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iZombie: Dead To The World - Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published March 22nd 2013

Gwen Dylan is a zombie. Well, technically, a revenant. She died but came back and continues to live a mostly normal life as a young woman. The catch is that if she wants to keep from reverting to a mindless shambling monster she has to eat one human brain a month. She manages to supply this habit through the cemetery where she works by day as a gravedigger. With each brain she eats Gwen takes on the memories of the deceased and feels obliged to take on their unfinished business for them. In Dead To the World, volume one of the trade paperback collection, Gwen and her friends, a ghost and a were-terrier, investigate the murder of the last man whose brain she ate while trying to avoid vampires and an ancient order of monster hunters.

Like the 28 Days Later series, iZombie is a comic for adults, not children. It is a lot lighter in tone than other zombie comics I have read. There isn't much gore and much of the violence happens off screen but there is the odd naughty word.

The overall feel of the series is similar to that of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, full of witty dialogue and weird supernatural creatures.The explanation this series gives of how exactly these creatures came to exist is clever. The plot is also well worthwhile. I am intrigued as to where the storyline about the coven of female vampires who run a nocturnal paintball place is going. Finding out what the creepy Egyptian mummy cum playboy/murderer is up to also promises to be interesting. I will definitely pick up volume two, uVampire.

Rated: 7/10
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