Toxicnotebook Recommends: iZombie
"My name is Gwen Dylan, and I’m not the girl I used to be."
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.
iZombie is a love letter to cheesy horror movies written by Chris Roberson and drawn by Michael & Laura Allred. Besides our recently-undead zombie girl Gwen, the cast features (but doesn’t stop at) a 60s go-go ghost, a were-terrier, a suave mummy, a posse of paintball-gun wielding vampires, a group of holy monster hunters, and a secret government group called the Dead Presidents. Gwen can’t remember how or why she became a zombie (or much else of her past life), but she slowly discovers she has a much bigger purpose in her world than she realized…
With a diverse cast of offbeat characters, great writing, and gorgeous art, iZombie is one of my favorite Vertigo titles. As a bonus, it has one of the best ‘coming out as bisexual’ plotlines I’ve ever read (no, I won’t tell who it is!) and a new, original take on how people turn into various monsters.
Publisher: Vertigo (DC)
Level of Violence: Moderate & very cartoony at that
Number of classic monsters: All of them, and a few more sprinkled on top.
For fans of: Classic 50s-60s horror/sci-fi films, News From the Edge series, Shaun of the Dead, Clubbing, A Dirty Job, Bloodsucking Fiends, You Suck, On Her Majesty’s Occult Service, Beetlejuice, Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament, Serenity Rose, and Reaper Man. Actually, Terry Pratchett’s take on monsters in general.
Where to buy: Comixology: here; Amazon: Vol 1 Vol 2 Vol 3 Vol 4; BN: Vol 1 Vol 2 Vol 3 Vol 4.
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