Tuesday, March 15, 2011
iZombie: Dead to the World
The first iZombie trade paperback, iZombie: Dead to the World, is due out 3/22/11. I have not received a copy yet, but have read the issues this one covers, and I got to say that between the writing of Chris Roberson and Mike Allred's art, this is one great series.
With a cast that features zombies, vampire vamps, werewolves, vampire hunters, ghosts and whatnot who mainly sit around playing role playing games, dating and drinking coffee, this won't appeal to those whose comic book reading comprises mostly of men in tights battling it out over the skies of New York. That's not to say the comic has no action -- it does. It's just not the main focus of the story. This is a book where characters actually talk about their problems and turn to fists last (except in the case of the monster hunters).
I don't know how the series is selling. I have long since stopped paying attention to those sort of things. I do know I've enjoyed it, though I won't be picking up the trade because I already have the issues. (There are few comics where I have the story in both formats, Preacher being one.) I will recommend it to certain readers, however.
iZombie is never going to displace any of the superhero books as a top seller. It could easily lend itself to a movie or a television series, but I think its fanbase may be too small to make it profitable. That says nothing to the quality of the work. If you, like myself, don't live in a world where everything is quick edits and explosions, then you may enjoy taking the time to read a story where the characters actually develop and seem real ... despite being monsters. (There are humans in the book, too.) Then again, you may just want to stick to something which doesn't require too much attention on your part. If so, there are plenty of books out there for you. They're all about the same, too, so it really doesn't matter which one you pick.
*In an attempt to comply with stupid FTC "laws," the following post has affiliate links, which means if you click on them and order the item, I will earn a comission. I did not receive any copies of iZombie for free, and nor did I receive the trade paperback for free.