iPhone, iPod, iPad…iZombie! Vertigo’s comic is a supernatural who-done-it treat filled with vampires, ghosts, shape-shifters… and zombies! Issue #1 debuted May 5th, and if you didn’t check it out… I encourage you to do so. The first panel alludes to the Wizard of Oz, there’s a multi-culti supporting cast, and LBGT visibility (I spotted a rainbow flag t-shirt)! It is Oregon after all.
This story centers on the character of Gwen Dylan who works digging graves for an eco-friendly cemetery in Eugene, Oregon. She’s seems to be pretty much a loner… except her one and only friend, Ellie, a ghost that looks like an Austin Powers fembot. Gwen makes the most of her undead life and maintains her sanity by eating brains once a month. It seems this diet is what keeps her from becoming a mindless, shambling monster. Only problem is that she is plagued with the memories of each brain’s owner. Maybe that’s why s Gwen has a problem remembering her previous mortal life? But there’s a bigger problem with “the corpse of the month” because it was a murder victim. Now she’s got to catch the killer to put the voices in her head to rest.
Seems there’s a lot of trouble around town. An innocent paint ball game is interrupted by what looks like a troupe of vampire babes sporting “Blood Sports” tank tops. Elsewhere a sleek sports car hides two monster hunters working for some yet unknown corporation. And poor Scott is a were-terrier with bad social skills.
Mike Allred graces the cover and is also the interior artist for this book. I’m a fan of his work and it seems perfectly suited for Chris Roberson’s story. Did I mention that this issue is only $1.00! There’s not much you can buy for a buck these days, and if you buy at Forbidden Planet (NYC) you can get a free comic bag and board for free, too. It’s almost like your dollar has supernatural buying power!