Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Review: iZombie, Vol. 3: Six Feet Under and Rising by Chris Roberson

Release Date: February 14, 20112
Publisher: Vertigo
Source: Purchased
Author Links: Goodreads | Website

The continuing adventures of the undead detective Gwen and her ghost pal Ellie and were-terrier Spot, written by World Fantasy Award finalist Chris Roberson! This collection features the "real-time" storyline "5 Brains, 5 Months," which follows the team as they uncover mystery after mystery over the course of a five-month period.

I'm still enjoying this, but the new car smell is starting to wear off just a bit.
However, since there's a possible tv show pending for iZombie, I'm interested in seeing how the comics play out.
'Cause nothing is more irritating than that person who continually says, "But that's not how it was in the boooook...". 
My husband finds it exceptionally annoying. So, naturally, I must be that person.
It's the little things that keep a marriage spicy!

I will say volume 3 has the forward moving plot that the last volume was missing.

It starts off with the gang having already solved a Scooby-Doo-like mystery, and patting themselves on the back for a job well done.
Gwen runs off to see Horatio (who still has no idea he's in love with a zombie), and lovey-dovey stuff happens.

I liked the introduction of the Dead Presidents, a group of monster hunting government agents...made up of monsters, and led by Abe Lincoln.
The lead agent is a zombie, so it looks like Gwen isn't the only undead chick that isn't a shambling wreck. Guess we'll have to wait for the next volume to see how all that plays out, though.

The main plot revolves around the sudden appearance of hundreds of mindless zombies, who have apparently been trapped in a cavern underground. Poor Scott is actually the one who discovers them when he accidentally falls into a sinkhole. And being trapped with a group of hungry corpses makes him think...and the first person he thinks of is Gwen's hot brother. Hmmm. Is he potentially a gay were-terrier?
Gwen and Horatio rush to his rescue, and in the aftermath, there's a battle between the Foundation's monster hunters and the Dead President's monster monster hunters. And uneasy truce gets called so that they can both fight the zombies, but during the confrontation Gwen gets outed as a zombie.
Will Horatio be able to look past her undead status?

Galaeta, the Paintball Vampires, and Scott's grandpa (Mr. Chimp) all show up again, which was nice.

I was excited that Amon played a significant role in this volume. His past is more heavily entwined with Gwen's than previously thought. The BIG REVEAL at the end was quite a shocker, and makes me curious to find out what happens next.

My biggest problem with this?
There are about 500 hanging plot threads, and nothing resembling a resolution for any of them.
I usually love the introduction of new mysteries, but not when the old ones are still sitting there unsolved. Something, anything, needs to get tied up.
I'm not really known for my patience, and it's starting to wear a little thin with iZombie.


Nina said...

I haven't read a comic in a while, but I like the sound of this one. I like zombie comics. :)


I think there are talks of a tv show based on this! Not sure if it will happen or not, but it would be cool.

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