So I downloaded the Compendium Vol 1 on iTunes over the weekend and I've been reading through it. I'm taking my time and reading the equivalent of a couple issues each day - I'm somewhere around 250 pages (out of the 1000) through the first compendia The one thing that has really surprised me so far was the general "pace" of the stories. If feels like they are rushing through things very quickly compared to the "plodding" that seems to happen on the TV series. So far at least, I find the TV series much more compelling. I just don't feel like I'm able to feel the aingst of the characters in the books (at least so far). I'm also shocked at some of the abruptness of the characters (again compared to the television interpretations), especially in the parts around the groups introduction to the farm and Hershel and his family.