There are things in life you can count on, that you know for sure you will have to deal with one day. Remember the famous saying, “Nothing is certain except death and taxes and the dead rising from their graves to feast on the living.”? Well, in order to prepare for the inevitable zombie holocaust, in between games of Left 4 Dead, read The Walking Dead.

Drawn in stunning black and white, The Walking Dead is far from your typical comic book tale. It is a story we all know, one of zombies infesting the world, wiping out most of mankind and a small group of survivors that must learn to work and live together in order to survive the horrors of the world. Where The Walking Dead separates itself, is that it never promises hope. There is no cure, no army waiting to save our survivors, nothing. It is about survival, pure and simple.

Writer Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard deliver the bleakest book on the shelf, and it is incredible. Each issue horrifies and pushes the limits of the horror genre in any medium. The characters are never safe, and just when you get attached to someone, they are consumed by the never-ending wave of undead or worse yet, one of their fellow survivors. The Walking Dead can be hard to read at times, and that’s part of what makes it so good.

So, before there is no more room in hell and the dead begin to walk the Earth, read The Walking Dead. It’s an awesome comic book and you might even learn a couple survival tips. If nothing else, it will keep you from running to the nearest shopping mall like an idiot when the undead begin to roam free. That’s the first place they’ll look for you.