Saturday, January 30, 2016

Reader's Diary #1253- Chris Roberson (Writer), Michael Allred (Artist): iZombie / Dead to the World

No, I have not seen the show. However, as I spent most of last year on a zombie kick, I was clearly aware of the iZombie comics and subsequent television adaptation.

iZombie was not my favourite zombie comic, but I had a lot of fun with it nonetheless. Roberson has given us another unique version of the zombie-- the main character Gwen, for the most part, looks and acts like everyone else. It's only when she doesn't get her dose of human brain that she starts to reveal her more traditional zombie side. Furthermore, when she eats a brain (which can come from a newly deceased person, not needing to be fresh) she inherits their memories for a while. In this volume, the memories lead her to solving a murder mystery. Also, it's not just zombies. There are also ghosts, werewolves (actually, were-terriers), vampires, and more.

The look fits the fun vibe, with equal doses of Archie, Daniel Clowes, and Andy Warhol. If I had any complaint about the art, it's the ultra-hip (Gwen reminds me of a young Debbie Harry) and ultra-loser dichotomy of the characters.

Still, it was a thoroughly entertaining book.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I haven't seen the show either, but the comics look really appealing. She works in a morgue, doesn't she? Excellent career choice for a zombie.

John Mutford said...

I'm not sure if she does in later comics, or perhaps that's something changed in the show, but in this comic at least she works in a graveyard. In any case, still a good career choice. Who knew they had so many options? Is there a zombie guidance counselor?