Roberson and Allred are having a lot of fun with iZombie. The pop culture references come thick and fast in this volume: there are panels mimicking ScRoberson and Allred are having a lot of fun with iZombie. The pop culture references come thick and fast in this volume: there are panels mimicking Scooby Doo, 50s horror comics and Casper the Friendly Ghost. I was a lukewarm about Michael and Laura Allred's art and colours in my review of iZombie #1, but they're growing on me. Gilbert Hernandez guest pencilled an issue too....more
I initially passed over iZombie when I saw it at my local library, partly because I'm suffering from zombie fatigue and partly because of the groan inI initially passed over iZombie when I saw it at my local library, partly because I'm suffering from zombie fatigue and partly because of the groan inducing name, but after reading mostly positive reviews I decided to give it a shot. I'm pleased that I did, because iZombie is a smart, fun comic.
It's really Chris Roberson's story that really makes the comic work for me. The setting he's created reminds me of True Blood - a small town that unbeknownst to most of its inhabitants is home to vampires, werewolves (a were-Terrier at any rate), ghosts, mummies and of course a zombie. Not at all the shambling zombie story I was expecting. Gwen, the titular zombie, is hip and cynical, and it's a real pleasure to hang out in her world.
Some reviewers have complained that the story moves too slowly, and if I had to wait a month between instalments I might feel the same way, but reading iZombie in a collected volume the story zips along. I actually appreciated the fact that Roberson takes some time to introduce his characters and set the scene rather than ploughing straight into the action.
Mike Allred's pencils are at times brilliant, but sometimes feel rushed. Laura Allred's colouring is solid, but nothing to rave about. Good colouring should convey the tone of a scene, in the same way color grading is used in film. JD Mettler's colors for Ex Machina are a perfect example. Allred's color treatments for iZombie don't vary much from scene to scene, so although they don't detract from the art they don't lift it to a new level either.
All in all a solid 3.5 stars, which I'm bumping up to a 4 in anticipation of the next volume.