Graphic Novel Friday: iZombie

While fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead gnash their teeth in anticipation for the second season, Vertigo offers a surprising new take on the zombie genre this month with iZombie. Written by Chris Roberson and with artwork by cult favorite Mike Allred, Volume 1: Dead to the World is a significant tonal shift from most zombie comics on the market. It’s told from the perspective of a female zombie named Gwen Dylan, whose undead existence comes with a great twist: in order to maintain the pretense that she’s alive, Gwen must consume human gray matter once a month or else her zombie instincts take over. Along with the brainy aftertaste comes selective memories from the deceased, and Gwen is cursed with flashbacks that are not her own. It’s a tough gig, coupled with a job digging graves (bright side: her day job provides those necessary late-night snacks that she reluctantly craves), and the irony is not lost on her:

This is, by the way, totally some kind of symbol for my entire existence. Digging holes in the morning, filling them up in the afternoon, and sneaking in at night to dig ‘em back up again. Over and over. Like that guy in the Greek hell who rolled a big rock up and down a hill all day. What was his name? Syphilis? Something like that, anyway. Whatever. Seriously, though, I’d switch places with the dead Greek guy in a second.

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The iZombies are back!!

Posted by: games bees | Saturday March 5, 2011 at 12:47 AM

I don't like the idea of missing out on the Friday GN fix, but maybe the tradeoff will be worth it. Did you go to Emerald Con and will you have a report?

Posted by: David Horiuchi | Monday March 7, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Thank you, David. I did attend the Emerald City Comicon this weekend and had a blast. We have fun things planned in its wake, so please keep checking in for details from the con!

Posted by: Alex Carr | Monday March 7, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Posted by: Dunks For Women | Friday September 2, 2011 at 12:55 AM

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