B|t|B: Comic Book Review – iZombie by Chris Roberson & Mike Allred

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Hello my fellow wordsmiths and page turners,

I have to admit the first I heard about iZombie was through a co-worker at work, and of course they were referring to the TV Show. Within two weeks I had watched the entirety of the two available series and found myself hungry for more. So I thought would be a good idea to check out the series which the show was based on. If that’s your reasoning for reading this too, you’ll probably be as surprised as I was to find out that there’s really very little similarity between the two. That’s not to say this isn’t worth reading, however.

The TV show does carry the same tone as the comic, and like the comic it does have a Zombie girl who has visions when she eats brains, but the TV show on encumbers the tip of the proverbial weird awesomeness of this series.

The story starts off slow, and quickly builds on the relationship of our main trio, the Zombie, the Were-Terrier and the Hip Chic Ghost. It follows Gwen through her troubles of 16785150._SX540_coming to grips of being dead and craving the delicious soft filling of a persons skull. For the time being Gwen has secured a steady source of brains with her new profession of being a grave digger in the local cemetery where she was buried. But with these brains come visions, sometimes gentle and sometimes violent, due to these pesky visions and voices in her head she often has to fulfil the deceased dying wish in order to keep the voices at bay, and things hott’en up when she stumbles across some murder victims, she tries to solve murders after inheriting their memories, but finds herself embroiled in a conspiracy that features two monster hunting societies, a ghost author that possesses her brother, a team of vampires, a mummy, two Frankenstein’s monsters, and a Cthulhu-like monster from beyond reality.. The investigation soon spirals out of control into a series of mystery and intrigue with dark magics and conspiracies a plenty.

Mike Allred’s wonderful pop-art style is a huge reason why iZombie is successful. He draws 24 of the 28 issues, and Roberson wisely uses the fill-in issues to flesh out backstories for characters these are often done in a various art styles which breaks up the comic and gives each character their own sense of style and character, its the first time ive really seen this employed within a series and I feel as though it really brings a new edge to the series.

I know from a little research that the series was canned early which meant there were a lot of loose ends and a lot of story Chris Roberson wanted to tell but not many issues or enough time to tell them in. I feel this was very unfortunate, as the series was edgy interesting and had so many avenues to explore. But given the time constraints the series seemed to loose focus as they seem to be scrambling to a conclusion, one of which I will not ruin for you, as I am sure you will want to read this for yourself.

iZombie feels a little incomplete in places especially the ending, but manages to tell a fulfilling story about a girl and her second chance at life. It’s absolutely nothing like the TV show, but enjoyable in its own right.


Until Next Time Read More Books!!

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