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iZombie, Vol. 1: 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
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Vertigo (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jonathan The two aren't really related. Think of the TV show as a re-imagining. There are a few elements that they kept, but it barely resembles the comic and…moreThe two aren't really related. Think of the TV show as a re-imagining. There are a few elements that they kept, but it barely resembles the comic and just my opinion (and I fully expect to get hate), but I think the show might be superior to the comic.(less)

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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
Will M.
Nov 02, 2015 Will M. rated it really liked it
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 combi
David Katzman
Apr 16, 2011 David Katzman rated it really liked it
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
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.

❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
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 m
Apr 27, 2015 Mike rated it liked it
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
Feb 12, 2015 Yodamom rated it really liked it
Interesting characters, promising storyline. There was a nice mix of monsters with a twist that could lead to fun times in monster town.
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
Feb 12, 2014 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, comics, zombies
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
Jul 30, 2011 Brad rated it liked it
Recommended to Brad by: David Katzman
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

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.
Tanja Voosen
Jan 13, 2016 Tanja Voosen rated it really liked it
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 Stor ...more
Sam Quixote
Jan 26, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
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
Apr 19, 2015 Stephen rated it liked it

Let me thank Ailed first for convincing me!

Gwen Dylan works as a gravedigger in oregon and by working as a gravedigger she covers her existence as a "zombie". In order to continue being self aware, she feeds on the brains of the recently-deceased and whe she eats the brain it gives her an empathic link to the deceased person showing her visions on how they died.

This book has some unique and funny characters including Gwen's best friend, Ellie, a ghost who died in the sixties. Scott a were-terrie
Jun 27, 2015 Skip rated it it was ok
Recommended to Skip by: Anne
Shelves: graphic-novels
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), whe ...more
May 16, 2011 Rick rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, horror
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
May 28, 2016 Pandahanna rated it liked it
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.
Feb 04, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 25, 2015 Keith rated it it was ok
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
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
Future Slayer Girl
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 in ...more
Jan 09, 2016 Martin rated it really liked it
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.
Carol Storm
Apr 21, 2016 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing
Pretty girl zombies on a rampage. The art is so gorgeous you won't even notice how stupid the stories are!
Jan 22, 2016 Amber rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
zombies aren't normally my thing, but I enjoyed this take on them.
Fangs for the Fantasy
Gwen Dylan isn't what one would normally think of when zombies come to mind. She holds down a job, sure, it's as a gravedigger but how else is she supposed to get access to brains? The brains taste awful but eating them is a small price to pay once a month to hold onto who she is and to keep her memories intact. If only her monthly diet didn't also come with the memories of the deceased. It's particularly a pain in the ass when Gwen eats the brain of someone who has unfinished business and wants ...more
Oct 18, 2015 Sierra rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
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!
We don't yet know how or why, but Gwen is a zombie. Devouring one brain per month somehow keeps her from becoming a shambling monster. Sometimes she gets infected by the memories of those she's eaten, and she feels compelled to take care of her "meal's" unfinished business. This gets her into all sorts of jams, and hence, fodder for plenty of graphic novels to come.

I wasn't crazy about the artwork, but the story was interesting enough to keep me turning the pages. A lot of plot lines are left u
Oct 31, 2014 Nigel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, fiction
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
I picked this up (well, my sister got it for me) because I'm a big fan of the TV show, iZombie, and that was loosely based on these comics. I know a lot of fans get upset when adaptations of their favorite books/comics aren't exactly the same, but I don't mind because the differences just give new perspectives and fresh ideas. So I like both the show and the comics even though the story-lines go in different directions.

This is not your gritty zombie story which is great because I would not have
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Chris Roberson is a science fiction author and publisher based in Austin, Texas, best known for alternate history novels and short stories.
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