Most of the folks here already know that The Walking Dead saga is a compilation of stories by Robert Kirkman that expand on the story that is well know to any zombie movie fan. The main story. The one started in earnest by George Romero in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead [and was later remade in 1990 (the version that I prefer) by Tom Savini (with Romero oversight)].
The Walking Dead Volume 7 continues the story of former Normal-World Police Officer Rick Grimes and those that he comes in contact with in a New World...a world that has been over-run by zombies.
Volume 7 begins about 9+ months after The Walking Dead epidemic started (The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye), and all of the characters are now reluctantly beginning to accept that their home is not the only thing that's new. Their entire existence is new: New families. New friends. New daily routines. New rules to live by. No cable TV. No grocery stores. No air conditioning.
And venturing out into The New World is dangerous. The confines and security provided by the characters' home (established in Volume 3) are less than safe. But outside the gates await unfathomable chaos and horror; hordes of the undead, along with other survivors (see Volumes 5 and 6) in desperate situations that do the unthinkable to stay alive (or entertained).
Volume 7, like Volume 6, is much less about zombies and more about what happens to society, its morals, laws and standards when government is lost and the planet becomes mostly uninhabitable. There's real, heartfelt emotion in The Walking Dead series combined with believable scenarios...not bad for a comic book.
The volume releases of The Walking Dead are like reading a screenplay with storyboards of a version of Night of the Living Dead that began simultaneously, but in a different part of the country (much like George Romero's late 2007 release, Diary of the Dead). Yes, The Walking Dead is kind of a rip-off of a story (stories) already told, but the key is that it's done very very well. The zombies are true to the original Romero creation: slow and stupid as opposed to the 28 Days/Weeks Later (28 Weeks Later / 28 Days Later) or 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead fast and thinking zombies.
Each Walking Dead volume only takes about an hour to get all the way through, and they leave you wanting more. And they seem to keep coming; The Walking Dead Volume 8: Made To Suffer is due in early 2008.
Volumes 1 - 7 are all available individually. A hard cover combination of Volumes 1 & 2 is out (The Walking Dead Book 1) and a hard cover combination of Volumes 3 & 4 also came out this year (The Walking Dead, Book 2). The Walking Dead Book 3 (Volumes 5 & 6) is listed on Amazon for a late 2007 release as of this writing.
So anyone in need of a very well done zombie fix that you don't put into your DVD player should absolutely get down with The Walking Dead sickness. Add it to your cart, but be sure to start with volume 1 and read them chronologically.