Issue 2 is the second issue of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and the second part of Volume 1: Days Gone By. It was originally published on November 12, 2003.
After traveling all night, Rick runs out of gas. He walks to a nearby farm, and after going into the house and discovering that the family is dead, heads out to the barn. He finds a horse and an axe inside and continues traveling to Atlanta on horseback. On the way to Atlanta, he started rambling to the horse about when Carl was born to make him feel better, but it doesn't.
Rick finally makes it to Atlanta only to find it overrun with zombies. He gets thrown from the horse and as some of the zombies attack and devour the horse, others turn their attention to Rick. He uses the axe he found at the barn to protect himself, but is soon surrounded and begins to use his gun. Suddenly, a young man named Glenn grabs Rick and tells him to follow him and to stop shooting. They climb to a rooftop and jump from roof to roof to get close to the edge of town. Glenn says that the zombies are slow and that they should easily maneuver around them. He also warns that one bite from a walker will infect you and turn you into a walker as well.
The two finally make it to the edge of town near a wooded area. Glenn explains that everyone came to Atlanta, but people started dying and turning into walkers. In the space of a week everyone in Atlanta had died. Rick falls to the ground as he fears that his wife and son are now dead. Glenn consoles Rick and tells him that he is with a small camp of people and brings him along.
Just as Rick gets to the camp, he sees his wife, Lori Grimes, and his son, Carl. All three embrace, happily reunited.