iZombie: Dead to the World (Volume One)

iZombie: Dead to the World (Volume One)

Chris Roberson

I came across this graphic novel by accident while at a Barnes and Noble where a very friendly man was telling me all about his favorites series.  It’s about a girl named Gwen who happens to be a zombie.  She must eat one brain a month to remain conscious and not revert to being a mindless monster.  When she does, she’s filled with the recently deceased’s memories and thoughts for a little while.  I worried it would be disappointingly similar to Chew.  Thankfully, it’s not.

The novel doesn’t have the same gross humor of Chew, and instead it focuses more on the emotional aspect of living as part of the undead world.  I didn’t feel like the characters (outside of Gwen) were very deep and developed, but it might be the result of this being the first volume.  The art is cool and reminds me of the classic comic book style rather than the grand illustrations I’m used to.  All in all, while not the most amazing thing I’ve ever read, I enjoyed the plot and promise for more action to come.  I’ll definitely be checking out the next in line.

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