Seriously, this was the best subject line you could come up with?

    Kirkman + Walking Dead + novel is a story that should write itself, but instead you find a way to muddy this article with a reference to something else and a sickening level of hyperbole. What justifies a trend? If I eat a PB&J today, and 2 months from now have another, is PB&J now trending?

  • cxd207

    I think Crispy is a little fried!

  • ac

    Read Greg Rucka’s Queen & Country tie-in books, those are very much worthy spin-offs. I’m happy that Kirkman wants to expand his vision past the comic page, the more angles offered the more you can see.

  • Karen

    I’m gonna check it out. The amazon web site says it comes out at the end of September. It’s too bad the wait is so long plus 14 bucks is pretty steep for the kindle price, but it will probably be worth it.

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