Read iZombie, Vol. 1: Dead to the World by Chris Roberson Mike Allred Laura Allred Todd Klein Online


Told from a female zombie’s perspective, this smart, witty detective series mixes urban fantasy and romantic dramedy.Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan is a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person – until sTold from a female zombie’s perspective, this smart, witty detective series mixes urban fantasy and romantic dramedy.Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan is a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person – until she eats her next brain. She sets out to fulfill the dead person’s last request, solve a crime or right a wrong.Our zombie girl detective is joined by a radical supporting cast: her best friend Eleanor, who happens to be a swinging ’60s ghost, a posse of paintball blasting vampires, a smitten were-dog and a hot but demented mummy.Collects issues #1-5...

Title : iZombie, Vol. 1: Dead to the World
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ISBN : 9781401229658
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Number of Pages : 144 Pages
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iZombie, Vol. 1: Dead to the World Reviews

  • Anne
    2018-11-18 12:32

    Also reviewed for Addicted2HeroinesThis was fluffy for a story about a zombie. Really fluffy. So if you don't think fluffy and zombie belong in the same sentence together...move on.I am personally a big fan of Fluff. I wallow in the shallow and the silly. And if it's fun, I'll willingly accept plot holes and inconsistencies.What can I say, it's part of my charm?Gwen is a zombie. But she's a cute zombie, not to be confused with the nasty rotting corpses that you see shambling around on tv. The only catch to her immortality is that she has to eat a brain once a month. Now, in order to do that she's taken up a job as a gravedigger.Who digs graves with SHOVELS anymore? I mean, don't they have backhoes or something that do that? What year is this set in anyway?See? This a plot hole that others might complain about. Not me...OTHERS.Unfortunately, once she chows down on their braaaaains Gwen get stuck with that person's memories for a while. And the last guy she ate was done in by a serial killer.Gwen the Avenging Zombie!With the help of her BFF the ghost and a Were-Terrier who has a crush on her, she sets out to find out what happened to the nice man that she ate.But that's not all!There's also a group of hot vampire chicks that run a late-nite paintball service, and a smexy monster hunter who thinks Gwen is awfully sweet.Does he not notice that she's got a blue tinge to her skin? How does a Monster Hunter miss that little tidbit, I wonder?Again, OTHERS might point that out as a inconsistency in the story...but not me.I just roll with that shit, baby!So the fem-vamps inadvertently attracted the attention of this ancient group of Hunters. These gals as a whole seem pretty benign, because they only take little sips of of their paint-balling clients. And really, if someone deserves to bleed, it's grown men shooting themselves with paint...don'tcha think? Unfortunately, there was this one rogue diva who decided to go all Suck 'em Dry!...totally against the advice of the leader.Tsk.There's always that one Creature of the Night that won't get in line!Cute-Hunter-Guy and Gwen literally bump into each other outside a dinner, and the sparks start flying. Until she figures out what he does for a living, at least. At that point, she thinks it may be time to reevaluate her priorities when it comes to relationships. For example, survival is good. And dating someone sworn to snuff out your existence may not be the right path to choose.The main story, however, is about finding the serial killer.It was surprisingly different than I imagined, and I'm looking forward to reading volume 2!

  • Matthew
    2018-11-19 11:16

    Glad I finally read this! I have been thinking about doing so for a long time, and when I finally did, I blew through it in one day. It is as humorous and creative as it is gory and creepy. If you don't mind your classic monsters mixed with a bit of wittiness and sass, this is a good title to check out.I have heard about the show based on this, I am going to have to check that out, too!Also, as a graphic novel reader knows, each issue should come with decent cliffhangers and unanswered questions. This first issue doesn't disappoint! One thing I must say along these lines is that sometimes I cannot get into the world and the story of the series until the second collected issue after I start to get comfortable with everything. I did not have that problem here, I was into it right away!Finally, the artwork is great!

  • Jack Tripper
    2018-11-25 06:43

    I was brought to this comic not by the current TV Show based on it, but by the fact that I'll buy anything with the Allreds' names plastered on it. I haven't kept up with their work nearly as much as I used to, but for my tastes there's not much out there in comicbookland that compares to Michael's snappy pop art and Laura's vibrant colors. And even though Michael didn't write this, he was involved in creating the characters and basic concept, so the story does still have some of that good ole' Allred charm.I have this labeled as "horror," but mostly because I didn't know what else to shelve it as. It's only horror in the way that Buffy is horror. It's pretty lighthearted for a zombie tale, about an undead 20-something gravedigger named Gwen who must feed on human brains at least once a month, or else she'll lose her memories and become a pure monster. Luckily, being a gravedigger, she has access to lots of relatively fresh brains. Unluckily, for every brain she eats, she's invaded with that person's memories as well. And she feels compelled to investigate and solve any suspicious death.But Gwen's not the only supernatural being in this book. She just so happens to be friends with a ghost and a were-terrier. Oh and there's a gang of female vampires in town as well, operating their own paintball business in the middle of the woods, and an ancient Egyptian mummy with some mysterious, possibly nefarious plans. And they ALL better watch out, as there are a couple of monster-hunters in town, and they're from a centuries old organization whose sole existence is the eradication of these various sorts of undead. Too bad Gwen has the hots for one of them.This was a fun little tale, and I'm interested in seeing where it goes from here. There's nothing mindblowing or totally unique here, just a fast-paced story with mystery and action, one that still has time for some nice, "slice-of-life"-type character-building moments. Mike's art is as groovy as ever, as are Laura's colors. Any fans of their previous work should enjoy this as well.4.o Stars.

  • Will M.
    2018-12-08 07:43

    I first heard about iZombie when I watched the pilot episode of the tv series about a year ago. The show wasn't mind blowing, but I enjoyed watching it. I'm actually still watching the show now that it's on its second season. How does this compare to the show? This graphic novel series is way better, in many aspects.The show focuses on Gwen and how eating brains affects her. It's not boring, but it lacks the sense of complexity that the graphic novel has. I liked that the author managed to combine supernatural elements in a good way. Most series that try to combine everything end up messing the whole thing. iZombie is an exception, at least for now.The whole brain eating and having visions remind me a bit of another graphic novel series, Chew. I like the idea of it in general, and the author didn't mess things up. The character development aspect was a bit incompetent. Hopefully they further develop in the next volumes, because most of them seem really interesting. Even the vampires seem interesting here, and I only like a few vampire stories. The author should work on the "werewolf" though, because that was slightly unlikable.I didn't enjoy the artwork, unfortunately. It looks a bit cheap, and a lot dull than it should be. I know the series revolves around zombies, but that doesn't mean the artwork should look dull. Aside from the dull colors, I also didn't like the sketches. They were too cartoonish but made to look real. For me it was all over the place.4/5 stars. Despite the unsatisfactory artwork, the plot is truly redeeming. Highly recommended to zombie fans who wants a bit of a different take on the genre.

  • Meredith Holley (Sparrow)
    2018-11-19 13:33

    Whaaaaa? I don’t even know how to react to this because I am so caught up with the locale description. This is set in Eugene, you guys. This book is set where I live! Only not. These people . . . and the places . . . so weird. Most of this takes place in a diner. A DINER! How weird is that? Have you even BEEN to Eugene? A diner called Dixie’s? Where the owner was part of the mafia? That crazy Eugene mafia. WTH? And it is open all night? I am lost to what you are trying to do here.AND WHAT GRAVEYARD IS THAT??? It looks like Pioneer Cemetery, but I don’t think they bury people there anymore. I mean, this is what the book was to me. Extreme cultural dissonance.And one guy works at the tower retirement home where they have, or at least used to have, the old-people-crossing sign, but in this book, it’s called Whilamut Retirement, or some shit like that. Seriously??? That's not a place, right?? RIGHT?? Don’t do that. And don’t tell me people pronounce that word right when you spell it that way. Maybe I am being totally un-PC, so sorry Eugenians if I’m missing something (and definitely correct me), but people can learn to pronounce the word without a new transliteration. And I feel ya on the retirement home being the tallest building in the city, but it is NOT a shiny new glass building. Is it?? Do I not know this city at all?! No. I don't think it is. Keep dreaming.And these people are walking around wearing clothes from Deb, and there are no college kids, OR even any rasta stoners, OR even bikers with giant plugs, or ANYTHING. Which, I’ll give you that is not the sum of the culture of Eugene, but seriously, these people are going to a DINER to drink coffee. What? What is happening? So, there is also a story that happens in this book, I think, but I’m not totally sure because these people are going to a DINER to drink COFFEE in EUGENE! I am just as appalled as you are. I don’t know. These people must actually live in Springfield or Creswell is all I can imagine. And that would explain the importance of paintball. Not that I have a problem with paintballing, but it’s not exactly the essence of Eugene culture.So confusing.Generally, I think I like the idea about supernatural beings having a soul mixup. That was pretty good, but I am mostly concerned about where there is a diner in Eugene that is open all night, and what kind of coffee they serve. My friend Kay gave me this book for graduation, which was awesome of her. Kay, did you know this was set in Eugene(ish)????!!!! Crazy. And what is the deal with "Whilamut"?

  • David Katzman
    2018-12-09 06:32

    You'd think zombies were done to death, right? But this is fresh! A sexy zombie!iZombie is pure brains candy. And the art is otherwordly: Mike Allred's illustrations are delicious enough to eat. And Chris Roberson’s writing is bone chilled out. This isn’t scary monster land, this is a charming monster party.The main character, Gwen, is a gravedigger in Eugene, Oregon. She looks relatively normal—mildly goth with ghostly pale skin. Only problem is—she has to eat brains or she'll lose her memory and turn into a shambling terror. Her best friends are a retro-fifties styled ghost (think Goldie Hawn* when she was on Laugh-In) and a were-terrier nerd (as in, a werewolf who was crossed with a terrier instead of a wolf) who plays D&D with his buddies. Currently, she’s dating a kung-fu master monster-killer from a CIA-type organization who doesn’t know that she’s a zombie. Also, a gang of tough vampire chicks are running the paintball course outside of town and using it as a way to suck frat-boys dry.Lovely to look at and playful to read, iZombie is a guilty pleasure for monster-baters everywhere.*Corrected from Terri Garr who was outstanding in Young Frankenstein even if she wasn't in Laugh-In. Thanks Brad!

  • ❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
    2018-12-06 10:23

    I recently stumbled across the iZombie TV series and it's hella fun.When I found out it was very loosely based on a graphic novel series with the same name I put a hold on them at my library.I enjoyed this one and plan to read the rest. It doesn't really compare in plot to the TV series, but it's still a fun read.Since I'm dreading writing reviews this week, I shall give a few images of the novel and then recommend Anne's fan-f'ing-tastic review here. Because really, I should pay her to do my reviews. :)That last image reminds me of Homer.

  • Sam Quixote
    2018-11-24 12:17

    I think the “Zombie Apocalypse” has happened and we are in the midst of it; zombies are everywhere, in comics, on tv, on film - they’re an entire sub-strata of pop culture and every single person on the planet knows what a zombie is. So it’s surprising to find that another comic book featuring zombies should prove to breathe new life into the oversaturated genre and discover an entirely new angle to approach it from. Gwen is a zombie except she’s not a shambolic, rotting nightmare - but she will be if she doesn’t eat a human brain once a month! Working as a gravedigger in Eugene, Oregon, she has ready access to the food she needs but with brains come responsibility and she must right any wrongs in the person’s life whose brains she’s eating in exchange for the grisly bounty. Also wandering the streets of Eugene are vampires, ghosts, were-terriers, mummies, and an ancient holy sect of hunters out to keep all the supernatural folk down - let the fun begin! Chris Roberson’s approach to the comic is quite light hearted and comedic in the style of Joss Whedon and while reading I was often reminded of Buffy and her hometown of Sunnydale, another average American town riddled with supernatural goings-on. Gwen is the kind of modern girl who most people either know or are and her relatability and charm plays a big part in making this book a success. It could’ve been real easy to ignore this book if the tone had been too jaded or knowing or earnest but Roberson gets the right balance straight away. When the entire cast is likeable - even the villains - in an adult book where the villains can be as nasty as possible if they wanted, that’s a real achievement. There’s also a really original and clever explanation for how zombies/ghosts/vampires etc. exist that shows Roberson’s put some real thought into this comic. Michael Allred’s art is excellent. His style reminds me of Charles Burns’ but a little rougher so the characters look a bit more mobile than Burns’ who look more or less static. It looks great though and I really like Gwen’s character design which looks just enough this side of odd to make her seem not quite human and not quite dead. He does use 3D rendering of 2D drawings which is something I hate seeing artists do in comics because it just looks fake but thankfully he limits this effect to only a couple of panels in the book. Overall though I have no problem with Allred’s artistic style and think he did a great job especially with Scott the were-terrier - but maybe I’m biased as I’ve got a terrier myself. “Izombie”’s first book is a compelling read with likeable characters and a storyline that throws in some nice twists and turns to keep the story interesting. It has a perfect blend of lightness and drama mixed together with a rich cast of characters despite their over-familiar archetypes. I really like what Roberson and Allred are doing and despite the number of dead people within the covers, the story feels really fresh. I’m definitely on board for this series and can’t wait to see what Gwen and co. are up to in the next book.

  • Mike
    2018-11-26 11:27

    I really tried hard to like this book, but the art almost killed me to slog through. Roberson comes highly recommended through a recent War Rocket Ajax podcast interview, and I'm a big fan of the whole zombie ethic, so I really wanted to enjoy this.However - and maybe it's really just me - but I have a hard time connecting with Allred's art style. It's clearly a style, and I'm aware he's got talent, but I'll tell you two things that hurt it for me: the scenes, no matter what angle you're looking at, look like 2D renders of a 3D perspective - everything looks so *flattened* out. (Maybe Allred should hire an inker.) Second, I can hardly tell whether any of the characters are dead, bored or just all morose. No one seems to have a distinctive or evocative expression on their face. One or the other of these problems I've endured before with other artists without permanent injury, but both together create a very sterile atmosphere and no emotional connection whatsoever. As for the story, it's pretty slow establishing the premise in the first couple of chapters (which would be fine if I came to this book cold - but the cover, the back blurb and everything else blows the "reveal" before you even start reading). However by chapter 3 some actual surprises and twists start to emerge to give me a reason to care about reading more. That's when I got hooked.4 stars for story (once it got going), -1 at least for Allred's art.My spoiler notes for future reference: (view spoiler)[Gwen is a living zombie, her friends are Ellie the ghost and Scott/Spot the WereTerrier. Gwen eats brains monthly to keep from degenerating, works as gravedigger to get easy access.Female vampires are bleeding but not killing residents, and Hunters are pursuing "monsters" in town.Gwen eats brain of Fred who was murdered, investigates and discovers murderer is Amon, an ancient Egyptian who relates the whole mythos of reasons why zombies, vampires, ghosts, poltergeists, thropes and possessed exist (combinations of Oversoul and Undersoul).Gwen falls in love with Horatio the younger Hunter. Scott's co-worker Vincent discovers his secret. Hunters kill a vampire, and rest of coven find clue to pursue Hunters. Horatio and Gwen have date, but Gwen figures out he's a Hunter and worries he'll hunt her.(hide spoiler)]

  • Sesana
    2018-12-17 08:32

    I admit it, I'm fascinated by this concept. A zombie who eats brains to stay coherent herself? And then has to resolve the memories belonging to the brain she ate? And she works as a gravedigger? It's a refreshingly original setup, and Roberson doesn't stop there. He brings a lot of ideas to this book, and I feel like I have to keep reading just to see what he comes up with next. I mean, one of the characters is a wereterrier. Unfortunately, the sheer amount of great ideas is probably leading to the two problems that I spotted in the book. For one, the pace feels very slow, and it seems like it takes a long time to get anywhere. But there's just so much to set up, you see, and that pushes plot development back. It also seems to be pushing back character development. Aside from Gwen herself, most of the characters are being shown on only a shallow level right now. Will it improve? Maybe. There's always hope, right? And it is fairly early, as far as such things go.The art is probably a love it or hate it kind of thing. I don't think that anyone will be able to question that Michael Allred's pencils are fantastic. Take a look at the bonus sketches at the back of the issue to see just how much depth there is in his work. It's the coloring, by Laura Allred, that people will disagree about. I love the vaguely pop art look it gives the series, kind of like Hanna-Barbera cartoons or Archie. I think it suits the tone of the book, it gives it a unique look, and it's just plain cool. But I couldn't argue with somebody who hates it.I'm definitely having enough fun with this series to read the other three volumes, and I'm hopeful that some of the less than fabulous aspects can be ironed out with time.

  • Elspeth
    2018-12-06 13:19

    Meh.It didn't flow well, the beginning was hard to get into. I didnt like the main character, Gwen is quite the bitch. I really didn't like how she treated Scott, she is using him knowing fully well his feelings for her.I did like the plot twist and the monster lore though.I think I will just stick with the TV show.

  • Brad
    2018-11-22 06:29

    The Coolness—• The main idea of iZombie vol. 1 Dead to the World is a thing of beauty if you're a horror fan (especially if you dig zombies). Gwen dies, wakes up undead and discovers that she has to feast on a brain a month or become a shambling mass of rotting flesh with an insatiable appetite. She is not just cute, she's hot (as David pointed out in his review, this is a wonderful change from the zombies we're used to seeing), and she has to navigate our everyday world while fighting and feeding her hunger. The premise is gangbusters!• At the back of the book, we're treated to a gallery of Michael Allred's beautiful black & white pencils. Most of them are potential covers for future issues, and they reveal a real depth before the colours are added. It's really a shame that they chose to colour iZombie at all• Revenants. If you are a horror fan and don't know what this is, you're not really a horror fan. I'm not sure where they are taking this yet, and I am not convinced I like Chris Roberson's take on the Revenant, but the fact that it is there at all impresses the hell out of me. • Mummies rock. The Meh!-ness—• The plot went in too many directions for me -- which is a symptom of the crappiest part of this book (see below) -- but when the story stays with Gwen's survival and out of the Diner, it is worth reading. I hope the second volume does a better job of sticking to what's good, but I know that's too much to ask. Whatever, I liked it enough to keep going, even with its faults. • There's some pseudo-nudity that bothered me a bit. If the story had been more adult oriented, if it hadn't felt like a monster prequel to Friends, if its tone had been more Sookie than undead-Veronica Mars, I would have cheered on the sexuality and looked forward to more, but iZombie was too cute for that, and as long as it stays too cute any nudity is too much nudity. It just doesn't fit.The Crapness—• I hated -- and I mean HATED -- most of the supporting characters. Wereterrier-boy, Sandra Dee Ghost-girl, the Asian geeks, the Vampire chicks, the Corporation Monster Hunters -- they all sucked the life out of the story. When things were focused on Gwen, things were great. I loved her digging up and eating brains. I loved her having to cope with the memories of the brains she's eaten. I loved her learning what she really is from Amon. I loved her whenever she was on her own. But when she was surrounded by her pack of idiot friends, it was like being stuck in a supernatural Riverdale High. • I was not impressed with Laura Allred's colours. In fact, I think her colouring work wrecked Michael Allred's pencils. Compare and contrast the black and white work in the back with the glossy, fully coloured panels of the graphic novel. The depth and texture is suddenly missing, and it makes the M. Allred's drawings look like cheap, low-budget TV animation. Granted, there are some bits that her colours can't ruin, but most of it was ruined for me.• I fucking hate Jughead and anything that reminds me of him! Have I mentioned that Gwen's friends are a pack of Riverdale rejects?

  • Erica
    2018-11-21 11:25

    For some reason, people often assume I loooove zombies.I don't. I hate them. I think they're stupid.I'm not a fan of The Walking Dead, Compendium 1, I've never liked shamblers, plus, zombies are booooring. And yet, I am always given zombie-related things. I own zombie movies, I have zombie-themed shirts, people post zombie jokes on my FB wall.But I hate zombies. I think they're stupid.Then these books came across my desk - I've got 1-4 right here next to me. I've flipped through the first one and I see the writing is pretty not-good but here's the thing: Gwen, the zombie, she's not stupid. She doesn't shamble along with rotty bits falling off and while none of that is enough to make me care about this one way or another, here's what is: Gwen looks like Debbie Harry. Based on absolutely nothing at all, I have loved Debbie Harry (actually, I think I have loved her look, as I know relatively little about her) since I was probably six years old. Anything Debbie Harry tugs on the sentimental string of my heart so now I want to read these books, poorly-written, tritely-illustrated (I'm getting so tired of perfect bodies on everyone, everywhere. Ugh. So not representative of the world) as it may be.July 15:Ok. I read this last night because all my other books are pissing me off and I thought I needed something light and quick and these were sitting there so I read this volume right then and there.It's cute, I like it. It's light-hearted and fun and while it has its problems (trying too hard to hit the diversity mark, trying too hard to make each female character Very. Different. From. The. Others. And come on - all the women except for Dixie The Old Waitress has a perfect body. Granted, we're not talking superhero-like physiques with the massive boobs, the tiny waists, boy-like hips, and the athletic legs, but still - they're all perfectly-shaped women and I'm growing to hate that so much. I don't even know why; it's just become tiresome), it's enjoyable. It reminds me a little bit of old Scooby Doo, actually.

  • Tanja Voosen
    2018-11-29 06:39

    Ich bin Fan von Veronica Mars und als der Erfinder der Serie bekannt gab, dass er sich nun an eine "Adaption" der iZombie Comics wagen würde, war ich Feuer & Flamme. Die Serie zählt schon seit letztem Jahr zu meinen absoluten Lieblingen, da war es nur eine Frage der Zeit, bis ich mir mal die Vorlage genauer anschauen wollte. Ich war schon etwas vor den Kopf gestoßen, denn die TV-Serie und die Paperbacks haben zu 99% NICHTS gemein. Das war aber absolut nicht schlecht, denn mir gefiel die Story um Gwen (in der Serie Liv) wirklich sehr, sehr gut. Man kann sich das Ganze ein bisschen wie Supernatural meets Zombie Prota vorstellen, denn die übernatürlichen Anteile sind hier ziemlich groß. So gibt es im Setting alle Wesen, die einem so spontan einfallen und Gwen hat als beste Freunde auch ein Werwesen und einen Geist. Der Humor und auch die Erzählweise fand ich genial und das Artwork sowieso! Zwischendurch wurde der Plot durch die Erklärung zu den ganzen Zombie-Fakten etwas gezogen, aber ansonsten hab ich mich gut unterhalten gefühlt. Die Witze waren große Klasse und die Figuren sowieso. Die Abenteuer von Gwen werden in kurzen Episoden erzählt, die sich nach und nach einen roten Faden ergeben und das Ende vom ersten Teil lässt mit dem Wunsch nach mehr zurück. Klar, in einer Serie ist mehr Raum für dies und jenes, aber ich bin der Meinung, dass der Comic sehr gut für sich allein stehen kann und werde auf jeden Fall weiterlesen :)

  • Yodamom
    2018-11-19 13:39

    Interesting characters, promising storyline. There was a nice mix of monsters with a twist that could lead to fun times in monster town.

  • BooksTwins
    2018-11-25 08:38

    3/5Aunque sabia que era diferente a la seria de televisión, creo que espera en mi interior que tuviera alguna semejanza, pero hasta ahora no hay. Solo el físico de ella, porque hasta el nombre es diferente.Además no entendía varias cosas, como ¿hay vampiros? ¿hay fantasmas? O.o

  • Rick
    2018-11-24 06:43

    In an era littered with countless zombie stories, mostly mediocre to terrible, Roberson and Allred successfully morph the tired undead concept into a superior 21st century slacker neo-gothic. Eugene, OR grave digger Gwen Dylan lives a most unusual existence. Her closest friends include a ghost and a were-terrier. Her recent crush hunts monsters for a centuries-old secret society. Beautiful, bitchy vampires threaten Eugene. And to top it off, Gwen must eat a fresh brain at least once a month or become a shambling monster straight out of a Romero flick. After consuming a brain, Gwen acquires the deceased's lifetime of memories. Her most recent meal, a victim of foul play, haunts Gwen until she finds his killer. Beautifully rendered by the popular Allred, his unusual stylings lend the perfect off-kilter vision required for this oddball concept. The acclaimed Roberson, author of over a dozen prose books and several comic book series including Superman, Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love, Stan Lee's Starborn, and Elric: The Balance Lost, delivers some of his finest and creative comic work to date. The unpredictable and excellent iZombie: Dead to the World deftly recycles and collects over-used ideas into a superior and wholly original graphic novel.

  • Skip
    2018-12-12 07:37

    The story of a hot zombie heroine (Gwen) who must eat brains to remain in human form, but then is forced to see the past life of the deceased’s brains. (The basic story here is her trying to bring a murderer to justice.) She has an interesting group of sidekicks, including a were-critter (terrier) and a ghost, and has to interact with monster-hunters and vampires. There is an interesting existential discussion of undersouls (appetites and emotions) and oversouls (memories and personalities), where various combinations result in ghosts, poltergeists, vampires, or zombies. Sadly, there is less action than dialogue, saved in part by a good twist at the end and excellent artwork. 2.5 stars.

  • Jessica
    2018-11-28 10:19

    I thought it might not like how this differs from the show but I was very wrong. It has a very 'Ugly Americans' feel with the creatures that exist and there's some witty banter of course I love. All in all a really good solid start to the series.

  • WortGestalt
    2018-12-01 05:17

    Ok, das ist schon sehr leichte Kost, hat viel von einer klassischen US-Mainstream-TV-Serie. Nett gedacht, richtig tolle Zeichnungen mit diesem leichten Retro-Chick, aber inhaltlich wirklich seicht, sprachlich recht dünn, da wurde für meinen Geschmack zu viel Potential verschenkt.

  • Future Slayer Girl
    2018-11-28 12:18

    Well, that was a damned interesting comic book lol I love the fact it's very female heavy which you find lacking at times in comics. I made the mistake of watching the show first and it's very much different from the show! We have vampires and were creatures in the comic and so far I've only seen the zombie like folks. We know what Gwen is in the comics, and in the show they don't really give it a name they blame a drug for it. Which I get it, it's the whole don't do drugs kids or you'll turn into a brain eating zombie lol I'll be continuing this series because it's very interesting!

  • Kim
    2018-11-22 09:27

    Well this comic ROCKS! The artist is freakin amazing! Love the storyline. Gwen who is a zombie is a badass character. Love her. Love her best friend who happens to be a ghost. Got a bunch of hot bitchy vampires. And hunters who are out to kill all the undead. Ya this comic rocks.

  • Misty
    2018-11-22 13:30

    [Review for the entire series] Though nothing like the show (which is better, let's be real), this is a fun world with (mostly) interesting -- if derivative -- characters. The first volume struggled a bit to find its footing, and then end struggled to stay there, but there are some interesting moments in the art and a solid backstory to explain the WHY of everything, which you don't always get in supernatural stories. There's a convenience to some things that didn't sit well with me, and I wish they'd dug a bit more into the conflicts and made it all a bit meatier*, the series was a pleasant bit of mindless* fun, and it's neat to see where the story for the show came from, and where it has gone.Oh, and sidenote: what is with the boobs?! Everybody has braless torpedo boobs in this, I just. . . why?*there's a zombie joke in there, somewhere.

  • Samrat
    2018-12-03 06:26

    Um, yeah, I didn't see much of a Buffy parallel here, unless you mean screen time taken away from her inner thoughts and processing of events and emotions to give us more shots of her boobs. Her boobs were quite prominent. There's this one scene where she takes off her jacket, you know, halfway, so that she can hold it around her body, emphasizing her boobs, but not until she goes outside. And that other scene where it takes her five panels to put on her shirt. I don't know why I got so fixated on the boobs, but once I did... it was all lost for me. And they're like always held at funny angles too and sometimes the characters twist around a bunch so you get the boobs-and-butt poses or they'll be floating around like little balls of helium she's got stuffed into her shirt. All of the ladies, even Dixie, have some weird, gravity-defying, ever-shifting boobs. They totally make bras for that. Wait, I'm sure there was non-boob related content in this thing...I think they introduced some cool back stories. I like the soul divided explanation for different supernaturals. It's hard to judge where the story goes from here though... or whether I'll continue reading it. While I'm very interested in zombie POVs (seriously, shout out for recommendations), this was only kind of superficially that. I did chuckle at a few of the one-liners.It didn't seem very authentically Eugene, either - no hippies, no hipsters, but paintball, diners, and wrestling mags - not that you can't be into wrestling but there were so few details, so it struck me as kind of incongruous that there'd be more wrestling magazines than hipsters in Eugene. In Eugene. There was that one eco-friendly graveyard, though. That seems like a Pacific NW thing. The background art, signage, and clothing design all seemed pretty boring and generic, lacking in the vivid detail of my favorite graphic novels.And why Dixie Mason Action Girl and the Dixie's Firehouse diner? Are these supposed to be related? Is that going to be a big reveal later that Dixie the diner lady is Dixie the action girl? 'Cause subtle... And Dixie Mason... like Mason-Dixie... in Eugene? Again, when details were even included, they seemed... off. This wasn't as meticulous and inspired as the single-artist-single-vision graphic novels I love best.They've established some interesting directions to take the characters, but it hasn't been very genre-expanding or creative for me yet. Did you hear they've got socially awkward dudes, including an Indian and a fat guy, working in I.T.? Crazy kiddos! What will they do next? And we've already established that I have no love for the boobs art... well, they've got this pouty lip thing that bugged me too, but mostly it was the boobs.

  • Keith
    2018-11-18 11:22

    I feel like a loser only reading this after the show has come out, but for some reason I had no idea Allred was doing the interiors and so I'd skipped over it. Finally wandered back to it after coming across an iZombie short story in an old issue of House of Mystery, so now here I am, reading it after it's already a TV show like some kind of newb.Anyway, I guess it's an okay book? It's more gimmick than really anything else, as there's no explanation for why all the characters are monsters other than it's sort of funny, not ha-ha funny, just like funny because you know, monsters.Really. I'm pretty sure that's all there is to it.There's one extremely weird-o chapter here about the concepts of "oversouls" and "undersouls" to explain the relationhip between different kinds of monsters, which I'd never heard before and was just faux-parapsych enough for me to at least crack a grin at the hint of bizarro. Other than that it's mostly an obvious pitch for a TV show, so I guess it's good they followed through.I'm such a sucker for Allred (and, truth be told, kind of a sucker for the Monster Mash stupidity of it all) that I may keep collecting it anyway, like an idiot, at least until I come across a copy of All-New Doop.

  • Kristen Burns
    2018-12-16 08:29

    3.5 StarsMini Review:I thought this was really cute and fun. All the different types of supernaturals in the story were fun to read about, the characters were likeable, the premise was interesting, and I LOVED the artwork. I even liked the explanations for the different types of supernaturals with oversouls and undersouls. Not a whole lot happened in this volume, but it was a good intro. Also, that mummy sure was a snazzy dresser :-P Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight

  • Martin
    2018-12-06 11:26

    With its off-beat premise, story, and characters, this five-issue collection is a good introduction to the series. That's really the goal, isn't it: To get the readers to come back for more? A real treat for fans of the excellent Mike Allred, who supplies the art. I'm looking forward to reading the second volume: uVampire.

  • Diz
    2018-12-13 08:36

    This book sets up an interesting concept of the afterlife, but doesn't really deliver an interesting story. The problem is that it is a bit heavy on exposition, so instead of discovering these interesting concepts we are just told them. I do like Mike Allred's art, but I kind of wish that he was also involved with the writing as well. This story could have used some of his quirky sense of humor.

  • Sierra
    2018-11-20 10:23

    That was fun! Only problem I had was the fact that when she said "I have only one girlfriend," she meant she had just one friend. I totally thought we were being given an LGBTQ+ main character for a while there. Oh, well!

  • Pandahanna
    2018-12-09 08:36

    It has nothing to do with the tv-show. At least not this issue. It has really nice drawings and explains the different types of undead. I enjoyed it even though it was kind of short. Hope to get to read the rest of the issues soon.