Dead to the World (iZombie #1)
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Dead to the World (iZombie #1)

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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 s...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Vertigo
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This 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 on...more
David Katzman
Apr 16, 2011 David Katzman rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Monster lovers
You'd think zombies were done to death, right? But this is fresh! A sexy zombie!

Mike Allred - iZombie

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...more
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.

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 feedi...more
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...more
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 b...more
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 an...more
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...more
Sam Quixote
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...more
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...more
Nicholas Karpuk
I stayed away from iZOMBIE on Comixology for quite a while. Zombies are played out, we can admit this, right? How many variations on shambling corpses does anyone need?

After reading a sample issue, what really won me over was the general whimsy surrounding everything in this universe. It's not regularly laugh-out-loud funny, but it never gets mired in the melodrama that usually accompanies these sort of horror tropes.

It did concern me when the protagonist felt the need to solve a mystery after e...more
Ajat ovat muuttuneet ja niin ovat zombietkin. Päähenkilö - zombie - Gwen on hotti bööna, jolla on arvot kohdallaan: elävistä ei ammenneta! Päivätyökseen Gwen kaivaa hautoja, öisin hän kaivaa niitä taas auki saadakseen tuoreet aivot ateriaksi. Ilman aivoja Gwen muuttuu kuolaavaksi zombiehirviöksi ja sitähän Gwen ei halua. Valitettavasti aivojen mukana Gwen saa myös kuolleen muistot, mikä hiukan mutkistaa elämää. Gwenin parhaat ystävät ovat kummitus Ellie sekä ihmisterrieri Spot, sorry, Scott. Sam...more
Zachary Rawlins
I freely admit to giving extra stars based on Mike Allred, who is awesome.

This isn't the most original story ever - it is filled with zombies, were-creatures, ghosts, and vampires, and while some of them are very interesting takes on the conventional ideas, others seem, at least in the first volume, to be very typical to form.

What makes this work is the extremely compelling main character, who I refuse to tell you anything about, because it real is best to be surprised. Actually, all three of th...more
Our shero is Gwen, Girl Zombie: gravedigger by day, brain-eater/painter by night. There's a little bit of mystery, some romantic tension, and an unsettling vampire "reservation" that reminded me of university sorority cliches. I wasn't crazy about the art, but I liked the story enough to get past it. This volume includes enough character introductions and back story to fuel future volumes, and I'm interested enough to read those future volumes. The story includes most of the basic "monsters" - w...more
This is just great. With Northlanders, Scalped and DMZ all winding to a close, you always start to worry about Vertigo as an imprint without a few successful new titles on the go. Unwritten is doing well, and I really, really want iZombie to do well, too. Set mostly in and around a graveyard in Eugene, Oregon, our heroine is Gwen, a gravedigger and zombie, who is forced to dig up the freshly dead to eat their brains or risk losing her memory and turning into a shambling mindless monster. Her bes...more
Reetta Saine
Päähenkilönä seksikäs zombie-haudankaivaja on aikas hyvä idea. Päivisin kaivetaan kuoppia, joihin haudataan ruumiit ja öisin kaivetaan ne jälleen auki pikkusnackeja varten. Jos aivoja ei tipu, alkaa homma muistuttaa Night of the Living Deadia - mutta vieraiden ruumiiden aivot tuovat älyn lisäksi mukanaa myös omat muistonsa.

Kun tämänkertainen ruoka paljastaa murhaajansa kasvot, on Gwenin ryhdyttävä toimeen. Mutkia matkaan tietää hirviönmetsästäjien parivaljakko, joista toinen on hyvin kiinnostava...more
Nicola Sheridan
I picked up a copy of iZombie because ComicBookGirl19 had mentioned it in one of her reviews.
I'm not a fan of Zombies, they gross me out, but I was really intrigued to see how a cognizant zombie character would work without being foul. Well, somehow it worked.I put it largely down to the fact she doesn't overly dwell on her current state. That's not she doesn't have a few moments of fear - she does, particularly when she thinks about the fact she could turn into a mindless shambling zombie if sh...more
Liz Argall
Engaging stories, interesting characters and characterisation and I like the underlying mythos. I reckon it would be a good comic for someone new to comics as well as fans of the medium. I've read up to issue 4 thus far and I'm digging it. If you like Angel and Buffy (I put Angel first 'cause it's not a high school drama) I reckon the chances are good you'll like this.
Mar 06, 2012 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of unique/absurd graphic novels
Lots of fluff, and not a lot of substance -- but I am hoping that is just because this first volume deals with a lot of character introductions and exposition. The premise definitely has me interested enough to keep reading, but I hope there is a bit more substance in future editions to go with the gorgeous artwork.
This volume acts as an introduction to the characters and concepts behind the world of iZombie. As such, it functions well enough, but seems to be wasting a lot of time getting to the good stuff. Hope it picks up in future volumes.
Wing Ho
3 1/2 stars

I'll be honest, when this series was a monthly series I did not have any interest in reading it. I also did not feel inclined when it was nominated for an Eisner. However when I heart that Rob Thomas (of Veronica Mars fame) was doing a tv series based on this for CW I was intrigued. I looked into this series and found out that it was written by Chris Roberson who wrote the very enjoyable Fables Cinderella Spin-off comics. Now, I was really intrigued.

I liked it, is it flawed? Yes. Is i...more
I'm revisiting this series because Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas is making a TV series based on it. The book is a fascinating world, and the characters are interesting. A zombie who resolves the lives of the brains she eats, who is best friends with a ghost and a WereTerrier. And dealing with a mummy, vampires, and a pair of monster hunters. All of the characters come together pretty organically, and though the overarching story in the first volume isn't very strong, the world makes up for it...more
Debra Lowman
It's a soon to be CW television series, so when Janette recommended it I gave the first volume a shot even though I'm feeling done, done, over-done with zombies. There was plenty of YA cliche- love triangle, forbidden love, different types of "monsters" co-mingling successfully in [insert any city here]- but overall I liked it better than I thought I would.

Roberson is witty, he has some fresh plot ideas mixed in. It was funny in spots. I'll likely read the next installment and would recommend i...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±

I recently heard about this series because of the TV show that's coming out - which sounds more sort of a cross of this and White Trash Zombie, to be honest, than a real adaption of this (and, I admit, when I read the blurb of this book my first thought was WTZ, anyway, but, apparently, they came out around the same time).

Anyway -

It was an ok story, though I found myself bemused at the idea of grave diggers being used instead of machines, but I had missed the "eco-friendly cemetery" bit. (Of...more
Lisa Collins (Lisa Likes Books)
I almost skipped writing a review on this book because I’m not exactly sure how I feel about it. It took me, like, half the book to get invested in it at all. Beginnings are sometimes slow, so I’ll let it pass as a non-issue, especially because half a graphic novel isn’t actually all that much story wise. After that boring beginning part, though, we start getting more of the meat of the story and it becomes less of a book to finish and more of a book to enjoy.

The story is rather unique. I’ve nev...more
A fun, light supernatural story.

Gwen is a zombie, but not the shuffling, moaning kind. She holds a job as a gravedigger, which helps her sneak a brain every month or so, keeping her from turning into such a mindless freak. Her latest brain, though, has memories that she finds hard to ignore. And so she sets off on the path to solve a mystery, accompanied by her ghost friend who died in the sixties and is baffled by things like the "Inner Nets".

Unlike other writers, Chris Roberson doesn't go for...more
I didn't read this as a single volume, but instead have been collecting them monthly since issue 3 (when I also picked up issues 1 and 2). And I didn't fall in love with it immediately. Hell, I wouldn't say I'm in love with it now, but it has definitely gotten better over the last year.

For this volume though, it took awhile for me, and a lot of others, to adjust to the idea that this wasn't your average Vertigo series. Instead, its a light, goofy, slice of life story about a group of monster fr...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
I, Zombie - A mind is a horrible thing to taste.

This was a fun read with brilliant illustrations. There were multiple plots occurring within the story, but the main focus is on Gwendolyn. She is a zombie who eats brains to survive and maintains a convenient job as a gravedigger that keeps them in steady supply. The downside to eating brains, aside from the horrible taste, is that Gwen retains the previous owner's memories and occasionally the need for vengeance for a short period of time.

The st...more
Jun 10, 2010 Monster added it
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Gwen works as a gravedigger at an eco-friendly cemetery by day. By night she sneaks into the cemetery and digs up the bodies to feed. Gwen is a zombie…but no ordinary zombie. She functions as a living person, needing to eat brains only once a month to avoid becoming a mindless shambler. Her friends include Ellie, a ghost who died in the 1960s, and Scott, a were-terrier. Lately after feeding she has been experiencing the dead person’s memories, and her most recent meal was a murder victim who is...more
Tyler Hill
My favorable rating is based entirely on two things: One, I feel like this series and this cast of characters has a lot of potential. 90% of what's going on in this volume is set-up, but its interesting set-up. Fun characters and concepts that manages to take classic monsters and turn them on their head in a way that doesn't seem forced or tired. I imagine a lot of people are going to complain "enough with the zombies and vampires already," but I'd argue that these are the types of zombies and v...more
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