Saturday, May 10, 2014

Review: iZombie, Vol. 1: Dead to the World by Chris Roberson ( Author), Mike Allred (Illustrator)

Release Date: March 22, 2011
Publisher: Vertigo
Source: Library Copy
Author Links: Goodreads | Website

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 she eats her next brain. She sets out to fulfill the dead person’s last request, solve a crime or right a wrong.
Our zombie girl detective is joined by a radical supporting cast: her best friend Eleanor, who happens to be a swinging ’60s ghost, a posse of paintball blasting vampires, a smitten were-dog and a hot but demented mummy.

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 only catch to her immortality is that she has to eat a brain once a month. Now, in order to do that she's taken up a job as a gravedigger.
Who digs graves with SHOVELS anymore? I mean, don't they have backhoes or something that do that? What year is this set in anyway?
See? This a plot hole that others might complain about. Not me...OTHERS.
Unfortunately, once she chows down on their braaaaains Gwen get stuck with that person's memories for a while. And the last guy she ate was done in by a serial killer.
Gwen the Avenging Zombie!
With the help of her BFF the ghost and a Were-Terrier who has a crush on her, she sets out to find out what happened to the nice man that she ate.

But that's not all!
There's also a group of hot vampire chicks that run a late-nite paintball service, and a smexy monster hunter who thinks Gwen is awfully sweet.
Does he not notice that she's got a blue tinge to her skin? How does a Monster Hunter miss that little tidbit, I wonder?
Again, OTHERS might point that out as a inconsistency in the story...but not me.
I just roll with that shit, baby!
So the fem-vamps inadvertently attracted the attention of this ancient group of Hunters. These gals as a whole seem pretty benign, because they only take little sips off of their paint-balling clients. And really, if someone deserves to bleed, it's grown men shooting themselves with paint...don'tcha think? Unfortunately, there was this one rogue diva who decided to go all Suck 'em Dry!...totally against the advice of the leader.
There's always that one Creature of the Night that won't get in line!
Cute-Hunter-Guy and Gwen literally bump into each other outside a dinner, and the sparks start flying. Until she figures out what he does for a living, at least. At that point, she thinks it may be time to reevaluate her priorities when it comes to relationships. For example, survival is good. And dating someone sworn to snuff out your existence may not be the right path to choose.

The main story, however, is about finding the serial killer.
It was surprisingly different than I imagined, and I'm looking forward to reading volume 2!


aparajita said...

Okay interesting, very interesting. I heard CW has ordered a pilot for iZombie and your review definitely makes things interesting.... the situation with the brain eating is definitely similar to in Warm Bodies as well...

Itching to read this now.
great review
Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

Addicted2Heroines said...

I liked this one too, Anne. I've had people ask me if the zombie on our header is Gwen =)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

This does sound fun, and the things you pointed out that might bother people probably wouldn't be things I'd notice too much. lol



I read an article about the CW pilot, and I think she is a med student/coroner in that one. Makes more sense than her being a grave digger. I'm looking forward to it!

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